Celebrate Your Inner Underdog!

“Championship teams are birthed from Championship DREAMS!”

You have to see the champion inside of you before the champion can come out of you. I explain more in the video…

Sweet dreams,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Dare to dream again in 2010!

Register for the Dream B.I.G in 3D Live Experience! on April 17, 2010For more details please visit www.PaulWilsonJr.com


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From Chumps to Champs!

Of course by now everyone (or at least 100 million of us) knows the New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl yesterday. It was definitely an exciting outcome for the city of New Orleans and the team’s fans all around the world. After so much heartache and turmoil over the past few years, much of it due to its challenging recovery from Hurricane Katrina, the city and region can finally celebrate a collective victory.

It seemed like the bandwagon for the Saints got bigger as their success continued to build throughout the season, which is rare because success is not something this team is accustomed to. Did you know that in its 42 years of existence, this franchise has won only 42.5% of its games? Did you know it took them 20 years to have their first-ever season to win more games than they lost? Did you know they have a winning record against only 6 out of 32 NFL teams? Did you know that they won more playoff games this year (3) than they had in their entire previous history (2)? In fact their nickname used to be the “Aints“. (Source: Wikipedia)

This team was definitely not an overnight success. They (along with this deeply-emotionally-attached region) have had 42 years of frustrating futility: embarrassing defeats, deep disappointments, crushed expectations, and lots of “let’s try again next year“.Yet after all this team and city has been through, they can finally say they are World Champions.

It’s never too late to pursue your dreams, whether it’s been 4 years or 40 years. Don’t allow your disappointments and defeats to deter you from your destiny. There is a champion inside of you ready to win. Keep praying, keep believing, keep pursuing, and keep trusting God that your championship celebration will come!

Sweet dreams,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Dare to dream again in 2010!

Register for the Dream B.I.G in 3D Live Experience! on April 17, 2010For more details please visit www.PaulWilsonJr.com


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Powerful Lessons We Can Learn from Sports

In case you missed it, last week to coincide with Super Bowl Week, I highlighted some incredible sports stories with powerful life lessons that will inspire you to thrive no matter what challenges or circumstances that you encounter. Here’s the links to each of the stories:

Monday – Tony Dungy: Quiet Thriver

Tuesday – Conquering Giants: Thriving Leadership

Wednesday – Thriving Perseverance

Thursday – Super Legacy (my guest blog post at Chat Kafe)

Thursday – Team Hoyt: Thriving Commitment

Friday – Thriving Unity

Saturday – Thriving Pioneers of Change

Which of these stories impacted and inspired you? I would love to hear your feedback.

Thrive on Purpose,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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New Blogging Opportunity

I am very excited to share with you that I have been invited to be a guest blogger by Kenny Pugh at Chat Kafe. My posts will be featured on his blog on a weekly basis.

My first post is entitled “Super Legacy.” I assessed the two teams in the Super Bowl this weekend and how both were  greatly influenced by the retired head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bill Cowher, who left 2 years ago. I focus on the importance of leaders thinking long-term and building your legacy now, starting where you are today.

Read it here: http://chatkafe.blogspot.com/2009/01/super-legacy-by-paul-wilson-jr.html

I look forward to your feedback.

Thrive on Purpose,
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Conquering Giants: Thriving Leadership – Part 2

“Super Thrive Week” Series

Continued from Part 1…

Leaders pursue new opportunities and tackle problems in a similar manner to how coaches lead their teams. Both leaders and coaches focus on three critical coaching components: 1) personal preparation, 2) player development and 3) game management.

  1. Personal Preparation: A leader can’t lead any of their players anywhere they have not already been – even if it’s only mentally. Leaders keep their eyes on the big picture, namely the intended outcome of each game (i.e. assignment or project) and their relevance to the entire season (i.e. fiscal period). They recognize that their players look to them for inspiration and direction, so they do whatever it takes behind the scenes to keep their competitive edge. They push themselves to maintain their level of expertise in their area of specialty, as well as gaining at least a minimal level of familiarity in other subjects.
  2. Player Development: Leaders understand that the long-term success of the team will depend on the overall development of the players. They are able to effectively assess the developmental progress of each player and then determine what each player needs to help them grow to reach their potential. They also understand that each player motivates differently, so they are adept at knowing the right buttons to push for each one. Furthermore, leaders constantly look for teaching moments, whether it’s before, during, or after a project, event, situation, etc.
  3. Game Management: Coaches don’t win games… players do. Leaders recognize that they need the contributions of all of their players in order for the organization to accomplish its goals. Leaders design the best strategies, systems, and processes that will position their players to manage and complete their assignments efficiently and effectively. They are keenly aware of various situations that may dictate certain decisions, such as reorganizing the players in the game, substituting a player, or changing the game plan.

Thriving leaders are able to effectively balance all three of these components. They are not hands-off delegators, that just let their players to do whatever they can to win, nor are they micro-managers who oversee “people-bots” who are afraid or unable to make heat-of-the-battle decisions. These leaders know when to be more engaged versus when to let their players figure out their own solutions to problems.

You can become an effective Leader if you: 1) Embrace the fact that just because you are a leader does not make you a superstar. Without your players, you will have minimal success; 2) Create environments that empower individual players while at the same time boosting the team as a whole; and 3) Learn your team well enough to know how to position them to win the game.

Coaching your team (or family) to success takes an unwavering commitment to the fact that every player matters. You may be able to accomplish a lot by your own efforts, but you’ll be able to accomplish so much more with the right team in place. I look forward to seeing your team win!

Thrive on Purpose

Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Conquering Giants: Thriving Leadership – Part 1

“Super Thrive Week” Series

Sports movies are one of the best sources of inspiration, especially when it comes to conquering challenges and overcoming seemingly impossible odds.  One of the best motivational scenes of any movie that I can recall was in the movie, Facing the Giants.

My favorite thing about this movie is how the coach realized that although his team wasn’t the most talented, he convinced team to look beyond their talent to see something that no one could take away from them – heart. He helped his players see beyond their perceived limitations and reach goals they would not have thought possible for themselves.

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In life, thriving leaders are really like sports coaches. The best coaches are keenly aware of their team’s overall strengths, weaknesses, and potential. They are in tune with each player’s skill set, temperament, and how they can best contribute to the overall success of the team. These coaches are ambitious and confident not in their own ability to play the game, but in their ability to position their players to maximize their collective talent to win the game.

Continue to Part 2…

Thrive on Purpose

Paul Wilson, Jr.

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Super Thrive Week!

superbowlSuper Bowl Week is upon us! I am a huge football fan, so I love this time of year around the Big Game. Unfortunately my favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys, are not playing in the game this year. But at least I get to cheer on my hometown team, the Arizona Cardinals (yes, I jumped on the bandwagon!).

Although I believe that our society often puts too much focus and emphasis on sports and athletes, I also believe there are some amazing stories of events and individuals that convey powerful and inspiring messages. The incredible exploits of certain athletes and coaches many times provide transformational life lessons for those who hear their stories or experience their performances. 

That’s why I’m even more excited about this week. All week in this blog I will be highlighting different individuals who have had a  tremendous impact on countless lives outside of the sports world, because of how they played their game. I believe they thrived in their sport, because they first were thriving in life. Stay tuned for the first story…

Thrive on Purpose
Paul Wilson, Jr.

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