Will you take the 90 day challenge?

by Team Tony on October 10, 2016

Here’s a quick, uncut video segment of an intervention I did with Neil, a gentleman at one of our Date with Destiny Programs. He arrived to our event believing he must choose whether to leave his wife and 5 year old daughter upon returning home. Watch how quickly he’s able to turn around his entire […]

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Dabo’s Safe Seat

by Jon Gordon on January 8, 2016

There are a lot of reasons why the Clemson University football team is playing in the national championship game Monday night.

Whether it’s Dabo’s supersized belief in his team, his courage to call a fake punt that led to a completed pass to a 300lb defensive lineman and a huge momentum shift in the college playoff, great coaching by the offensive and defensive coordinators, a special and gifted QB, timely defensive stops and fortuitous plays in key games during the season, or a group of players with the rare combination of size, speed and talent, Clemson has been a force of belief, will and skill.

But for all the talk about Dabo’s fun personality and down to earth coaching style, Deshaun Watson’s duel threat ability, Wayne “Train” Gallman’s running and Shaq Lawson’s habit of wreaking havoc on opposing offenses, there’s one big reason for Clemson football’s success that hasn’t been mentioned and I believe it could be one of the biggest of them all: Dabo’s Safe Seat.

While sitting in Dabo’s office in early August he told me about a chair his friend found and brought him from a remote fishing village. He said it was one of those fishing villages where guys sit around in a circle on these stools and talk about life, family, fishing, etc.

It gave Dabo an idea and he called it the Safe Seat. He placed the stool in the team meeting room and after each practice a different teammate sat on the Safe Seat while the team gathered around him in a circle. Dabo then asked the teammate questions about his life, his heroes, his defining moment, and his challenges. When Dabo was finished asking questions, the rest of the team were free to ask questions as well.

It was called the Safe Seat because it was a safe place for each person to share his story and heart with his team. It was a safe place to be vulnerable knowing that whatever was shared while sitting on the stool would not leave the room. It was a safe seat in a safe room.

As each teammate took their turn in the Safe Seat, the players began to know each other a whole lot better. The walls of ego, pride and selfishness came crumbling down as vulnerability and authenticity paved the way for meaningful relationships, trust, and strong bonds that helped create a connected team.

In, You Win in the Locker Room First, a book I wrote with former Atlanta Falcons Coach Mike Smith, we share the 7 C’s to build a winning team and connection is one of the most important C’s because we have found that a connected becomes a committed team. A connected team will commit to each other, fight for each other and serve each other. When the pressure mounts, adversity strikes and the game is on the line, connected teams rise up together and, more often than not, find ways to win close games. I’ve played on and worked with enough teams to witness the power of a connected team and Clemson is one of the most connected teams I have ever seen.

While visiting with the Clemson team a few weeks before the New Year’s Eve college playoff game I asked Dabo if he thought the Safe Seat was one of the reasons they had become such a tight knit team. He said, “Without a doubt. The bonds we created during training camp are a big part of the success we are now experiencing.”

It may be more exciting to talk about X’s and O’s and Heisman trophy candidates than it is about a stool from a fishing village. After all, even the most connected teams won’t win championships if they don’t have great coaching and talent.

But with Clemson, Dabo and his Safe Seat brought all the belief, all the talent, all the individual goals and all the potential together to build a connected, joyful, and committed team.

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The Absolute Way to Succeed Despite Uncertainty

by Jonathan Budd on December 31, 2015

Friends!  It’s been a while. I miss you.  I hope your life has been evolving fantastically, and you keep growing as a human being and an entrepreneur.  Since today is the last day of 2015, I felt COMPELLED to share … Continue reading

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What’s Your One Word?

by Jon Gordon on December 14, 2015

Each year around this time I pick a word that will inspire me to be my best. I started this practice five years ago after my friends Dan Britton and Jimmy Page told me that for almost two decades they and their wives and children came up with a word each year that gave meaning and focus to their lives. Then they gathered on New Year’s Eve and made paintings of their words that hung in their houses to remind them to live their word for the year.

I was inspired and did it with my family. It was catalytic and powerful. My wife’s first word was INTENTIONAL. My daughter’s word was MOTIVATION. A great word for her. She needed it back then. My son chose FOCUS to the delight of his teachers. I chose PURPOSE because I knew my purpose had to be greater than my challenges. It wasn’t at the time and I was struggling. But once I remembered my purpose everything changed.

Each year since I have chosen a new word. SURRENDER. SERVE. PRAY. RISE. Each word has molded and shaped me to become a better person, father, husband, writer and communicator.

Dan, Jimmy and I wrote a book One Word that Will Change Your Life a few years ago and we’ve heard incredible stories of impact from countless people, schools, sports teams and companies that have discovered the power of one word. Several college teams put their one words on their lockers and practice shirts. NFL and NBA teams chose their words for the season and talked about them before games. Schools made t-shirts with all their teacher’s one words. Hendrick BMW even made a one word car. Click on the links to see pictures and examples.

It’s a fun practice and much more effective than New Year’s resolutions. In our busy stressed-filled world with tons of distractions, the research shows that 9 out of 10 people will fail with their resolutions. But one word sticks. No goals. No resolutions. Just one word that gives you meaning, mission, passion and purpose. One word that represents the essence of who we want to be.

You may not have any idea what your word is going to be this New Year. That’s okay. I still don’t have my word for 2016 yet. Give it some time. Dan and Jimmy say that instead of randomly picking a word they allow the word to choose them after reflection, prayer and listening to their heart. Your word will come.

I’ve had people email me saying, “I waited and waited and waited and one day, bam, the word hit me. I knew it was my word for the year.” If you are open the word always comes. There is a word that is meant for you to help you be all that you are meant to be and if you believe it you will receive it.

To help you get started ask a few questions. What do you want to focus on this year? Or what’s in the way? What do you need more or less of? What needs to change?

Once you come up with your word feel free to write it on one of the one word posters we created for you and put it somewhere you can see it. (Additional Posters Here) Or write it on a rock and put it on your desk. Or make it your screen saver on phone’s wall paper. Some have even made one-word jewelry to wear during the year. The ideas are endless. The key is to keep your word front and center so you can see it and live it.

For more ideas you can watch my segment on the Today Show or you can watch this short video where I talk about One Word.

Imagine if everyone reading this chose a positive word and lived it for the year. Imagine how much more powerful and impactful we would be. Imagine the difference we would make. The positive change inside us would help us create positive change outside us.

So, what’s your word?

When you know it I would love to hear it. One of my favorite things is to hear people’s words and why they chose it. You can share your word with me and others by leaving a comment below.

-Jon

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Establishing rapport with another person is one of the fastest ways to make progress in your business— and in your life. When you’re in rapport with someone, he or she is much more inclined to help you achieve your goals by, for example, connecting you with a gamechanging business partner. One of the fastest ways […]

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How to Transform Any Situation to Your Advantage

by Team Tony on December 5, 2015

Nothing in this world has any inherent meaning. In other words, how we feel about something is entirely dependent on our perception of it. Misfortune is a point of view. Your headache is an opportunity to an aspirin salesman. We tend to frame things based on how we have perceived them in the past. By […]

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How to be More Assertive and Make Decisions!

by Team Tony on December 5, 2015

Decisions have incredible power over our lives. Think of all the pieces of your life you’re thrilled about and the pieces you’re not so thrilled about. All of them have one thread in common: They all result from decisions you’ve made. So if decisions have such great power to shape our lives—to change the way […]

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Five Steps for Getting Anything You Want

by Team Tony on December 5, 2015

Real power comes from working with other people. As you move down your path toward your ultimate outcomes, there will be times when you need help from others. Whether you’re networking with someone who can connect you to a powerful investor or looking for a smarter program for investing your money, you’ll find this five-step […]

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4 Stages of Greatness

by Jon Gordon on September 15, 2015

Listen to Jon’s talk from the CMB Momentum Conference below.

4 Stages of Greatness

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Hey guys,
Some people may not want to hear this… but it needs to be said.  There is so much BS in our industry today.  Honestly, so much BS.  I think a majority of people have forgotten why they are here, … Continue reading

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