Are you a clutch player or are you on the bench?

Are you a clutch Player in your life?

Growing up I played a lot of basketball. It was essentially my life for my first 27 years. I lived, breathed, slept basketball and everything in between. I remember lying in bed in the dark practicing my shooting motion. Perfect technique meant the ball returned clean on to my hand, but any small mistake meant a ball to the face (or banging the wall, which meant reprimand from Dad. Equally not great options).

In my ‘senior’ years I became the player that wanted the ball when the game was on the line. If I didn’t have it, I wanted to create the play that delivered the ball to the clutch player. It takes a certain type of person to WANT to be in that position. In life we often call them ‘A players’ or ‘Number 1’s’. And that’s not to say that the role of a number 2 isnt vital in business, sport or many other areas.

But what about life? What type of player are you in your own life?

What’s your first thoughts when I ask, ‘Are you a clutch player in your life?’

Do you think ‘hell yes!’. Or is there an element of ‘Crap, I think I’m watching from the sidelines’?

You see, just like basketball, without a ‘game plan’ we get stuck in the cycle of going through the motions. Waking up every day to do the same thing without thinking about where its progressing to.  Some of you might just be a really great bench warmer. Cheer loud, work hard at training (or not) and not ever have any pressure on you.  But if the thought of that makes you want to vomit and you know you could do more here are some key tips to up the ante in your life.

Set a goal

Quit the flailing about by setting your sights on something specific. Set a goal and a date you will achieve it by.  Do not miss that step! Date it. An open ended goal is like a game that never ends. Worse than that, the goal posts keep moving until you eventually give up because who can keep chasing after a moving target forever?

Micro goal it

If it’s a really big goal, chunk it down into micro goals then map it out one move at a time. By doing this you are literally creating a road map to your success. In your Micro Goals be sure to include what and who you need to reach your outcome.

Shout it

Choose 2-5 people who you trust and tell them about it.  Be very clear when you ask them to hold you accountable and share your deadlines.  Here’s the key bit… give them permission to follow you up on it. And remember, if you keep quitting on yourself why would others believe you?

Action it

Do at least one thing every day that will help you reach your micro and, therefore, your macro goals.

Every. Single. Day.

If your head hits the pillow and you haven’t done something, get up and get it done. I’m not joking. This is the single factor that will yield your big result.

So, let me ask you again, are you a clutch player in your own life?

Prove it.


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