You Want Some Football? We Want it Too! by Jenna Abdou

Football fans rejoice! Whether you find yourself humming Hail to the Redskins on your morning commute or restricting your wardrobe to team colors (not that I’m doing that…), this is officially the last week without regular season football - Go ahead, do your touchdown dance! 

As excited as we may be to watch the Super Bowl champion Seahawks perform next Thursday, or finally get a taste of the tackles Jadeveon Clowney  will deliver on Sundays, it also means we’ve got a week to push through that may feel slower than molasses. 

That being said, here are 10 insights to power through this week faster than Adrian Peterson runs his 40. 

1. Don’t confuse competence with confidence; the former is how good you actually are. 

 - Inspired by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Author of Confidence: Overcoming Low Self Esteem, Insecurity, and Self Doubt 

2. No one seeks adversity - it seeks you. When it finds you, it’s best to have a general game plan.

 - Inspired by Norman Rosenthal, Author of The Gift of Adversity 

3. Excellence is not perfection; it’s doing whatever it takes to get the best out of yourself - Every time. 

 - Inspired by  Sean Richardson, Performance psychologist 

4. Experts and elite athletes ‘chunk’ information to quickly divert their attention from irrelevant input, to the smaller meaningful chunks they’ve seen before. 

 - Inspired by David Epstein, Author of The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance 

5 .If you’re not playing offense, you’re just reacting. Indecision is what leads to doubt and fear. 

 - Inspired by Mark Divine, Author of The Way of the SEAL: Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed 

6. Your ability to step away from thought and see yourself in the 3rd person is metacognition. Make it a habit to think about your thinking. 

 - Inspired by David DiSalvo, Author of What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite 

7. Seek not absolute power, for it’s your internal power that will make you stronger. 

 - Inspired by Arun Gandhi, Author of Grandfather Gandhi

8. “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win” 

9. Want to learn the poise of great athletes? Practice the art of disciplined, delayed gratification. 

 - Inspired by Ken Lindner, Author of Your Killer Emotions 

10. Take off your game face - Confidence comes from expressing the truth. 

 - Inspired by Kamal Ravikant, Author of Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It 

Further Reading
  • Seedling Relies on Childhood Curiosity to Inspire a Creative Team — On a recent flight home, I spent over an hour browsing a children’s play website, completely enamored by sets like Design Your Own Superhero Cape and Invent Your Own Insects. After sharing Seedling with everyone I know, despite few of my friends having children, I wondered why the brand struck a such a meaningful chord with me.
  • Why Five Founders Made the Decision to 'Choose Must' — The ‘A-ha moment’ in my shift to adulthood (Translation: Post Grad life) was reading Elle Luna’s story The Crossroads of Should and Must. I stumbled on Elle’s narrative while dealing with one of my then weekly quarter life crises. Her invigorating call to choose must - “the intuition that explodes inside of us” -  put my existential fears in perspective.
  • Startup 101 with Arian Radmand: An Inside Look into CoachUp's Founding Story — From the outside in it appears that CoachUp, the number one marketplace for athletes to connect with private coaches, has the perfect startup story. NBA MVP, Stephen Curry, is an ambassador and part owner of the Boston startup, the founders raised $9.4 million in venture funding, and the platform hosts over 13,000 private coaches.

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