How To Do Awesome Things

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We’re so busy all day, every day that we seldom take time to do an extremely important thing – take time to think.

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Lose Yourself in the Game

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You’ve experienced it before, haven’t you? When you are pursuing your passion and everything else disappears? You’re so focused and in the flow that you lose track of time? All the other problems you worry about fade away. You’re almost not even thinking consciously about anything, you’re just doing. Everything that you’ve worked so hard on is all coming together and now it’s time to play.

It’s a great feeling.

With basketball season starting up I remembered the 2014 championship between Kentucky and Connecticut. Kentucky Coach John Calipari was interviewed during half time and he had some great advice for his team.

He was asked why a couple of his players were struggling. He said they were young and nervous.

“…See, when you get that anxiety it’s hard to be aggressive and so I just told them, ‘We’re going to win this thing – we’re down two buckets – if you play with energy and lose yourself in the game.'”

But, Greg, Kentucky lost the championship game.

Yes, thanks for reminding me and ruining my point.

But, the win isn’t the point. The point is to pursue your passion with everything you have and enjoy the ride. UK wasn’t expected to even be in the championship game. They kept pursuing their passion, losing themselves in the game and good things kept happening.

When’s the last time you lost yourself in the game? When’s the last time you had that joyful feeling of being in the zone? When’s the last time you followed your passion with abandon?

Lose yourself in the game.

Yogi Berra Passes – Don’t Forget His Wisdom

New York Yankee catcher Yogi Berra poses at spring training in Florida, in an undated file photo. (AP Photo)

New York Yankee catcher Yogi Berra poses at spring training in Florida, in an undated file photo. (AP Photo)

Baseball legend Yogi Berra passed away at the age of 90. I’ve always loved his quotes. It’s hard to be funny (but not cheesy) and wise at the same time.

“We made too many wrong mistakes.”

Hey, there are good mistakes.

How about this one:

“How can you think and hit at the same time?”

Some people think it’s funny because, obviously, you have to think to hit. But I think Berra was being serious.

How can you do anything well when you’re thinking about it too much?

Of course you had to think to learn how to hit. When you were first trying to do it, you thought about everything – how to stand, how to hold the bat, how to watch the ball, how to swing, and more.

But the only way to become a great hitter is to practice so much that you don’t have to think about it anymore. It’s the only way to get in the zone or the flow or whatever you want to call it.

Isn’t that the same with everything we love to do?

How can you think and play guitar really well at the same time?

How can you think and have a great conversation at the same time?

How can you think and make a great sales presentation at the same time?

How often do we hurt ourselves by thinking too much?

Yes, we need to think, plan and organize in everything we do. But then we need to stop thinking and just do it.

That’s when greatness happens.

Thanks, Yogi.

More of my favorite Berra quotes:

You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.

It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.

No one goes there nowadays, it’s too crowded.

The future ain’t what it used to be.

Why buy good luggage, you only use it when you travel.

You can observe a lot by just watching.

Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.