The Give Team is proud to announce three of its alumni are moving on to the next chapters of their lives. Jeff is attending Morehouse College. Paul is on a path to pursue a 4-year college degree DEBT FREE. Jean has enlisted in the US Marines, and will learn more about what's next in the weeks ahead.
Jeff wants to stay involved with The Give Team, even though he's six hours away. We've promised to keep him involved via a weekly letter that will be posted on The Give Team blog. The letter will include the mission each week for the fall season.
This isn't any different from how we've started other seasons, except we hope the results this season will be different. We've started each season strong, but along the way we've lost momentum, outside of the physical focus we've had. I asked why that's been the case. The reason is pretty simple. It hasn't been important enough.
In the moment, the weak voice in our heads won more often than the strong voice. That weak voice tells you, "The bed is SOOOO comfortable, I think I'll stay here for the next hour instead of doing that Give Team 15 work." If the house was on fire, you'd find a way to get out of bed. That's important enough to get your feet on the floor. But the goals we've set haven't been enough to get us moving consistently toward greatness.
This season will be different.
Give Team Motto 43: We are only as strong as our mission.
FIRST: FOUR WORDS
Over the next two weeks we'll focus on defining our mission, and that mission will be consistent with the person we see ourselves as being. Who do you need to be to achieve greatness? Where are you strongest when you're at your strongest?
Your mission will be to accomplish the goals you set, but the goals themselves aren't going to pull you to do what needs to be done. This week we'll start by picking four words that define who we are. Imagine I'm going to introduce you to someone you respect and who doesn't know you. What are the four words you'd use to describe who you are? Over the next 22 weeks, we'll measure what we're doing and how we're doing it against those four words. Is it consistent with how you see yourself? If so, great. If not, what needs to change?
The key to remember is we are NOT what we think, or what we say. We are defined by what we DO! And we must do whatever we can to make sure the things we do every moment are aligned with what we want to accomplish. It's not the GOAL that should drive us, but knowing the actions we take are what will define us. It's in EXECUTING your plan that will define you, and make the impression on those around you.
Examples of words to use are at the bottom of this post.
SECOND: THE GIVE TEAM 15
This week we'll build momentum by calming the weak voice that tells you, "But The Give Team 15 huuuuurts, and makes me all sweaty." We're going to ease into it and establish our new habits, understanding what gets in the way. We're going to make accomplishing greatness very simple. Just do the work.
That doesn't make it easy. Someone smarter than I am once said, "If it were easy, we'd all be millionaires with six pack abs." Our mind will continually find ways to drive us to comfort, and away from discomfort. That whiny, weak voice wins more than it should. So this week, we'll fake it out. This week isn't about pushing yourself hard. It's about JUST DOING THE WORK.
The objective this week is to do THE GIVE TEAM 15 EVERY DAY. But don't push yourself hard. Focus on the form you use. Take it nice and easy. Pat yourself on the back for getting it done. We'll gradually build up to pushing yourself hard. But this week, be strong enough to lay off and take it easy. Nice and slow, with the objective being to have the BEST FORM for each exercise (for a reminder of the exercises, do the exercise for 45 seconds and rest for 15 seconds - with the exercises on THE GIVE TEAM 15 link).
Remember - the thing that makes you awesome is whatever you DO that's different from everyone around you. In order to be different, you have to do different things - things those around you aren't doing. How many people do you know who spend their weekends running with a chain-wrapped cinder block and a 70 pound log? You're around some great people up there in Atlanta, but you don't want to be just like them. You want to set yourself apart. You want to be a leader. That doesn't mean being arrogant. That means doing things you know you need to do to get strong, and surround yourself with people who have a hunger for the same thing as you.
Each team member is here to help accomplish our goals. We'll use Instagram messages to post what we do and when we do it. POST your FOUR WORDS on Instagram before Saturday, and post your Give Team 15 workout every day. Push yourself and do it in the morning. No better way to start your day than to move around a bit.
Have a great first week of college. You'll get an e-mail on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with reminders on what to do, and why we're doing it.
FOUR WORDS - EXAMPLES
Brad Mason is head coach of The Give Team, and a firm believer that no matter how little you think you have, you ALWAYS have something to give. So give more. Give more smiles, more compliments, more focus, and more effort.