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What Athletes know about Life

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There is an art that Athletes practice to get big results and is tremendously applicable to you.

Here is what we’ve found out that works very well.

Bob Proctor popularized the concept of the “Razor’s Edge”.

It has often been said the line which separates winning  from losing  is as fine as a razor’s edge and it is. You are only one step, one idea , one second away from achieving your dreams.

One person just about starts a project ,the other person starts it. One person almost completes a task , the other completes it. One person sees an opportunity,the other acts on it. One student nearly passes an exam, the other passes it. And although the difference in marks may be  a 1 percentage point,  it’s that one point that makes all the difference.

In reading and learning from books, all it takes is just one small idea that can possibly change your whole outlook and your life.
The key is this – It’s that small decision of whether we take that step, that second try, whether we carry out an idea or just leave it to chance.

To get a job that you maybe happier and more fulfilled with is really making that one step to quit and move on.

In the realm of sports it’s that ‘Second Effort’ that can make all the difference.

Most American football games are won or lost in the last two minutes of the first and second half. The ‘Second Effort’ concept was popularized by the legendary football coach Vince Lombardi and it’s simply that when a player was initially stopped by the opposing  team, he would always surge forward  a “second time” with the added trust of a second effort.

The trenches of sports are rich with life lessons that you can benefit immensely from. Another case in point are  the winners of the 100 meter sprint – The difference in time from the 1st and 2nd place winners is only one tenth of a second.

Tokyo was the venue for the 1991 World Championships. In the 100 m final, Carl Lewis faced the two men who ranked number one in the world the past two years: Burrell and Jamaican Raymond Stewart. In what would be the deepest 100 metres race ever to that time, with six men finishing in under ten seconds, Lewis not only defeated his opponents, he reclaimed the world record with a clocking of 9.86 s.

The difference between Carl and the 6 men was a mere tenth of a second.

In business the Pareto Principle sums up the “Razor’s Edge” concept precisely. There is always that 20% of products or service offering that generates 80% of revenue. The razor’s edge is in harvesting and putting more effort in that 20% to further drive that 80% of revenue through the roof.

Having said all that, nothing can be achieved without persistence and dedicated practice.

The key to extraordinary performance is the practice. Practice is the threshold of capacity. The more you practice the bigger your capacity gets.

The price for being great calls for a relationship with practice that is equivalent to the commitment that athletes have to the practices of their professions.

So the next time you have to work late, or stay in to pursue a passion /dream while your friends and family are out having fun, remember this – It is the little things that we do differently from others that will set us apart.

What is your razor’s edge that can deliver big results now?

If you know what is it deal with the fear and uncertainty by putting things out in the open and doing them regardless of anything that comes your way.

Do one thing a day that scares you and watch the change.

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