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3 Ways To Guarantee Your Sports Job Success in 2011

If your goal for 2011 is to break into the sports industry, there are three things that will guarantee your success. (And it won’t cost you a dime!)

1. Write Down Your Goal

Breaking into sports doesn’t happen by accident. It happens on purpose. That’s why it’s crucial that you make it your number one goal in 2011. Goal-setting starts by writing down your goal.

Hall of Fame running back, Emmitt Smith, said it like this: “It’s only a dream until you write it down, then it becomes a goal.” Emmitt didn’t accidently become the NFL’s all-time leading rusher. He did it by starting with the simple act of writing.

Personal development expert, Brian Tracy says, “You can’t hit your target if you can’t see what you’re aiming for.” Written goals bring clarity and focus.

2. Establish a Time and a Place

The biggest reason people fail to reach their goals is because they don’t establish a time and a place to work on them. They think setting the goal is the key, but it’s not. That’s only the beginning.

Just like a college football player establishes a time and place to prepare for the NFL Combine, you must do the same thing. You don’t haphazardly go into the Combine. You work up to it. Likewise, you don’t haphazardly pursue a job with ESPN, or Nike. You train for it.

But instead of a weight room, your training ground is at the kitchen table. Or a coffee shop. Or the library. Anywhere you can turn off your phone and get locked in on what you’re trying to accomplish — that’s where you need to be. Same place. Same time. Each and every week.

3. Make a Promise to Yourself

In your quest to break into sports, you will face challenges. Doors will slam in your face. You will hear the word “No.” And your insecure friends might even make fun of you for pursuing such a lofty goal.

So, how do you prepare for such harsh reality? You become resilient! You develop fortitude. Mental toughness begins by making a promise to yourself that you will not give up, no matter what.

Successful people have mastered this mindset. When things get difficult, they don’t quit. They simply hang on just a few minutes longer than everyone else. Making a promise to yourself will give you the inner strength to persevere.

CHRIS’ KEYS: Guaranteed success comes from your unbroken promise. Anticipate the challenges. Stay focused. And finish.


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4 Responses to 3 Ways To Guarantee Your Sports Job Success in 2011

  1. ThomasJPetersen January 5, 2011 at 6:50 pm #

    When I teach goal achievement I ask the question which makes it all come together “Why is that important to you”. This is the key. Goals are to be personal and touch your soul. In a recent seminar I asked a young woman her goal. It was to be a teacher. I asked her why and got 10 fluff answers until she really looked deep. She then said that there was a teacher in her life that helped her get on the right path. She thought that she was special and wanted to help other kids get that same feeling of accomplishment. Now just saying you want to be a teacher is nice. But saying you want to be a teacher to impact the life of a child the way your 4th grade teacher impacted you is much more powerful and personal.

    Follow the first 3 steps listed above but make sure you know why the goals are important to you!

  2. ChrisMcKinney January 5, 2011 at 7:58 pm #

    @ThomasJPetersen I agree, Thomas. “Why” gets down to the root and helps a person discover their purpose. This post, however, was written from the standpoint that the reader has already figured out the Why.

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