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Exchange the Old for the New

Posted by Herman Najoli on September 16, 2007

The other day I went to visit a speaking club in the heart of my city. It’s a nice part of town and I knew I was in for a great time since this is a marvelous organization. As I walked towards the building from my car, I whistled happily in anticipation of an excellent meeting. However, as I walked towards the stairway, I was taken aback to find that this nice building had a very old model of elevator. It seemed to me that this was part of a design but the fact that the new building was coupled with an old kind of elevator was startling.

It is from this experience that I’m writing about migrating from the old to the new. Since time immemorial, mankind’s progress has always been on the basis of putting behind that which is outdated in favor of new methods of doing things. There are times when the old and the new will interact. That’s understandable. But there must be a deliberate effort to embrace the new and move forward. Let me encourage you to embrace the new today. Unless you are in the antiques business it makes little sense to stick with the old.

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What I Learned from Phil Mickelson: Applications on Change

Posted by Herman Najoli on September 7, 2007

Thanks for your challenge Robert. I’d hate to see you flee in seven directions because my thinking was that we’ve found a middle zone where the flow of ideas between us (and many others) will allow both of us (and many others) to live epic lives. So, in the spirit of engaging, participating, interacting and creating new concepts that will allow us to find flow in life, let me relate the lessons from my post, What I Learned from Phil Mickelson at the Deutsche Bank Championship, to this month’s topic of CHANGE.

Lessons on Change – The Application Phase

Lesson 1: Inch by Inch it’s a Cinch

Application: Change Happens in Phases or Stages

There are no short-cuts to profitable change. You have to go through the process. Going through the process means being strategic with your change plan. Change is incremental. Once you do what’s necessary at one level, you will naturally progress to the next level, building on what you had done at the lower level. Life is about constantly changing because what works at one level will not work at the next level. Old ways of doing things must be shed and new ways developed.

Lesson 2: Play Your Own Game

Application: Change Should Be Based on Personal Goals

You cannot base the changes you are making in your personal life on how other people are living their lives. You have to make a conscious decision that you will be motivated by your own personal goals. The difference between a winner and an also-ran is that the winner stuck to a pre-determined game plan. You can’t allow other people to interfere with your growth because life is not a competition. It’s about reaching your own personal potential.

Lesson 3: Don’t Be Intimidated

Application: Change Should Be Rewarding, Not Traumatic

Profitable change always brings joy, expansion and advancement with it, not trauma. Nothing hurts when you are winning because you made all the right decisions. Granted, there must be some pain in order to experience gain. However, the pain should not be traumatic. Traumatic change leads to a freezing of the attitudes which, in essence, stalls continued growth. The key to not being intimidated is to stay systematic in your pursuit of growth.
 
Lesson 4: Believe in Your Dreams

Application: Don’t Be Resistant to Change

In the original post I quoted Norman Vincent Peale, who said,  “You can if you think you can”. The application phase of the lesson from Phil here is this: ‘You are canned if you can’t!’ You have to realize that if you are resistant to the changes that you need to make, you will be frozen in that stage of life. Not believing in your dreams is tantamount to accepting the status quo. Being resistant to change is like being a river that stagnates. Pretty soon that water will become murky and start to stink. Don’t allow yourself to be canned. Be open to change.   

Lesson 5: Give Yourself the Best Chance

Application: Have a Strategy for Continous Change

Continuous change in life is maintained through a two-prong strategy: a). Increasing the driving forces towards change in your personal life, and b). Reducing the decelerating forces that stall the change process. In order to do this you must constantly refine and polish a solid vision for life as you resist the temptation to be complacent and live a life of ease. Vision allows you to consistently grow and expand your capabilities. Ease prevents you from embracing new possibilities. Having a strategy for continous change is essential in order to live an epic life and experience flow daily. For a strategy that you can use, please read my post, PLAN AHEAD: The Key to Organization.

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What I Learned from Phil Mickelson at the Deutsche Bank Championship

Posted by Herman Najoli on September 3, 2007

This post is in response to a really cool contest by Robert Hruzek over at Middle Zone Musings which I learnt about from Phil Gerbyshak at 100 Bloggers.

This afternoon I had the chance to watch the Deutsche Bank Championship as I caught up on my reading and hanged out with my son. It was a very hot day outside and my wife had an engagement that meant she had to be away. Our 18-month old son was right in the mix as he ran around the room with his little Tykes golf kit. It was an afternoon of multi-tasking since I was blogging, teaching/entertaining my son, flipping channels between Phil/Tiger and James Blake playing in the US Open, among many other things. This was Phil Mickelson’s day and he would not be denied. How did Phil win, with Tiger breathing down his neck and what lessons can we learn from him?

Lessons from Phil Mickelson at the Deutsche Bank Championship

1. Inch by Inch it’s a Cinch

Phil would not have won this tournament had he not played consistently right from the beginning. Every hole he played counted as he advanced towards the last hole of the championship. The only problem he had was on hole 12 which he double-bogeyed. Here’s our first lesson from Phil: In order to win in life you must realize that there are no short-cuts to winning. Every little effort you put into the quest for success counts. Keep plugging away.

2. Play your own game

I was astounded on hole 12 when Tiger began an amazing run. He had been 5 shots behind Phil for most of the afternoon and cut it down to 2 shots behind within no time. Phil seemed shaky for a while as he drove his ball right into the rocks and had to take a drop. This was a scare but Phil stuck to his game. Here’s our second lesson from Phil: You’ve got to play your own game. Don’t adjust your game just because your oppopnent is playing good. The key to winning is to develop your own goals and timelines. This is your game, not someone else’s.

3. Don’t be intimidated

There was a huge roar on the 14th hole when Tiger spectacularly birdied a 40-foot putt. The crowd roared believing that he would make a run against Phil. In past tournaments, many players have been intimidated by Tiger’s attacks and ended up blowing up their game. Phil did not. He stayed focused. Here’s our third lesson from Phil: If you are going to win, you must choose to stay focused on your personal path and realize that you have every chance at winning as the other players. Winning is not a birth-right for a select few. You have to continously believe in yourself, which leads me to:

4. Believe in your dreams

Phil admitted that he has struggled against Tiger. In an interview after the game, he said, “For 10 years I’ve struggled against Tiger. This sure feels great to go head-to-head … and over the last five or six holes when he’s making a run, it was fun to match him with birdies.” (Source: AP through pga.com). Here’s our fourth lesson from Phil: You must believe in yourself and your abilities. It doesn’t matter what may have happened to you in the past. What matters is what you believe right now. You can do it. As Norman Vincent Peale used to say, “You can if you think you can”.

5. Give yourself the best chance

Mickelson has had a rough summer. He had a wrist injury that cost him lots of games, putting him out of contention for any of the tournaments and only recently has he been able to swing without flinching. But when he came to Boston this week, Phil was ready to go. He played three good rounds of golf to put himself in contention for the fourth round. Phil started the day in 3rd position but he shot a 5 under 66 to win the tournament. Here’s our fifth lesson from Phil: You have to up your game in the crucial moments of life. That’s how you give yourself the best chance to win.

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