Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Updates: Been, Doing & Going

Since I'm now contributing to STACK Sports ( see my articles here), I'm going to transition the blog a bit to more of what I'm doing, thinking and sharing.  Going to kick the elev8 Questions back into gear as those will still be found here on the blog as well. For now, here is a quick update!

Elevate Educate Rejuvenate is continuing to grow, adding new partners and speaking engagements. Reaching thousands of student-athletes and hundreds of coaches over the last year, it's been a joy to share positive messages and also see myself grow; both as a presenter and person.

While I also continue to lead workshops for the Positive Coaching Alliance across Colorado and enjoying opportunities in Arizona & Utah over the last 18 months presenting for the PCA.  Their mission to develop better athletes and better people has continued to expand and I've enjoyed being a small part of it.

One of my favorite speakers and humans in the world is author Jon Gordon.  I've been privileged to do a bit of video editing work for him the last few months.  You can find some of them on his YouTube channel as well as his social media accounts.  Editing his talks is like pounding positivity into the brain; edit, cut, repeat... and I love hearing his messages he shares, to both huge audiences and NFL teams.

This past August I hosted our first Elev8 Leadership Summit, receiving wonderful feedback from guests and those a part of the event.  Here is a clip of keynote speaker, Ryan Harris.

"My players and coaches couldn't say enough on how much they took away from your leadership summit a few weeks ago. Thank you for inviting us"
- Erie High School Football

"Thanks for putting on the event last month.  It was great.  Shame on me for not making it mandatory for my athletes on their week off."  
- Green Mountain High School Football

Another event is in the works for this school year.  If you'd like to share your input as we plan, I would greatly appreciate your insight on this survey, if you are in Colorado!

Something I'm excited for that is around the corner is going back to Iowa to present at the Ed Thomas Family Foundation Leadership Academy to 500 student-athletes.  Having played alongside a few men who played for coach Thomas, I consider it a honor.  I'm humbled to be a part of this great event and thrilled to be back in Iowa to serve others.

While back in the area that supported me as a college athlete, I'm also doing a free session for student-athletes and coaches with the Iowa Youth Sports Initiative.

The Elevate Educate Rejuvenate offices have moved, and since I work out of the home - our family has as well.  My wife and I have moved to Arvada, CO to a larger place to grow our family.  We are excited to be fully settled and hopefully have you over sometime! To follow more of my journey to a  positive destination, see below.   Have a question, idea or topic I should write about, email me; I'd love to hear it!

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

What you DON'T do Matters, too

Athletes tend to have a very active mindset.
  • What do we need to do to win?
  • We've gotta train.
  • We've gotta watch film.
  • We've gotta practice the right way.
  • We've gotta simulate what we're going to encounter during games and make sure we're prepared for it.
  • We gotta do this, do that, and do a million other things.
But what about what we don't do?
Truth is, what we don't do can often have a greater impact on our success than what we do. In striving to become a better athlete and the best version of yourself, what things can you eliminate from your life that would help you accelerate toward your goals?
Brian Kight, CEO of Focus 3, defines behavior simply and effectively. I like his definition, so we will use it here. Brian states that behavior is what we do, what we don't do and how we do it.
For student-athletes, there are some obvious things to avoid. Don't drink. Don't use or abuse drugs. Don't mistreat or disrespect people. The great athletes have a longer list of things they don't or won't do. They don't waste time. They don't waste energy and time trying to change things they have no control over. They don't ignore the power of good recovery. They don't rely on food that isn't good fuel. They don't miss opportunities to get better.
All of your competitors have the same 24-hour day and seven-day week that you have to work with. The question is who's most efficient with their 24/7? To create more time to get better, you have to eliminate something. Maybe that's time spent browsing social media or hours playing Fortnite, or any other activity that's largely unproductive for your athletic, academic and/or personal goals.
This isn't to say you should leave yourself no time to unwind and relax, you absolutely should, but we do not want the most important activities to our success to feel like a "to-do" list. We don't want to create a mindset where we're simply looking to get in and out of the weight room or film room or trainer's room or study hall as quickly as possible simply so we can say we did it. When you eliminate the things that won't serve you as a person and as an athlete striving to be your best, your focus will be more drawn to doing what you need to do, and doing it not just to say you did it, but to actually reap the full benefits that activity has to offer.
When you read about athletes with tremendous work ethic, figures like LeBron James, Tom Brady and Corey Kluber, it can seem like they must have extra hours in the day to get done all they seem to accomplish. But the truth is they're simply masters of efficiency who've also nailed down the things they won't waste time and energy on.
For many of these high achievers, those habits started well before they became pros. As a senior at Serra High School (San Mateo, California), Brady made it a habit to invite his receivers over to his home for lunch every Sunday. While they ate, Brady would work through the team's most recent game film, pinpointing things both he and his receivers could do better moving forward. According to ESPN, the sessions rarely lasted less than three hours.
So, how can you better your routine through elimination? One way to check in and evaluate how you're spending your time is to "STOP, START & CONTINUE."
Reflect on your previous week.
What is it that you need to STOP doing? What is it that you think you should START doing? Lastly, what should you CONTINUE doing that's helping you?
Odds are, you'll find plenty of opportunities for improvement via elimination. And maybe that elimination will help you get more sleep or spend more time on your nutrition or take better care of your body or excel at greater levels inside the class room, or become a better teammate.
Again, you've only got so much time to work with. How are you going to spend it?

Tyler Johnson - Tyler Johnson is a former NCAA football captain and sports business professional in the MLB and NBA. He is the creator of Elevate Educate Rejuvenate, an athlete-driven endeavor with the mission to elevate positive mindsets, educate student-athletes and rejuvenate routines.

Friday, July 27, 2018

elev8 Questions with Max Borghi, Washington St. RB

1) Greatest sports memory thus far in your career? 

I have had some great memories in sports in my career. I have won many different championships and played in many different “big time” games. My best memories come from football, specifically high school football. I always loved playing our big in town rival, Ralston Valley because everyone in the town showed up, all my buddies were on that team ... Loved making big plays against them, will never forget hurdling a kid and taking it back for 6!! That was my favorite play of my career. Although the end goal was always to win a state championship; so getting back there my senior year (healthy this time) and playing that game was a great memory. Finally reaching what my team and I have been working for and in a crazy shootout game!! Loved it. Will never forget that game and the moment we took the trophy home. 

2) Most influential Coach you’ve had so far and why?

I have had many coaches who have impacted me greatly as a football player and a person. Coach Madden has taught me things I can’t describe and brought my mental toughness and game to a whole different level. Coach Madden was hard on me, but only because he saw my potential and wanted me to be great. The way he coached, shaped me into the man I am. He taught me strengths as fighting adversity and to never settle. He has helped me for the next level and I am forever grateful for him. 

3) Teammate that elevated your level of play the most? 

Max practicing at Washington State
Right now in college, competing with some absolute ballers!! James Williams, WSU #32 and I have been going at it ever since I got up in January. He has pushed me and I have pushed him as we both want to be great and have big dreams.

4) Adversity is competitions shadow I say; what’s one way you focus to defeat those shadows that show up?

I just focus on my job and what I can do to be great. Adversity comes with everything, and I believe if I just focus up and steer my head into what needs to happen, I will make it happen. You can’t chose what adversity is going to come, but you can chose how to react to it. Focus, hard work, and grit can kill any shadow.

5) What’s the biggest difference early on from high school to NCAA football? 

One thing I love is everyones willingness to be great. Not a single person has a poor attitude, which just spreads a great energy to work in. Spring ball showed me how big of a difference it is from high school to college ball, the speed of the game is at least twice as fast which is great. Every little inch matters.

6) Advice to kids wanting to playing at the NCAA level?

Max with the Gold Helmet Award
Have some grit! Stand out, make plays, put some magic on film! Obviously everyone wants to make it to the next level, but what are you going to do in order to separate yourself from the rest? Work your a** off!!!! Perfect your craft, and never be satisfied. Always so much more to learn. Do everything in your own power to make coaches notice you, attend camps, showcases, send out film. Be the hardest worker, always. Go the extra mile and show why you can be a great advocate for a college.

7) If you could rewind back just a few years to 16 year old Max; go back in time and tell yourself one truth you’ve learned since then through competition, what would it be?

Remain humble, and work hard. Dreams don’t become reality without hard work. Actions speak louder than your words. If I want to prove what I am capable of I am going to show it, not tell it. There is always someone right behind you wanting that spot... what are you going to do to separate yourself and be great?

8) Definition of Success?

When goals become reality through hard work and perseverance.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Summertime Seperation

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Ahhh summer. Long lunches, leaving the office early, family trips, vacation time, and juuust getting by. It’s all about enjoying your life, right??

Yes. And NO!
Summer—in all its beauty—presents one of the fiercest challenges to productivity you will face all year.
Yet it’s during these lazy days of summer when you can create your success while others slack.
While others push their meetings to tomorrow, next week, next month...
While others wait to reassess hiring until September...
Or (my personal favorite from the NFL) while others decide to workout when it’s “convenient”...
...YOU have the opportunity to create success for yourself.
When it comes to summertime work ethic, especially in July, there are plenty of understandable and undesirable actions you could take. And even though the Golden State Warriors and Washington Capitals have already won their championships, we can actually turn to baseball to give us the blueprint for success during these summer months.
I’ll explain.
After the opening day excitement winds down, as the final school field trips to the ballpark end, and as hitters get a third and fourth look at pitchers on every staff, let’s not forget that summer is when the great teams and eventual champions separate themselves from the pack.
Just look at the Colorado Rockies. In May they were #1 in the NL West. Now, in the summer of separation, the Rockies find themselves in fourth place. All the while the perennial playoff Dodgers are closing in on the Arizona Diamondbacks (who leapt the Rockies with both teamwork and production).
In the NFL, this would be the time that I and the other pros who lasted—who won—would work our absolute hardest. Putting in four to seven workouts per week.
Sometimes I would do two workouts a day to get my body ready for the 14-hour grueling practices, day after day after day after day.
The best NFL coaches use summer time to study the first four opponents of the season. The coaches study tirelessly so they can focus better when on the field and get home earlier in the evening to see their families during the season.
Even the best in broadcasting begin to look at the storylines for the teams they will be covering.
The best of every industry beat summer with disciplined work. Summertime ambition and drive are what get the best to succeed.
This summer, set yourself up for success by separating yourself from others in your field through the work you do.  
Can you arrive earlier?
Can you get a jump start on your autumn work?
Can you stay at the office while others leave early?
Can you set a meeting schedule for the busy months of Q3, Q4?
Can you take a webinar on a new skill/technique/trend in your area?
Can you prep for an upcoming meeting to learn more about a future client?

Where is the infamous backlog of tasks that you can work on to increase overall productivity?
Every pro in every sport knows the opportunity that summer brings.  
This summer, look at what you can do to succeed as others go from 1st to 4th.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

elev8 Questions with Dallas Davis, former CSU Football Captain

1) Can you tell us about your role and day-to-day with the Colorado Rockies?
I am the Assistant Director for the Community Affairs Department. I help manage programing to assist in fulfilling our clubs philanthropic mission. Day-to-day is always different.
Dallas Davis

2) Greatest memory as an athlete?

1st college touchdown in 1997 Holiday Bowl.

3) Most influential coach you had and why?

Everyone knows about Sonny and how great he was. I’ve had so many great youth coaches as well so.. Al Minatta was my soccer coach growing up. He poured everything he could into us and made it fun.

4) Teammate that elevated your game the most and how?
So many great teammates. Can’t pick just one. The whole receiving core at CSU!

5) What are three key skills college football taught you, you use in your professional and/or personal life?

1. Time management

2. How to work with different people and at times challenging environments.
Dallas speaking with a CSU student.

3. To have a sense of urgency, nothing is guaranteed.

6) Advice to high school athletes looking to play sports at the next level?

Anyone can have a good game/season. The great ones are consistent. Consistently work hard and work smart. Constantly evaluate yourself and how you can get better.

7) If you could go back and tell 16 year old Dallas one truth you’ve learned through sports, what would it be?

Just because you had a good year, doesn’t guarantee you will have more. Always strive to work harder because it will all be over soon. Take care of your body!

8) Definition of Success?

Consistently doing something in a way that is positive and beneficial to more than just yourself.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

elev8 Questions with Super Bowl Champion Derrick Martin

1) Greatest Sports Memory?

Winning SB XLVI

2) Most influential coach you had in your career and why?

Besides my high school coaches. Darren Perry from Green Bay. He played the game, knew the game, and was able to make it clear to me how to have a long career.

3) Was there a teammate(s) that elevated your level of play, how so?

Ed Reed, He knew the game better than anybody I came across in my career. When i was a rookie he helped me understand the lay of the land and how to make it in the NFL.

4) Greatest Leader you’ve been around as a player and why?

As a player, Probably Ray Lewis. His words were so impactful on a young player who grew up watching him play.

5) Adversity is competitions shadow, is there a time you remember you can share about overcoming an adverses time or situation? 

I have been cut, traded and every time is the same. You have to grind! The game never changes. When in the game you have to stay ready so you never have to get ready! you never know when that call will come.

6) Advice to kids wanting to play at the NCAA level? 

Get good grades! There are over 2000 schools in the US and the main reason kids don't get to play at the next level is because their grades don't permit.,

7) If you could go back and tel 16 year old Derrick one truth you learned about live from playing football at the highest level, what would it be?

No days off! If you really want you have to put the time in. The difference between playing football and not playing is the one that grinds will be prepared when the time comes to show up!

8) Definition of Success?

The definition of success is based on your goals! No one can define success for you! If you set a goal and you reach that goal that is success. The objective is not to make small goals that are easily obtainable but to make huge goals that your are excited to reach!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Great Teammates D-up the Drama Triangle

We’ve probably all experienced bad teammates or team chemistry with poor reactions. While Phil Jackson is famous for the triangle offense, Stephen Karpman is not so famous for what he created called the drama triangle. At first, the dreaded drama triangle might sound like a defense designed to stop Phil’s famous offense, however the drama triangle is the defense we deploy on our own teams.

Debbie Downers. Energy Vampires. Pessimists. We call them all kinds of odd names, but the three roles that encapsulate the drama triangle are the victim, the persecutor and the rescuer. We’ve all at some point in time played all of these roles and once we enter the triangle of, we all end up in the victim role.

The first way to escape the triangle is being able to recognize which of the three we most often find ourselves in as drama and disagreement unfolds.

The VICTIM feels helpless, nothing they can do will help, powerless, challenged by small issues, has a narrow perspective and adopts the ‘Why Me’ attitude.

The PERSECUTOR is authoritative, acts superior, blames others, critical, controlling and is the ‘I’m right, you are wrong’ type.

The RESCUER looks for others problems to solve over facing their own, enables the victim, feels guilty if they don’t help and is the ‘Let me Help you’ archetype.

I believe if you are honest with yourself you’ll spot the role you most often fall into. Now, the role you fall into may depend on your environment. You may play the victim to your family under adversity and the persecutor with your peers problems. Ever had a friend give you unsolicited advice trying to help solve your problem?

We enter the triangle when someone on our team takes on the role of the victim or persecutor. Then we emotionally drag others into the conflict, seeking a rescuer. As other’s get involved in the drama, we move about these roles depending on how situations play out. If the rescuer is always coming to the rescue, they are really becoming a victim of someone else inefficiencies. As conflict contunues you’ll work your way to each of the roles, leaving a trail of unproductive emotional waste.

Here’s how we defend the drama and get back on offense in life.

If you feel like a victim, realize the truth and facts of the matter probably are not as bad as they seem.

-  Look at things from the perspective of WHAT CAN I DO to get better?
-  Reflect or journal on the positive things in your life.
-  Share gratitude with teammates who are there for you
-  Begin to problem solve, no matter how small the steps to solving may seems

If you feel like a Persecutor, realize that it’s probably like the old saying goes; “if you aren’t helping solve the problem, you’re probably just adding to it.”

-  Challenge and help others to elevate them to team standards
-  Create relationships were you can hold each other accountable to your created standards
-  Establish boundaries of where you can and can not be of help/aide.
-  Be fair, but unwavering in your allowing of negativity to drain your emotional resources.

If you feel likes the Rescuer, realize that when we often look for other’s problems to solve we are avoiding our own. Rescuers have positive intentions, but end up with negative effects of not confronting themselves.

-  Give support and encouragement instead of answers
-  Search for what they can do to solve the problem, what do they really want.
-  Establish boundaries of where you can and can not be of help/aide.
-  Teach and Coach them how to handle now or in the future when a similar issue arrises
-  Focus on small improvements in your life and you’ll be better at helping others when required.

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