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To separate yourself from the crowd, you must stand out in a sea of average. To stand out, you must be willing to do the little things that average people are not doing.

When confidence, composure, and consistency are woven together the result is competitive excellence.

Find your excellence today.


Learn How to Fail Successfully

Why do so many people talk about the importance of failing successfully? What does that even mean?

No one likes to fail. Especially people who are striving for competitive excellence.

Thankfully, failing successfully has nothing to do with liking it.

Failing successfully means you use your failure to propel you to success rather than accepting the defeat.

Three things you can do to fail successfully are:

  • Learn the Lesson
  • Keep Trying
  • Build a Success Bank

To learn more about these strategies, check out this article.

Confidence Connection: Confidence is about being your best when your best is needed. You can’t be afraid of failure and you can’t let it defeat you.


Pull Yourself Together Man!

Legendary basketball coach John Wooden described composure as poise.

Wooden defined poise as “being true to oneself, not getting rattled, thrown off, or unbalanced regardless of the circumstance or situation.”

People without poise panic under pressure. A competitive environment will increasingly challenge your composure.

When you have poise, you will be able to perform your best no matter how good or bad the situation is. You will understand what you need to do and be able to do it.

To develop poise, you must have a brave heart in all circumstances, be true to your own character, and believe in yourself even when others don’t.

Composure Connection: Being able to perform when it counts the most separated the great from the average. To perform under pressure, you can’t be thrown off track in any circumstance.


Eat to Win!

Eating right for athletes is not about salads and counting calories.

Proper athlete nutrition is about getting enough carbs and protein at the right times each day.


  • Eat a full meal 3-4 hours before the start of the event (not warm-ups). Get plenty of carbs with this meal.
  • Have a snack with 30 grams of easily digestible carbs and less than 10g of protein one hour prior to the event.


  • Drink 4 – 8 ounces of fluid every 15 – 20 minutes. One gulp equals 1 ounce.
  • If the event is longer than 2 hours, have a snack of easily digestible carbs at the halfway point.


  • Consume 40-50 grams of carbs and 20 grams of protein within 45 minutes after the event.
  • Two hours after the event, have a meal with 50-100 grams of carbs and 20-40 grams of protein.

Consistency Connection: Getting enough fuel at the right times is essential for optimal performance. You put hours into training your body. Getting the right amount of nutrition will help you get the most out of your training.

Quote of the Week:

“Leaders are like eagles. They don’t flock. You’ll find them one at a time.” – Knute Rockne

Be excellent this week. Do the opposite of average!

Yancey Sanderson
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