Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Are You An 11?

Take a few deep breaths. Now ask yourself: Am I an 11? So are you? Do you even know what an 11 is? Any wild guesses? OK, so ask yourself this: Are you in charge of your own greatness?

Let's take this opportunity to answer what the heck is an 11?

  • awesome people striving to be successful in all areas of life
  • trustworthy and dependable
  • goal oriented and make success happen
  • people who pull other's up spiritually, mentally and physically
  • pleasant to be around
  • people who do the right thing all the time
  • loving and respectful to others, especially their family
  • leaders and do the right thing, even if criticized
When you take charge of your own greatness, you have become an 11. Everyone can become an 11, it's just a matter of attitude. A sign in the Dallas Cowboy's weightroom reads:

It takes no talent to hustle.
Those who give it their all, every day, are Elevens!

Most of us are 11's some of the time, but the challenge is being an 11 all of the time. My goal is to raise my bar of excellence by continually striving to be a better person based on the list above. I am going to pick one principle and take action to improve. Then while holding true to that principle, I will pick another one and work on that. It's going to take time, patience and intention. My goal is to make the most of my turn and take charge of my own greatness.

Do you know your priorities? If not, I suggest you sit down and start plotting your journey to becoming an 11. Take charge of your own greatness. Good luck!

Today's workout: 5 mile run. RUN ON!

We must be the change we want to see in the world.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

This information was taken from the Bigger Faster Stronger (BFS) program I purchased several months back. The book is "Be An 11. Guidebook for Success". There are lots of self-improvement programs out there and the reason I chose this one was because it's a program I can model and implement with my own children. It gives lots of great examples of success stories and not so successful stories.


Dan Seifring said...

Thanks for the info on BFS. It's new to me but I ordered the catalog.

Carly said...

Happy New Year! thanks for a great post and points to ponder.

Oz Runner said...

Haven't heard of that book, I'll have to check it out...."11" reminds me of the movie Spinal Tap, where he says his guitar is louder "because it goes up to 11."

Janice said...

things that make you go... hmmmmm, what do I need to change in my life to be an 11..... thanks for the info

J said...

Very cool! I love how you always make me think while and after reading your posts! I hope that implementing this works for you!

AKA Alice said...

I like that you mentioned modeling these qualities for your children. That's so important. I think the toughest one is being pleasant to be around (all the time). I'd guess around finals, I'm a bear :-(

Thanks for posting this. I love it!

Kelly said...

I think sometimes I'm not too pleasant to be around... sometime I just don't want to talk to anyone.

I definitely need to work on that.

Have a good new year!

Adam said...
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Adam said...

Thanks for the words of wisdom!!! I think I have 1 of 8 points covered, I have plenty of room for improvement.

Happy New Year.

BFS looks interesting.

The Happy Runner said...

Ha! OMG -- Oz Runner has it spot-on. That's exactly what came into my mind! Ha!

Great post. I really like the idea of striving to be an 11, and your plan to do so sound smart.

Trishie said...

hey -- thanks for stopping by! love the idea of 'being an 11' and will continue to strive for it in 09 :)

Michelle J said...

That is so strive to be an 11!!! Thank you for that!!!

It has been a pleasure to get to know you and i hope we can continue our friendship into 2009!!!

Happy New Year Nike MOM!!!!!

RunToFinish said...

what a really great post! I may have to checkout that book as this sounds right up my alley1

Anonymous said...

Might have a new book to read.

carrie said...

Your positive attitude is contagious. Loved this post!

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