Win The Day

The concept of “win the day” has caught some attention in recent years.   The University of Oregon and their former coach, Chip Kelly, used it to motivate their players to stay on task each and every day.   It’s really pretty simple, but for many of us, including myself, we struggle with the execution of it.

We struggle doing the small tasks daily, that will make a big difference for the goal we’re trying to accomplish.  But why is that?  The only way to truly answer that, is to look at yourself right now, and to figure out what’s stopping you from winning the day and getting you one step closer to accomplishing your goal.

Set a goal, create a plan to achieve it, then go to work.  That’s easy to say and even write, but for a lot of us, we fail at one of those stages.  Maybe even all of those stages.  We might do well at setting the goal but fail to create a plan on achieving it.  Or we might create a plan but fail at executing it.  That’s where “win the day” comes into play.

Take a look at your day.  What will it take today to win it?  Keep in mind that to win, you only have to be 1 point or 1% better.  So for example, if you break out your day into 10 actions, then you only have to complete 6 of those to win the day.  And if you do that 4 out of the 7 days in a week, then you win the week.  If you do that 16 days out of 30 days in a month, then you win the month, so on and so forth.

You can see how that will add up quickly and build up confidence on the goal you’re trying to accomplish.  We often think that success comes down to one big moment, but in reality, it comes down to thousands of smaller moments. Moments that you can either attack and try to win, or moments you can choose to skip and decide to tell yourself you’ll do it later.  That decision may not seem like a big deal, but it’s add up, and eventually, it will bite you.  Think about it as compound interest.  Over time, if applied correctly, your daily actions will eventually build enough of a foundation that it’s not possible for you to fail, at least in the traditional sense.

“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing.  You don’t win once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time.  Winning is a habit.  Unfortunately, so is losing.” – Vince Lombardi

This is such a powerful quote from the late Vince Lombardi, who has coached, hundreds if not thousands of individual winners as well as created several winning teams.  The power of winning and what it can do for your confidence is such an amazing thing.

Here’s 5 habits all winners share:*

  1. Winners have positive self-esteem – Self esteem is a person’s overall evaluation or appraisal of her or his own worth.
  2. Winners are optimistic – Optimism is expecting the most favorable result from your actions.  Winners not only think positively, they obsess about it.
  3. Winners have positive self motivation – Focus on where you want to go instead of the obstacles in your path.  Drive and persistence will take you to your desired destination.  Don’t allow fear to restrict or defeat your goals.
  4. Winners have a high internal standard – With a high internal standard you’re driven from within and not affected by what others think or the outcome of the situation.
  5. Winners have positive self discipline – You may be motivated to succeed but you have to constantly work toward your goals.  Practice, practice, practice.  Excellence isn’t a one week or one year ideal.  It’s a constant.

Everyone of us can be a winner, but you have to be committed to continuous growth and improvement.  Athletes of all ages can be and should be taught this.  We all know that for most of us, sports will eventually stop, but the value of learning to become a winner can be applied to all aspects of our life.

Losers complain.  Winners train and gain.  Losers seek attention.  Winners earn respect.  Losers blame others for their problems.  Winners find solutions.  Losers live in the past.  Winners learn from their past to better their futures.

It’s time to get excited about YOUR dreams and to take responsibility for YOUR decisions.  Break out your day into smaller actions and start WINNING THE DAY!!!

*Some of this information was taken from, “Psychology Of The Winner”

Written by: Tim Kane

Timothy J Kane, EzineArticles Basic Author

Compound Interest & How It Affects Your Life

Here’s a question for everyone:

If given the choice between a million dollars and a penny that you would get 30 days from now, what would you choose?

Now what if I told the million dollars will be a million dollars but the penny will double every day (Day 1 = .01; Day 2 = .02, Day 3 = .04, etc), what would you choose then?

If you chose a million dollars then congratulations you’ll be RICH on day 30, but if you chose the penny then congratulations you’ll be even RICHER!!  How does that work, you ask?

Let’s do the math:


That’s the power of compound interest.  This is not a new concept and anyone that has a 401k or retirement fund should understand it.  But how does it relate to what we do every single day?  The formula for success in anything, is a few simple disciplines, repeated every day. Decisions you make on any given day will compound on itself over time.

This can either work for you or against you. Let me explain with a few examples.  Let’s say you make a decision today to eat one medium sized donut.  The calories in that one donut is 195.  Will that one donut affect your diet today?  Probably not.  195 calories can easily be worked off.  But what if you had a donut every day for 30 days?  That’s a total of 5,850 calories.  Will those 30 donuts affect your diet?  Probably so, but you could still work that off if you made a decision to stop after 30 days.  But what if you had a donut every day for 6 months?  That’s roughly 35,100 calories and not good calories mind you.  Will that affect your diet?  Absolutely.  If you ate a donut every day for 6 months you would absolutely see the effects and not in a positive way.  That’s compound interest working against you.


Let’s see how it can work for you. What if you decided to run 1 mile today?  Will running 1 mile once affect you today?  Probably not.  Sure you might be hurting from that mile, but one day of it won’t all of sudden put you in Olympic athlete shape.  But what if you ran 1 mile every day for 30 days?  That’s 30 miles ran.  Will that affect you?  Possibly.  We’re getting closer and you’re starting to develop a healthy habit.  Now what if you ran 1 mile every day for 6 months?  That’s 180 miles ran.  You’re probably still not in Olympic athlete shape, but you’ve built a solid foundation to grow from and can start adding mileage much quicker.  In fact, if you started running just 1 mile a day, eventually you would want to add to it and it’s recommended that you add just 10% per week to help avoid injury.  Now let’s say instead of 10% you decided to increase your daily mileage by 5% per week.  Easy enough.  At the end of 6 months your daily mileage would be 3.39 miles per day.  If you kept that exact mileage up for 180 days you would have ran 610.20 miles.  That’s roughly 25 miles per week.  The impact on your health and training would be tremendous.  Chances are, you’d increase your mileage faster than that, but you would have created a daily habit that will stick with you and the compound interest effect would build on itself putting you in position to accomplish just about any goal.


Each day comes down to a bunch of small decisions that at the time doesn’t seem like a big deal and for that day they’re not, but that same decision made every day can compound either for you or against you. As an athlete you make decisions every day on preparing for your sport.  You might decide to cut the workout short one day then the next then the next and so on.  Thinking that not running one of the sprints or not doing the last set would ever hurt you.  It’s just one day, right?  That decision will absolutely affect your performance and not in a good way, but the great thing about compound interest is, you can make it work for you.  If you make a decision to put in just a little bit of extra work every day, over time that will have a huge impact on how you perform.

We often see success and think it was luck or maybe just a bunch of natural talent, but what we don’t see is all the blood, sweat and tears put into the daily work. Walter Payton, one of my favorite athletes of all times, had off season workouts where he literally ran until he threw up.  How many of us can say we’ve pushed ourselves that far?  And more importantly, how many of us can say they’ve pushed themselves that far EVERY DAY?

Today that changes. Make a commitment that you will take each and every decision serious no matter how big or small.  The small decisions are not always the most fun, but when you compound them over time, they can and will have a huge impact.  Remember, the formula for success in anything, is a few simple disciplines, repeated every day.

Attack the day by handling the simple disciplines.  It may only be worth a penny today but compounded over time it may be worth millions!


“If you think small things don’t matter, think of the last game you lost by one point.”