Friday, October 11, 2013

Finish Line Thinking

One of my friends, Nicky Billou wrote a book - Finish Line Thinking - How to Think Like a Champion.   I know Nicky to be creative, driven and a real person.

From the dust cover:

Champions engage in what author and high performance guru Nicky Billou calls Finish Line ThinkingTM. What is Finish Line ThinkingTM? It's the science of how to think and win like a champion. Packed with his trademark insight, and his years of experience in working with Olympic Champions, world record holders, business champions, and thought leaders, and backed by the research of Dr. Anders Ericson and Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth, Finish Line Thinking lays out the 13 Principles of How to Think and Win Like a Champion. These principles will change your life, if you take the time to learn and apply them.

Finish Line Thinking involves 13 Principles of Success.  I like books that simplify and clarify so I love this list.

He hooked me on his first 2.  His first 2 principles are eat right and exercise daily.   Being healthy supports success.  Of course you know I embrace these.  I like to work out first thing.  These dark early mornings (like pitch black today at 5:30) do not inspire me as much as light in the morning.  So lately I have been using one of my mantras "successful people do tough things"

Other Principles include things like.  Expect to win.  Surround yourself with good people that will help you get to where you need to go. Set big goals.  And be willing to do things you have never done before.

He is big on daily habits which is also in sync with my thinking.   This is his 13th principle and the one he says is most important.

He is a coach (actually has coached Gold Olympic athletes) so he really believes in coaching.  "A coach will hold you accountable". 

Loved the book.  Seems like he took most of my good ideas (which is awesome).

This quote from the book sums up what finish line thinking is:

It’s keeping the finish line in mind, every day. Champions know what their finish line is.

There is a good video interview of Billou here.

And Victoria "enjoying" applesauce.


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