Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

Jun 19, 2014 | #Athletics, #Blog, #Fitness, #Win in Life

We’ve all been in one before.

You know what I’m talking about…

A downtime, a time of under performing, a time when things are just not cranking for you.

All successful athletes have experienced a slump in their career.

All successful businesses at one time weren’t sure how they were going to make it.

As human beings we all have experienced a slump in life…

Some of us have experienced larger one’s than others.

And some of us have experienced slumps that have lasted longer than others.

You may even be in a slump at the moment.

I can feel you my friend…

It was 2001 when I laid face down on the carpet of my 600 sq ft apartment in Tulsa OK in the slump of my life.

A slump that I never asked for.

I was down and out, contemplating if I wanted to go on with my life.  No furniture, no money and no hope.

I remember laying there crying out, “Why me?”   I can feel it like it was yesterday, the feeling of weakness…

physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally.

I was desperate and just hoping someone or something would stop the bleeding. The late nights with the desperate cry to just want the situation to turn around.

The pleading and begging in desperation to just not feel the pain any longer.

The hoping and wishing that someone would rescue me from this nightmare.

The voices that continually bombarded me to convince me that I was a failure, that my life was ruined forever.

The guilt and the shame that felt like bricks weighing me down each day.

To lay my head on the pillow at night with the hope of not awaking.

And each and everyday, I had to get up and go into the real world and act like everything was ok.

Listen, I know what its like tone in a slump my friend!

If you’re breathing you have and you will experience a slump at some time in your life.

and you know what?


You will see why below…

If you’ve been around me at all you’ve heard me say the term, “OWN THE MOMENT!”

own the moment

Owning the moment is a decision.

A decision that no matter what’s going on in life that you WILL choose to OWN THE MOMENT.

It doesn’t matter the situation in life…


OWNING THE MOMENT is knowing that whatever you are going through at the moment, is for a moment and for a reason.

It’s all about how you choose to respond to the slump at that moment that determines your outcome.

Here are my 3 C’s that will guarantee that you WIN during a slump.



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I want for you to commit in 2 ways.

First, Commit yourself now to prepare for the slump.

Say what? You want me to prepare for a downtime?

Thats’ right!

OWN IT. Prepare for it.

Don’t wait for the slump to happen and not be ready. The bottom line is…It’s going to come.

You’re going to face tough times in life.

Obstacles will try to slow you down.

Tough times will come.

You will face adversity.

So choose now to commit to prepare for it.

Commit to believe YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES!

Many slumps happen in life because we self doubt ourselves… We start to lack the belief that we can WIN.

Like my boy said…


Check yourself before you wreck yourself!

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Self doubt and lack of belief in who you are will wreck you!

If left unchecked this self doubt and negative belief will continue to keep you in a slump and prevent you from WINNING in life.

COMMIT now to WINNING by creating a new confidence in who you are. The  belief that you have what it takes.

I made a great post on this not too long ago that can help you determine your “WHAT”, “WHO” and “WHY”

Here ya go…


Start to focus on what is right about you and not the wrongs.

Take a step back and reflect on your WIN’S… your past successes.

Start to be aware of the self doubt and lack of belief and face it straight on…

Confront the heck out of it and eliminate the negaitivty in your life.


When the slump hits you will be ready for it.

Questions To WIN:

1. Did my actions or lack of action put me in this slump?

2. Am I committed to doing what needs to be done NOW in my actions to overcome?


Secondly, when it hit’s, commit yourself to being sold out and dedicated  to overcoming it.

Here is how…


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The second choice you must make during a slump is to choose to be of courage.

Courage is a choice!

Courage is choosing to say, “I don’t care what it looks like, I will choose to WIN!”

Courage is the choice to be STRONG during the slump… STRONG mentally and physically!

Courage is staying strong in the face of pain or a time of grief.


Courage is focusing on what the outcome WILL be and not what currently is.

Many times we  make it worse than it really is. We focus on what we don’t want to happen rather than what we want to happen.

We focus on losing rather than winning.

Start to focus on performing RIGHT…

Focus on making the RIGHT moves.

Focus on making that one RIGHT play.

Focus on closing that deal.

Focus on having a great marriage.

Focus on WINNING instead of the fear of not performing.

“What’s The Meaning In the Moment?”

So many times we look at a slump as a bad thing…

But there are great things that can come out of a slump.

Stop saying “Poor me” and start asking, “Why was I chosen for this?” “Why me?”

You’re going through it for a reason.

Notice I said, going THROUGH it.

One thing you can be sure of is…

It shall pass!

It will end! You will overcome and WIN.

Stop focusing on the slump and start focusing on the outcome.

Ask yourself, “What is the meaning in the moment”.

You can learn a lot about yourself and the situation if you choose to.

You may have not planned for it… I get that!

You didn’t ask for it… I get it!

But you have no idea what is going to come out of this situation… if you choose for it to.

“Why Me?”

This situation you are going through is for a reason.  You may have to walk through and overcome  to become the player you need to be. Once you do WIN, you will then be ready to help someone else win.

Slumps are going to happen! To be a player, a champion and to WIN in life you must learn to OWN THE MOMENT during this slump…during times that may seem like a failure.

Questions To WIN:

1. What’s the meaning in the moment?

2. Am I OWNING THE MOMENT by focusing on the outcome and what’s RIGHT?

Here is why I love a slump…


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It’s during these times that some of the greatest athletes where made.

You will learn crazy, radical things about yourself when it hit’s the fan.

You will take crazy, radical actions during these times that you otherwise may have not taken.

You will build some crazy character if you choose to.

You will grow and become the person you were born to be during these character building moments…


Because you have to!

You will strengthen who you are at the core.

So today, start to train yourself to get ready for the slump.

Start to train yourself emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually.

We live in a society of people that are straight up weak.

Hear me here…

A bad day or a bad game doesn’t cause a slump.

The slump is the result of what you do each and everyday.

The slump and the duration of the slump is a direct correlation of how prepared you are…

Physically, Mentally, Emotionally and Spiritually.

Train yourself now so that you can not be in a slump but go through the slump.

Just like you train your body you must train yourself emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

Use everyday situations to build character and strength.

Become the STRONGEST you can be…





Choose to be courageous and own the moment by training yourself now so when it hits you are ready to go through it and WIN!


You have what it takes!


Coach JC

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