His words and presence were powerful. The result? First-year quarterback, Andrew Luck, threw for an NFL rookie-record 433 yards and helped lead his team to victory. The players’ comments were equally impressive. Veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne said, “As a team, we know that probably his best medicine is for us to continue to win.” And defensive stalwart, Dwight Freeney, simply stated, “Forget the game, it was just good to see him on his feet.”
The ability to inspire is a two-way street. As Coach Pagano faces a battle like none other, his courageous fight against (as he puts it) “his circumstances” is not only inspiring to his team but motivating to so many across the nation and around the world.
The importance and significance of being #Chuckstrong transcends sports. Coach Pagano’s approach is applicable to each of us in how we pursue our goals and in how we live our lives. There are going to be many detractors and naysayers along the journey and there will be obstacles in your path. But possessing the ability to live in the vision you have and not in the circumstances of what you are faced with is what will ultimately enable you to achieve the success you desire.
Let’s all start living in the vision and not in the circumstances we are facing.
According to a USA Today (Monday, November 5, 2012) article, we have learned that Coach Pagano’s doctors have said he has passed the standard test administered to leukemia patients with flying colors. His oncologist and associate professor of medicine at the Indiana University Health Simon Cancer Center, Larry Cripe, said Pagano is now considered to be in remission. Although that doesn’t mean he’s cured, we know Coach Pagano will keep fighting.
Guest article by Kevin Conroy Smith of the Kevin Smith Agency.
When it comes to your personal brand your shoes and their color send a message. Every detail sends a message. When figuring out your brand, remember this: what makes you weird, makes you unique and therefore makes you stand out. Visual identity plays a significant role in the way you present yourself to both people you know and people you have not yet met.
In the past, the visual part of your identity was the way your business card or resume looked. With today’s age of social technology, where the first thing people do when they meet you or hear your name is Google you, visuals have become an even more important part of your brand.
You must find ways to tell your brands story with visuals. When it comes to the web, you are judged solely on what people can observe. Here is something to think about: if I were to ask you to tell me about one of your friends from high school that you haven’t seen in years but were friends with on Facebook, what would you be able to tell me about them? My guess is that you would know a lot about them. Based on what? That message you are sending your “friends” and “followers” is crucial to your brand identity because that is the only message they are getting in some cases. Do you know what message you are sending?
Here are ten key tips to get started:
Set a mission statement for your life.
Write down your mission.
Find 10 key "words" that describe your mission/vision.
Set "brand guidelines" for your social networking sites.
Once a week review your online presence (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and make sure it is aligned with your mission.
Do a brand audit once a year to review your brand in depth.
Research the platforms you use to promote your brand (Facebook, etc.) so you understand how to be most effective.
Make sure that your business mission is aligned with your personal mission.
Set daily activities to achieve your "mission" long-term.
Be intentional with every single thing you do. EVERYTHING!