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‘PRINCIPLES OF WINNING’ EXCLUSIVE COLUMN BY DESMOND CLARK

INTERNAL BEFORE EXTERNAL

THE WILL TO DO THE WORK

Author James Allen (As A Man Thinketh) wrote, “Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.” Commonly I find, initially, this statement to be accurate when speaking and coaching professionals. We often want our exterior experience to show better than our internal excellence (or lack of) can or sometimes, is willing to produce.

When I became better internally, my external experience was enhanced.

I was signed by the Chicago Bears in 2003 and paid top 10 salary for a starting tight end in the NFL. 2003, ok year. 2004 and 2005, subpar. Only 24 catches in each off those seasons. Then, I started hearing the whispers - maybe the Bears should look for a better tight end. Maybe one who can stretch the field more. One who can make more of an impact for our pedestrian offense.

I heard it, the talk. It pissed me off really.

I wanted my stats to be better. Of course, who wouldn’t.

The offseason of 2006, I dedicated myself to my training, diet, and becoming a better tight end.

Going into the season I achieved my lowest best body fat percentage in my career. I was in the best shape of my career. I was focused. I studied more, trained different, internally I was better. My mental and physical approach to my craft was better and different.

And, that’s point. Because I became different by becoming better internally, my external experience was enhanced. In 2006, I had my best year as a pro.

In my Michael Jackson singing voice - “I’m starting with the man in the mirror, I’m asking him to change his ways. If you want to make the world a better place, take a look in the mirror and make the change.”

Let’s be great.

We all want to but who’s going to be willing to do the work that’s required? ∎

DESMOND CLARK

Speaker, Author & Former NFL Player
 www.awarenessties.us/desmondclark Empowering sales professionals and leaders with ‘Principles of Winning’ to create a standard of excellence, Desmond Clark is a former star NFL Tight End, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Author, Speaker, and Inspirational Business Coach. During his 12 year tenure in the NFL, he played with the Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, and 8 years with the Chicago Bears, retiring as the second leading Tight End in Bears history for catches, yards, and touchdowns behind only Hall of Famer Mike Ditka. Before entering into the NFL, Desmond set Wake Forest University receiving records and finished his college career as all-time leading receiver in Atlantic Coast Conference history and a degree in communications. For more information about the ‘Principles of Winning’ group coaching course call 863.581.5161 or email desmond@dezclarkspeaks.com.

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