Happy New Year

I think it’s wonderful how excited everyone gets at the start of the new year. The energy, the enthusiasm, the hope for making the next 365 days better than the last. Every year we talk about how much we want to achieve, how much we want to change, how much better for ourselves and others we want to be. Any my hope is that we actually do what it takes to achieve that change. Hope without action is just that, hope. Not change.

Action is what creates change. Newton said it well, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”

Energy is neither created nor destroyed, it merely changes form. Food going into your body gives you energy to move and live and breathe just as gas in a car gives it the ability to drive. Reading books creates new connections in your mind, as does prayer and meditation. What are you going to feed yourself these next 365 days in order to achieve the goals and outcomes you want for the future?

Without small, dedicated action on a daily basis nothing great was ever achieved; and that’s what it takes. Small, dedicated actions and decisions. Every. Single. Day.

Set the goal, figure out what you can do on a daily basis and start there. The big goals are too overwhelming when trying to accomplish all at once. Start small and big things happen. Call it the snowball effect. When you see an avalanche you get overwhelmed with the power and greatness of it all. But how did that avalanche begin? It probably took much longer than you realize…with one snowflake. Over time, more snowflakes accumulate, pack in deep and keep packing until all it takes is a small puff of wind or a pebble to set the entire thing downhill. And how did it all start? One tiny snowflake, barely big enough to feel on the tip of your nose.

So start today, January 1, 2017, or whenever you happen to read this and do one small thing, every single day. Just one small change. That’s it. Develop that new habit. Just one at a time.

Try this one on for size:

One serving of vegetables at any meal. Veggies. Every. Single. Day. Veggies on the side, salad, casserole, more stuff on your burger. It doesn’t matter how small, it matters how often. More vegetables will give your body more nutrients and minerals that will give you the strength to take the next step on your journey.

As the saying goes, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”

Here’s to a wonderful new year and all the best to you and yours. Go Forth.

The Concept of the Drip

I’ve been writing this blog on a daily basis since about the beginning of October on topics relating to sports business and hope you have found what I have written useful. Although I was writing fairly long posts at the beginning of last month, I must admit that it has become quite difficult to come up with relevant, long-form content on a regular basis. I will continue to post daily, but am always looking for ideas on which to write or provide some insight for others. If you have any ideas, please leave a comment below, send me a message on Twitter or LinkedIn or send me an email.

In many ways, this blog is as much about my own growth and development as it is for you, my readers. I certainly try to make everything that I write on here beneficial to others in some way, but recognize that I haven’t provided any cold, hard facts for people to run away with and turn into profit. No, most of what I’ve written about has been at a higher level of thinking aimed at the big picture of sports business and how to do better work and do work that matters. This “50,000 thousand foot view” perspective in my writing is something we discussed on a regular basis in my graduate level marketing class and something that has stuck with me ever since.

I enjoy writing about sports business ideas from this perspective because these ideas are relevant to more people. By drilling down on what works for one organization or the other, sure it would be helpful to a select few, but until I’ve got something that is definitely ready to share on this blog, most of the writing will continue to be geared more toward the higher level and motivational type of content. If there is something specific you’d like to ask me about what works for me, please let me know. There have been a few readers who have already asked me a few questions and given me ideas; you know who you are, so don’t worry – I’m still working on your responses!

So finally after all that, what is the drip? Thanks by the way for reading this far – I appreciate you sticking around to read my blog. The drip is the idea that great work can happen by doing a little bit everyday. By showing up everyday and posting my ideas, thinking out concepts, and sharing what I know with the world, great things will happen. Maybe one of these posts will blow up and change the world forever. Maybe none of these posts will ever reach more than a few hundred or few thousand that stumble across my blog. Either way, by “dripping” everyday something of value as it relates to doing the work that I love, I’m learning, I’m growing, I’m becoming more of that which I already am.

I’ve considered how writing something and posting it online has changed me over the course of the last two months and it’s been profound, yet subtle at the same time. I find myself constantly considering new ideas and new ways of doing business, let alone – what the heck am I going to write about today!? Well, that’s the power of the drip – forcing myself to grow, learn, and articulate something I know will be for the benefit of others as well as myself.

I really hope you enjoy reading Bill’s Sports Business Blog. I’d love to hear from you, so send me a message, a tweet, or leave a comment below.

Go Forth!