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The 5 Ways You Can Become Your Very Best In Whatever You Do!

The 5 Ways You Can Become Your Very Best In Whatever You Do!

The Focus From An Athletics and Business Perspective

The art of doing your very best, I will go through five things that people can do today, that can help you become your very best. One of the biggest mistakes that people make in athletics and business. My main two main focuses are athletics and business, because I’ve being a football coach for almost 16 years, and that for 16 years now, and I’ve operated my business for almost as long. I’ve ridden the highs and lows of that, and as an athlete myself, playing Division one football ,at the University of Connecticut, and riding the highs and lows of being a starter, to be in to being out for a year, to having to come back to being your starter, and grinding to have that success again.

I think I’ve learned a ton about, what it takes to be your very best, and it’s something that’s a daily struggle for every single human being on earth. If you want to successful in what you do then it will always be a challenge. In this article, I want to give you some things that can help you in the process of trying to be your very best.

  • Understanding Your Actionable Goals

Number one: Understanding, understanding what your actionable goals are, and what do I mean by that? is you have things that you want to accomplish either on a daily, or yearly basis, or monthly basis, and you have to have actions for those things, in order to accomplish them.

So, for example if your goal in business is to generate 500,000 dollars in sales in the next six months. Okay, you have to have actual items that are going to take care of each of those things, so let’s start with some things that could be actionable in order to do that. A great example would be creating a Facebook Ads campaign targeting the New York City marketplace in finance. Okay, or financial planning something along those lines, you target that, and then you have the opportunity then to run those ads and generate leads, so that’s a step towards being your best and making that an actual goal.

Another specific actionable goal, might be to hire five salesmen on a commission level, giving them 20 percent commission for every sale that they get, and trying to generate for them a hundred leads a week, that they can follow up on. That’s an actionable goal that you could provide for people that work for you in order to generate an opportunity for you to get those sales, so actionable goals it’s not enough to just have $500,000 in the next six months in sales, you have to have actionable goals behind it, so that’s the first and most important thing.

  • Have A Process That Is Measurable

The second thing that’s real important, and critical to being your very best, is to have a process, a process that you go through every single day, in order to take steps towards your actionable goals, so what is your process, how do you come up with ideas, how do you brainstorm, how do you figure out ways to do things? If you’re an athlete, and your goal is to be first team All-County defensive back, and you’re gonna do that by training five times a week, for an hour a day, a half hour on strength, half hour on speed, and then two times per week catching balls every single a week, those are actual goals then the process is how you go about doing that.

When you go out and catch balls,you’re gonna catch 50 balls each time, you’re going to have your eyes on the ball as it comes all the way in, you’re gonna extend your arms, you’re gonna pull the ball all the way in, secure the football, turn up field and run. Okay, there’s your process, you have your actionable goals, you have your process, and you have to have that every single day, in order to gain steps towards your actual goal. So, that’s number two; having a process. So, number one, is having actionable goals, number two is having a process to reach those actionable goals.

  • Have Long Term Vision

Number three; is to have a long-term vision is, what is it that you dream about at the highest level in accomplishing? Not just goals, but what do you dream about being? when you have that vision, that vision has to be drawn out, or written out, whether you’re a visual person, or textual person, somebody who or — even if you’re someone that’s an audio person, you have to have a way that you can remind yourself of your vision every single day, every single day you have to remind yourself of your vision.

A vision is; Neil Armstrong landing on the moon, NASA’s vision and John F Kennedy’s vision was to put a man on the moon, that was the vision, they had a lot of actionable goals along the way, a lot of processes that were in place, but the vision was to put a man on the moon. Okay, and you have to make sure you have the vision, and once that vision did get accomplished, no one can forget Neil Armstrong taking the very first steps, and landing on the moon. So, number three is having a vision.

  • Holding Yourself Accountable

Number four; accountability, you must be accountable to all those things, your vision your actionable goals, and your processes. How are you judging yourself, and how are you holding yourself accountable, or having someone else that is holding you accountable? You must be held accountable, for all of the things that you have is actionable goals, your processes and your vision. Holding ourselves accountable requires a self-reporting process, tracking. Okay, a self-reporting process and tracking of what is getting done, this can simply be a checklist. Okay, and I see all the time people say, you shouldn’t have a to-do list, it disappoints you, lets you down.

There’s a difference between having a checklist, and a to-do list, and you make it simple, you have that accountable thing, that you have to have for you each week, and you limit it to somewhere between three and ten items, that each week you’re accountable for, and you can put that on a monthly basis as well, or yearly basis. If you’re doing a yearly basis, that goes along with your vision, and your actionable goals, and you might have three items, a weekly basis somewhere between three and ten items, that you can hold yourself accountable, that you can say yes I did, or I didn’t. And I listened to when people say, I’ll get rid of your to-do lists, however you do it, you need to have a checklist. You can do it in Evernote, which is a program that you could use on your computer, you could use it with paper, and post it on your wall, and you have to be accountable to yourself, in order to have the actual ability to be able to reach the next step.

  • Create A Self Imposed Reward System

Number five, and this is the — maybe the most important thing; you must create a reward system for yourself, how are you rewarding yourself? For each process along the way, how are you reward yourself for accountability, in football, as a football coach, we have a very defined reward system. Okay, a team winning or losing a game is a very definitive reward system, at the end of the year, you can see your record and have a pretty good idea how you did. Okay, if you accomplished all those things that you wanted to as a team. as an individual, okay as a coach, you could have all those items that you have, and maybe wins and losses wasn’t your only measurable things.

So, you might have to have a reward system based off of participation. You might have a reward system based off of what percentage of guys got in the weight room this year versus last year. You must have a reward system that measures and rewards you for what you accomplish. An example of another reward system that measures you, could be how many points your team scored in the season. An Individual may create a reward based on how many touchdowns you scored, but a better reward system would be, how many touchdown you scored, and then how many times you then rewarded the lineman who blocked for you, or the quarterback who threw you the ball but the most important thing is to create a reward system.

So, once you have that as your reward a win, or a loss, or a touchdown, then you create on top of that reward system, what I call supplemental rewards. If you accomplished your rewards, and your goals in a game, or in a week, or in a month. You might take yourself out to dinner something small, or if you’re in a relationship, you might reward your spouse by taking them on a vacation or to dinner, small rewards that reinforce the fact that you’re doing the right thing from a process standpoint, from accountability standpoint, from a vision standpoint, you must make sure that you take care of those things. Creating a reward system is the feedback that you need in order to keep doing each one of those other four areas. So, number one is actionable goals; number two, having a process, number three, having a vision. Creating a vision is number three; number four, accountability, and reporting, and number five, having a reward system, that you can track, to make sure you are reinforced, with proper feedback positive and negative, in order to be able to accomplish everything and to be your very best.

Being your very best, if you follow those five steps, you will create the opportunity to being your very best. Being your very best, does it mean that you are matching, or competing with anybody other than yourself? By learning to compete with yourself, you will then be able to compete with others effectively. You will learn to help others effectively, you will be able to figure out things that are most important to you, and to be your very best means the best that you possibly can do. It does not mean beating yourself up, by comparing yourself to others, but being your very best, being your best competitor, in order to accomplish all the things, you want to accom

by David Schuman @nucfootball on twitter and @daveschuman on instagram

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Do It : 5 Ways To Take Action In Your Daily Life

Do It

How taking action makes all the difference

Give Everything You Have and Just Take action and Do it

Doing it; the key to anything that you try to accomplish is to physically and actively, do what you want to happen. The art of doing things, and making things happen, versus talking about them, or wishing for them, or hoping for them. The art and the act of doing is the single most important thing for taking people down a path of success. In order to do, you have to have certain things in place.

Number one; you have to have the correct mindset to be able to take you in the direction that you’re physically gonna act on what has to get done, and your physically gonna do the things that have to get done, the garbage in the morning doesn’t come out by itself, someone has to do it. They have to take the garbage out, the garbage can to the curb, it has to physically be done. Someone has to physically do it, every single day someone has to physically make their bed, it has to be done. Someone has to make the food for people to eat, it has to be done.

Everyone finds a way to do the necessity, and then necessary things of life, but don’t take the next step, and figure out ways to do things, and take the act of doing, on things that they actually want to happen. If you want to be the very best athlete that you can be, you have to do the sprints, you have to do the weightlifting, and you have to do it at a high level of intensity. You have to do the skills that are necessary for your sport, you have to wake up in the morning, put your clothes on, and get out a half hour early before anyone else.

You have to do that, you have to change your mentality everybody has the same 24 hours in the day, that does not change, everyone no matter where they are, and what they’re doing, they have 24 hours in the day to do whatever they need to do, and somewhere around 6 to 8 hours get dedicated to sleep. Most people don’t need more than probably six hours of sleep, but six hours of dedicated sleep at a minimum will help you be ready.

I sleep five hours myself most times, and take like a 45 minute to an hour nap, and I found that that helps me throughout my day to be able to accomplish more things, but it allows me to wake up earlier, get more things done, and to do it, to actually go and do what has to be done.

I remember when I was in high school, and I was walking with another athlete to school, I can’t remember where it was, but I think it was school, and we were talking about what is it you know, what I want to accomplish, and he was talking about what he hoped to accomplish, and I was two years younger than him, and it was very interesting to me, because my mindset was that I was gonna get a scholarship for football.

I was gonna be able to go and play, like I’d never changed like from the time I was a little kid, I mean I was preparing myself mentally to be an NFL player. There was nothing that was going to stop that from happening, I have to say like only the fact, it wasn’t what people’s influences are on you, have a huge impact, and you have to be able, at a very young age to stay focused on what you want to happen, and to do the things that are necessary.

But I remember in this conversation, I said you know, I want to be a division 1 athlete, and he turned, and said you know, you have to be, you need to be an all-county player in order to be a division 1 athlete, and there’s very few all-county players from our high school, and I said: Well! I’m gonna be division 1 athlete, I mean I’m working hard, I’m running sprints, I’m lifting every day to do it, and I love when I hear athletes talk about that they want to play the Division 1 level.

I deal with so many all the time, and they don’t do the things that are necessary, that means lifting six out of seven days a week, when I was in high school, I lifted two hours a day, every single day, every single day. no matter how I felt, six days a week, seven days a week, lifting, ran, sprints every other day, ran every single day, six out of seven days a week, did drills in the summertime, any time I could to get better.

All the time, and yes I played another sport, I ran track. So, I was working on my speed, I did that in the winter and spring, that’s how important it was to me to be a Division one athlete. How important it is for you, are you willing to do what’s necessary? And looking back to when I was a kid, as much as I did do, I felt like now I could have done even more.

There were things that I didn’t do, that probably other people did do, and that’s probably the difference between my career ending after college, and other people’s careers ending playing in the NFL, because they probably were even more willing to do than what I was, and I learned that lesson, and I learned that, if I want to be the best, I have to be willing to do, what other people are not willing to do.

The key word in everything I’ve said so far is DO, how do you do? you got to go do it, you got to take action, you have to go and do it, and you got to plan, not because you’re taking all this time to plan everything out then not doing, you’re gonna plan, and then do, plan and then do, set goals and revise, take action on your goals.

There’s no more important thing than doing the things that you want to happen, every inch of improvement, every tenth of a second of improvement, every five pounds of weight, add up. I always tell the kids that I coach, when we’ve set our goals, you put a number on there, and you say let’s say you said 500 pounds in the squat, they look at that number, if they haven’t done anything, when they entered my program as a new coach.

They look at that number, and think that I’m out of my mind, but I look at that number and say, if this person squats 300 pounds right now, and over the next 52 weeks, over the next 52 weeks, improves literally four pounds per week, they will squat 500 pounds. Can you improve four pounds per week? Absolutely! Can you improve 200 pounds from nowhere? Absolutely not!

And that is the thing that has to be understood, the act of doing the things that are necessary to become a great athlete, a fantastic entrepreneur, a leader, a CEO. You have to do things that are necessary, you have to wake up earlier, feel like. Oh! I don’t — you know, I don’t like to wake up early. Yeah! That’s not me, that’s nonsense, that’s nonsense.

For a long time, and I had reached a certain level of success, without ever having to wake up really early, but then I learned, I went and coached with a guy, his name is DJ ,he’s one of the best football coaches that have ever been around. Maybe, the best. Okay, and I went and coached with him as an assistant, and I really was not an early-morning person, and his practices started at 6 a.m. promptly.

I had to be on the field at 5:57, and every time he’d see me walking down the hill as a coach, literally I’d be walking down, I’d get there at 5:55, he’d blow the whistle and start practice, hit there are 5:52, he’d blow the whistle and start practice, and it took me a long time to understand why he was messing with me on that, but the lesson I learned was, wait a minute, I have to be committed to being successful.

My whole goal was to get there, so I could do what I had to do, from a coaching standpoint. it wasn’t to get there early, and to be focused, I always thought of myself as someone that’s talented, that could show up, and do what they need to do coaching, because I have a certain level of talent there, a very high level of talent coaching, and I’ve always been able to rely on my ability to feel people out, and understand how they think, and be able to get the most out of them.

But I learned commitment there. Now, I knew it from playing in college, I played college football University of Carnegie, and Coach Holtz still doubted me, and we had to be there 3 minutes, 5 minutes early, for practice, we had to be there at 5:55a.m and I would always be there on time. But as a coach, and as a leader, I looked at that part of my life, and said; thank goodness, I don’t have to do that anymore, instead of realizing that was what made me great.

So, the key is to understand. The second key is, find out the things that will make you great, the difference makers, and do those difference makers. If you attack those two things, and do, and do again, and go after it, and do it again, and figure out a way to accomplish big things. You’ll be ultimately very, very successful in whatever it is you do.

If you find excuses, if you get yourself off the hook, by finding the excuse, I’ll do it tomorrow, I don’t feel like doing it right now. This drive is a little bit too long, I don’t feel like picking up the phone call, maybe I’ll just leave tomorrow, and everybody goes through this.

If you allow that to dominate your thought process, and your mindset, you’ll never accomplish the things that you hope to accomplish. You must do the things that are necessary to be successful, you must act on it constantly, and you must figure out a way to be great, and do it, over and over and over again.

I hope that’s helpful for you.

Transcribed From Coach Schuman’s Success For Life Podcast….@nucfootball on twitter @daveschuman on instagram

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Coach Schuman’s Book 4 Book Program


I have started my own Book 4 Book program. As a company we sell used and new books through We look for primarily books in the categories of sports, business, leadership, entrepreneurship, and self-improvement. For every book we sell at we will donate a book in these categories to a deserving athlete from our program. If you as an athlete would like to become a part of this program go to There is no purchase necessary to join the program just fill out the nomination form. If you would like to donate a book to our program we will take any all books but would look for books primarily in these categories:

  • sports
  • business
  • leadership
  • entrepreneurship
  • self-improvement
  • self-esteem
  • performance
  • training
  • sport skills
  • sales
  • finance
  • technology

We want to help the athletes that come to our program learn to read on areas that can help them improve in sports and post athletic career. The goal is to do this long before they go to college.

If you have books you would like to donate, please send to

Schuman Enterprises

c/o David Schuman

235 Barretta Court

Roseland, NJ 07068

We are looking for volunteers to help with this program as well, so email me directly at if you are interested in helping.


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