In this Expert Insight Interview, Dr. Kevin Elko discusses how you can turn 2021 into a productive year and how you can come out of this turmoil a stronger person. Dr. Kevin Elko works with organizations in leadership, goal-setting, and various other motivational topics. He has worked with huge sports teams like the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburg Steelers.
This Expert Insight Interview discusses:
- The importance of how you think about yourself
- Dealing with setbacks and adopting a winner’s mentality
- How waiting for motivation is not the answer
It Starts with Identity
Don’t let last year change your identity, and keep seeing yourself as strong. Dr. Elko says that a person is either a greyhound or a lion. The greyhound chases the rabbit around the track because it is hungry, but if it is not hungry, it doesn’t chase. The lion, on the other hand, has it in its DNA to hunt every day.
Don’t let last year make you the greyhound or even the sheep. Make sure you stay bold and keep hunting every day. Go out, be brave, live a full life, keep your vision big and expect good things to happen.
So What, Now What?
Many people are perhaps beaten down by the last year; they may feel a little lost and desperate. When they hear this type of advice, some of these people may think that it all sounds great but may still be unsure where to start.
The truth is that we’re not beaten down by last year; we’re beaten down by our thoughts. We let our thoughts get reconditioned into thinking small. You have to reprogram your brain to think big again. Every time you face a setback in your life, Dr. Elko recommends asking yourself the following question: “So what, now what?” Accept the situation and start thinking about the next step you’re going to take.
Winning Begets Winning
Don’t think your way into acting; act your way into thinking. We get addicted to motivation because we think motivation is a feeling. If we don’t feel like doing something, we don’t do it, but the thing is that you’re not going to feel like doing the most worthwhile things in your life.
Winning is a choice, and it is the mother of all motivation. Motivational speakers often talk about getting fired up, but Dr. Elko understands that it isn’t human always to be fired up. He believes that we should never wait until we feel motivated. Do what you need to do, and the feeling of motivation will take care of itself.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.