November 8, 2022

229: Overcoming Obstacles with Joel Green

Obstacles come in many forms. They can be physical (withholding us from being somewhere or doing something we want to do), mental (making us believe we’re not capable of achieving), or emotional (adding undue stress, fatigue, or other burdens to our minds). No matter what obstacles you’re facing, moving through them is possible with dedication, determination, and the right mindset. You’d be amazed by what you can achieve!

Today’s guest is Joel Green. Joel is CEO of Pro Level Training, the National Director of Nike Sports Camps, a former professional basketball player, and a renowned motivational speaker. A thought leader in the motivational category, Joel Green has developed a reputation for personal excellence and motivational talks that contribute tangible advice for attaining desired goals. Many of the messages he has delivered are conveyed in his first book, Filtering: The Way to Extract Strength from the Struggle, which was released on September 6th.

Joel and I talk about how to overcome obstacles or difficult moments. We get into the importance of perspective, how to get yourself to do what it takes, and a lot more insights from Joel’s experience as an athlete and successful businessman.

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Read the related blog article: How to Get Your Team From Ordinary to Extraordinary






Key Takeaways:

  • To deal with overwhelming emotions, practice “filtering” by breaking things down in order to help you manage your feelings.
  • Breathe for 30 seconds to gain control rather than feel reactive. Then lean into the emotions by trying to learn from this challenge.
  • Focus on yourself rather than your competition or what the world throws at you.
  • “Prune” by reassessing what and who needs to be cut off/set aside to make space for new opportunities. Cut out unhelpful things/people in order to allow space for growth.
  • Fatigue is part of the process of growth. Embrace it by seeing fatigue as a sign that you’re on the path to accomplishing your goals.
  • Fulfillment comes from fighting through fatigue, knowing that many other people would have already given up.
  • To be extraordinary, don’t settle for the bare minimum. Keep pushing yourself to do “just one more”. Small increments help us get past the hump.
  • Offer your team personal stories and inspirational quotes to encourage them to prune, filter, embrace the fatigue, and do just one more.

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