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Monday Motivation: Beat the competition with a sense of urgency!

Monday Motivation: Beat the competition with a sense of urgency!

Monday Motivation, 8.27.18

Written by: Jake Edmonds

Every Monday, The Rogers-Long Team meets for one of its two weekly meetings. The Monday meeting always ends with “Monday Motivation” in which a few minutes are spent listening to one team member presenting a quote, a quick reading from a book, a scene from a movie, or anything else they find motivating to provide a “spark” to the whole team on a Monday morning.


It goes without question that the most successful people are those are not just good at setting goals, but more importantly they excel at putting in the effort necessary to achieve those goals. Considering football is approaching right around the corner, the ideals promoted in this week’s blog are founded on values taught through the greatest sport in the world (excuse my bias here), but they are also applicable to everyday life.

All too often we find ourselves sitting on “the bench of mediocrity,” as one of our team leaders, Ben Rogers, constantly mentions in his motivational podcast, “The Bottom Line.” Time and time again, we struggle with overcoming the hump of complacency.

…So how are we going to find that success?

If you’re going to be successful in life, you also have to understand that there is a sense of urgency. There are only 86,400 seconds in a day. You have to not only operate in them, but you have to do it quickly. You have to do it fast. Why? Because there’s somebody else who’s on the same path as you. There’s somebody who is just as passionate to win as you are. They are willing to put in the same amount of blood, the same amount of sweat, the same amount of tears, but you have to do it quicker than they do. One of the pillars that the Rogers-Long Team is founded on is consistency. Every morning each of our members have “FOTG” (Feet On The Ground) written on their agenda. It ensures that we are consistent about waking up before the competition. The competition might be smarter, they might have more resources, they might have more privileges, THEY MIGHT! But I’m going to wake up earlier then they are so by the time they are starting, I’ve already finished the race.

Success is not for the weak and uncommitted. Success is physical. Sometimes it’s going to hurt and you’re gonna get knocked down, but how you get back up and keep pushing is what separates those who wish to be successful from the people who actually are. You have to get to a place where you start it, you get through the middle of it, and you not only finish, but you finish strong. One of the main reasons some of us aren’t successful is because we procrastinate. We start something but we don’t finish it. Yes the game is hard and it’s difficult, but why? Because the process is weeding out the weak. Don’t give up, don’t give in, and hang in there. If you give up now, you won’t ever see your goals that you dreamed of become accomplished. Instead, you will have to watch from the sidelines as the competition stands on the podium.

So the challenge is this: utilize that competitive nature to beat the person to your left and right, be consistent with your methods, have a sense of urgency, put your head down and grind until the finish, and most importantly don’t ever give up.

The choice is yours. Get off the bench.


Jake Edmonds, a Realtor with The Rogers-Long Team since 2018, previously was a student-athlete at Hampden-Sydney College. An avid football fan, you can find Jake volunteering his leadership skills in his limited free time at Cosby High School, as the football team’s Defensive Line Coach. The RLT excited brought Jake on to work with buyers and sellers due to his competitive nature, drive, and commitment to getting better every single day.

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