“I thought the ball was down, the stuff was really good,” said Roberts who had Caleb Ferguson and Alex Wood available as more conventional mid-game long-relief options.“This year Pollock has had a lot more success against right-handed pitchers than left-handers. Scott this year, he’s been in those situations. He has the ability to put the ball on the ground. It just didn’t work out.“I liked Scott right there. I really did. Got a couple punchouts then it ultimately landed on that matchup with Pollock.”The Dodgers have landed their own punches over the past month. But it comes down to a final weekend matchup with the Giants – with one eye on the Rockies.“We can’t do anything to affect them. They’re going to do their thing,” Stripling said. “We just have to go and get three wins and hope that puts us in a good chance to either win the division or play (game) 163 to win the division. If that’s not the case, we’ll go and play one game wherever. Control what we can control.” How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies The road to a sixth consecutive playoff appearance for the Dodgers has narrowed considerably. The Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers clinched playoff spots with victories Wednesday (NL Central winner or wild card to be determined). The Dodgers hold a one-game edge over the St. Louis Cardinals for the second wild-card spot, their only way into the postseason if they don’t catch the Rockies.“Be prepared to win a game on Friday. Nothing else you can do,” Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner said. “We still have to take care of our business. We still have to go out and win games in San Francisco.”There was some doubt about whether they would try to do that with or without Turner. Paul Goldschmidt hit a hard ground ball at Turner in the fifth inning that hopped up and ricocheted off Turner’s glove.His left thumb swelled up and Turner came out of the clubhouse after the game, walking by the waiting media and heading for X-rays on this thumb. They were negative.There were no tests that can determine why the motivated team that won 11 of 14 games against the Rockies, Cardinals and Diamondbacks over a three-week stretch to climb atop the division has been once again replaced by a more familiar version. This one struggles to get a big hit that isn’t a solo home run and can only trust its bullpen long enough for it to let them down.Against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, seven of the first 12 Dodgers reached base against Zack Greinke. But that produced only single runs in the first and second innings.They had Greinke on the ropes in the third with the bases loaded and one out. Yasiel Puig lined out to shortstop, Yasmani Grandal grounded out and the Dodgers came up empty.“Yeah, Puig hit a 110-mph line drive right at somebody,” Turner said. “It’s just – can’t do anything about that. Good at-bat.”Greinke slipped away and retired 11 of the final 13 batters he faced, allowing only an infield single and a walk after escaping the bases-loaded situation unharmed.The Dodgers went without a hit from Cody Bellinger’s fifth-inning single to Matt Kemp’s two-out single in the ninth and never got another runner to second base after the fourth inning.“I thought we had a great gameplan against Greinke,” Roberts said. “You can look at that at-bat by Puig. Ball hit really well. Liner right at (Nick) Ahmed. That kind of changed the game right there. We had him on the ropes a little bit then he settled in after that.”Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks knocked restored starter Ross Stripling out of the game in the second inning, hitting for the cycle in a five-batter span and scoring three times.“Just wasn’t fooling anybody today. Couldn’t put anyone away,” Stripling said. “If I got behind I was just battling to try and execute pitches and was struggling with that. For whatever reason, it just wasn’t there for me.”Still, it was a one-run game into the fifth inning when Roberts brought in Scott Alexander.Alexander was pitching for a third consecutive day. But Roberts had reduced him to facing left-handed hitters only, one batter at a time, over his previous six appearances.This time, he asked him for more and Alexander gave up a three-run home run to right-handed hitting A.J. Pollock, the fifth batter Alexander faced.Related Articles PreviousPHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 26: Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers takes off his batting gloves during batting practice during the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 26, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig breaks his bat after popping out during the fifth inning of Wednesday’s loss to the Diamondbacks in Phoenix. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsPHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 26: Ross Stripling #68 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers a pitch in the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 26, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. 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(Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)PHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 26: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers breaks his bat over his knee after popping out in the fifth inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 26, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)PHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 26: Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on during the seventh inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 26, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)PHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 26: Archie Bradley #25 and Jeff Mathis #2 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrate after closing out the MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field on September 26, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Arizona Diamondbacks won 7-2. 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(Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)ExpandPHOENIX — It was just a week ago that the Dodgers swept the Colorado Rockies, dropped them 2½ games into their rear-view mirror and Manager Dave Roberts was saying how the Dodgers held their playoff fate in their own hands.Times have changed.The Dodgers lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks for the second night in a row, falling out of first place in the National League West with a 7-2 loss Wednesday night.“As far as getting to the postseason, it takes us. We control our own fate,” Roberts said again. It’s a very different potential fate now and Roberts acknowledged the Dodgers’ worldview now encompasses the wild card.“Sure. The playoffs,” he said. “The key is we have to win baseball games and however it plays out is how it plays out. But I know we’re a very dangerous team. I know we believe in ourselves.“Not how we scripted it. But that’s why you go out there and play. Now our focus has to turn to the Giants.”The Rockies have rebounded from that sweep to win six in a row – a weekend sweep of the same Diamondbacks and three more by a combined score of 34-4 over a fading Phillies team – while the Dodgers have split six against the Padres and Diamondbacks.That moves the Rockies a half-game up on the Dodgers with four days left in the regular season. The Rockies get another crack at the Phillies on Thursday while the Dodgers are off, giving them time to map the various scenarios that will get them into the playoffs before heading into a weekend series against a highly-motivated Giants team. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start
Three unanswered second-period goals sealed the deal for the Hawks.The goals by Archie McKinnon, Russell Mortlock and Mitch Foyle snapped a 1-1 first period tie.Brandon Fuller, with a pair, and Dallas Calvin, finishing the game with three points, also scored for the Hawks.Taylor Stafford also had three assists to spark the Hawks.Beaver Valley won the special teams battle, scoring twice on the power play and once shorthanded.Carsen Willans and Robson Cramer, on the power play, replied for Nelson.Beaver Valley outshot the Leafs 49-34 in the game, including a 22-8 margin in the second.ICE CHIPS: The Hawks completed a three-game sweep of Murdoch opposition, outscoring Castlegar and Nelson 20-10 en route to the wins. . . . Beaver Valley has not lost since Spokane defeated the Hawks 3-2 in overtime December 6. . . . Nelson is 4-3 in December. . . . The season series between Nelson and Beaver Valley is now tied 2-2. . . . Nelson welcomed two new players to the lineup. Adam Hodge and Arizona native Rayce Miller were additions to the roster. Sam Weber of BCMMHL affiliate Kootenay Ice was also in the lineup for Nelson. The Nelson Leafs are no longer the top dogs in the Murdoch Division.The Beaver Valley Nitehawks, winners of eight straight games, assumed the penthouse in the division by spanking the Leafs 6-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Sunday evening in Fruitvale.Beaver Valley, 26-6-1-2, lead Nelson by one point after stopping the Leafs in the first of a two-game, home-and-home series.The second game of the set goes at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the NDCC Arena.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2016) – Mike Smith, who won three races and finished second in three others won the 14th Bill Shoemaker Award, given to the most outstanding jockey of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park. The Shoemaker Award is based on a 10-5-3-1 scoring system on first- through fourth-place finishes in each of the 13 Breeders’ Cup World Championship races. Smith also finished second in Friday’s Longines Distaff on Songbird and in the Juvenile Fillies Turf on Coasted with Saturday’s runner-up finish coming on Masochistic in the TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Smith finished third on American Gal in Saturday’s 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Smith, who previously had won the Shoemaker Award at the 2012 and 2013 renewals, won Friday’s Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on Tamarkuz, Saturday’s Filly & Mare Sprint on Finest City and capped off the weekend with a victory in the Classic on Arrogate. Smith finished with 48 points to out distance Joel Rosario who had 28 points. Smith was the only rider to win more than one race. Bill Shoemaker Award winners2003: Alex Solis2004: John Velazquez2005: Garrett Gomez2006: Frankie Dettori2007: Garrett Gomez2008: Garrett Gomez2009: Julien Leparoux2010: Garrett Gomez2011: John Velazquez2012: Mike Smith2013: Mike Smith2014: John Velazquez2015: Ryan Moore2016: Mike Smith The Shoemaker Award is named in honor of one of the greatest jockeys in the history of Thoroughbred racing. Shoemaker, who captured the Kentucky Derby four times, won more than 8,800 races in a career that spanned more than 40 years. In 1987, at age 56, Shoemaker won the Breeders’ Cup Classic aboard Ferdinand at Hollywood Park.
CO DONEGAL rally driver Toni Kelly is to be the new face of motorsport on UTV as RPM returns with a special preview of the Circuit of Ireland rally tonight.Letterkenny woman Toni will join Karen Feeney in presenting the show.Toni competed at international level and runs her own driving school in Donegal. She will be presenting the RPM Motorsport shows on UTV. Said the rally driver: “Presenting RPM is a great way to be involved with rallying without being in a rally car. It is a huge honour to present the show as I have grown up watching RPM.”Karen Feeney from Galway is a part-time instructor at the Mondello Park Racing School in Naas. She has worked as an instructor at the Silverstone Rally school and rallies herself from time to time. Karen will present the RPM Superbike shows on UTV this Spring.Karen added: “I am really looking forward to presenting the new RPM superbike season on UTV with lots of new faces as well as many familiar faces on the show. I have been watching RPM for as long as I can remember and it is now great to be part of the team.”Michael Wilson, Managing Director UTV Television said: “RPM is one of UTV’s wide portfolio of regional programmes and we are delighted to welcome Karen and Toni as new talent on our screens in this exciting year of local programming on UTV.” RPM airs on UTV starting today, Thursday March 29th at 11.05pm with Toni Kelly presenting.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily RALLY STAR TONI TO MAKE TV ANCHOR DEBUT TONIGHT was last modified: March 29th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
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21 November 2011Johannesburg’s biggest cycle race, the Momentum 94.7, drew 25 000 riders to the City of Gold on Sunday. The result came down to a bunch sprint of 10 men, with MTN-Qhubeka’s Arran Brown emerging as the winner ahead of teammate Reinardt Janse van Rensburg.It is a race that has been good to Brown in the past. He won it in 2009 and finished as runner-up in 2010.The racing began at a fast pace as the cyclists made their way along the M1 highway, which is normally packed with traffic making its way into the Joburg city centre during the week, but was closed for the road race on Sunday.SplinteredAfter 18 kilometres, with the leading bunch closing in on the King of the Mountains checkpoint, the group splintered into four groups, with 11 riders breaking away at the front just after the King of the Mountains, which was won by Tasol GT rider David Maree, with MTN Qhubeka’s Dennis van Niekerk in second.Sprinters Arran Brown and Tyler Day (Team Bonitas) were the last two men to make it into the leading pack as the race front-runners powered their way through the city centre.Two men expected to challenge for the title, Nolan Hoffman of Tasol GT and Herman Fouche of Cape Town Fish Market, were, however, missing from the break and sent their team-mates to the front to begin the chase.Up front, Team Bonitas riders’ Darren Lill, Johann Rabie, Jason Bakke, Tyler Day and Hanco Kachelhofer, as well as MTN Qhubeka’s Martin Wesemann, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg and Arran Brown were setting the tempo. Also with them, but without the assistance of their teams, were Louis Meintjes (Team Toyota Academy), James Perry (Team Tasol GT) and Ian McLeod (Team Northcliff Cycles).Three-minute leadEventually the chasing bunches merged and that took the sting out of the tail as the breakaway riders built their lead to three minutes with 25 kilometres to go.James Perry attacked twice in the last five kilometres, but his efforts were to no avail as the remaining 10 riders readied themselves for a bunch sprint. Ian McLeod’s chances were blown, though, when he suffered a puncture.SA road race champion Lill set the tempo up the final drag before the left turn to the finish. Martin Wesemann (Team MTN Qhubeka) then took over the charge, with Reinardt Janse van Rensburg on his wheel, followed by Hanco Kachelhofer and 2011 Cape Argus Cycle Tour winner Tyler Day.Picture perfectBrown sat behind Day and was in fourth place as the riders the final right turn around the roundabout. In a picture-perfect finish for Team MTN Qhubeka, Brown and Jane van Rensburg then powered away from their nearest rivals up the incline to the finish.It marked the 32nd race win of the season for the MTN-Qhubeka men’s team.WomenThe women’s race saw four riders go clear of the rest, with Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and Jo van der Winkel (both Team Nashua Toyota), Cherise Taylor (Team USN) and Lise Olivier (Team MTN Qhubeka) maintaininga lead of two minutes over their nearest challengers for the whole race.In the end, it was Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio who got the better of defending champion Cherise Taylor in the sprint to the line, with Van der Winkel taking the final podium spot and Olivier finishing fourth.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Tanner Inkrott of Leipsic in Putnam County won the Tractor competition at the National Youth Engineering Challenge. The event was hosted by Purdue University, Sept. 27-29, at Lafayette, Ind. TheTanner Inkrott of Putnam County4-H competitors and parents participated in workshops at the Purdue College of Engineering, and toured a Caterpillar plant, which manufactures huge diesel engines.Tanner is a sophomore at Miller City High School where he is taking engineering prep classes and is in FFA. The Inkrott family (Fred and Rhonda) farms 250 acres of wheat, corn and soybeans, and they feed 200 beef cattle and a few hogs.Tanner has been driving tractors since he was eight years old. The farm has two Allis-Chalmers tractors and a couple of New Hollands. His driving skills paid off because with five components in the contest, he had the best scores in maneuvering a two-wheel trailer and a four-wheel wagon.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileShock and awe with acres numbers today. Corn bearish, soybeans bullish. USDA did it again, it’s called a surprise!At a time when traders, producers, and end users are starving for information on acres and yield, today’s acres report falls far short. There is a vast amount of irony today due to what many have expected and what the numbers should reveal but likely won’t.The corn acres were 91.7 million acres while soybean acres were 80 million acres. Shortly after the report corn was down 11 cents, soybeans were up 12 cents.Shortly before the report, corn was up 2 cents, soybeans up 4 cents, wheat up 1 cent. The average corn acres estimate was 86.7 million acres with a range of 82 to 89.8 million acres. The average trade estimate for soybean acres was 84.4 million acres with a range of 81 to 86.5 million acres.The most attention today will focus primarily with corn. For weeks since mid-May there has intense focus on the lack of corn planting progress. Print and digital media have bombarded producers with literally a cascade of articles detailing prevent planting payment calculations and the author’s recommendations. USDA stopped collecting farmers’ surveys of acres planted and or their intentions to plant before many had made final decisions to not plant corn and soybeans. Those decisions to not plant were made June 10 and after.While Ohio leads the Midwest with the lack of planting progress on June 24 for corn and soybeans among the top eight U.S. states for corn and soybean production, don’t pin your hopes and 2019 gross revenues on this fact leading the market higher. Closer examination for 2018 US corn production reveals Ohio was 8th in corn production with 617 million bushels. Total U.S. corn production in 2018 was 14.4 billion bushels with Ohio producing 4.2% of the nation’s corn. Ranking the top 10 states in 2018 US corn production would be — Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota, Indiana, South Dakota, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Missouri.Without question the corn and soybean rally since mid-May has been solely a supply driven rally. Corn has pulled corn and soybeans along for the ride. Supply driven rallies are extremely volatile and difficult to navigate. A bull needs to be fed every day. The same can be said for a bull market.The weather with numerous weeks of rains and lack of sunshine resulted in week after week of planting delays. As the delays mounted the number of acres of corn not planted grew as well. Trader estimates were all over the spectrum as they pegged corn prevented planted acres anywhere from 4.5 million acres to as 12 million acres. It is still a moving target. It will likely be the Aug. 12 report when more is known on actual U.S. corn and soybean acres.The market drifted lower for weeks this spring. The U.S./China trade talks which so many producers had pinned their hopes for a better 2019, collapsed when an agreement nor its signing date never materialized. The addition of a bearish March grain stocks report led some to believe U.S. corn production in 2018 may be have been larger than first reported. In addition, monthly WASDE (supply and demand) reports this spring had less corn being fed to livestock. This number was inconsistent compared to past years. The news cycle was dominated with negative news. Within days, the start of a spring rally never imagined by producers was in its infancy.Weather will be a key factor in July. Hot and dry is typically bullish. Cool and wet is typically associated with the adage “rain makes grain.” More grain is bearish for prices. However, this summer cool and wet is likely to not be bearish most of the time.In case you have not come to this conclusion, put a few more notches in your seat belt. Buckle up.
References:CDC. (2017). Journaling for your health.Emmons, R. A., & McCullough, M. E. (2003). Counting blessings versus burdens: An experimental investigation of gratitude and subjective well-being in daily life. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84(2), 377-389.Gratitude Journal. (2018). Greater Good in Action. UC. Berkeley.Hiemstra, R. (2001). Uses and benefits of journal writing.Harrist, S., Carlozzi, B.L., McGovern,A.R. &Harrist, A.W. (2007). Journal of Research in Personality, 41 (4), 923-930.L.M. English & M.A. Gillen, (Eds.), (2001). Promoting journal writing in adult education (New Directions for Adult and continuing Education, No. 90, pp. 19-26). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Written by MFLN Military Caregiving concentration team member: Alicia Cassels, MA, Military Families Learning Network Program Development and Evaluation SpecialistAbout eight years ago, I found one of my childhood journals, created when I was about 11 or 12 years old, it had been packed away for decades. Although I had no active memory of writing the words, vivid memories of my childhood self, long lost friends and emotions flooded back as I read. Time melted away. Although I have been teaching and writing about journaling for two decades, I have kept a personal journal nearly twice that long. Over the years, journaling has served as my method for renewal, tool for reflection, vehicle for self-expression, space for goal setting, and canvas for dreaming. Until I began reading my childhood words, I hadn’t realized that journaling would also serve as a valuable keepsake and powerful archive of my life events. Write what must not be forgotten. -Isabel AllendeI am inspired by the words of Isabel Allende, Chilean writer, member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, recipient of Chile’s National Literature Prize, and the 2014 American Presidential Medal of Freedom. As I reflect on my own experiences with journaling and those that my students and clients have shared in class and clinical settings over the years, I remain amazed that so much can be accomplished through picking up a pen.What Do You Want to Remember?As you think about the potential of journaling to enrich your life, consider three questions.What do you want to remember?What do you want to achieve?What do you want to document?Body, Mind and SpiritJournaling provides an effective method for renewal. According to the CDC, regular journaling may help identify causes of stress and help determine whether a concern is part of a pattern or an isolated issue, while also helping point the way toward a solution. Research shows that journaling may help:Increase feelings of gratitude and well-beingProvide greater understanding of personal challenges and strengthsClarify thoughts and feelingsImprove sleepAchieve weight loss goalsIdentify strengthsManage information overloadAlthough basic journaling allows for reflection on daily thoughts and activities, there are many types of specialized journals. Special-purpose journals can be helpful for those wishing to achieve weight loss and wellness goals. Gratitude journaling has been shown to improve mood, optimism, and sleep.Five Basic Steps to Help You Get Started:Select a place where you will be able to sit comfortably for at least 15 minutes. Most people prefer that this be a quiet, private place with little interruption.Select a pen and paper or use electronic means to record your thoughts.You may want to try to spend at least 10 minutes writing, allowing your mind time to reflect.Remember to keep your journal entries in a private, password-protected location. Entries on paper may be shredded if you have concerns about privacy.Don’t like blank pages? Try these conversations starters.Today I am grateful for…My favorite time of day is…My description of a perfect day would be…A personal or professional goal that I have been thinking about lately is…
Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 59:06 — 47.4MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSIt’s a bit presumptuous to claim a book is one of the best books on habits that exist. There are lots of great books on the subject out there, including Charles Duhigg’s seminal work, “The Power of Habit.” But Anthony is not shy about saying that his guest, James Clear has penned exactly that.James and Anthony share a common story: a debilitating brain injury that forced them to discover a new way of living. For James, his recovery took him to a new understanding of habits and the power of stacking simple, easy habits one on top of the other to create momentum and change. Bear that in mind, these are lessons James learned for himself rather than just information he consumed and regurgitated from the research of others.Maybe it’s not so presumptuous to say James’ work is one of the best books on habits. After all, he’s lived the story that has made it possible. Listen to hear his story, learn about the aggregation of habits, and how he recommends you apply what he’s learned to your own life..@JamesClear describes the powerful story behind one of the best books on #habits, his own. It’s on this episode of #InTheArena with Anthony @Iannarino. #salesClick To TweetOne Of The Best Books On Habits Was Penned Because of a Tragic CircumstanceAs is the case with many of the significant things that are created in this world, James Clear’s book, “Atomic Habits” was birthed in the forge of suffering. A freak baseball accident put James in a desperate place, fighting to recover from brain damage.His journey out of that debilitating place led him to the realization that small, simple habits can be stacked one on top of the other to bring about incremental but powerful change.This is not a conversation with a theorist. James knows what he’s talking about – not only because he’s researched the topic, but because he’s lived it. Be sure you listen to hear his incredible story.Why Systems Trump Goals Every TimeAnthony is the first to say that goals are important. But with the help of James’ book (and other resources) he’s come to see that they are not the most important thing. As James explains, goals are important because we have to know where we are headed but to focus on the destination to the exclusion of the actions that get us there is folly.James encourages those who are trying to accomplish goals to focus instead on building systems into their lives that naturally lead to the desired outcome or goal. That puts the focus where it rightly belongs – on doing rather than hoping.This conversation clarifies so many things when it comes to building habits – and it flows directly out of James’ book on the subject. Be sure you listen.Listen to learn why #systems trump #goals every time. @JamesClear speaks about the power of #habit on this episode of #InTheArena with Anthony @Iannarino. #salesClick To TweetTransform Your Life By Casting Votes For Your Identity Every DayHabits are not formed by self-discipline or self-control alone. They have to be birthed from a deeper, more fundamental place. James Clear insists that if you don’t have a sense of identity tied to a habit, it will fall by the wayside sooner rather than later.For example, going to the gym for 5 minutes a day provides the basis for the reality that you are a person who goes to the gym. That’s the first baby step toward being the kind of person who makes use of the gym in productive ways. It’s an identity issue that you can take control of and master.In this conversation, James shares a handful of other examples to help you get your mind around why identity is foundational to establishing good habits.Get Rid of the Cues That Prompt Bad Habits and You Get Rid of the HabitsCase in point: If you want to cut back on a habit of stopping into Dairy Queen for a soft-serve cone on your way home from work, you don’t do it through a daily study of the DQ menu so you are clear about what you need to avoid. You do it by avoiding Dairy Queen altogether.That may mean you establish new driving patterns so you don’t pass by it on your way home from work. It could mean, avoiding looking in the direction of the store as you pass it.James Clear refers to the circumstances that set us up for indulging in a bad habit as “cues” – and in this conversation, he explains the simple but powerful ways we can be proactive about eliminating the cues for the sake of eventually removing the habits they fuel.Don’t miss this conversation. If you have habits to build into or remove from your life, James’ practical approach and clear guidance will be helpful.Get rid of the cues that prompt bad #habits and you get rid of the habits. @JamesClear speaks about the power of #habit on this episode of #InTheArena with Anthony @Iannarino. #salesClick To TweetOutline of this great episode How James Clear got started blogging and where it’s lead him How a traumatic brain injury pushed James to learn habits, the topic of his book The concept of aggregating marginal gains and how James has leveraged it Why you need to know what you want, and the power of systems over goals Who you want to be is the starting point for every step of growth The difference between James’ approach and Charles Duhigg’s approach How expectations fuel life more than reactions Why it’s so hard to start a new habit Removing habits by getting rid of cues that prompt the habit James’ most difficult habits to begin The story of breaking bad habits and how James did itResources & Links mentioned in this episodeJames Clear – http://JamesClear.comJames’ book: Atomic Habits – http://a.co/d/4NyN3GPSPONSOR: Mailtag: https://Mailtag.ioThe Lindy Effect : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindy_effectThe aggregation of marginal gains : https://jamesclear.com/marginal-gainsSimon Sinek : https://startwithwhy.com/Florence Foster Jenkins : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Foster_JenkinsEdward Thorndike : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_ThorndikeB.F. Skinner : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._F._SkinnerKen Wilber’s integral theory : http://www.kenwilber.com/Writings/PDF/IntroductiontotheIntegralApproach_GENERAL_2005_NN.pdfBOOK: The Hope Circuit : http://a.co/d/8mEthpRTony Robbins’ 6 Human Needs : https://www.tonyrobbins.com/mind-meaning/do-you-need-to-feel-significant/The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinoAudio Production and Show notes byPODCAST FAST TRACKhttps://www.podcastfasttrack.com Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Tweets you can use to share this episodeOne of the best books on #Qhabits was penned because of a tragic circumstance. Hear the incredible story of @JamesClear on this episode of #InTheArena, with Anthony @Iannarino. #salesClick To TweetTransform your life by casting votes for your #identity every day. @JamesClear speaks about the power of #habit on this episode of #InTheArena with Anthony @Iannarino. #salesClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address below