NFL player gives life advice

Anthony Griggs – Columnist

In life, as in sports, there are moments of action that will only bring the best possible success to the individual and their team if, and only if, attention is paid to the “training routines” of the players, those individuals who have committed themselves to success.

As a former 7-year NFL linebacker and former 13-year Pittsburgh Steelers player development director, I would like to introduce you to AG Squared Networks ( and its life skills program: Life Is A Sport…Win it.

I hope to know what I am talking about. I played in the National Football League for seven years, with both the Philadelphia Eagles and the Cleveland Browns. Today, I run AG Squared Networks, a business and personal development company in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Being successful in life involves an athlete’s discipline, training regiment and practice schedule. “Life Is a Sport…Win It” is about showing you that practice schedule. Through this training routine, I will introduce similar principles for success in life. Understanding the different parts of the training routine will lead to achieving one’s goal: mainly to win. One must always prepare to succeed. This strategy is perfect for ALL ages.

The program, “Life Is A Sport…Win It,” is one that is based on six principles that you can use in your life, and if you ever want to be better than you are just keep applying these six principles.

These principles should be tempered with patience. Based on what I have seen in sports, all of this can be adapted in life, and life is a matter of high achievement for the most part – you get out of it what you put into it. The six principles are skill, endurance, speed, conditioning, diet and rest.

Skill is something that everybody has in something, and that skill can be developed. Some people are better than others because of the way they are wired or connected. Skill, for the most part, is a gift. Sometimes you do not realize you have this skill until you are placed in an environment where it manifests itself. You should always be working at finding your skill.

Endurance is, for the most part, perseverance. It becomes a matter of how you will bear what you go through, and how well you can sustain your focus on what you are trying to get done. It is knowing that you are training for a purpose, and as you train your endurance and skill improve.

Then there is speed: how quick you can do what you want to do, from thought to action. The best athletes, and generally successful people, are the ones that “just do.” There is no overthinking, just action. How quick can you get your goal accomplished? The best way is to move in that direction now. Have a “now” mentality.

Conditioning, the next step, is stress adaptation. How quick can your muscles adapt to the amount of stress you are putting on them? You work and the muscles you need become bigger and stronger. Life is about stress adaptation; in a tough situation, you will adjust and you will get stronger because of the stress adaptation principle; you have prepared yourself. The learning curve will go down as you get better from each set and rep. Weight lifting, like life, is about overcoming.

Diet is simple. What you eat is important as most people know. Your body is not only your tool, but it is an engine. You need to feed it the fuel it needs. From nerves, muscles, bones and your brain, you are a top-fueled race car once you reach the level of wanting to be a high performance athlete. In high school, some have fast cars, and few have Volkswagens and others have Corvettes.

In comparison, you are also whatever you read, see, take in and listen to. What gives you energy? What kind of thoughts do you feed yourself? What kind of affirmations do you study and internalize? Your diet is how you digest and how you deal with your environment. What do you choose to look at? Do you read articles that are going to stimulate you? Diet consists of everything you take in. What you take in should improve you as a person. Your diet is going to affect four areas: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

Finally, there is rest, which is to recover and refresh. With all this stuff you do, you need to recover, ponder, reflect – take time to think of where you are, where you have been and where you want to go. In sports you think about the upcoming season; at school or life it might be a test or a major assignment at the job. In other words, you decompress and regroup. Then you think about your next step to getting things done and getting closer to your goals, whatever they may be.

“Life Is A Sport…Win It” allows anyone to train for success with a performance athlete mindset. Do you want to be better? Do you want more? Do you want to win?

I welcome anyone who decides to seriously use this program for their own success or to be a part of a growing and very positive supportive community.

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