Are you performing at your highest level?
I recently discovered an article written by Benjamin P Hardy, a Husband & foster father of 3 children currently pursuing PhD in Organizational Psychology. His post was titled: “8 ways billionaires and elite athletes perform at the highest level”. What he had to say resonated so much. I do not wish to be a billionaire or an elite athlete, but I do wish to ensure I am always performing at my best.
His 8 ways were as follows:
1. Don’t be afraid to make an ‘ugly’ move.
He uses a fantastic quote from Magnus Carlsen:
You cannot rely on what you have been taught in books – that ‘this is good’ and ‘this is bad – there are always exceptions and every situation is different. Even if something looks bad, it doesn’t look right, you calculate it, it works and… there you go! Its just forcing us to look a bit further, to look away from what the books used to teach us. Its forcing us to break the rules.
2. Realise that you’re not ‘way’ behind.
“In sports and all other forms of competition, people perform best when the game is close. Which is why big magic happens at the end of the game”.
“When you’re winning big, it’s easy to get lax and overconfident. When you’re losing big, it’s easy to give up”.
3. Do more with less.
Guitar gurus say, “Tone is in your fingers”. You can buy the same guitar, effects pedal, and amplifier as Eddie Van Halen uses. But when you play that rig, it’s still going to sound like you. The truth in your tone, comes from you”.
“Detach yourself from dependencies. Try going for a run without all the running gear. Try waking up without a Ruggie. Try living a day without caffeine. Try outputting without having to ‘inspire’ yourself”.
4. Increase your responsibility.
“The constraints of responsibility force you to think more creatively”.
5. Every billionaire’s secret: Build a team around you sooner than you feel comfortable.
“The bigger you dream, the more important your team” – Robin Sharma.
“The sooner you can remove all of the personal pressure and noise, the faster your income will skyrocket”.
6. How much are you willing to put on the line?
“Elon Musk is considered eccentric in many ways. One of which is how uncomfortably long-term his thinking is. The man is trying to change the world and populate Mars. He is willing to make any sacrifice – no matter how difficult – today, to manifest his worldview in the long-awaited future. His propensity for risk does not come from insanity. But rather, from a level of conviction so intense as to be off-putting to some. When asked “How much are you willing to put on the line?” he replied “Everything that other people hold dear”.
7. Short-term and low-cost experiments.
Tim Ferriss doesn’t so what he thinks will make him happy. He does what excites him.
He doesn’t make long term plans, instead he does 3-6 month ‘experiments’ which he puts all of his energy into.
8. Stay in the zone as long as you can.
“The longer you can stay in the zone, the greater will be your reward and impact in the current economy”.
“The only way I’ve found to get over this is to sit with the discomfort. Like most creatives, I’m at my best when there’s a bit of fear and a lot of discomfort thrown into the mix. Being alone with my own thoughts us truly frightening, but truly necessary”. – Paul Jarvis.