7 Black Belt Insights for Elite Achievement
Success By Robin Sharma
Author of the #1 International Bestseller “The Leader Who Had No Title” Hope all’s superb.
Sorry I haven’t been in touch with a blog post or training video for a while. I was on vacation with my family at a pretty little town by the sea.
Needed it. This year’s been intense so far with presentations in about 20 countries, writing a new book, a new train the trainer program and a hot new self-mastery summit my team and I kicked off in June…
If you’ve read my book “The Leader Who Had No Title” you know I strongly believe that a giant key to best performance is alternating periods of intense productivity with periods of deep renewal. So I was out by the ocean walking my talk.
Ok. So I’ve got some REALLY juicy + provocative insights for you today. To fuel the last 6 months of 2013. And to help you make sure this becomes your absolute best year yet…
…As mentioned, in June, over one truly unforgettable weekend in beautiful Toronto, Canada (one of the world’s great cities), people from over 30 countries attended my new self-mastery event called “The 48 Hour Transformation” (T48T).
Blew me away what unfolded…
We had a few billionaires with us, top executives, tons of entrepreneurs, peak athletes, artists, authors and other brave dreamers from so many walks of life ready to shatter their limits and achieve 20X the results they’d ever seen before.
Deeply held fears were released, all-new levels of confidence were installed, ridiculously positive mindsets were constructed and childhood dreams were rekindled.
What could be cooler than being a part of that?
And the transformations I witnessed by Sunday really were truly phenomenal. I feel BLESSED to have just been there.
Such inspiration, positive energy, devotion to world-class and commitment to making the world a better place.
So to be of service to your highest ambitions, I wanted to share 7 of the “black belt” ideas that were so valuable to the hundreds of people who attended, based on what they told me after the event.
My real hope is they will serve as catalysts for you to start making some radical changes in your own life:
#1. NOTHING WORKS UNTIL YOU DO THE WORK.
Look, the only thing that’s rocket science is rocket science.
The material, systems and daily performance rituals I taught at The 48 Hour Transformation work beautifully. But like anything, you need to make the commitment and then do the work. Not once a quarter. Not once a month. Daily. When you’re tired. When you don’t feel like it. When you want to give up. That’s how champions play.
And please also remember that consistency is the essence of mastery. Show up, practice hard, stay at it and awesome results will come.
#2. TO GET THE RESULTS ONLY 5% OF THE POPULATION GETS, HAVE THE GUTS TO DO WHAT ONLY 5% DO.
You can follow the herd or you can transform your world. But you can’t do both.
The majority of people have given up on living a “rare air life”. Sad.
They’ve been smacked down, told “no” to and hypnotized into performing at average so long they don’t believe in their genius any more.
What I helped people at the event to rewire as a core belief is that to have uncommon results, you need to start doing uncommon things. I then listed the 20+ best tactics including:
–being a part of a mastermind group of people who are exceptional
–joining The 5 am Club and running the 20/20/20 Rule
–seeing work as a craft and an opportunity for Mastery
–doing a “second wind workout” at the end of every day to kickstart energy and creativity
–getting a massage every week to stay strong and focused
–60 minutes a day without technology to think and plan
–journalling every night
#3. IF YOU’RE NOT FAILING A LOT YOU’RE NOT DOING VERY MUCH
Failure’s got a bad rap.
Failure’s necessary to win.
Failure is part of the learning process. It’s valuable. It’s helpful. It’s massively instructive.
But society teaches us that failure’s a mistake. It’s not. Da Vinci and Picasso and Jobs and Meg Whitman all understood that you can’t make progress without “beautiful setbacks.”
Understand that failure’s a kind teacher. Just leverage the data it delivers for even more success.
#4. CHANGE IS HARD AT FIRST, MESSY IN THE MIDDLE AND GORGEOUS AT THE END.
This idea really moved people at T48T. Inspired them. Helped them to viscerally get that change is a process.
At the beginning of any change (from losing weight to stopping worry to multiplying your sales to saving more money), you’re fighting the gravitational pull of your old habits.
And if you’ve practised those habits every day for decades, how can we expect them to be replaced in a day (the latest research from University College of London says it takes 66 days to install a new habit).
So it’s hard at first. And so most of us give up. But if you stay with it, you get to stage 2 and that’s where your old habit starts to crumble. And your new one begins to form. It’s messy at this point. Confusing. A little scary. And completely normal.
And then, with grit and devotion, the new habit becomes your new normal. This is a great time on the journey to unleashing your potential. And life’s never the same.
#5. SMALL DAILY IMPROVEMENTS OVER TIME LEAD TO STUNNING RESULTS
An amazing life isn’t constructed via revolution: one bold act on a sunny Tuesday that makes you great.
All exceptional achievement (whether it’s chess mastery, entrepreneurial success, athletic championship or financial wealth) is the result of daily, consistent actions that over time creates explosive results.
It’s all about the hard work.
It’s all about the steady practice.
It’s all about the insane levels of persistence.
And if you do it (and start saying no to all of those time wasting activities so many of us are seduced by in this Age of Dramatic Distraction), you too will get to your mountaintop.
#6. TO DOUBLE YOUR INCOME, TRIPLE YOUR INVESTMENT IN LEARNING
Powerful idea: once you know more, you can achieve more.
The other night my Dad reminded me that “investing in education is the best investment of all.”
And I still recall a long lunch with a man who built a fortune where he shared “the years I spent three hours a day in personal development were the most financially rich years of my life.” Three hours. Each day. In learning. Studying. Improving. My hero.
If you really want to get to great in the important areas of your life, invest in the books. Go to a conference every quarter. Spend the cash on the online course. Download the audiobooks. And hang with the best (bonus tip: mindsets are contagious).
#7. YOU HAVE THE LIFE YOU’VE SETTLED FOR
This idea had people at The 48 Hour Transformation talking all weekend.
Attendees really got that awesome lives are not built on a foundation of excuses.
Sure-it’s easier to blame others or conditions for the lives we have. That way we don’t have to leave The Safe Harbor of The Known and make any changes. But that’s how cowards live, no?
We have the lives we’ve created.
We’re living the lives we’ve settled for.
And if your life isn’t working, it’s not because of anyone else or anything else. It’s because of us. Our beliefs (that drive our behavior). Our fears. Our habits. And our actions.
The moment you wrap your brain cells around this idea and accept APR (Absolute Personal Responsibility), life is NEVER the same.
You start taking back your power. Doing the difficult things. Taking chances and making leaps. Life gets exciting and colorful and precious and fantastic.
You deserve to live at world-class. So make your changes today.
Hope this post helps you win. And I hope you’ll post a comment below so we continue the conversation.
Your fan always, Robin
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