Number 1 Strategy For Productivity


Robert Greene is the author of many life changing books including 48 Laws of Power, Mastery, The 50th Law, and 33 Strategies of War among others.

For much of my time using Audible, I focused on 48 Laws of Power, The 50th Law, and Mastery. Going on 30–40 minute walks every day allows me to get through the books at a decent clip.

Another way to obtain the knowledge was printing off the key points. With 33 Strategies of War this is what I did. After studying the print out, one day the death ground strategy stood out. This is started a cascade effect of “Youtubing” Robert Greene on this particular topic.

What I came to understand was the importance of the death ground strategy. As a coach, this is something to be utilized from time to time. Nothing that needs to be employed every single day but the death ground strategy as a tool at the correct time is worthwhile.

It enables aggressiveness, conquering of fear, and mustering up the mental and physical resources available, and taking action.

Things need to happen through force of will when backed into a corner.

One recent mentality I’ve adopted and shared with my athletes is the “go to jail if you don’t accomplish this.”

If the police were coming if you didn’t do your workout, would you make an excuse?
Would you give yourself an out?
Would you skip your daily disciplines?
Would you have the “it doesn’t matter” mentality?

This mentality is extreme but it gets the point across. How valid are the thoughts of fear? Of worry? Of doubt?

Putting ourselves in the death ground strategy and go to jail mentality is a mental trigger to get after it.

If we give ourselves a multitude of options we may be caught in inaction. But if we back ourselves into the corner, the only way out is aggressiveness and single-mindedness.

In another example from Seneca, it is important to practice what we may fear.

Set aside a certain number of days, during which you shall be content with the scantiest and cheapest fare, with course and rough dress, saying to yourself the while: ‘Is this the condition that I feared?’

Setting up daily habits and disciplines, combined with the “go to jail” mentality will help on the journey to mastery. It’s the process of finding the cues, the mantra, and the mentality that works for you.

And most things can be accomplished through force of will.

As Jocko Willink says, “get after it.”