Path to greatness .
There are arguably many paths to greatness but basic principles required to reach there remains more or less same.
Reaching the top 5% in your chosen field is lot like preparing yourself for a Formula one racing. There are principles & techniques, which you can master to get the desired results.
But the same techniques and principles become woefully inadequate if you desire to reach top 0.1% in you chosen field. Why is that so?
Well, the simple answer is – it isn’t the right vehicle for the purpose. You need a completely different launching pad to propel yourself into a different orbit.
Even the best of engineering will fail to convert a formula one race car into a Rocket, as the principles involved in building both the vehicles are different.
Just ’cause everyone you know is using the same vehicle to reach the aspired destination doesn't mean that you start doing the same. It hardly makes any logical sense.
The primary objective of this article is to get you sensitized to the underlying principles; ‘cause you can’t expect extraordinary results by following an ordinary process.
If you want to propel yourself into a completely different orbit then you need the extraordinary firepower to attain the required escape velocity.
Anything less than that threshold velocity is simply not good enough.
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results” – Einstein.
Structure your life around your core values
Structuring your life in such a manner that you are in a better position to make decisions which are in complete sync with your core set of values. There is no doubt that you will be required to make some consistent and extraordinary efforts but that will help you in gaining the much needed threshold velocity.
How you choose to build a robust structure around your daily routine will eventually help you in shaping your customized cryogenics.
Once you are able to put a fairly reliable and organic system in place, you can leverage all the benefits of your super-powerful subconscious mind to gather insane momentum.
Don’t get obsessed with a particular outcome
“Choose the plan with the most options. The best plan is the one that lets you change your plans.” – Derek Sivers
Even when there is no blueprint to reach your most cherished goal, you are vulnerable becoming too obsessed with a particular outcome. You need to understand one thing very clearly, that your obsession with a particular outcome is not helping you at all. In fact it’s a major drag .
As soon as you learn to decouple your sincere efforts from a particular outcome (the most challenging thing to do), you will bring the requisite adaptability in your attitude to achieve organically exponential results.
Learn to unlearn
If you’re reading this article, it means that you have definitely gone through all those processes which are considered A pre-requisite to emerge as socially accepted “somebody” or in all likelihood you might be on your way to become that “somebody”.
Mind you, once you reach there, soon you will realize the entire futility of learning so many things that has absolutely negligible utility or application. In fact all those concepts and factual knowledge becomes a stumbling block for your future growth.
“If more information was the answer, then we would all be billionaires with perfect abs.” – Derek Sivers
So, do yourself a favor-learn the art of unlearning. And Never be afraid to start something from scratch, ‘Cause you are never too old or outdated to learn anything new.
Learn to turn it OFF
When it comes to switching yourself off, please do involve yourself in activities that doesn’t demand active involvement of Prefrontal cortex — located right behind the forehead, a default application that keeps running in the backdrop of your brain, and plays a pivotal role in giving direction to your attention and short-term memory.
Mind you checking your emails and Facebook status in communication device of your choice during the break doesn’t qualify for the job of switch off.
The best way to do is getting yourself close to the nature. You need not plan an elaborate vacation for that, spending time at your nearest park where you can spend time in company of natural plants and trees should be just fine. Playing with children or even watching them play might look silly and such a huge waste of time but Believe me it has all the magical powers to rejuvenate you really fast.
“ ’Cause your intensity to turn it ON is so critically dependent on your ability to turn it OFF. ”
Overcome your worst fear
“You have got one chance here to do amazing things, and being afraid of wrong or making a mistake or fumbling is just not how you do something of impact. You just have to be fearless.”-Dr. Adam Gazzaley
Fear is entirely your own creation.
The kind of importance you end up attaching to your unique set of fears is your own manifestation that keeps feeding on your insecurities.
Your worst fear is nothing but an intimidating gatekeeper whose assigned job is to keep you away from your most cherished GOALS.
Hence, nobody but you have all the power within you to stare back at him and letting him know that you are no longer empowering him to browbeat you.
“Everything came when I completely dove in fearlessly and made the content that I needed to make as a kind of artist…I got out of my own way. I stopped doubting myself, and the universe winked at me when I did that, so to speak.” – Dr. Brene Brown
Become comfortable in discomfort
Josh Waitzkin describes it beautifully when he says that in the world of combat sports
“it’s very interesting to observe who the top competitors pick out when they are five rounds into the sparring session and they’re completely gassed. The ones who are on the steepest growth curve look for the hardest guy there-the one who might beat them up-while others look for someone they can take a break on.”
Is your comfort zone circumscribing your real potential?
Are you ready to choose discomfort over comfort?
Once you learn the art, you will start thriving under extreme conditions.
Your ability to tide over default emotions during trying conditions help you in seeing things that are beyond obvious.
Embrace your rhythm
You are a unique piece of creation. There is absolutely no one in this world who is an exact replica of you. Still, you are always eager to become someone; Cause you think you are an incomplete creation.
There is no doubt that your life is a work in progress, but that doesn’t mean that you start neglecting your own set of characteristics that is very unique to your personality.
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”-Albert Einstein
If you are not a morning person, then there is absolutely no need to mess up your life trying to emulate morning routines of the most successful people. You will end up being a second rate version of so-called successful people-which would definitely be not you.
It’s your responsibility to get comfortable with your own set of flaws, eccentricity, and inconsistencies. Only then you are in a better position to embrace your own rhythm which will eventually bring unique symphony into your life.
Be Useful & Inspire Trust
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
The last thing you want when you are on your deathbed is the realization that there’s zero evidence that you ever existed.
Unless you learn to translate your learning into action, you won’t be able to inspire trust in others.
The learning has to go through the organic process of practical application to get itself transformed into wisdom.
This entire process ends up lending credibility to your learning efforts, and helps you in differentiating Signal from noise.
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