Wk 5: Your Ideal Day, Running Faster and Mentors For Success

1.THE IDEAL DAY FOR A GOOD LIFE

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What does an ideal day look like to you?

In the James Atucher Show podcast, author of best selling books such as, Ego is the Enemy and Obstacle is the Way, Ryan Holiday explains that by knowing what this day looks like, you are not only able to know what you should be working towards…

…you are also more likely to be able to say no to things that get in the way of you having that ideal day.

Of course, there are essentials in life we will always have things each day we don’t really love doing i.e. house work or sitting in traffic.

However, the point is not these small things that will always be part of life, it is being able to know when to say no to bigger time commitments which impact what we really want to be doing with our time.

 

Practical: Many of us believe that our ideal life will just magically align itself. Obviously this isn’t going to happen.

Write down what an ideal day looks like for you. How far away are you from it on a regular day?

What is in that day which isn’t absolutely essential and could potentially be removed to give you more time to do what you want to do?

 

2. EVERY LEADER NEEDS A MENTOR

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Richard Branson had Sir Freddie Laker, Mark Zuckerberg had Steve Jobs and Bill Gates had Warren Buffet.

Are you currently mentoring anyone?

If so check out the Harvard Business review article by Professors Vineet Chopra and Sanjay Saint ‘6 Things Every Mentor Should Do’.

Here is the 6 tips in short form:

  • Choose mentees carefully
  • Establish a mentorship team
  • Run a tight ship
  • Head off rifts…or resolve them
  • Don’t commit mentorship malpractice
  • Prepare for transition

 

Practical: If you are thinking of mentoring someone or you currently are then take time to think if it is something you can commit to beforehand.

It is a position that can become life changing for the mentee but it can also have the complete opposite effect if not taken seriously.

 

3) WANT TO RUN FASTER?

 

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If you are using sand training or speed ladders for ‘speed’ development then you need to re-evaluate your program.

At least according to Head of Strength & Conditioning of Arizona Cardinals, and 40 year industry expert, Buddy Morris who explains in his Elite FTS presentation;

 “Training in sand destroys the elastic reactive response and dissipates forces…people in sand take short choppy steps. They go nowhere fast. It’s like a speed ladder, you aren’t producing any force….

…we know to run faster, you must apply more force to the ground”

 

Practical: If you want to improve speed then practice running fast, increase strength, perform plyometrics, improve mobility and work on running mechanics.

You can still use the speed ladder but instead look at it as a tool to develop a variety of improve co-ordination patterns not to get faster at sprinting.

 

4) CAN YOU TOLERATE SUCCESS?

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The 3 Month Vacation Podcast by Marketing Strategist Sean D’Souza recently explained why tolerance levels will decide how successful you are.

 Sean D’Souza, also author of the successful book Brain Audit and website www.psychotactics.com, advises the three areas you must have a high tolerance for are;

Tolerance for Failure – Not many people achieved great things on their first try. How much failure will you tolerate before giving up on your goals?

Tolerance to the Learning Process – Go Slow. Learning is essential to growth and success but trying to learn everything too quickly will reduce the effectiveness.

Read, then re-read, take notes and more importantly read a variety of topics to allow for all the content to cross over and give you a much broader outlook on the application to what you’re learning.

Tolerate the Long Haul – Many people hope to reach the top and think they can then take a back seat. Those who become the greats know that once at the top there is still a lot of work to do to stay there.

 

Practical: Look at all the great industry leaders. How much have they tolerated to get where they are?

Failed ideas, mastery in one area and constant effort in their work even when it hits the big time.

Use this as insight as to what it may take to get to the level of success you are aiming to get to.

 

5) SIMPLICITY OF NUTRTIONAL SUCCESS

 

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Dr. Layne Norton is an ex-bodybuilding champion, powerlifting champion and also holds a PhD in nutritional sciences.

On a recent podcast Dr Norton suggests that the biggest mistake people make with nutrition is focusing on the minor things before the major things.

For example, people stress themselves out about having certain ‘unhealthy’ foods but still eat too many calories each day and then wonder why they are gaining weight.

No matter how good your nutrition plan is, it is useless if it is not adhered to.

Dr. Norton advises focusing on calories and macronutrient intake first and foremost. Once these targets are met consistently, you can worry about the rest.

 

Practical: If you can’t afford a face-to-face consult with a registered dietician then www.avatarnutrtion.com is a good option.

Whilst it will never be as good or as in depth as the real deal, for just $10 per month Dr. Norton and his team of nutrition expert’s highly sophisticated software will provide you with an individualised nutrition plan.

If you decide to sign up, stick to it for at least 12 weeks before making a judgment.

 

Week 5 Practical Review:

  • Write down your ideal day. Work towards that!
  • Change someones life by committing to mentoring them
  • Speed ladders and sand training don’t make you faster. Get strong, mobile, jump and practice running fast!
  • Increase your tolerance for failure, learning and the long haul for success!
  • First and foremost focus on sticking to calories and macronutrients for your nutrition goals.
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