The Biggest Lie in the World?

By Robin Sharma
#1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title

Your greatest fear is the biggest liar in the world…

That fear that keeps you small, blocks your progress, limits your achievement and blinds your dreaming is nothing but a huge LIE.

You picked it up along the way. Someone taught it to you. It’s not who you truly are. But now you believe it.

(Karl Menninger said: “Fears are educated into us and can, if we wish, be educated out.”)

So let’s “educate them out”. Beginning today…

In my ongoing obsession to help you create epic results and a life that wows, I wanted to share a video I recorded a while ago that went COMPLETELY viral.

DEFINITELY take a few minutes to watch it now:

4 Big Secrets of The Top 5% Achievers

As always, I hope the video inspires you and delivers many hard-hitting tactics to help you create a life you adore.

Your fan always,

P.S. We’re 93% SOLD OUT… For the first time in a year, I’m doing a personal mastery weekend where I take you through my most advanced strategies for living a legendary life and unleashing your personal power.

It’s called The 48 Hour Transformation and it’ll completely change the way you think, perform and live.

Seating is now very limited, so my encouragement is to snap one up right now if you’re ready to breakthrough to your best life. If you wait, it’ll be too late.

Here are the details. I’d love to have you join us. It’ll be awesome to work with you over this extraordinary weekend to create a real and lasting transformation in the most important areas of your life.

When you claim your seat today, you can still take advantage of the special early bird price.

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Become a Rockstar of Productivity

By Robin Sharma
#1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title

You can do world-class work. Or you can please everyone around you. But you can't do both.

Today I wanted to share some of my most powerful productivity insights and tools with you…

…so you become The Bono of Your Craft, The Jagger of Your Field and The Drake of Your Game (ok–Drake’s not a rocker but you get my point ;)

Let’s dive right in…

#1. Get Your Routines Right

Ultra-productive producers focus less on using their willpower and a lot more on building their routines.

Stephen King starts writing every day between 8 and 8:30 am, whether he’s motivated or not. He has his vitamin pill, sits in the same seat and plays the same music.

This ritual triggers his imagination. And kickstarts his inspiration.

A while ago I was at a Yankees game in New York City. A major financial player was seated next to me. He shared that he’d recently brought NBA legend‎ Magic Johnson to speak to his corporate team.

Magic spoke of the fact that during one season Larry Bird dominated him when it came to free throw success. And so, Magic vowed that the next year, he’d show Bird his own mastery.

For the next 6 months, Magic built the following morning routine: he’d wake early and go down to his home basketball court. And he wouldn’t leave until he’d make 100 successful free throws. In a row.

Some days, Magic would be done by 7 am. Other days he’d still be shooting at noon. But he never left before making his 100 daily consecutive free throws‎. It was a dedicated routine.

The next year, Magic Johnson beat his rival Larry Bird in free throws.

I also adore Maya Angelou’s daily routine. She says she can’t work in pretty places like her home. So after she wakes up at 5:30 am each morning and has her coffee, she drives to a spartan, gritty motel room that she rents.

The rough nature of that environment pushes her to her creative edges. And provokes her greatest work.

She starts writing at 7 am and keeps at it until 2 pm. This is how she gets exceptional things done.

So get your routines right.

And please remember that inspiration isn’t some random event. No, it’s an organized result.

#2. Enjoy Being Disliked

Look, I get it. Part of being human involves a need to be liked. To fit in. To avoid conflict.

This neurobiological need served us when we lived on the savannah hundreds of years ago. If we strayed from the herd, we’d be eaten by tigers. Or die of starvation.

But now we’re in a world without the same threats. And with a staggering array of comforts.

Yet we still work and live in a way designed to sustain the approval of all those around us.

Here’s my real point: you can do world-class work. Or you can please everyone around you. But you can’t do both.

The very nature of being massively productive and creating masterful output means you’ll have to block out all the emails asking for immediate responses, turn off your mobile demanding your attention and say no to a ton of social obligations that only serve to distract you from the body of work that will raise you to iconic.

And this means people will be unhappy.

But the full expression of your gifts, talents and genius into the world is more than worth the disapproval you’ll attract. Actually, your mastery demands it.

#3. Value Suffering

I know this one won’t be popular with most people. But whoever said you’re playing at “most people level”…

We live in a society that sells us easy.

Anything that seems hard or uncomfortable or messy is called bad.

And the quick-fix, pleasurable and fast is considered good.

But here’s the thing: every master suffers. And to become the single most productive person you know, you’ll have to accept some pain along the path.

Van Gogh remained mostly anonymous his entire life, only reaching fame after his death. Yet, he kept on producing his art.

Steve Jobs was considered a misfit, eccentric and oddball. Yet, nothing stopped his monomaniacal pursuit of world-class.

JK Rowling couldn’t get Harry Potter published. And still she persisted and persevered until one editor got the brilliance of her concept.

I guess what I’m suggesting is that every visionary is initially ridiculed and later revered.

Every artist, chef, manager, athlete, entrepreneur and scientist committed to mastery faces criticism as they pursue originality, cynicism as they hunt their passion and ‎condemnation as they chase their commitment.

And so they suffer for their dream, knowing that…

…the thing that’s easiest to do is rarely the thing that’s the best thing to do.

#4. Do Real Work Versus Fake Work

Really important distinction here….

Average producers confuse activity with productivity.

They think movement equals effectiveness.

And they get trapped into spending the best hours of their best days climbing mountains only to realize that at the end of the day they scaled the wrong ones.

Peter Drucker said it beautifully: “There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which shouldn’t be done at all.”

Checking email first thing in the morning, pushing paper, doing senseless meetings and engaging in administrivia when you should be creating remarkable value are all examples of doing fake work…

…the kind of work designed to make you feel like you’re getting big things done but actually dig you deeper into the hole of mediocrity and overwhelm.

At my upcoming annual self-mastery event The 48 Hour Transformation, I’ll walk all the participants from around the world through my advanced ideas on elite productivity so they get more important things done in a week than most people get done in a quarter.

But for now, please allow me to share The 90/90/1 Rule that has created huge breakthroughs for so many of my beloved clients…

…for the next 90 days, spend the first 90 minutes of your workday on your #1 opportunity.

Just stop doing any fake work first thing in the morning. Check your email after lunch. Make your phone calls in the afternoon. Surf the Net in the evening.

#5. Be an Incrementalist

Massive productivity isn’t the result of one revolutionary act.

Instead, it’s actually the result of supertiny daily wins.

5 little acts of progress on your key plays every day delivers 1850 wins in a year.

“A small daily task, if it be really daily, will beat the labours of a spasmodic Hercules,” observed British novelist Anthony Trollope.

Beautifully said.

So please remember: the things you do regularly are 100X more important than those things you do rarely.

#6. Understand that Elite Productivity without Deep Refuelling Causes Dramatic Depletion

Try carrying a heavy load for a long time and you’ll be forced to stop in a short time.

But take rest breaks every little while, and you can go farther than you’ve ever dreamed…

Old-school performers think that the best way to get more done is to work harder. But research shows that’s actually the way to get less done.

Pushing yourself relentlessly without regular periods of renewal has actually been proven to deplete your key assets of focus, energy and productivity over time.

The smarter move? Work in intense bursts of total focus for 90 minutes and then take 10 minutes to rest, refuel and relax. Run these cycles through your workday and watch your energy and overall performance rise to breathtakingly great levels.

#7. Know The Power of The 3 S’s

Here’s a valuable idea: exceptional creativity and uncommon productivity need a space to present themselves.

Ordinary producers are always so distracted and busy being busy that there’s no opportunity for their best ideas and performance to come out and play.

Ultra-productive performers get that time alone allows the brain to shift from the left side into the right side–the realm where your personal genius resides.

With quiet time, your brain waves shift into alpha state. And you receive the insights and reflections that truly can move you to change the game within your industry and inside of your life.

I learned The 3 S’s from my work as the private advisor to some of the most successful business-buil‎ders and entrepreneurial titans on the planet…

…the best of them understand the value of a period of daily Solitude, Silence and Stillness. They’d carve out time to think, plan and visualize. Every 24 hours. Without fail…

And ironically, by making the time to reflect, the actions that followed were vastly more focused, productive and excellent.

By “doing nothing”, they achieve everything.

#8. Practice Spectacularity

Ok. I made up a word here. Forgive me.

But the principle is this: practice being spectacularly productive long enough and being spectacularly productive will become your way of being.

Recent science confirms it’s easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than think your way into a new way of acting (super important idea here).

So by behaving like the most productive person you know (for 66 days says the habit-installation research of University College of London)–even when you’re not there yet, you’ll rewire your brain patterns to the point where world-class productivity soon becomes automatic. Your default. And your new normal.

And this is my great wish for you.

Ok. So there you go Rockstar…

…8 of the best tactics for seriously amazing productivity that have helped so many of my clients produce epic results and become legendary within their fields.

Be great. Bye.

P.S. Are you really ready to create explosive productivity and get giant results like the most successful people in the world?

Here’s an awesome opportunity for you

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49 Ways to Get Inspired

By Robin Sharma
#1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title

The quickest way to change the game is to change your brain

#1. Do work that pushes you to your edges.

#2. Waste zero time on the past.

#‎3. Focus on being masterful at one thing versus mediocre at many things.

#4. Spend more time around art.

#5. Read biographies of lives greatly lived.

#6. 20X your goals, plans and dreams.

#7. Associate with game-changers, visionaries and titans.

#8. Celebrate how far you’ve come versus the distance still to go.

#9. Cause a little trouble by disrupting the status quo.

#10. Accept the project you fear the most.

#11. Leave an inspirational quote on a stranger’s windshield.

#12. Stop watching the news.

#13. Think a decade ahead rather than a day in advance.

#14. Start a movement.

#15. Wow a customer.

#16. Install a new habit.

#17. Remember that the mother of genius is simplicity.

#18. Know that the thing that is easiest to do is rarely the thing that is best to do.

#19. Speak less and listen better.

#20. Do a dream collage with images of your ideal moments.

#21. Record your ideal day in your journal.

#22. Forgive someone.

#23. Thank someone.

#24. Don’t confuse money with meaning nor income with impact.

#25. Spend the first 20 minutes of your day in exercise (it seriously optimizes brain and personal performance).

#26. Do your “Nightly 3″, writing 3 good things that happened to you during the day that’s ending.

#27. Speak your truth even when your voice shakes.

#28. Join Traffic University and leverage time commuting to learn and grow via audio programs.

#29. Visit a new city.

#30. Discover a new restaurant.

#31. Get good at being alone (you’re the only person you’ll be with your entire life so why not become comfortable in your own skin).

#32. See your work as your craft.

#33. Watch the movie “Searching for Sugar Man”.

#34. Do meetings standing up so they end quicker.

#35. Stop using the words “can’t”, “impossible” and “hate”.

#36. Practice harder (mastery isn’t a natural gift, it’s a daily devotion).

#37. Write handwritten thank you notes.

#38. Publish a book.

#39. Thank a mentor.

#40. Call your parents.

#41. Get out of the office and go invest in your personal development.

#42. Stop complaining.

#43. Use social media to uplift, encourage, teach and share.

#44. Less TV. More reading.

#45. Join a mastermind group.

#46. Spend the first 90 minutes of the next 90 days focused on your single largest opportunity.

#47. Remember that for every one masterpiece, Picasso painted 1000 paintings.

#48. Don’t listen to naysayers.

#49. Live like you mean it.

As always, hope these move you to play at wow and dazzle the world by your mastery.

And…

… a very special thank you to all the people from across the planet who snapped up the first blocks of seating for my annual live event The 48 Hour Transformation.‎

Congratulations on making the decision that will revolutionize the results in your work, financial, health and personal life forever.

This self-mastery event has helped people from 50+ nations make the changes they’ve never been able to make…

And it’s widely considered one of the best personal change live programs in the world.

So come join me and all the others who have already snapped up the limited seats to this famous live event with me.

I’d truly love to help you step into the highest version of your greatest vision and create an amazing life…

I’ve just released a few more seats today‎…

…go ahead and get yours now

Wishing you all success and epic performance.

We’re well into 2014 so definitely take some fresh action so it’s not just a repeat of last year.

And I really really hope you act on the 49 ideas and share them with your friends.

Talk soon,

P.S. The 48 Hour Transformation only happens once a year…

…and we’ll definitely sell out.

And I’m not sure I’ll do it in 2015 given the way my schedule’s looking these days…

So snap up a seat for you and a friend now

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We Did This Together

By Robin Sharma
#1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title

we did this together

Together, we’re building a movement of people in nearly 100 nations who are breaking free of their limits, doing work that matters and living lives that inspire.

The world is full of possibility yet still filled with a ton of negativity.

You, me and all the others in our global community of brave dreamers and game-changers continue to have a call on our lives…

…to rise up, model mastery and encourage all those around us to do the same.

Almost 20 years ago I self-published a book in a Kinko’s copy shop while I was still a litigation lawyer. I was ridiculed for my vision, mocked for my passion and discouraged for my enthusiasm.

But thanks to your support–and that of so many others– I’ve continued. And you’ll never know how much I appreciate you for the faith.

To help you make this new month the greatest month of the year to date, here are 6 key resources I invite you to jump all over:

#1. My YouTube Channel

I’ve posted nearly 126 free content-rich videos on peak mindset, work mastery, elite productivity and personal happiness.

With over 3,500,000 views, watching the training videos is worth the investment of your time. Share them with your team and friends as well so we spread the message.

Subscribe here

#2. My Facebook Page

I put in a ton of effort to get this right and to serve you strongly here each day. And there are some big things happening on this platform that you really need to be a part of…

From inspirational quotes with powerful images to keep you fired up to quotes from my bestsellers like The Leader Who Had No Title and The Greatness Guide to real-life tips to win, this page is a constant stream of insights for your best life.

Join the over 700,000 people who like the page here

#3. 51 Ways Ordinary People Reached World-Class

Many in our community have found this article to be valuable. I thought I should offer it to you. Read it here

#4. The Little Black Book of Stunning Success

This is a free eBook I wrote to express my gratitude. Full of ideas on superb performance. Nice and inspiring. Zero cost. With my thanks…

Get it here

#5. My App

This app will deliver my videos, tweets and push other pieces of fast content on best performance to you elegantly and simply.

Get it here

#6. The 48 Hour Transformation

This is my annual live personal mastery/peak achievement event. You’ll never be the same after being with me over this weekend where I share my advanced tactics on success, happiness and prosperity.

The event’s in June and the early bird special is on for a limited time.

Please note: The first two blocks of seating have already sold out so if you want to join us, definitely don’t delay.

And definitely sign up for the VIP day so we have dinner together and mastermind on the Monday.

Here are all the details

Ok…

We’re now into the second quarter of 2014. Please don’t let this year be just another year…

…use these resources to make the changes you need to make. So you CRUSH the goals you need to crush.

Your fan always,

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My Strange Success Rituals

By Robin Sharma
#1 bestselling author of The Leader Who Had No Title

achieving massive productivity, serious success and spectacular impact really isn't that hard

Achieving massive productivity, serious success and spectacular impact really isn’t that hard…

…it’s all a pretty simple process.

…actually it’s a very simple process.

I’ve been blessed to be the private advisor to many of the world’s celebrity billionaires and grateful that my success tools have been used by top performers ranging from Taylor Swift and Jon Bon Jovi to NBA and NHL superstars.

The ideas and tactics I teach at my live events like my annual The 48 Hour Transformation coming up this June are strikingly easy. And yet staggeringly powerful.

Please just remember that success is really all about a masterful consistency around the basic fundamentals.

Watch Kobe or Eminem, Michelangelo or Mozart, Philippe Starck or Jony Ive…they are all about stripping away complexity and hammering away at simplicity…knowing that’s the essence of outright genius.

The thing is that the vast majority of well-intentioned, decent and good people just don’t know what the epic performers know.

Schools teach math and geography. Televisions teach news and distraction. Society teaches materialism and hedonism.

But what about what to do to become great?

How about the daily habits of the performance masters?

And the key moves to make to get the big results you want?

Part of my passionately-held and emotionally-charged personal mission is to share the mindsets, practices and behaviors that those playing at BIW (Best in World) run so you can do your finest work…

…and carve out a life that truly matters.

In today’s message, I want to share 7 of the rituals I’ve personally used to do my best work and drive excellent results.

Fair notice: these rituals are a little strange…but they’ve helped my clients realize elite personal performance, grow personal fortunes, positively influence communities and make the world a far better place…

…so please just stay open to trying them…and applying them for the next 66 days until they wire in as your new normal…

Strange Ritual #1: Use a Timer to Do World-Class Work

On the two days a week I schedule as “Creative Days”, I set blocks of time to achieve specific outcomes and results–generally working in the 90 minute bursts of intensity that have been scientifically proven to yield best performance (insight: each of your days only has 16 of these 90 minute segments so use them well).

I then use the countdown timer on my smartphone to heighten my awareness about the passage of each chunk of time. Not really sure why this ritual works so well (I’m deep into brain science these days so once I know, I’ll share of course). But it just does. So do it. Please.

Strange Ritual #2: One Hour Walks

Steve Jobs loved doing walking meetings. Thoreau loved walking in the woods. Mandela would walk for entire days. There’s just something beautifully special about installing the daily habit of walking…

…it’ll give you time to think and ideate. You’ll kickstart your creativity and multiply your innovation (bring paper or your phone with you to download the ideas that will pour into your imagination)…

…productivity will soar and your moods will elevate as your endorphins get released. And you’ll boost your fitness to your next level of wow.

After studying many of the creative masters, I’ve been doing a daily walk for years. It’s definitely been a game-changer for me, especially at the end of a productive day.

Strange Ritual #3: The Second Wind Workout

The daily walk ritual leads nicely into the “2WW” Ritual that has also served me so well: The Second Wind Workout.

Here’s the basic idea: given that exercise is one of the finest productivity tools ever created, why not use it more often within a day to get more valuable things done?

Yes–definitely do your morning workout to get you mentally and physically amped for a brilliant day. But then, at the end of your work day, go for that walk or take the swim or nail a run.

Creating a second workout ritual later in your day will give you so much more energy each evening, relax you with your loved ones, minimize the dangerous effects of stress, deliver a deeper sleep and even reduce your cravings later in the night.

Strange Ritual #4: Talk to Yourself

One of the tools that people who attended last year’s 48 Hour Transformation told me created very real breakthroughs for them was autosuggestion.

The reality is that most of our daily choices and behaviors are not conscious. We think we know why we do what we do but the truth is 90% of our moves are driven by our subconscious programming (all the beliefs and rules that our parents/teachers/media/peers have taught us).

This is why we’ll read a book or go to a conference and say we’ll make fantastic changes–but rarely do.

For a new idea to create true breakthrough, you need to go to the source. And use autosuggestion to install a new story about your place in the world.

Our conscious mind really does want to make the improvement within our business and personal life. But all the negative patterns within our subconscious hold us back. And sabotage our progress.

Autosuggestion is simply using words and verbal commands to rewire and rescript the unconscious realm of our brain. The subconscious is dramatically influenced by words.

The average person uses words that create limitation, scarcity, drama and failure in their lives–without even knowing it.

Best performers know that words drive performance. And so they use them brilliantly.

To be specific, I suggest that you clean out the victimspeak from your vocabulary. Speaking “I hate this” or “this will never work” or “I’m not good at this” or “I can’t achieve that” or “I’m in trouble” forge subconscious beliefs that make your words self-fulfilling realities.

Instead, use the language of world-class. Talk words with power, grace and positivity. Speak like the person you’ve always wished you could become. And, with time and consistent practice, you’ll step into that person’s shoes.

Strange Ritual #5: The WTOH Question

Please remember that a problem is only a problem when viewed as a problem.

Many of the great business innovations came from a so-called “failure”.

Many of the greatest growth periods of our lives were derived from a period of pain.

Within every setback lies the gift of progress, advancement and outright mastery.

Too many of us encounter an obstacle and drop into victim-mode, giving away our power to it and throwing in the towel.

Instead, use “The WTOH Question” and ask what’s the opportunity here?

This ritual has saved my life. It has allowed me to leverage the unexpected into pure possibility. And turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones.

It’s helped my team produce epic results in the face of Plan A not going to plan.

And it’s moved my clients to achieve legendary businesses as well as lives they adore.

Strange Ritual #6: Thank the Value Chain

Key principle: Gratitude is the antidote to Apathy.

To get giant things done, you need to feel inspired and alive and highly confident and unbeatable…

…positive psychologists are teaching us that “deliberate gratitude” (the actual habit of practicing gratitude versus leaving it to chance) is one of the smartest ways to build that state.

Another one of the strange rituals that has served me so very well is what I call “thanking the value chain”.

When I eat an excellent meal in a restaurant, I silently thank the chef, the servers, the delivery people, the owners, the farmers and every other human being along the value chain whose hard work has allowed me to savor the meal.

On an airplane, I silently thank the attendants, the pilots, the ground crew, the aircraft makers and even the back office workers for the gift of the flight. And the opportunity for me to attend another event to inspire and share with people who want to win.

I do my best to run this ritual as much as possible as I live out each day.

It completely changes the way I view each experience, encounter and person. And it fills me with energy, passion and hope.

I sincerely wish the same for you.

Strange Ritual #7: The Sunday Morning Planning Process

Every Sunday morning, I sent aside an hour to review the past 7 days. I then write my “Weekly Story”, a fast review of how I performed and behaved over the past week (based on the notes on my written daily schedule). This alone breeds huge amounts of awareness of what’s working and what needs to be improved.

Next, I review my annual one-page plan, reconnect with my Top 5 Values and consider my commitments for the next 7 days.

All this moves me to then write out my “Blueprint for a Beautiful Week” on a written 7 day template that has time blocks from 5 am to 11 pm.

Everything goes in here from my early morning workouts and journaling sessions to my family meals with those I love.

This ritual is one of the best habits I’ve developed. And has helped so many of our clients achieve more in a few weeks than most people get done in a year.

Hope these strange rituals of mine provoke you to install some new disciplines.

The world needs you to be at your best. And I’ll continue to do all I can to help you get there. Definitely.

If you found these insights and tools valuable and are ready to discover what the most successful people on the planet are doing in their careers and personal lives to get their uncommon results, I’d love to help you make the single biggest leap of your life…

My famous live event The 48 Hour Transformation is coming up in June…and it’s a total life-changer.

I only do it once a year and the first two blocks of seating that I made available have sold-out…

…I’ve just opened up the next block of seats and you can still get them at the special early bird price if you take swift action…

Making the decision to get out of the office, come to this event, learn my advanced strategies and be in the room with amazing people will be one of the best investments you’ve ever made…

…so go ahead and get your seat now

Hope to meet you personally in June.

Your success partner,

P.S. Regret happens when we don’t seize opportunities…

…and superstars understand that to double their income they need to triple their investment in personal development and professional learning.

So join us and register now

All green lights. Bye.

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