Lessons from the road

Hope you’re in superb spirits, nailing your 2014 vision and inspiring everyone around you to reach for world-class.

I’m still out on this tour–spreading the Lead Without a Title message that’s grown into a movement. And doing my utmost to be of service.

I’ve learned a lot on this tour. The purity of the road births deep thoughtfulness and on each of the stops so far (Zurich, Zagreb, Nairobi, Seychelles and Bahrain), I’ve discovered new insights.

Please allow me to share 4 of the finest of them with you since I feel you’re with me on this ride. Most of them are “quiet”–meaning–not so well known…

  1. The nature of the goals you set is massively important. Goals based on looking better than others deliver less motivation and persistence than goals based on trying to improve your performance. So set “mastery goals” versus “ego goals”.

  2. Optimism isn’t some soft concept for weak people. Nope. It’s an absolutely essential element for anyone in hot pursuit of elite performance and professional mastery. Here’s my point: we often tell ourselves we’ll cultivate optimism once we become successful. But recent reasearch confirms that developing optimism leads to success….

    …optimists have been shown to have greater mental focus, more energy, better creativity and more stamina when things get hard.

  3. The best way to get more done is to do a lot less. I know I’ve been on this learned minimalism kick for the past few years, but I’m getting it at a whole new level.

    On this trip, I noticed a woman carrying a handbag made by a famed watchmaker. This firm makes genius-level watches. But highly ugly handbags. They seem to have forgotten what they do best. And are now in the process of destroying their brand and alienating their fans.

    So to get more done, say no to most of the fantastic opportunities that are presented to you but are not a part of your sweetspot. Build your business life and your personal world around just a few things. And have the discipline to say a diplomatic no to everything else. Mastery comes via a monomaniacal focus on simplicity versus an addiction to complexity.

  4. Your belief about your potential determines whether you’ll express your potential…

    …Psychologists are writing about “implicit theories” these days. Basically, these are the unconscious beliefs we have about our talents, abilities and place in the world.

    They come from every possible influence: our parents, our teachers, our friends, television, every book we’ve read and every place we’ve been. They all come together–subconsciously–to form our personal story. Cool, yes?

    And here’s the powerful idea: we always behave in a way consistent with our self-identity. What we think about our potential determines whether we take steps to fully express it or whether we leave it lying on the table of unfulfilled promise.

So there you go. Four ideas to practice and live.

100 thanks to everyone who showed up at the events, stopped me in airports and approached me on the streets. I am humbled to be helpful and am so grateful my work is valuable to you.

As for everyone asking me whether I’ve decided to do The 48 Hour Transformation–my 2 day personal mastery event–again this year, the answer is yes. It’ll be held on June 7 + 8 in Toronto, Canada. Can’t wait to see the Alumni from last year and all the new faces from across the world.

Be great,

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