Champions understand, value and leverage the power of keeping it simple.
Masters and legends understand that mastery is achieved day in and day out, through practicing simple skills and improving them.
When it comes to simplicity, the average performers are always looking for the complex answers, when in fact masters know that the solutions lie into breaking down into simple steps.
One of the most brilliant minds of the last century who was able to understand and execute the most complicated issues Albert Einstein is well known to say- “Everything Should Be Made as Simple as Possible, But Not Simpler”, he even goes further “If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself.”
In fact, what about one the biggest inventor as Leonardo Da Vinci said; “Simplicity, is the ultimate sophistication”, What about Henry David Thoreau “As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness”.
The power in being simple, thinking simple, acting simple is a secret aptitude that a lot of people are underestimating.
When he came back to Apple, to revitalize the company that it is Today-Steve Jobs the iconic CEO of Apple Inc. says this: “Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains”.
Even if you don’t want to move mountain, you probably want to be a high performer, or achieve your goals-guess what –simple is power-
It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.” Bruce Lee
It seems that we are drawn to learn and keep learning thinking that’s where we get our edge, until you come across this perspective-
“Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.” Martin H. Fischer.
That might seem too far distant, but William James ground it in such way that for him it’s very simple ““The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.”
Ending with a master is probably the best compliment we can look; from two angles Lao Tzu claim this
“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.” And “Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”.
If that doesn’t resonate with you, Hans Hoffman probability would when he simplifies by saying “
The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.
I love it even better as this drives it home for me- simple-The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of the non-essentials.
That similar to the point. Champions Keep the main, the main thing.
“I AM THE GREATEST, I AM THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD” …
Those are the words of the legendary Boxer Muhamed Ali, when he was on his way to claim the throne of being the world champion.
It seems arrogant some people would say, maybe confidence some might say, or even “prophetic” for his devotees’ fans; the reality is no matter how you look at it, these were self-proclamation, incantation or affirmation from the greatest.
Incantation are the best way to improve your self-talk.
The average performer think that it is not necessary or it’s too new age, but science has proven the power of our subconscious in performance.
This is relevant because no matter who you are we do have some moment of self-doubts, hesitations, downtime and more. Self-talk is happening all the time no matter if you are conscious of it or not.
The real question is whether we are monitoring or not.
The world class do monitor it. Day in day out.
That’s how they are able to control that constant internal chatter. They leverage it as a strength.
Key question. Are you monitoring your self-talk?
Action tip: Look at your goals/dream; what is your self-talk towards these objectives?
It’s a myth that champions fight their fears or that they don’t have fears; even more, it’s an illusion for average performers to avoid their fears- The ultimate solution is to dance with the fears, so that it can be tamed.
A lot of literature highlight the fact that FEAR is false evidence appearing real, or that we should fight our fears. That strategy seems better when compared to the average performers who hide away from their fears and stay paralyzed with no actions, but it’s still not optimal.
The reality is that fear is a natural phenomenon for our survival; which means it’s natural and so therefore needs not to be denied but “optimized”.
How do you do that?
The first thing would be to acknowledge the natural aspect of it; Which gives champions the opportunity to be grounded.
In that grounding the champions find and anchored themselves into being present in the moment.
The idea is to acknowledge fear so it doesn’t have power over you. In fact, In my bestselling book
“The Winning Way that I co-wrote with Brian Tracy and colleagues” give a tip on how to cope with fear by just bringing it to our awareness and identifying.
When in it’s your skin and in your face, what’ s left is to own it and dance with it.
As we all agreed, avoiding it, is like playing ostrich which doesn’t help long term.
One of the outlook that makes the greatest legendary is their ability to manage this duality.
They understand their power through the free will we have as human, and at the same time they embrace the limitations of their humanity.
Unlike many average performers who think, it’s one or the other, the champions get their strength and power from both complementary source of power.
Understanding the power of free will, and the ability to influence one own actions give a tremendous leverage to the world class. They understand, they are the master of their fate and the captain of their destiny.
They understand that their decisions, guide their directions, which then determine their destination or their destiny. Every performance is within the champions control, because they have fully understood the power of “intent”.
On the other hand, what makes the legends so attractive and inspiring to all of us, is their ability to balance and to receive; their humility towards life itself is reverend and refreshing.
The champions are realistic enough that they understand the limitations of the human mind and acknowledge the source of a higher power or authority that govern things like our heart beat, our breathe, or life itself; regardless of how you want to call it, the greatest have the knack to balance these two sources.
Different traditions have described this differently based on the situation.
Whether it is keep your feet on the ground and your eyes on the star, or the yin and the yang, or even the ebb and flow, the masters of this world have captured this wisdom in many ways.
The champions have transcended this wisdom in on their daily realities, and most importantly they have transformed their productivity, performance and results that make them legendary.
Action tip today- Looking at your dreams and goals.
IF there was a skill that create the huge divide between the average and the legends it’s this:
World class understand that “failures” are just learning steps towards their desired results.
In fact, the word failure doesn’t exist in their mind-it’s all feedback, learning toward their ultimate goals.
If there’s something that cannot be substituted with anything in champions, it’s this aptitude they have developed.
They have embraced the word “fail forward”. In fact, the smartest ones, fail fast so they can get over that phase or stage of development.
That’s an experimentation phase.
The fallacy that we should succeed right of the gate is an illusion that’s been created through some subcultures using the concept of prodigy, or word like “talent”.
It’s true we all have predispositions and natural tendencies, But the real truth is that even with even with these talents, one can just get the spark to get started. Talent alone cannot sustain long term anyone.
So learning to bounce back, or learning to “learn” is a “NECESSARY” skill to develop and even to build within our practices.
Champions have that built in like a muscle in their way of doing anything.
What is the feedback? What did I learn here? What can I improve here?
The subtle difference creates a huge divide between the greatest and the average performers
This is why- the average performers are thinking and performing on how to NOT make mistake? On how to Not fail, versus the champions are focus on how to make it happen.
That focus seems similar, BUT HUGE difference for the simple fact.
When you compete to win, you are offensive, outgoing, you are “creative” and expansive versus when you compete Not to lose you are contracted, defensive and acting from fear based lens.
Acting from the fail forward based thinking is an abundance thinking mentality and it rewards are infinite, because the champions understand that the world is abundant and the champions will ask what they want and not be restricted.
Today’s action tip. Are you acting from Not losing or you are moving forward as how can I fail fast so I can learn and move on?