Housekeeping:- I am away to Baroda, Monday -Friday (1-5th May) for a Process Safety Management Audit. If you are in and around Baroda, looking forward to meeting folks. Pl Ping me in any form. Thanks.
I have read few of Robin Sharma's books, while I am not an avid follower of him as most of his ideas resonate with other Authors, I have read before, what I like about his work is the ability to kind of give a one stop shop to link and correlate /Calibrate. I received an email this morning on 23 tactics which I reproduce below. All tactics are very useful and I have been following them for some time and find very useful.
#1. Don't check emails or your social feeds first thing in the morning. Exploit your most pristine hours for your most valuable projects. That's what the Titans do.
#2. Create your "victory move". This is a physical pose you do at certain times of the day to kickstart your mental concentration and unleash your physical energy. Doing so often is a strong ritual supported by some very good science.
#3. Forgive anyone you haven't forgiven. It's a gift you'll give yourself. [Hard to climb a mountain carrying someone on your back].
#4. Remember that the bigger your dream, the more important your team. You can't get to world-class with a low-performing support circle.
#5. Read "Peak" by Anders Ericsson.
#6. Get out into nature at least once a day. Tremendous benefits for your mindset, heartset, healthset + soulset.
#7. Stop being so hard on yourself. You're human. We each have our gifts and our flaws. Our hopes and our fears. You and I are works in progress. Celebrate who you've become. And honor the progress you've made [instead of demanding perfection].
#8. Plan your week in intimate detail every Sunday morning. This removes the need to make multiple decisions each day [because you now have a beautiful blueprint in place]. And that frees up your focus + energy to dial into the few priorities that are most vital to your A-game.
#9. Let go of the relationships in your inner-circle that steal your joy. Your highest life depends on this one winning move.
#10. Travel more. You'll receive your most genius ideas and experience your happiest moments running through the streets of Paris, swimming with the dolphins in Mauritius and watching the sun set over the Taj Mahal in Agra.
#11. Have good judgment. Yes, I know I'm old-school on this. But I think we're living in a culture of oversharing. People show up in their pajamas on Instagram, reveal their intimate details on YouTube and have no boundaries on the internet. Go contrarian.
#12. Breathe more deeply. Regularly. All elite producers do.
#13. Drink more water. And ginger tea with fresh lemon in it.
#14. Run my "Daily 5 Ritual". It helped millions of people do amazing things in business + their personal lives. Five small goals done with perfect execution every day makes 150 accomplished goals a month and 1850 in a year. Life changer. Truly.
#15. Read "What Doesn't Kill Us" by Scott Carney. Fascinating.
#16. Read "Into The Magic Shop" by James Doty. Moving.
#17. Get enough sleep. Yes I made The 5 AM Club famous but I've never evangelized sleep deprivation. You absolutely need excellent sleep to perform at otherworldly levels. And to be happy, healthy and strong. [And yes--I'm in year 3 of writing my new book The 5 AM Club. Yikes!]
#18. Remember that your pain has served your growth. Your setbacks have strengthened your character. And your heartbreaks have helped your heroism. [Let resentments go. And trust life has your back].
#19. Find your Dream Room. This is a place you go where you have zero devices to distract you. Schedule chunks of time in here at least 3x a week. To produce Michelangelo-level work. That wows the world.
#20. Run my "2 Massage Protocol". Getting two 90-minute massages a week isn't an expense. It's an investment in your peak mindset, massive levels of daily energy [you can't inspire the world if you're exhausted], battleproofing against stress + extending your life [a great key to legendary is longevity].
#21. Respect time. Learning how to leverage your time like a pro is mission-critical to leading an epic life. So many people want gorgeous results but aren't doing the things required to have those rewards. You can't own your game without installing the core mentalities, routines, operating systems and life structures that the best use every day.
#22. Protect your willpower. One of the most valuable of your performance assets is self-discipline. You can have a brilliant ambition, a sensational mission, exceptional talents and great products. But without the ability to execute on these--and translate your grand intentions into daily results, nothing happens. So understand that elite performance without regular recovery leads to depletion.
#23. Be alone a lot. Solitude is where you get to remember your greatness. World-class performers spend a lot of time alone. Envisioning. Planning. Scripting. Practising. Studying. Iterating. You should too.
Today (Still in USA) marks 100 days of Trump Presidency. I am republican supporter all life but never a Trump supporter. I would admit he has done a good job in 100 days then any one expected/given credit. I would give so far a rating of 7/10. I would give 10/10 for the team of Cabinet which I rate the best since JFK, (Forget White House team which is a disaster)
as well as 10/10 on Neil Gorsuch selection which has tilted #SCOTUS to a conservative Majority which I am one(Very very ultra conservative). I am confident he would learn on his job and would do course corrections as required. (Amazing all 9 judges are Catholic or a Jew unthinkable 80 yrs back even for one!!! I recollect reading JFK disadvantage was he a Catholic!!!) First Jewish President cum Female one in Sheryl Sandberg in 2028???
hahahhahahhahah!! In my discussions with Anthony on everything under the sun of 5 days travel, I was not surprised why he has reconciled to #BREXIT, despite voting to be in Remain. I have always heard few of Brits expressing rage and frustration over EU Norms (Not surprising I always find EU Norms and way of their ownership of business, very loose with no sense of liability and accountability---> see next paragraph) and how it hinders things as seen from their perspective. I was always thinking that Narendra Modi is the most inept, incompetent, incapable, inefficient, irrational, irritating, irresponsible, idiotic Prime Minister we ever had or will ever have, but his views and scathing attack on Jean Claude Juncker, the LAX Politician who heads European Commission makes my description of Modi a flattery!!!
I am not surprised that Bayer-Monsanto merger is facing lot of headwinds in Europe and more so amongst its shareholders!! I wonder,where is the Mario Monti of 2017, to spike the deal is going to spring from?? Personally I would be very surprised if there would be a synergy if any also work culture are Chalk and Cheese to say the least!! Let's see how Right I am!!! I have always felt the USA way of 1) work culture- one company- one law- one geography, 2)accountability, 3) ruthlessness, 4)You are Guilty until proved innocent 5) You have work or life not Work and life; is the way to go!! The US work culture gives you the 3 ingredients that keeps you motivated as indicated by Dan Pink in his book Drive 1) Autonomy 2) Mastery 3) Purpose!! I am aghast at European entities and folks ( Leave the English, they are never considered Europeans by me!!) lacking a lot in these aspects and leave it local management who are mostly crooks who circumvent compliance more so in so called III world otherwise known euphemistically as an EMERGING REGIONS !! hahhaahhahahhahahahh!!!!!
OK, Take it easy, take care, stay safe God Bless.
30/4/17. 0900 Hrs.