Becoming an Elite Performer
You want to be an elite performer. I am making a statement here, not asking a question.
You have the ability and you will become one - if you want it. I am not talking about professional athletes. I am talking about having the mental performance in fitness and life that exists among the elite.
No, you can't imagine yourself into being a professional athlete or movie star, but you can build your mind into a machine that has the stamina for anything.
Aside from the pure geniuses and incredibly lucky out there, successful people will tell you they never gave up and they worked their ass off.
You have to become that kind of person.
When people tell me they are having trouble losing weight, gaining muscle, getting quicker, stronger...whatever it may be, I fully analyze the person first, before I jump into workout programs or, before I even agree to help.
Because. I am not going to help someone who doesn't truly want it. Suppose you are 50 pounds overweight, and you tell me you are having "trouble" losing weight. What I hear you saying is, you are having "trouble", meaning you are trying and things aren't working.
If you are not working out, eating poorly, and have no real desire to lose weight...that's not trouble. That's lazy. That's, "I want to be spoon fed." That's, "I don't want to work hard."
This goes for all fitness goals. You have to want it all the way to your core. Even if 99 of 100 people told you your goals were stupid, you have to be able to look at all 99 and say, "I don't care, this is what I want."
So how do we get there?
The Cardiff School of Sport at the University of Wales Institute took a look at mental toughness and elite performers to see what they had in common, and here is what they found:
The Five Primary Elements to Becoming Mentally Tough/An Elite Performer
1. Motivational Climate - Are you motivated? Do you enjoy what you are doing? Are you good at it? Can you become good at it? In fitness, don't do what you hate. Sure you need to attack your weaknesses and become good at them, but if you hate running, don't run 6 days a week. Pick something you enjoy, enjoy what you do and thrive. Then periodically attack your weaknesses.
2. Mentors - Are you hanging around the right people? Do they motivate you? Do they inspire? Do they encourage? There is a time and place for frank and fearless feedback from your friends and family, but if someone only tears you down...they don't need to be in your life.
3. Life Experiences - The study found that many life experiences and hardships helped people build mental toughness. We won't create any hardships in this 21-day program, but we have all faced them in our lives at some point in time.
4. Psychological Skills and Strategy - Yes, the mentally tough and elite performers actually practiced mentally, and strategized psychological skills. That's what we are doing in this program (phase two is coming)!!
5. Insatiable Desire and Internalized Motives to Succeed - This is where you have to step up. Why do you want it? What will it feel like to achieve it? You need to want it!
After you get there, you have to stay there. The study went further to identify the three elements that help maintain mental toughness.
The Three Primary Elements to Maintain Mental Toughness:
1. A desire and motivation to succeed that is insatiable and internalized (you have to want it!)
2. A Support Network (hang around the right people!)
3. Psychological Skills (learning those here!)
Are you ready to start your journey to being an elite performer?
Let's start with an easy task, but first a little background.
The Internet is lowering the need for substantial use of brainpower.
If you need to know the answer to a question, you Google it. People don't really get in old-fashioned debates anymore, because arguments are futile. Google has all the answers.
Unless you are in school, you probably haven't purposely tried to memorize anything simply because, you don't have to.
What do you think this is doing to your brain? We're always pulling out a phone to get a phone number or opening a web browser to retrieve information. These technological capabilities are amazing! It is all great stuff, but you have to wonder what it may be doing to your brain.
If you're at all familiar with the work of Ivan Pavlov (Pavlov's dogs), you know that brains are easily conditioned. This brings us to the 'not using your brain' problem.
Event: Problem/question arises
Reaction: Push a button to find the answer.
This is great! Our current age of society has actually created the 'easy' button.
But, what about fitness?
Unfortunately, you can't hit a button. Your only option is to do the work.
Or, you could hit the easy button (take drugs/supplements), STILL put in the work...and then pay for your shortcut in health later on.
If your brain is conditioned to "hit the easy button" what happens when you are up against a wall in the mental toughness arena? That place where you know you need to get to work, work harder, or be better? Where do you go? What part of your life right now requires a push, no help, only you?
Your brain's initial reaction will be to search for the easy button. If it can't find it...you are more inclined to give up, or worse, never start.
Let's change that!!
Let's join the ancient Greeks, William Shakespeare, and Abraham Lincoln - all exercised, and knew the importance of, extensive memorization learning.
I would like to clarify that this is not an attempt to make you smarter. I know that the people who take part in this course are already pretty intelligent individuals. What we are doing is, exercising the brain.
Trying to get it to work in ways it may not have been worked in a while. Memorizing is just a small piece of the puzzle, and this is only day three. What you memorize today will be used later in the course - so make sure it is something you practice daily - if you have to.
I don't want anyone to memorize something they hate, so here are the rules:
If you decide to pick your own quote, or passage to memorize, here are the guidelines:
1. It must be 60-100 words
2. It must motivate you in some way, shape or form
3. If you want some ideas from others who have gone through the Better Human Challenge please use this link.
1. THE LAST COLD SHOWER! 60 SECONDS (you got this!).
2. MEMORIZE SOMETHING
That's day three! Great work so far!
***Commonly Memorized Items***
For Everyone/Anyone (And If 60-100 Words Is Just TOO Much):
"I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself."
For The Military:
The first three articles of the fighter's code of conduct:
Article I: I am an American fighting in the forces, which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.
Article II: I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist.
Article III: If I am captured I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy.
For Those Of Faith (Biblical):
Independent of your religious views, this is a great text on mental toughness:
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
After you read this post in the comments section of the Facebook group what quote or passage you will memorize