Today’s optional Fit Dish topic is, ‘Favorite Blogging Apps and Widgets,’ and I’ll be honest, I don’t feel like I have any tricks up my sleeve there – I keep it very basic. So, I am opting for the optional part of the topic this week, and looking forward to learning from The Fit Dish fam today. Thanks Ladies. : )
Before Blogfest and the IDEA World Fitness Convention this past July, I had an over-the-top fangirl moment.
I had signed up for the blogging part of Blogfest, but we were also invited to the opening ceremonies of the IDEA World Fitness Convention, along with 2 days of access after Blogfest.
A few days prior, I checked to see who the keynote speaker was for IDEA and flipped a lid. ‘AHHHH!!!’ I started jumping up and down. I had started following this high-performance expert on YouTube for the past several months, and even tweeted that I was determined to meet him upon discovering that he lived two hours north from me in Portland, Oregon. I would meet him – somehow, someday – stalking was an option (just to say hi, no biggie).
His name is Brendon Burchard, and his story, teachings, and expertise have helped so many entrepreneurs see their potential, change their lives, and reach their goals. I own most of his books, and have listened to his online videos while driving, getting ready, cleaning and running. And, I got to see him LIVE. Honestly, I would rather go to a convention than a concert any day, I am that anxious to learn about maximizing life!
Along with his story (which is seriously inspiring), he shared 5 must-dos for achieving high-performance. As one of the world’s top performance coaches, I knew I didn’t want to forget anything he was going to share, so I took notes and recorded the whole thing on my phone. Here are the highlights.
5 MUSTS FOR RAISING YOUR GAME
The more clarity you have about the person you are, want to be, what you want to achieve, and how you will achieve it, the faster you will get there because you will be avoiding all the things you don’t want to be and do. When you narrow your focus and priorities, you can weed out whatever doesn’t serve you.
He described a specific exercise and tool to maximize clarity
- Describe your identity – who you are and want to be – in three words. Live by these, memorize them and repeat them to yourself as needed. For his clients, he will set up triggers for them to mentally repeat them. An example is a specific door frame they walk through (office door etc), they repeat the words, and move forward.
- Describe the quality of the relationships you want to have in three words. (You may need to have different ones for different types of relationships). Whenever he comes home, he says the three words he has for the relationship with his spouse. Smart.
- You need to be clear about what will make you successful. A mentor? A schedule? What will you consistently do to achieve your goals?
Chad, Jet and I made VISION BOARDS this weekend to increase our clarity! I actually made two, so I could have one in my bathroom, and one above my desk, which can be seen from the kitchen too. Perfect.
Included in them were my 3-word descriptions of my identity, and the 3-word description that Chad and I agreed on that we wanted our relationship to be like. Now, I see them every day, and they help me live with a bigger purpose, instead of reacting to the day-to-day.
For more tips one creating your ultimate vision board, read THIS POST.
Without energy, all the intentions you have can’t come to fruition, because you will be too depleted.
This is actually what The Fit Switch is all about. The purpose of TFS is not be obsessed with fitness, but to use health and fitness to improve your whole life. Being healthy allows you to live your best life, because you have the energy and vigor to do it!
TOP 4 MUSTS for more energy
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day (Brendon advocates 4 liters/1 gallon per day. That’s 16 glasses of water, not 8). He breaks it up like this: 1 liter (4 cups) before breakfast, 1 before lunch, 1 before dinner, 1 between dinner and bed. DONE. Try to build up to it.
- MOVE every day
- Eat healthy
- Get enough sleep
We know these. But, it helps when we put them in context with our life’s goals.
“You don’t HAVE energy, it’s generated.” ~Brendon Burchard
Take the reins with your energy levels by consistently doing what you can to take care of your health.
High-performers get more done in less time. HOW? They live in strategy mode, not reaction mode.
AVOID – email/social media drip. He is adamant for himself and clients to limit checking emails to twice a day. For social media – do what you need to get done, then get off. I think social media is great in so many ways, but scrolling and scanning should only be done purposefully, at a scheduled time, unless you want it to take over your life.
MUST-DO – plan the day in three categories. 1- projects, 2-people, 3-priorities. Doing this will increase productivity by 30%.
Be an influence for good in the world by being a role model and teaching people how to think better. Leaders and teachers, show people how to think, then they challenge people to live that way.
This applies to two areas of life – how you communicate and how you act. For communication, you must express yourself with courage. He uses a term I love called, “Demonstrate Bold Enthusiasm.” And for courageous action, he explains that you must find something worth fighting for.
Questions for the day
- What helps you raise your game?
- How do you stay focused?
- Which tip would make the biggest impact in your life?
- Do you have any fun quotes on your vision board? I love my ‘Toughen Up,’ one. Haha
So looking forward to this one!
Much love Fit Fam. I can’t thank you enough for all your inspiration and support.