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Paving the Path to World Class: 4 Habits of World-Class Performers

April 20, 2017

Surround Yourself With Thoroughbreds

You are who you surround yourself with. Spend your time with world-class performers and their productive habits, positive actions, and indomitable attitudes will rub off on you. Fill your days with complainers (or energy suckers as I like to call them) and you’ll catch yourself whining. Hang with high-performers (or fire-breathing dragons as we’ve dubbed them here at Fitness Quest 10) and your performance will shoot through the roof. So, what’s it gonna be? Do you want to be a donkey or a thoroughbred?

 

Nail Your Morning Routine

World-class performers develop a world-class routine, and they never miss that daily ritual. I start every day early, with the TD trifecta of journaling, prayer, and sweat… lots of sweat.

 

This simple pattern sets the tone for the next 24 hours and always gets my mind right (if you follow me on social media, you’ll know the importance of “get your mind right!”). Without it, I’m lost. With it, I’m world-class.

Take the steps to refine your routine — you can’t go wrong with a custom combination of meditation, reading, writing, or working out — and make it non-negotiable. As renowned author Robin Sharma would say, “It takes 52 days to build automaticity.” 52 mornings can — and will — change the rest of your life.

 

The Way You Do One Thing Is The Way You Do Everything

Tom Davin, the former CEO of Panda Restaurant Group, turned me onto this way of thinking a long time ago. Tom would walk prospective employees to their cars post-interview to get a quick look at the vehicle’s interior. Why?

 

If the car was a mess, it was a red flag the candidate’s work would be similar. Needless to say, I was tossing week-old Gatorade bottles into a trash can seconds later.

Moral of the story: World-class performers do everything at an elite level. Nothing is too big or too small to be done well. There are no days off. No cutting corners. Everything you do defines you. How do you want to be defined?

 

Life Is A Sprint

When I ask if life is a marathon or a sprint, my guess is your gut reaction is to blurt out marathon. Slow and steady wins the race, right TD? Wrong.

 

Life is a sprint. Initiatives that require extended intensity (a sprint), are best followed by time to reflect, evaluate, and strategize your next big move — a high performer’s version of rest.

When it’s time to execute, world-class performers move quickly (heck, I wrote my first book, the Impact! Body Plan, in 12 weeks). They sprint to — and through — the finish line to achieve their goals. Then, they rest and recover before it’s time to hit the starting block again. What makes rest so important? Believe it or not, some of your best ideas will come during R and R. Whether your head is in the clouds on top of a mountain or bummin’ beachside, your break can be the inspiration for your next sprint. Stop speed walking. Start sprinting.