Sometimes major life events, like near death experiences, can help entrepreneurs find some much-needed perspective about what success means to them.
Read and listen to me being interviewed by the high energy Ramon Ray.
You want to step up, but something always seems to hold you back. Could it be the intensity you bring to achieving your goals? There are ways you can ratchet up your intensity level and achieve extraordinary greatness.
First off, the greater intensity that is required for extraordinary greatness is encapsulated in the mantra: “being fierce.”
In a nutshell, being fierce involves:
- coming from a place of truth,
- ultimate authenticity, and
- being totally present in all that we do and think.
Let’s not forget though that being fierce is not about smashing it, owning it or any other form of faux aggression.
It turns out that consciously seeking and saying the truth involves knowing and working on our weaknesses. Constantly improving and stretching ourselves and our teams is a key element of being fierce and making the shift to extraordinary greatness.
Here’s the secret: extraordinarily great leaders are fierce with the truth. They never let a good story get in the way of telling it as it is. For example, if their business, venture or project is slipping on a deadline they don’t cover this up to the board, investors, or stakeholders. They speak plainly and this empowers their people to do the same. The result is a much more aligned organization that can rally around the problem areas and collectively make that deadline.
And get this: authenticity is Intertwined with fierce truth. We’ve all seen this situation play out: someone in a power role is disingenuous and manipulative with the truth. They may end up getting what they want in the short term, but along the way they lose followers. Inauthentic behaviour is deeply offensive and as humans we disassociate ourselves from it.
The fact is that when we are totally present we are more likely to both be more truthful and to appear more authentic. Again, we’ve all seen this situation play out: you are standing in your manager’s office at work and they aren’t listening to what you are saying. They could be thinking about something important to the business, like achieving the quarter’s looming targets, but you feel that you are being disrespected and made to feel insignificant. It is hard to remain engaged when your manager treats you this way.
But what if you flipped this situation around? Remember how you make your people feel by being fierce with yourself in their presence. Giving them your undivided attention, asking them how they are doing, and watching the beam on their face when they realise that you care about them, as people.
Discover more in my new book, Fierce Reinvention: A Guide to Harnessing Your Superpowers for Entrepreneurial and Leadership Success ($11.99 digital, 15.99 print (USD), October 2017) is available from Amazon.
Form a pathway to journey on and do extraordinary things.
Hey, it’s Rand,
Over the last 30 days, I’ve provided you with the mindset and tools to kickstart your journey of reinventing yourself.
I encourage you to build on this knowledge base and create your own fierce practice.
Exactly how fierce you are, and how much of a reinvention you undertake depends entirely on you
Will you be fierce?
Will you be fiercer?
Will you be your fiercest self?
The intensity level you choose comes from a place deep inside you: it comes from a place of truth; a place of ultimate authenticity; and a place where you are totally present in all that you do and think.
Being fierce is not about smashing it, owning it or any other form of faux aggression.
There is no ferocity in being fierce only truth.
You should consciously seek and say the truth; you should work on and know your weaknesses; and you should constantly improve and stretch yourself so that you can make the shift to extraordinary greatness.
You don’t need anyone’s permission to make this shift, but there are pathways that can ease your way think of these pathways as being signposted by breadcrumbs, or morsels of permission.
These are the small parts of possible that appear in different places; these are the small parts of possible which appear at different times; and they can be easily missed.
You need to be hyper-aware and mindful of them. You need to assemble them like a puzzle, so that, like magic, these seemingly disparate pieces form a pathway on which you can journey and do extraordinary things.
Making the shift to extraordinary involves granting ourselves and others the permission to shift from doing things in a linear, constrained way.
It involves approaching apparent dead ends with this mentality and the results will be the opening up of new paths of possibility.
I wish you well on your journey of reinvention, and I extend to you an open invitation to engage with me. Keep me up to date on how your life changes and on the incredible things that happen to you as your progress your practice of being fierce.
Find more purpose by continuously evolving and growing.
Hey, it’s Rand,
On a scale of 1 to 10 how much life purpose do you have?
Consider Loic, he is a proximity flyer. That means he dons a wing suit and jumps off mountains. After an initial freefall to achieve optimal acceleration speed his suit inflates.
He then hurtles downward at a speed of more than 50 m a second. The smallest error on his part can be catastrophic.
He has had a lot of friends die. He isn’t playing golf, right.
But for him, this is life. For him this is living.
He watched his grandmother die of cancer and says he cannot imagine anything worse.
What is important is how you live.
Death is inevitable.
He says he doesn’t care where or how he dies, those details are not relevant.
For Loic, life is all about purpose. If he is following his true purpose then whether he lives or dies is neither here nor there.
He says that we are evolving, through technology and through skill. He likens what he is doing in proximity flying to the first animals that left the water.
They are evolving and growing. And becoming stronger.
What else is the purpose of life?
Another proximity flyer, Ellen says, “Do you want to go work your ass off, never get out of that hole and exist knowing that this is all that you ever have apart from maybe two weeks vacation every summer?”
Ellen says, “That’s not what I want. I want to do things that people tell me I can’t do and that domestic grind to me is not the life I want to live.”
Now ask yourself again: on a scale from 1 to 10, how much life purpose do you have?
If you are truthful to your inner soul and find yourself further left on the life purpose spectrum than you initially thought then you’ve got some work to do.
As revealed in my new book, Fierce Reinvention, there are three things you can do to increase your ‘now’ time.
Now time is good for you because it raises your happiness levels, helps you to de-stress and decreases the amount of negative chatter in your mind.
So let’s get started:
- Minimize the potential for distractions
Perhaps unsurprisingly, you can minimize the potential for distractions by keeping an uncluttered workspace, placing your mobile phone on silent and, while you are wanting to focus, removing any form of email or social notification and abstaining from accessing any form of social media.
- Create focus time
No doubt about it, you can create focus time by allocating calendar slots for progressing your prioritized projects and then sticking to them. Within these 90-minute slots make sure to take a 10-minute break mid way to stretch, look at the horizon and breathe in the world around you.
Give the task your full attention and notice when your mind wanders. Acknowledge the intruding thought and gently, but fiercely return your mind to the task at hand.
- Build a “now” practice
Wham! There is no end point you are trying to get to when practicing living in the now. It is all about building up to a regular practice of now-related behaviors.
And boom! You’re there: the more you practice being present, in the now, the better you will become at achieving this depth of focus.
The result? You may also start to notice the compulsions to ‘quickly check’ your email or your social media feed become weaker. As your practice grows the intruding thoughts won’t be as loud and they will arrive less often and with less fanfare, and you will easily be able to shuffle them on and stay focused. This indicates that you are positively shifting your behavior and strengthening your ‘now’ practice.
Taken from my new book, Fierce Reinvention: A Guide to Harnessing Your Superpowers for Entrepreneurial and Leadership Success ($11.99 digital, $15.99 print (USD), October 2017) is available from Amazon.
Break the vicious cycle of busyness and delayed joy.
Hey it’s Rand,
It can take months, even years to reinvent yourself.
The journey usually starts with a sense of the collapse of your ego structure.
Something much deeper within you seeks to voice itself. Think of this as your soul voice.
At this point you begin to recalibrate the structures that surround you. To align with your soul voice.
You may need to change:
- your workplace
- your community
- your activities.
The catalyst for starting this journey may be a profound feeling of apathy; it may be a feeling of anger or even isolation.
Whatever it is that signals the breaking of the vicious cycle of busyness and delayed joy for you, you should welcome it with open arms.
My near death experience broke my vicious cycle: I still get goose bumps thinking about it; I was able to still my busy mind and focus inward; I peeled back layer upon layer, until all that remained was my inner voice; with constant exercise it became stronger, and as it did I became calmer and more attuned to the universe. For the first time, pure joy entered my life.
Be aware that the journey of reinvention can be a painful time, filled with confusion and fear; repressed feelings can flood into your consciousness; moments of uncertainty about the path forward can hinder your progress.
But it is such a worthwhile journey. Instead of being filled with your own joyless noise, you will begin to listen at a deeper level. And you will start to hear what the people around you are really saying.
Invest the time to determine what excites you; invest the time to determine what delivers you real meaning; work on that the rest of your life.
This work’s true value is fulfilment and inner joy. This work is priceless.
Boost yourself onto a higher growth trajectory.
Hey it’s Rand,
If things don’t work out for whatever reason, you have failed only if you don’t try again.
In your journey as a leader, you can expect to lower case fail many times
An upper case Fail would take place were you to check out, completely.
And so I’d argue there is Universal Failure Rule which states you will never Fail if you never give up.
You choose which side of the fine line you find yourself on – success or failure – by your courage in the face of both adversity and uncertainty and also how you choose to visualise yourself.
Do you see yourself succeeding or failing?
What factors determine which side of this fence you are on?
What if you removed those factors?
What if you reversed them?
- I don’t have the skills
- I have the skills
- I don’t have the resources
- I have abundant resources
Removed or reversed, would you still see yourself the same way?
Sometimes no matter what you do, you feel stuck: you feel like you are stagnating.
What can you do that will trigger an increase in velocity?
What can you do that will boost you on to a higher growth trajectory?
Your ego may want you to stay on your current path, but your soul has work to do.
Listen, carefully, for that quiet inner voice. It will identify what your trajectory trigger is.
That event which will empower you to step up to a whole new level.
It is no easy task to identify this trigger, but one trick is to do a little reverse engineering
What difference can you make in the world?
That would be a clear message that you are on a higher path?
Find that and it may point out what your trigger is.
Think about this for a moment. When we are young we dream impossible dreams, but as we get older these can be all but knocked out of us: perhaps by societally induced constraints; perhaps by our parents’ ambitions for us, perhaps by our peer group’s limiting beliefs, perhaps by our inherited dogma, or perhaps by our upbringing.
You know the score: as we hit failures, feel pushed outside our comfort zone, and get older, we start to develop a series of self-limitations that can hold us back from using even more.
Sadly, we might believe we’ve missed the boat, that we’re not capable enough, or don’t have the right personality or social set to attain success.
Don’t worry. There’s a solution. The good news is that we are all born with the powers we need to achieve our absolute potential.
What if I could show you how to be fierce and harness your super powers to reinvent your life, and through them, achieve your absolute potential, as if born again, without constraints?
Would you be in?
Let me lead you through my new book, Fierce Reinvention: A Guide to Harnessing Your Superpowers for Entrepreneurial and Leadership Success ($11.99 digital, $15.99 print (USD), October 2017), which is available from Amazon.