This post is based around a simple question: When are you unstoppable? This is a reflective exercise and I want you to take some time now to think about this. When are the times when you are at your best? When do you get absorbed in your tasks, confident, comfortable and immune to obstacles? If you are an athlete then when are you physically at your best, sharper, quicker, more powerful?
This state is obviously a highly valuable one. The more time we can spend there the more successful and fulfilled we will likely be. Yet how many of us intimately know the factors that help get us there. Can we turn this state on like we would a light switch? Or is this state of high performance somewhat mysterious? It comes and goes without much warning, we have good days and bad days and just accept that this is how life is. This isn’t how things should be, we are in control of our thoughts and behaviours and we should use these to turn it on when we need to crush something. Don’t blame poor performance on someone else, if you want to be unstoppable you have to become it yourself.
Today I want you to take 10mins out to map out when you’re unstoppable. Think about the last time you felt this way. What were you doing, what were you thinking? What factors can you replicate or techniques you can utilize to make this state a faithful servant rather than a fleeting visitor? To get you started I’ve put some of my own factors below:
- Lifestyle – I talk about these factors at length elsewhere on this blog so I won’t go into them here. Safe to say I need to have 8hrs of sleep, a clean diet and a mobility practice for me to reach the point where I truly feel unstoppable, both mentally and physically.
- Nature – If I am deprived of outdoor space my battery runs flat pretty quickly. I need to be able to walk outside, get some sun on my face and hear nature to feel restored. I live in the countryside for this very reason. High performance requires periods of intense regathering and recuperation. I need nature to be able to do this quickly and efficiently.
- Staying in motion – This sounds somewhat vague but I use this phrase to mean that I can see the reason for a task and that I feel that completing it will move me forward, whether that be towards a goal, in my personal development or improve my standing in the eyes of others. I know that my mind is like an excitable dog, I need to throw it a stick for it to chase.
- Purpose – This is a huge factor and something we should all look to when we are in an unproductive funk. I really need purpose to motivate me to effective action. If I truly believe in the purpose of the task I will be unstoppable.
- Impact – This sounds a cliché but knowing that what I am doing is making an impact and is helping change someone’s life is a powerful motivator for me. If there is the opportunity to brighten someone’s future it will help me reach that state where nothing will stop me.