“When obstacles occur, look at it as nothing more than an opportunity to take a negative and turn it into a positive. Every obstacle, every situation you find yourself in, and every hand you are dealt in life is an opportunity to grow. The question is, are you using these obstacles as opportunities to challenge yourself and see what you are capable of doing? Or are you using these obstacles as reasons why you cannot reach your goal?” – Troy Bassham
Of course, this is easier said than done. I’d like to think that I’m a pretty positive person, but there are definitely times when I cannot see the positive. Even today at work – I probably am faced with the biggest obstacle to date… well no, I’m not getting fired. Anyway, right now there is no space for me to move upwards into the next role because it’s completely filled up. After the initial wtf moment, I’m wondering if this is just a hint that I should be looking at something else or to really start focusing in on my own goals. But after taking on that thought, I definitely feel much better about the situation.
CONSTANTLY LOOK FOR WAYS TO GET BETTER
“In order to grow, you must constantly look for ways to get better at the things you do. It is an ongoing process that is common to elite performers. They consistently look for ways to grow in areas that will increase the chances of their being successful…” – Troy Bassham
Describes my life perfectly. There was a person (can’t remember who) who said that there are two main things that determine your impact – time and skill. When you graduate, you have all the time in the world (no commitments of any sort), but absolutely no skill. However, as you get older, you have all the skills required to create that impact, but no time.
So if you haven’t figured out where I’m going with this yet, my goal is to get as much of the skills as fast as I can, which is why I’m summarizing and adding my thoughts to these PN. There is no way to reach your end goal in an instant so if you’re tracking yourself against the end result, it’ll always look grim. However, if you focus on taking a step towards it each day, you will one day realize how far you’ve come. Yes, it takes time, but if you’re constantly looking for ways to get better, you’re finding all the shortcuts that people have carved out for you. So bottom line in getting better – take a step forward each day.
YOU ARE WHAT YOU THINK!
“In order to reach the next level of success that you deserve, you must become mentally strong in your thought process. You must think about what you want and not give into the temptation of thinking about why you don’t have it. The conscious mind is powerful and it can lead you into the direction of being the person you want to be. You have heard the saying, “You are what you eat,” well, I’m telling you that you become what you think!” – Troy Bassham
Another powerful quote. When you think about goals, are you thinking about how to get there or why it’s impossible? If it’s the latter, I highly suggest re-evaluating that because you’re telling your subconscious mind to believe that it is impossible rather than getting it to find ways to make it possible.
“Top performers protect their Self-Image by having a planned thought process after performing a specific task. The process has three steps to it and is referred to as reloading. The purpose of reloading is to refresh the brain with the thought process of what you want while not getting caught up in what just happened. Successful people do not become engulfed in poor performances; they only focus on what they should do and not on what happened.” – Troy Bassham
A super hard thing to achieve. When things go wrong, you are almost always defaulted to react with your emotions. But the goal here is to be able to catch your emotions before it takes over your body and your body releases all the chemicals. Of course, this comes with a lot of practice (I’m not there yet, but I do feel like I finally understand what that means).
My Take Away
According to Attainment, there are 12 elements of elite performance and this PN only covered a few of those. Many of these are things I get, but do not fully understand how. An example would be “Elite Performers work on all three areas of performance. Others focus solely on their subconscious ability.” – not exactly sure what the three areas are. If each of these elements are as insightful as the ones covered in the PN, I will definitely need to get a copy of this book and devour it! If the other elements intrigue you or if any of these ideas get you thinking, you can pick up a copy of the book at Amazon (please note that I will be getting a small amount from Amazon, though it does not affect how much you pay – Amazon just makes less money than if you were to go onto the website yourself). I also suggest you check out the actual Philosopher’s Notes (note they even have courses that consolidate many of the concepts in the books that Brian Joshnson covers and puts them into videos that are really easy to digest). This is the first program that I’ve signed up for and am definitely getting my money’s worth!
For those who’ve read it, which elements get you excited?