How do you cross the finish line in first place? Every time you start a project you start at the beginning and you want to move to the end of that project and you want to blow through the finish line and end up in first place. That's natural for all of us.
We get into project goals, commitments and plans because we want to succeed. We want to accomplish great things while I'm here to help you accomplish some great things this week. I'm Shane Fielder, from Samurai Innovation where we blend the secrets of the samurai with cutting-edge strategies to sharpen you and your business results.
To blow through the finish line and get the results that you're looking for.
Now the first type of practice that you need to be mindful of is the show up practice and this is the one that you're going to put into play when you feel crappy. When you feel like pulling the covers over in the morning pushing the snooze button on the alarm and sleeping in the day. That is not the approach that you should take this week. What you should do when you wake up and you feel like you just don't have the energy to put into that, that goal or move that needle ahead. This is what you need to do: you go out into it with the show up practice in mind you say to yourself, I'm going to give myself a period of time and to give myself five or 10 minutes and just get a commit to this five or 10 minutes of momentum and applied effort into the subject. For instance, health and fitness. If you wake up in the morning you just don't feel like going to the gym or you may be work out in the evening like I do at the dojo. You just feel you've had a huge day a crappy day. Everything's terrible. Nothing's gone your way and you just feel like skipping it. Don't.
Don't skip it.
This is the day where you show up you commit yourself to showing up now for your might be walking into the gym. It might be just walking into the gym putting on your shoes, putting on your gym wear and doing a 10 minute warm-up and at the end of the 10 minutes if you're still feeling like terrible your body is telling you stop this is not the day to be working out you give yourself permission to go change and leave the gym At least you can smile and say you know what I did something I did something more than zero. I put some momentum forward and move the needle forward a little bit. Not terribly much, but a little bit. That all counts.
You might be at work and you might be saying off that one project that one project that you've been procrastinating on well.
The show up practice is the one that will get you through that procrastination. This is the one where you agree to open up the Microsoft Word file or the Excel file and back to where you left off and give it 10 minutes. Set a physical timer on your phone and when the timer beeps you ask yourself the question “how am I feeling about this?” I still don't really have the mental energy to put into this and commit to a today great save your work shutdown move onto the next thing. But, I guarantee one little small thing will happen something special and miraculous might happen to you.
What might happen to you, happens to me. It happens to a lot of people who commit to the show up practice is that you that momentum starts that first 10 minutes in the gym you're warming up your feeling good to go. I know what I need to go do some push-ups and you get on the bike him to go do that for 15 minutes. You're working on the file you get through. It's like okay you know what I’ll just complete the next three paragraphs. I'll just finish these formulas up or I'll get it to a certain point of print the draft and send it to someone to review that's great you showed up you move the needle ahead. Okay.
The second type of practice that you need is what I call the natural practice. This is your average everyday practice. This is the consistency builder for you. This is the one where you show up you got the game plan. You get into the gym. You do the work out you feel good to go home. I go to the dojo on the natural days and that this is about 70% of the time for me to show up in the dojo. We train, I go through the reps and I'm sweaty after, I feel good. I feel like I maintain my technique didn't really make anything drastically better but had a good time. I feel good I go home I put one more practice toward my next level of belt and rank now. The third one.
The third practice that you're going to need is the acceleration practice. No, this is the one where you about 10 to 15% of the time will happen for you show up your ready to work but you just feel extra energy today. You feel inspired you feel great, you got a good nights rest. All the stars are in alignment and you go for it and guess what happens.
You moved to the edge of what's possible for you and you blow past it you go past it 20 or 30% and guess what happens then?
You create a new edge. You find out that what happened behind you was old you. The new you standing in front of you is able to do that now so, so many times I've been in the dojo working on a particular technique and training for for maybe weeks, months and all of a sudden, I get in the dojo and I'm doing rep after rep. Bang, bang, bang, bang, bang. Then the breakthrough happens. You get the breakthrough.
The show up days help keep you going. The natural practice days build your momentum and your consistency and the acceleration practice is where you just come in with a high energy that's where breakthroughs are accomplished.
That's where you can go past your current security level and where you're able to just what is a you and what I can do this and now you look back with an aha moment to eureka moment and say wow. I didn't know it was that easy. And now you have a new level. You have a new you and you're able to go forth and then from that point you cycle through the pattern again of the show up practice, the natural practice, and then the acceleration practice.
Your coaching tip for this week out of mind set Monday is this when you're going into a project and you're trying to create that momentum for yourself, ask yourself this question:
Am I in the show up, the natural, or the acceleration? Then from there, apply the amount of focus and intention and energy based on each one of those practices. You will find that you will have much more stronger fluent effort and results this week. I'm Shane Fielder with Samurai Innovation, Domo Arigato.
Leave us a comment so that we can see how you plan to show up each day this week. Make note of what each day brings you. Challenge yourself to choose your practice and then go at the practice with the right mix of focus, energy and intensity.
I am a grower of human capability and a business builder. The best part of my life is helping people become stronger and develop their skills, talents and character in order to lead powerful lives. I have had the great privilege to study under some of the greatest minds of business, leadership, health and fitness along with the most talented Martial Arts instructors. My passion is helping people to become even more powerful in life than they already are.