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Mental toughness is the ability to not get intimidated by the challenges you face. Mental toughness is a skill and it is developed through sheer effort and repetition. You need to regularly leave your comfort zone and increase your tolerance to pain.

Often we get paralyzed by the sheer magnitude of the task ahead of us

The best way to overcome such obstacles, is to deconstruct them into small actionable steps, allowing you to tackle the pieces one at a time. Small manageable actions gives you more control.

“Men are disturbed not by things but the view

they take of them”


Having said that, even the most mentally tough amongst us will recognize that there are biological limits to what we can accomplish.

An overtaxed mind becomes ineffective and like any other muscle without rest and recovery the brain too will become fatigued.

Life is relentless. It will beat you down and keep you there if you let it. To succeed you need mental toughness, to overcome any obstacles or setbacks.



Wisdom/What I'm Reading...

The One Thing (The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results) by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan,

What’s the ONE Thing I can do today such that by doing it everything else will be easier or even unnecessary?

The aim of the book is to show you how to cut through the clutter of work, life, well-being, family, hobbies, free time, etc., and focus on the things that matter.

Keller explains in the book, when you want the best chance to succeed at anything, your approach should always be to go small:

“Going small” is ignoring all the things you could do and doing what you should do. It’s recognizing that not all things matter equally and finding the things that matter most. It’s a tighter way to connect what you do with what you want. It’s realising that extraordinary results are directly determined by how narrow you can make your focus…

When you go as small as possible, you’ll be staring at one thing. And that’s the point.

Jack of All Trades, Master of None.

No one who was average ever truly succeeded at creating extraordinary results.

You need to forget about achieving balance.

All successful people have that “one thing” that they’re great at.

Mozart is only known for his music. When you think Mozart, you think about an exceptionally talented and well trained classic pianist. His piano work is what sets him apart.

Mozart is only known for his music. When you think Mozart, you think about an exceptionally talented and well trained classic pianist. His piano work is what sets him apart.

LeBron James is only known for playing basketball. When you think Lebron James, you think about the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Miami Heat. His work on the basketball court is what sets him apart.

You can’t be extraordinary and live a balanced life.

Multi-tasking is a lie; you cannot do it. Forget it. There’s no need to achieve all of these things. Accept the chaos.

Do One thing well and master it. By mastering our one passion, the one thing we become extraordinary at, we can pay others to organize our chaos. Acquiring more time to master your skills is the goal. Purchase more leverage.

Work on today’s domino. Establish one goal. We often say that we need to manage our priorities, but that’s completely wrong. You cannot have multiple priorities; that defeats the purpose of establish a priority. You cannot have two best friends.

Most importantly, find someone or some way to hold yourself accountable to your goals. There is not a professional athlete in the world who does not have a coach. There are no majorly successful musicians who failed to have mentors and tutors and teachers.

The book doesn’t implicate that you could have only one goal. What it proposes is that

Extraordinary results demand that you set a priority and act on it.

The authors propose that you time block your ONE Thing as early in the day as possible. And here comes the most uncomfortable piece of advice: you need to allocate four hours a day to your ONE Thing.

“Until my ONE thing is done—everything else is a distraction!”

The ONE Thing page delivers the finest bonus materials complementing the book.

See you next week...


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