3 Easy Things That Will Make You Unstoppable | Jennifer Magley
1. Describe Your Life In Six Words
As a high performance coach one of the first things I discuss with clients is delineating exactly what they want. Typically I ask for one sentence, perhaps if it was a headline? Headlines are powerful because they distill complicated truths into a few short words. Inflammatory headlines grab our clicks but the best ones tell a story. This type of summarizing is reminiscent of the (unsubstantiated) literary legend connected to Ernest Hemingway. As legend has it, Hemingway was once challenged to write a short story in only six words. His answer: “For Sale: Baby Shoes, Never Worn.”
In November 2006 Larry Smith, founder of SMITH Magazine, gave the six-word novel a personal twist by asking his community to describe their lives in exactly six words. “Since then, Six-Word Memoir project has become a global phenomenon and a bestselling book series. Six-Word Memoirs have been featured in hundreds of media outlets from NPR to The New Yorker, covered on tens of thousands of blogs, and, as of Summer 2010, can be found inside 1 million Honest Tea bottle caps.”
Here is my six word mission statement: I help successful people become unstoppable.
What is your story or where you want to go in six words?
2. Set Your Expiration Date
Milk, bread, and presidents all have a date where they will no longer be what they used to. Setting an expiration date whether it be in your work life or on the treadmill is vital. The moment you get on a cardio machine it asks you to set boundaries, a limit so it knows what to expect. Are you running, walking, or jogging? Essentially it is asking, “how long are you going to be on me and how intense is this going to be?” By committing to 30 minutes you have said to yourself that you are going nowhere else during that time. You, in essence, have set an expiration time.
Chances are you would not get on a plane without knowing where it was going or how long the flight was. We like to know when things end. Start setting an end or start date on things you can control and watch at the difference it makes.
What can you set an expiration date on today?
3. Decide To Be Happy
Recently, while lunching with a successful business owner we got into the discussion of what happiness truly is. On the premise that happiness is a decision, we have the capability of choosing this state of mind. As a high performance individual it can be a challenge navigating the trampoline of emotions of having high goals and coming close but not clinching. If it were an equation would: Gratitude + Dissatisfaction = Happiness?
In other words, can a full measure of gratefulness close the gap in the areas yet to appear in your life? Can you still be happy if the picture in reality does not match the one in your mind. Like a side by side “Spot The Difference Photo” in a kids magazine, will you be grateful living in your mind where a sweater is red instead of blue?
Can you make a list of things that have to happen to make you happy?
The irony of listing what must happen in order to be happy is it calls to mind the image of a child at Christmas. Surely, if little Shirley receives nearly everything on her list but not the one coveted doll…we find her spoiled when she cries miserably. Being unstoppable means knowing what you want, doing all you can to be it, and perhaps being satisfied with that process. Unstoppability is a mindset that demands us to interpret life through the lens of growth rather than failure. Unstoppability shows us how to enjoy solving the puzzle even if we don’t have all of the pieces.
Jennifer Magley is a former professional athlete, speaker, author, and high performance coach. Article originally appeared on www.magleyjennifer.com/blog More information can be found at www.magleyjennifer.com and videos on YouTube.