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Who Wrote That Rule? 

 September 10, 2020

By Collin Adams

What if I told you that you don’t have to work 80 to 100 hours per week to be successful? Wouldn’t you like to know another – better way?

During high school and early college, I would spend a few weekends and the occasional summer at the Texas Baseball Ranch to develop my skills as a Pitcher. Every morning before starting the day’s workouts and throwing programs, Coach Ron Wolforth would take all the players through what he called, “Mindset Hour.”

This 30-60-minute session would include a motivational video, a talk from Coach Wolforth or another coach at the Ranch, with intense notetaking by all of the students.

Out of all the Mindset Hours I participated in, there was one key phrase that stood out…

“Who wrote that rule?”

The basic premise behind the phrase stems from years and years of baseball historians, players, and coaches saying, “in order to be successful, you need to do this.”

However, not until recently have people around baseball begun to challenge the “status quo.”

If you think of it, the same thing applies in most other life-scenarios doesn’t it? In business, most have the idea that in order to be successful or make a lot of money, you need to sacrifice every ounce of time and energy you have.

As a result, you feel trapped inside this box of other people’s expectations.

This model has worked for many people.

But, just because something works for someone else does not mean it has to be true for you.

So, as you’re reading this, think about a scenario in your life where you are just simply following what everyone else says. Maybe it’s related to work? Sports? Mindset?

Ask yourself…

“Who wrote that rule?”

By taking a moment to take a step back and consider your current environment, you are able to accurately assess the best way to move forward.

I’m here to tell you there’s a better way. A way to become successful that doesn’t include sacrificing family time, leisure, and basic enjoyment of life. It’s very simple.

Flow.

According to Steven Kotler – flow is an optimal state of consciousness, a state where you feel your best and perform your best. More specifically, the term “flow” refers to those moments of rapt attention and total absorption, when you get so focused on the task at hand that everything else disappears. At this moment, action and awareness merge.

For an athlete, this is the moment when everything feels easy. The body moves fluidly success is achieved at a rapid rate.

For someone in business or other professions, this is when you are in the zone. Completely locked in on what you’re doing – free from any distraction.

Here is a short-list of the research-based benefits of being in flow-state:

  1. 500% increase in productivity (McKinsey & Co.)
  2. 3 days of heightened creativity after flow state (Harvard)
  3. 490% faster skill acquisition (Advanced Brain Monitoring & DARPA)
  4. 430% increase in creative problem solving (University of Sydney)

Sounds pretty good, right?

So, by consistently accessing flow states, you are able to get more done – faster. This allows you to keep up with your favorite shows, spend more time with family and friends, and enjoy life instead of being boxed up in an office all day, every day.

People say that the road to success comes through grinding it out for years and years of 100-hour weeks…

I say, “Who wrote that rule?”

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