Are you bringing your A-Game? Bo Eason, the author of There's No Plan B for Your A-Game, offers five key tips to help you develop the character, integrity, and commitment it takes to be successful.
Bo Eason, former pro athlete, playwright, and acclaimed leadership coach, has worked with Olympic medalists, military leaders, bestselling authors, professional athletes, and business executives to explain his tried and true four step process to being the best YOU you could possibly be.
In Eason's book, There's No Plan B For Your A-Game, he explains how to develop the character, integrity, and commitment it takes to be successful. Here are 5 of his key tips.
Tip #1 - To be the best, you need to be unreasonable
This world is run by people who are unreasonable. Think of Richard Branson. Think of Oprah. Think of Tom Brady. Think of anybody who's achieved something great.
When I was a kid, I wanted to play pro football. Do you know the odds of me becoming a pro football player? 0.03%.
I didn't care that the odds were impossible. I just went forward. Those are the people who succeed.
If I'd been a reasonable nine year old, would I have made a plan to be the best safety in the world? Heck, no. I would've known that the odds were slim and gone on to have some boring life. No one would have paid attention to what I was doing, and I would've been filled with regret. But because I didn't have a reasonable bone in my body when I made that dream, and when I made that plan, I didn't care that the odds were impossible. I just went forward. Those are the people who succeed.
So, you have to be completely unreasonable and reap rewards.
Tip #2 - A goal isn’t enough to get you to the top
Do you have a mission? A goal? A dream?
Look, those are all fine ... but if you really want to get somewhere significant, if you want to end up at the top, if you want to be the best, you need something with a little more weight to it.
That’s why I create declarations.
I’ve created four of them in my life. My kids create them. All my clients create them.
Declarations say: This is who we are, this is how we live, these are our values, this is what we believe.
Declarations say: This is who we are, this is how we live, these are our values, this is what we believe. You have to declare what you want to be the best at and live out of that declaration.
You have to declare what you want to be the best at and live out of that declaration.
Tip #3 - Distractions can be your greatest advantage
When you hear people say “We live in the most distracted time in human history,” what’s your first reaction?
A lot of people feel depressed. I almost start drooling with anticipation.
Because it’s a huge opportunity for people like you and me—people who are not distracted—to become the most valuable humans on the planet.
Tip #4 - The best stay wild
Human beings are predators. We're not meant to be in cubicles, in boxes. It's not in our DNA. We are wild.
Wherever you're very, very successful, you're probably using those animal instincts. Success might come in the form of a workout, sprinting, or even dating. It could be in your marriage. It could be in raising kids. It could be about making money. Success means accessing the predatory instincts that we all have. And it makes us powerful.
Success means accessing the predatory instincts that we all have.
We're all predators in one form or another. You don't have to participate in elite sports or be in the military to have predatory instincts. They're also a part of everyday life. You're a predator when you protect your children from harm, or even when you're making that assertive move to merge into heavy traffic.
So start tapping into your raw animal instincts.
Tip #5 - Don’t settle for wimpy timelines
We're lifers. We are in this for the long haul.
There are no shortcuts. There are no prodigies, so don't believe what the media tells you when they say that someone's "a natural" or "has the right genes." There is no such thing.
We live in this world of hacks and shortcuts, and you're going to be tempted to use them. You're going to be tempted to shorten your timelines and get a quick fix. I'm gonna warn you: don’t do that. You will lose your power. That long-term commitment is what gives you the power.
You start to build your own power when you decide you're not going to yield, and you're not going anywhere.
There's No Plan B For Your A-Game (2019), St. Martin's Press.