Outthinking Obstacles Ep 06: Unreadiness

When you create a training ritual for yourself, you're going to be the most ready on any day, at any time.


Takeaways:


  • Switch how you think

    Switch your mindset and instead of thinking about not being ready in time, understand that you’re going to be the most ready you can be on that day.

  • Create a training ritual

    Design a part of your day that is non-negotiable and dedicated to you working on and in your craft.

  • Vary your training

    Once you have a ritual where you work on your craft every day, mix up exactly what you are focusing on to keep it fun and exciting.

We train all the time, so that we’re always ready. If a situation happened where I needed to use my martial arts skills, guess what? I’m ready, because I’m training all the time.Kymberlee

This week when we are looking at out-thinking our obstacles, let's explore that feeling of being unready. This happens to most of us. Whatever your next talk date is, you will want more time than you actually have. Let's say your next talk is in six months. You're going to want sixteen. For TEDx speakers this happens all the time. If their talk is twelve months from now, they're going to wish they had two years.

What you can do is think about this timeline as: you're going to be the most ready on that particular day and time. In martial arts my Grandmaster would always say, "You're going to be the best you on that day in that dojo." And he was right, because we always wanted more training time for our next Black Belt test, but instead we had to let that go. I had to think, okay, I'm going to be the best Kymberlee to train for this test and display my skills on that day. And guess what? Six months from now I'll be an even better Kymberlee, and I'll be able to show even more skills in the dojo on that day.

Instead of thinking, oh, I'm not ready, I can't, switch that around and think, okay, I'm going to be the most ready I can be on that day. Because you can create a training ritual for yourself, so that you are always ready. Again, another example from martial arts: we train all the time, so that we're always ready. If a situation happened where I needed to use my martial arts skills, guess what? I'm ready, because I'm training all the time.

Same thing with speaking. If you are doing your rehearsals every day, if you're working on your content every day, when you do get that opportunity to speak, let's say someone got sick for a keynote, and now all of a sudden you're called, hey, can you step in and do this keynote, you're ready. Because you've been training.

So take that, switch it around, and really work on the regimen. This comes from Scott Mann [www.rooftopleadership.com]. He teaches about regimen and ritual and rigor. I love this approach with his teachings.

You want to make this practice a part of who you are, and then you will be ready.

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