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How to Kill it in Business and Life – Archangel Summit

I love Toronto, despite the high cost of living and infuriating traffic my heart hurts every time I leave and I smile ever whenever the city skyline appears in the horizon. This Wednesday added another check to the Pro-Toronto column. Giovanni Marsico assembled one of the most experienced, humble and giving lineups (Robin Sharma, Seth Godin, Dan Martell, Gary Vee plus many more) for a day of learning and sharing.

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Below are the top 5 things I learned at the Archangel Summit!

1. Come from Love

A message that was a theme in every single presentation and physically palpable throughout the day. We MUST come from love or our business and in many regards our life will never be successful. We crave authenticity and recognize it innately if we are pretending to care or falsifying love everyone will know. Be genuine, be loving and want to make a difference.

2. Consume Knowledge Viscously

On two separate occasions (perhaps more that I can’t recall in the aftermath) the archaic nature of our education system was discussed. In a rapidly changing society, our academic institutions have refused to adapt. However, in both instances, the pursuit of knowledge was praised and stressed. We must devour content on our topic with malicious intent, learning is a muscle that must be trained every day!

3. Have Patience in the Process

This is one of the lessons that I am admittedly horrible at. I want to do everything and I want it to happen yesterday. Our culture has been set up for instant gratification and we have forgotten the importance of patience and process, I may be the worst of all. It will happen when it happens and no amount of impatience and hurriedness will accelerate it. We can only work hard and enjoy the process.

4. Dance with your Fears

Seth Godin used this specific term but the message was consistent across all speakers. Fear is present and will always be present, something that I am intimately aware of every time I agree to fight another man for sport. We cannot repress fear; it will merely wait in the wings until the next moment you truly care about an attempt to bring ruin. If we can dance with our fears, acknowledge them and appreciate them we can create greatness.

5. Know What You Know

This seems obvious but merits repeating, know what you know. Understand your craft completely, inside and out, and be able to discuss and debate all of its aspects. BUT, if you don’t know, admit you don’t know. We often think people will judge us for not knowing but truthfully they will be impressed with the honesty. Shine in the light, don’t fumble in the darkness.

Back To Basics – Why More is Less

We have both been fortunate enough to work with a large number of professional athletes over the past 3 years, specifically professional hockey players which are fitting for our Northern climate. I often feel that I learn more lessons than I teach but today I was lucky enough to be able to share some knowledge with a wonderful young man that I hope positively influences his life.

I spent the hour car ride home ruminating on our conversation and I think it is an important lesson to share. This particular player is a “linchpin” in his organization (also the name of a fantastic Seth Godin novel which I highly recommend) and a top player in the entire league. He is exceptionally driven and extremely coachable.

linchpinWe were discussing an exclusive skill development coach that he utilizes and the rise in popularity. Obviously, this is phenomenal for the coach but this player was worried about other people learning the same technique and diminishing his “edge”. It is an understandable fear but in my humble opinion completely wrong.

Great athletes are not great because they know something others do not, they are great because they execute the fundamentals. Mastery of craft is the ultimate goal in any arena of life and that comes about by spending hours and hours drilling the basics. We search for complexity when we really need simplicity.

You cannot control what knowledge others have or predict their thoughts, you can, however, control your actions and ensure that you execute as close to perfect as possible. Winning/ Success is the result of executing basics on a consistent basis, not a secret recipe involving complex parts. What your opponent knows or does not is irrelevant because you are leaving them no opportunities. This idea is applicable to all areas of life, from school to work to relationships. You will always be presented with challenges but focusing on consistent basics will always create success.

Don’t Just Chase Your Dreams

DON’T JUST CHASE YOUR DREAMS…

I was asked recently where I was from (Sault Ste Marie) and why I moved to Toronto (athletic and professional career). When I answered he nodded his head in a seemingly knowing manner and replied: “Oh chasing the dream.”

I hate the saying, I understand what it represents but the words we choose directly influence our outlook. The word “Chase” conjures up images of a hopeless dog after a much-to-quick rabbit. “Chase” is the childish younger brother that is still partying all night and sleeping all day because he hasn’t yet decided what type of legacy he wants to create. “Chase” is without a plan or focus, and ultimately, just “chasing” your dreams will never be enough.

HUNT your dreams down! The replacement of one word changes the entire outlook on the situation. Instead of overmatched and wild it has become methodical and precise. You are now the wolf closing in on its prey, wearing it down daily and making adjustments until it collapses at your feet instead of the hapless dog.

So, you’re sick of fruitless circles and want to start hunting down your dreams but aren’t sure where to start? Below are my top three tips for becoming a Dream Hunter.

1.) Plan… “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail” -B. Franklin

Mr. Franklin is frequently referenced, for good reason. It’s important to sit down and plan out your attack. I have heard some experts suggest 5 – 10 years in the future but it is next to impossible to accurately estimate your position in 10 years. I would instead suggest writing your goals for the following:

-1 month

-3 month

-6 month

-1 year

Now that you have written your goals add 1-3 notes on how to achieve each of them. These bullet points will become your flexible action plan. Constantly assess and evaluate what strategies are successful and bringing you closer to your goals. Incorporate more of those actions and discard the ones that haven’t proven useful. Having a plan will create focus and clarity in your work, and keep you moving in the right direction.

2.) Know your WHY… “There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we disciver why” – W. Barclay

There are several motivational speakers and lifestyle coaches that preach how vital knowing your “WHY” is to achieving success. Everyone has their own guru but I love listening to “ET” Eric Thomas because he has so much passion and excitement.

If you don’t know why you are hunting your dreams how can you expect yourself to put in the necessary work? Set aside some time for reflection and write down your WHY(s), having them in front of you will help you stay motivated and on task.

Check out the short clip below on knowing your WHY.

3.) Develop Staying Power…“The ability to maintain an activity or commitment despite fatigue or difficulty.”

Personally, I feel this is the most important ability when hunting down your dreams. You will get hit, certainly metaphorically but perhaps literally. Sometimes it will be minor, the whip of a branch as you pound down the trail after your dream, and sometimes the ground will fall out underneath you. You have to develop your staying power and be willing to absorb and learn from whatever is thrown your way.

I fight mixed martial arts professionally, a sport where the stakes are as high as they can be every time I step under the lights. I’ve lost and it has hurt, but I understand the value of adversity and I am a better fighter and person because of those experiences. I will stay the course.

Far too often people have the courage to take the first step but as soon as they encounter adversity will flounder and quit. You cannot know exactly what to expect but you can be prepared to endure it.

An integral part of living a Championship Lifestyle is hunting down your dreams every single day and I hope you can begin implementing those three tips into your life immediately. Plan, Know your Why and Develop Staying Power. Don’t just chase, Hunt!

Welcome to the Championship Lifestyle

Welcome to the Championship Lifestyle,

We are so glad that you found us and want to take a quick moment to welcome you to the family. Our goal is to provide you with all of the resources necessary to live your own Championship Lifestyle. Together, we are able to combine strength training, nutrition and mindset practices in a manner that is uniquely motivating and challenging.

We have both spent time working with a range of clientele from professional athletes to busy executives and want to share that knowledge with you. In an online space full of clutter our aim is to bring you the best possible information in a manner that allows for immediate implementation into your life, bringing about meaningful change.

We’re not for everyone and we understand that living a Championship Lifestyle takes dedication and effort. Anyone can live like a Champion but it means waking up every morning and consciously deciding to be the very best version of yourself for every waking minute. It means holding yourself accountable for all aspects of your life. It’s a difficult thing to do, but the positives far outweigh the negatives and we want to help you along the path.

“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.” – Jim Rohnbluffs

 

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