Tim Ferriss has written a bunch of best selling personal development books and has created one of the best podcasts going, but his real strength is that of being a self proclaimed “human guinea pig. It’s one thing to write about what other people have accomplished, but actually testing those methods and strategies on yourself is an entirely different matter.
In his most recent book Tools of Titans, he distills the practices of hundreds of the world’s top performers and shares them in a manner that is both personal and incredibly motivating. I’m not the human guinea pig that Tim is, but I have benefitted from his work greatly.
Here are a handful of the areas he talks about that I’ve applied to my own life and greatly appreciate.
1. Win the morning and you win the day.
Starting your day with a half dozen, groggy snooze button hits and then diving right into social media and email might work for some, but not for me. Meditation, journaling, hydration, protein consumption and exercise can all be done in an hour or less. If you don’t believe me, consider his next idea.
2. Minimal Effective Dose.
From cardio to career building Ferriss, when facing a new challenge asks himself a simple question. “What if this was easy?” Why run five miles if you can get the same results from a one mile, intense sprint? Why engage complicated diet routines when by eating the same lean meats, beans, and veggies daily and avoiding fruit, white foods (bread, potatoes, pasta), and sugar six days a week can transform your body? He says on the seventh day you can go completely crazy and it will still work. I did it and it does. Think about the mountain you’re trying to climb and ask yourself the same question.
3. Fear is not your enemy.
Fear gets a bad rap, but it’s actually really important. Fear has protected you in a million ways every day of your life. Ferriss is quoted as saying “What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.” In his new show FearLess he focuses not on being without fear but just fearing less and applying or overcoming fear when it makes sense. The fear could be about asking her to marry you or finally setting out on a new career path. Maybe there’s a hobby or activity you’re curious about but fear is holding you back. Rather than avoiding your fear you could lean into it and finally learn what it’s about and whether or not it’s serving you.
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Jim Trick is a certified life & professional coach, passionate about working with individuals longing to live with greater freedom, fulfillment and success. For more information or to schedule a session email ThatLifeNow@gmail.com All sessions are held over the phone or video with people from all over the globe.