The Wisdom of Yoda (11)

The Wisdom of Yoda (11)

“Do. Or do not. There is no try.”

The Empire Strikes Back


This is everything.

This is the wisdom of Yoda.

To become as innovative and persistent as your true potential deserves requires a higher degree of risk tolerance and commitment to the task. It must start with your self-dialogue.

Never say something cannot be done. And if you decide to do something, then commit to seeing it through. Learn to adapt, improvise and overcome any obstacles as you find a way or make one.

Once you commit, burn your boats, press forward, and never, ever quit !

People on here are saying New Year Resolutions are pointless because you will not keep to them. With the right mindset, you will keep to them.

Now get out there and smash 2021 !!!

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The Wisdom of Yoda (10)

The Wisdom of Yoda (10)

“Named must be your fear before banish it you can.”


Regrets are known shadow issues you have not had the courage to resolve.

You have identified them but have not objectified or resolved them. You are still merged with the negative energy of the situation. Regrets kill your motivation and rattle a fragile peace of mind.

What regrets are holding you back? Commit to ending them now.

We do not need to be a victim to our shadow, whether in the form of weak stories or stored emotional energy leading to reactionary behaviour. Anything that we think, feel, and do is our sole responsibility. So, choose to let go of that regret and change the feelings, thoughts, and behaviour associated with it.

That is the uncommon mindset you need to develop to reach your full potential. Take responsibility. Feel the pain. Then get over it. If we were all perfect, the world would be pretty dull, and there would be no growth.

Eliminate regrets of the past to allow you to accelerate into 2021

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The Wisdom of Yoda (9)

The Wisdom of Yoda (9)

“The greatest teacher, failure is.”

The Last Jedi

In a VUCA landscape, Fail Forward Fast is more important than ever.

When you are a disruptor, you must shift your perspective so that you both expect and welcome failure. You will seek it out because that is where the opportunities for growth lie.

You know that failure will bring the insights and lessons necessary to make things better. Embrace failure as a teacher.

Failing Forward Fast allows for learning and gaining momentum in a rapid process. It becomes a positive imperative that develops momentum to overcome inevitable challenges, moving you constantly towards new solutions.

Embrace failure in a positive way and you will be happier and perform better because your intrinsic quest for growth is met and risk aversion is eliminated.

I look forward to seeing you Failing Forward Fast into 2021 !!!

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The Wisdom of Yoda (8)

The Wisdom of Yoda (8)

“Luminous beings are we…not this crude matter.”

The Empire Strikes Back

You have to want to break the bonds of common habits.

It is the daily enactment of small, powerful, and uncommon habits that will unlock your superpowers and guarantee your destiny.

Many people get to this point and are so excited about their new possibilities but are stuck in their old habits. They do not know where to start, or they start on too many changes at once.

Another mistake is to tackle the whole elephant instead of taking small bites. Creating and sticking to new habits requires some finesse.

Simplify the goal before breaking it into micro goals. A complicated goal or project sucks motivation.

You have to make the goals seem achievable by making them simple (remember the KISS and SMARTP goals). You are looking for small changes in your behaviour that you can make daily, not major movements done right away.

Chunk the goal into the smallest component that you can envision. Make sure those parts have a clear start and stop point and link them to the next part, like links in a chain.

Then, when you get going each day, rather than an overwhelming goal, you have an easily achievable task to achieve for a new habit.

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The Wisdom of Yoda (7)

The Wisdom of Yoda (7)

“Wars not make one great.”

The Empire Strikes Back

Authentic leaders learn to win in their minds before seeking to win on the battlefield. This requires a commitment to alone time for silence, contemplation, meditation, and visualization.

They Embrace the Suck, get the job done, and move on to the next task. They have strategies for bringing the team to a higher level of positivity before suffering destroys team spirit.

They display integrity in thoughts, words, and deeds, when alone, with teammates, and with others.

They are humble about their success and give credit to the team.

They do today what others will not, so they can do tomorrow what others cannot.

They tackle the hard stuff now to build confidence and successes in a virtuous upward cycle until they are unbeatable.

They never quit. Not on their teammates, nor on training or the mission.

They do not shy from challenging leadership roles, and step back effortlessly when it is someone else’s turn.

They can always answer the question “why” they are doing what they are doing. This connection to their purpose keeps them focused and motivated when things get tough.

They never see themselves as having mastered things and are always learning and growing, desiring to forge minds, bodies, and spirits.

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The Wisdom of Yoda (6)

The Wisdom of Yoda (6)

“Fear is the path to the dark side…fear leads to anger…anger leads to hate…hate leads to suffering.”

The Phantom Menace

Character is largely displayed through emotions.

Emotional control and development speak to our lived experiences and the ability to manage internal states. Emotions impact how you make thousands of small decisions every day.

Stored emotional shadow can haunt you by creating fear-based responses to challenging situations, just when you need to be courageous.

Awareness precedes emotional control.

A lack of awareness of shadow emotions means that you cannot control them or direct them positively. So, you end up controlled by the emotions and react accordingly in sub-optimal ways.

Your decisions become filled with fear, anger, timidity, jealousy, rage, scarcity, and your other negative emotional baggage.

Many well-intentioned and talented leaders have failed due to a lack of emotional awareness and control. Lack of emotional awareness and control will ruin the best-intentioned plans.

Emotional shadow hinders your ability to actively listen with heart-centred care and concern because you are out of control. Which means self-awareness of our emotional shadow, and developing emotional control, are prerequisites for growth.

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The Wisdom of Yoda (5)

The Wisdom of Yoda (5)

“Judge me by my size, do you?”

The Empire Strikes Back

Teams come in all sizes.

Radical focus is difficult to coordinate across large teams. General Stanley McChrystal solved lack of focus by fostering a flexible model where teams could autonomously organize and execute without top-down hand-holding, an experience he wrote about in his excellent book, Team of Teams.

He needed teams from disparate units, who had unique skills to solve new and unfamiliar problems, to come together to solve those problems without awaiting orders from above, and then to dissolve back into their parent units.

Highly functioning individuals yearn for intangible rewards of a higher order than money, rank, and prestige. An organization that can structure itself to allow for this will be rewarded with exceptional performance.

Allow for more autonomy and independent decision-making and watch job satisfaction soar.

Allow time and space for individuals to pursue mastery and see a dramatic positive impact on the culture. 

Once basic financial and social needs are met, people are motivated by a sense of purpose.

Organizations that align to support authentic teams through autonomous decision making, the opportunity for mastery and a big vision purpose perform at stunning levels.

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The Wisdom of Yoda (4)

The Wisdom of Yoda (4)

“Adventure. Excitement. A Jedi craves not these things.”

The Empire Strikes Back

We all want to perform at our peak levels.

It is a simple idea but not easy to do.

Performance is both a skill and an outcome of your body/mind balance and motivation for the task. Performance is an action experience, but at the core of the capacity to perform is balance.

You must balance your nutrition, sleep, recovery, stress, breath, movement, time in nature, home, workspaces, and relationships.

All of these will negatively impact your performance and deplete your energy when they are out of balance. Keeping them in balance is a constant process of awareness and refinement.

If you are in balance and your energy high, then you are clear about what is important to you, and you stand your ground regardless of how hard things get. When this is aligned with your Passions, Principles and Purpose you will perform at your peak level.

Then you maintain peak performance for individual events by leveraging the Big 4 Skills of Mental Toughness : breath control, positive attitude / internal dialogue, winning imagery, and microtask orientation.

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The Wisdom of Yoda (3)

The Wisdom of Yoda (3)

“A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defence, never for attack.”

The Empire Strikes Back

Daily, we confront issues of a fragmented and chaotic world : extreme religious fundamentalism, environmental degradation, volatile financial markets, and hyper-indebted countries. We see polarized and paralyzed political systems, failing healthcare systems, and faltering educational institutions.

And that was the case even before Covid came along.

How do we make sense of all this, and navigate the chaos ? Can we learn to speak with someone with radically different worldviews in a manner that does not end in a fistfight ?

I mean, that seems to be an impossible task on social media.

The answer is a resounding yes !

We must develop the capacity to include the multitude of disciplines and world-views in our understanding of our world while transcending the limitations of our own ego and ethnocentricity. We must embrace the whole without losing our centre or watering down our hard-earned values.

Confronting this challenge head-on, broadening your perspective, and upgrading your mental operating system is the premise behind Unbeatable Mind.

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The Wisdom of Yoda (2)

The Wisdom of Yoda (2)

“That is why you fail.”

The Empire Strikes Back

How do you really grow as a human being?

You have grasped your potential. You know where to point your compass. You can overcome fear and obstacles along the way.

That is still not enough.

The obstacles will get bigger and more challenging as you progress to bigger goals. They will come in different shapes and sizes and challenge different parts of your being…Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual.

You need to “be someone special” to fulfil those lofty goals. How do you suck it up when the going gets tough?

It is time to challenge yourself and to learn to love who you become as a result.

Humans grow through challenge. Leaving unhealthy habits and desires and replacing them with stronger habits and healthy desires is painful. You have to Embrace the Suck.

Embracing the Suck redefines your relationship with pain. You will learn to appreciate the pain that is temporary and good for you. You will learn to avoid self-induced suffering that does not lead to growth or new learning. You will differentiate between growth pain and destructive pain.

Each time you challenge yourself through something painful, your strength, perseverance, and fulfilment grow.

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