110 Is the New 100
The Ultimate Motivation for Peak Performance

Okay guys, this is big. What is it that motivate us? I’ve studied the subject for a long time. And I’ve drawn some conclusions that might be very useful for you if you want to perform at the next level.

I wrote this article and I didn’t remember to post it here on the blog. Now I reviewed it and expanded it. You can read the article here. Even if you didn’t read the original, don’t worry, because the revised version is simpler, more effective, and more direct!

Hope you like it, guys :)

Cheers, Vasco

How to Perform Better Immediately

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Let me share with you a small technique to perform better immediately: Just want to.

Yes, just want to. It’s that simple. How does it work?

We all have an identity, rules and patterns for how to act. We think we can’t do this or that. We think we need to do this before we can do that.

If, for a moment, you can discard all your rules, you will perform much better immediately.

If, for a moment, you think you don’t need to be great to accomplish a task, you’ll accomplish it.

If, for a moment, you think you can do it in the best way right now even without practice, you’ll do it in the best way right now.

It takes a bit of faith, a bit of confidence, but those are not the defining factors. Or they might be, but you won’t access them trying to access them. You’ll access them by letting them be and just focusing on wanting to do it better.

Notice, I’m not talking about how much you like what you do. That is an important subject, but by all means not what I’m talking about right now.

I’m talking about wanting to do a task. A logical something. And wanting to do it might not mean liking it at all. It can be just because you want to step on to the next task, because you want to get rid of an obstacle.

But whatever it is, just want to do it, and you’ll do it.

A small post

Hey everybody. How are you doing?

I’m just writing to give a little update on things. I’ve been so busy and I haven’t been able to write that much, but just wanted to give some value with some insights.

I want to share this article I’ve found, Seven Productivity Tips for People Who Hate GTD. It really boils productivity down to some core ideas that can be extremely useful both for people who are in a bit of a mess and for people who are already doing well and want to step to the next level.

The article is written by Jonathan Mead, which also happens to share some fantastic ideas on his personal blog, Illuminated Mind.

Check them out if it seems interesting!

The best marketing is a good product.
Eben Pagan
2 New Articles on Peak Performance

Hey guys,

I’ve written two new articles on peak performance. You can find them at my ArticleBase profile.

Shatter and Start
This is an article about how we evolve in our competences not continuously, but in levels. We have to break levels and step to new levels. This article explains it in a little more depth.

Some Thoughts on State
State, flow, the zone, it’s what people call that feeling, that state of mind where everything you do just works perfectly, you do all the right things at the right time. This is an article about viewing it in a little “nerdy” way and trying to understand the mechanics and architecture of state.

Three new articles

Hello everyone!

Sorry for not posting in some time, but I’ve been brainstorming some new ideas. I’ve produced three new articles.

How Making It Yours Can Help Achieve Peak Performance
This is an article about what belongs to us. When you do something, do you do it just because you do it, or do you have a passion, a drive? This article explains how a connection to the subject can help you achieve more results.

110% Is the New 100%
This is the article of the original idea that named this blog. It’s about the effort you put into what you do and what you get back from it. It’s a very interesting article, if I may say so myself! :)

Just the Next Level, Please
How hard should we try? How much information should we take? How much should we do? This is an insight on the amount of effort we should put into what we do, and the results we get from it.

I hope you enjoy them :)

Certainty Can Produce Results Instantly

We live in a total blackout. We have so many possibilities we get lost in them.

Imagine you want to start a new hobby. Person A already does it, and he does it in a way. Person B also does it, but he does it in a totally different way.

When too many options are presented to you, we tend to feel less intense about them.

What is the solution? Create a unique way you’re going to follow. Then calibrate.

Imagine it like this. You want to start a company.

Some people start companies with 200 employees and take personal care of many tasks.

Some people start companies with 4 employess and outsource most tasks.

There is an infinite spectrum of possibilities halfway. So you get lost in it and just think “Bah, people do it so many ways either way works”.

False assumption. You need to filter out the best way, regardless of what others are doing.

To do so, just have a unique opinion when deciding: I’ll create my company with 4 employees.

Then, if it’s too little, increase it.

If it’s too much, decrease it.

Take the first step, then calibrate. It doesn’t matter if it’s a good or bad step, it only matters that you take a step.

Because in life there are many times in life where we don’t know what to do.

You’re buying your first home. You’re choosing your first job.

And then we see so many people doing it in different ways. So we guess anything works.

Remember this, just because there are many ways, it doesn’t mean they’re right. You still need to filter out the best way.

Don’t take anything for granted. Have certainty in something.

If you’re taking a bad step but you have certainty behind it, you’ll realize what you’re doing wrong and can work it out immediately.

If you’re not taking either a bad or good step, you never know what works.

So take a first step towards something. Good or bad. Doesn’t matter.

You can always improve. But you can only improve if you have already started.

Bye Bye, Performance Barriers; Hello Results

How to instantly up your performance and get more results?

Imagine you don’t have barriers.

Wait a minute, it can’t be that simple.

It is. It works for learning, for performance in any task, and achieving results. Let me explain to you how it works.

We usually consider we have barriers in how we do things.

Time barriers, method barriers. If you have to do a task in your office, for the next 30 minutes, you’re locked by those variables. Those are your barriers.

Barriers aren’t always bad. The thing is, they’re bad when they stop you from seeing the other options. It’s a matter of scarcity.

If you think you can only achieve performance and results in a certain way, you won’t truly believe in that method, you’ll use it out of necessity.

If you have multiple ways to achieve results, you’ll use the one you’re using because you believe it’s the best out of all of them.

A quick way to achieve a whole new level of performance is to consider your other options. Eliminate those barriers.

Whatever it is you’re doing, stop. Stop right now. Think of this:

How could you do your job even better on the same time limit?
How would you do it if you knew you would always do it perfectly?
What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?

Consider it right now, this instant. With the same time, same method and same resources, could you do your job ten times better?

You can.

A hundred times better?

Truly.

Now notice: You’re not changing your physical space, your timeframe. You’re just changing your potential, the gear you’re on, so you use the same resources and get more results and higher performance.

You’re not upping your resources, you’re upping your capability to use those resources.

There is inimaginable power in our minds that contributes to our performance.

That power is often locked because we’re not considering our options, or because due to the force of habit we lose the effectiveness in our methods.

So do whatever it is you use to do, but do it with a special magic this time.

Do it as if you couldn’t fail.
Do it as if you would always succeed.
Do it as if you could relax and do nothing and still achieve maximum results (even though I don’t advise you to not do anything).

Just thinking like that opens up your mind. It oils your gears and puts you in a state of true performance. It allows you to do the same thing, but having multiple times the energy.

Be aware, you don’t need to physically change your actions. You’re doing those same actions, but you can expend ten times the energy on them, you can understand them and control inside out.

The actions are the same, you’re the one who’s upgraded.

Free yourself. Maximize yourself.

Try it right now. You’ll see it works.

Never Label

Never label anything.

People, companies, products, nothing.

People think labeling makes life easier. It’s precisely the opposite.

First, let’s clarify something. We had two paradigms of thinking:

The old one: Get all the information you can at the same time. Stockpile, ignore information, discard it even if it’s important, but stuff yourself full of it.

The new one: Don’t get all the information you can. Get some information, use it well, add a little bit now and again. You might even add information frequently. But process what you have before you take in more.

Labeling belongs to the old paradigm of thinking.

If you had to know about all punks of the world, it was easier to call them “punks”. You could meet a young guy that painted and rode a bicycle, and another one that skated and worked in a marketing firm.

Now, when trying to recall who they were, it was easier to recall “I knew two punks” instead of “I knew a young man that (…) and another one that (…)”.

But the thing is, we don’t need to maintain information about all the punks in the world. We just remember each punk as we meet him.

This works for punks, businessmen, or any other label you can put on someone.

When you label someone or something, the possibilities for that person are immediately limited.

If you meet a young man, that even though he might have punk clothing and such, you talk with him and he suddenly tells you “I want to work in stock market consulting”, you think “okay, considering him as a human being, just like we all are, the possibilities are endless. Of course he can”.

If you meet that same person but you think he’s “a punk”, if he tells you he wants to work in the stock market, you immediately think “hold it. He can’t. He’s a punk”.

When we label people, we make a model. And whatever doesn’t fit that model is ignored.

So break all the models. Break all your presuppositions.

This doesn’t just apply to people. This applies for anything in life.

Imagine you have a product your company is selling. It has three steps:

First you develop it, using your current team.

Then you finish it and materialize it.

Then you market it using determined agencies and methods.

If you consider this as a fixed model, you cut out all possibilities.

If you suddenly remove the label from it, you take a whole new perspective.

If these three steps are not fixed, can we change one of them?

Can we switch their orders?

Can we add or remove steps?

When you remove labels, you free your way of thinking.

Most people that aren’t successful think they need to follow certain models or have certain labels so they’re not free.

They think they need to get a job in an existing company so they never found a company.

They think they’ll only enjoy life when they’re retired so they never travel or fulfill their dreams while young.

They think they need to date a woman 8 times before they enter a relationship with her so they discard being with a fantastic woman the first time they meet her.

They think they need to respect certain people that don’t contribute to their life so they don’t free themselves of them.

They think they need to work on a certain schedule, do things in a certain way, so they never try different.

If you want to succeed in life…

Remove all labels.

I have a more in-depth article about this which I’ll post later.

How to Make Decisions Effectively

If you want to make decisions effectively, do them quick.

Is it that easy? Yes, it is.

Let’s look at things this way:

You can either make a decision immediately, or wait in indecision.

If you wait a long time before you decide, during all that time you did nothing.

If you make a decision, even a wrong one, you’re already knowing what works and what doesn’t.

It’s better to take a bad step than a no-step.

Most people think the need ALL the information in order to make a decision.

Decisions aren’t about who has more information. They’re about who uses their information better.

If you make a decision, you can always calibrate later. But the thing is:

If you haven’t made a decision yet, you’ll get more information and you’ll calibrate a plan that’s not field-tested.

If you have made your decision, you can calibrate what you’re currently doing.

Imagine you have to develop a strategy for your team to win a war.

You can either A) Attack quickly B) Plan an attack.

In a first scenario, you decided immediately. You attack quickly. In the meanwhile, you receive weather reports. You’re on the field, you know where your soldiers are, the spots that will be affected by the weather change, and calibrate your plan.

In a second scenario, you haven’t decided. In the meanwhile, you receive the weather reports. You will think “if we choose to attack quickly, we might have to change soldiers from this zone to this one, or from that one to that one”.

When you’ve decided already, you’re only following your direction. When you haven’t decided, you’re trying to follow all and not following any.

Note, this has nothing to do with having an open mind. You consider all directions in both scenarios. But you only follow one.

If you decide, you know all options and choose one.

If you don’t decide, you know all options and try to choose all, and end up choosing none.

Forget well-thought plans. Forget strategies.

Don’t make a strategy. Develop one once you’re in the field.

This applies to everything. Starting a project? Don’t try and plan all the details. Start working right now and details show up as they are needed.

Studying for an exam? Don’t try and schedule and plan your study in advance. Start studying immediately, and then make small changes and calibrate.

And yes, you might have to switch plans. If you make the wrong decision, what gives? You discard it, and decide on a different direction. The difference is:

Deciding the first time isn’t rigorous because you don’t know what’s good or bad in each side. You only know in theory.

Deciding after you’ve left your current decision is rigorous. You know exactly what didn’t work and why you’re changing directions.

In sum: Decide quickly, and if you need to switch, switch quickly. Never let yourself fall into the trap of paralysis by analysis.

Another specific example:

Two people have to race through a lap. They have two cars available: Car 1 and Car 2. We have person A and B.

Person A spends 3 hours thinking about why Car 1 might be better than Car 2, and this and that, theorizing. After 3 hours he chooses Car 1.

Person B took Car 1 immediately and went for a test-drive. After 10 minutes we knew due to the tight turns throughout the track, Car 1 has horrible. So he ditched it and chose Car 2. This took 20 minutes.

Due to real-world experience Person B took the right choice. He actually took the wrong choice but corrected it.

Because A never took a choice, he could never change it, so he’s stuck to choosing by ignorance (or theoretical previsions, which are not that different).

We can even add a little twist if you want.

Person B test-drove Car 2, for more 20 minutes, and realized due to its limited top speed, he did worse times in all of the straight segments of the track. And this was actually even worse than the limitations of Car 1. So he chose Car 1 again.

Person A was still theorizing by that time, but he chose Car 1 too.

Now, are these people equal? Never.

Person A made the right choice, but he doesn’t know why it’s the right choice. He might have planned or thought about it, but does he know why it works in the real world? Nope.

Person B made the same choice, but it’s because he knows exactly what is right and wrong with each choice.

So, in sum. Decide quickly, hang to your decision to infinity. If you can, you’re successful. If you can’t, switch to a new decision and hang to it to infinity.

Repeat until successful.

It’s so simple yet so effective.

The word momentum was invented for a reason. We might have found it today.

So, in sum, the lession is:

Don’t think about acting before you actually act.

Act first, think later.

One final note: Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying just “act first”. I’m saying “act first, think later”. You do have to think and develop a strategy.

But you do it AFTER you know what the field is, who your opponents are, what are your strengths and weaknesses. It’s useless to think in advance.

Don’t invent facts based on thoughts. Invent thoughts based on facts.

Hope you liked the message :)