I’m playing for the grandest prize.
It’s what I’ve seen matters most to the quality of your life.
It takes 100% dedication.
There’s never a second that you can take your mind off this goal.
Because 100% mind is the goal.
This is an unrealistic goal.
Some psychologists have even told me that it’s a stupid, impossible goal.
Because when I say 100% mind, I’m being 100% literal.
My target is every single thought, feeling, action, being your best all day every day.
Consider this goal for a moment.
If you were to evaluate yesterday, or today, or one of your average days, where would you say you’re at?
I know it’s a vague question, but take a stab.
Out of a perfect 100 score, meaning every single thought, feeling, action was the best it could be, how would you score yourself?
That’s an answer an old buddy gave me at dinner the other night.
If you met him, you’d know he’s happy.
And by societal standards he is.
Especially around other people he might come across as the life of the party.
But inside his own head, it’s typically less of a party.
He worries a lot about his business and team.
Is concerned for his kid’s future.
He’s a big democrat and fears our democracy is in threat.
With lots on his mind during the day he’s often more negative and distracted than he wants to be.
This has been slowing him down making him less effective.
When I asked him how are you different at 100%, guess what he said?
“Focused, beyond focused.”
Nothing gets into his head.
He can easily compartmentalize all the things going on and focus on what he’s moving forward.
In a word, he’s unstoppable.
“I just don’t know how to get myself here,” he said, “I remember what it’s like but it feels far away.”
Truth is, I know he’s being humble.
Because what he calls 28% is more likely 60-80% for many people.
Also what we all know about unlocking your top performance is that a small number of tweaks can quickly get you back to your best.
Back to best
See, when I asked him what would get him back to his best it was clear to him.
He knows what to do—he just needs to get himself doing it.
I’ve certainly experienced this, and I’m betting that you have too?
We all have routines that we know are most effective in showing up your best.
And we all know when we are off these routines.
One in his case are his early morning workouts.
He’s been too tired to wake up and do it, but knows how much energy this gives him for the day.
Also, he recognizes that he’s been overeating and overdrinking to stop his brain overthinking.
A problem is that making these changes can be hard.
But as he said, “It’s harder living a 28% day.”
Perhaps I should be embarrassed to share this.
For some 11 years I’ve been intensely focused on this goal, and really I’ve been on this for decades now.
I first shared my System for Ultimate Days back in 2016, a couple of years after I had developed it for myself.
An Ultimate Day, or 100% day, is perfect, all day living in your best thoughts, feelings, actions.
The notion is simple—
Who doesn’t want to think your best?
Feel your best?
Be your best?
As many seconds a day as possible, with the target being every second?
Um, lots of people I’m told. 🙁
But for those of us who do, how do you actually do it?
A reason that I built our school of transformation—Rapid Sustained Transformation—is because I kept failing at this.
Even after decades of research and tens of thousands of hours working the mind, I still needed more will and skill of mind control.
Although I do have plenty of moments and some days I’m close to 100%, over years of tracking this data, the average best days I do are around 72%.
So I keep training.
Every day I’m iterating, building new tooling, and working at it as many seconds a day as I can.
Targeting this grandest prize I fail way more seconds than I’d like.
Yet, still, every single second of your life only gets better and better when you’re targeting 100% mind.