Beautiful roses grow in manure.
And there are lots of positive things that are coming out of this situation too.
We are spending more time at home with our loves ones, and pets.
“It gets you more focused on what truly matters,” people keep telling me.
Also you see we adapt fast, and as this survey suggests…
We are getting better!
“It would be so easy to give in to the bad mood, worry all day, and focus on all the things you can’t do,” the survey said but “Many adults are choosing to use the time wisely, and in a really encouraging way.”
3 in 5 adults said the lockup “represents an opportunity to catch up on long abandoned goals, ideas or hobbies.”
And they were “Planning on, or already started, self-improving and becoming ‘super human’ during lockdown.”
Pretty cool, ha?
Out of this tragedy might we see a new wave of human development?
Could this be a phase of creative destruction that forces us and our society to evolve?
So we’re not just making it through but coming out of this more super!
Becoming “Super Human” in the lockup
Now, I will be honest, some things the survey mentioned weren’t exactly our definition of Super Human.
Writing, painting, yoga, gardening, language.
For sure there’s plenty of good stuff in there.
Yet, what are those things you can do that are beyond good?
That truly build you super?
So you’re not just emerging from the lockup free, but better equipped for this brave new world.
3 things I’m seeing
“I’ve got time on my hands,” a former client said to me, “Now how can I get better?”
We’d done some awesome work a few years back, and now he has more time.
In truth he’s been killing it, he hasn’t “needed” our work, but now he perceives an enormous opportunity.
“We’re gonna see harder times, but that also creates opportunities,” he said.
There’s threats too as another client said to me—”If you’re not using this time to improve while others are, you’re falling behind.”
Survival of the fittest, indeed!
I’m seeing it all around. Website traffic. Downloads of free and paid Masterclasses.
And conversations I’m having typically come back to these 3 ways people are becoming more super in the lockdown.
1. Getting in great shape
Ironically, gyms are closed, and we’re limited in leaving our homes.
Yet people keep telling me this is the best time to get in shape.
More control of your time. Less travel, social engagements, including less dinners and drinks.
“That too helps me stay more disciplined on what I eat and drink,” a client said.
He’s using this time to become Terminator, as he puts it.
To get shredded at home and come back a machine!
It’s perhaps not as easy to get in great shape without a gym or trainer or equipment.
Yet with just basic equipment at home, or only pushups, squats, burpees, jump rope, running, riding bikes, sex 🙂 can get you in ridiculous shape.
On this I’ll write more about CrossFit Girl and Tarzan Workout later.
But for now you might ask yourself how can you use this time to get in great shape?
2. Will and skill of thinking and feel (you can call it emotional intelligence if you like)
“This made me realize how weak my mind was,” a buddy said to me.
“For all this time I thought it was just your weird-Blades thing, but now I totally get where you’re coming from.”
Sure, I’m out there, extreme on this stuff, but it’s because I’ve discovered what many are more aware of now…
By far, the ONE THING that matters most to the quality of your life is how skilled you are in how you think, feel and take actions.
Quite frankly, the rest of this game of life is easy from here.
Yet the will and skill of thinking and feeling is invisible to many of us.
“It only becomes obvious to you how much stress and fear you have when you’re really pushed,” a CEO told me whose business is basically toasted from this.
“Podcasts, TV, news, movies,” he said “Are really good distraction, but I want to use this time to actually get better at this stuff.”
Any mental conditioning you can do right now will only serve you in everything you do for the rest of your life.
And just like the pushups and burpees, you only need simple tools that you put to work consistently, repeatedly.
How might you use these harder times to forge yourself even harder?
3. Getting Better and Better and Better
Getting focused on what truly matters.
Using your time better.
Diving into those hard things that make the difference.
Building winning strategies.
Developing winning skills. (this article keeps getting hit a lot)
These are just some of the things that people tell me they are focused on improving in this time.
As that client said, “You can come out of lockdown feeling like you wasted your time, or emerge ready to power forward even stronger.”
There’s of course tons of free and some paid stuff on my website that might be helpful to you on all of these.
And also later this week we’ll be releasing a free video program on my favorite Masterclass—Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.
So if you’re looking to get more super in the lockup, look out for this.