AN UNCOMMON THOUGHT

"The real trick to life is not to be in the know, but to be in the mystery."
-Fred Alan Wolf

09 August 2016

Above.


Some notes ...

Clarity of Purpose: Think hard, be as specific as possible. Ask yourself: “Exactly what is it that I am after every day?”

ABOVE THE LINE  [Intentional, On Purpose, Skillful]
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BELOW THE LINE [Impulsive, On Autopilot, Resistant]

The performance of a team rises or falls on behavior. Winning behavior is intentional, on purpose and skillful. It is Above the Line. But it’s easier to be impulsive, on autopilot and resistant. This is Below the Line. Below the Line is dangerous, because it is comfortable and convenient. It is the path of least resistance.

Above the Line behavior is conscious and thoughtful – a choice made in alignment with your larger vision or where you want to go. Below the Line behavior is directed by impulse or the gravitational pull of old habits; you just react without thinking. Below the Line is your default response.

It isn’t hard to find people who are caught up in Below the Line behavior. All you need to do is look for those whose first reaction is to blame (others), complain (about circumstances), and defend (yourself) or BCD.

E + R = O (Event + Response = Outcome)
We don’t control the events in life and we don’t directly control the outcomes. But we always have control over how we choose to respond.

Simply stated, Big Es and Big Os require Big Rs. How you respond: Calls it the “R Factor.”

Six R Factor Disciplines they teach to players:
1. Press Pause – gives you time to think, gets you off autopilot, avoid doing something foolish or harmful, focus on acting with purpose

2. Get Your Mind Right – What you focus on, how you talk to yourself, productive vs. negative mindset, Irritated Mindset or Survival Mindset (both below the line) vs. Purpose mindset (above the line)

3. Step Up – Understand the situation, understand what is required of you and respond above the line

4. Adjust & Adapt – Consider current path of your R Factor habits. Where are they taking you? Where do you want to go? Adjust.

5. Make a Difference – take complete ownership of the experience you give others and your contribution to the team’s culture

6. Build Skill – Elite performers build skill above their talents. Talent is a gift, greatness is a choice. Under pressure, we do not rise to the occasion. We rise or fall to the level of our training.

Thank you, Ryan.

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