Awaken Your Superhuman Performance | The New Standard
What do you think of when you hear the phrase superhuman performance? How about human performance? For me, I go straight to a program called the 4-Hour body. This is a book written by Tim Ferris on how to obtain superhuman like abilities physically and mentally. How cool would it be to operate daily at these levels in whatever career field you are in?
For the past several years I’ve been on a quest to figure out how I can improve my human performance so that I can in turn take my job skills and career to the next level. As a writer and editor, I spend a lot of time in front of a computer, and for most that can be draining, but it doesn’t have to be.
There are small steps that you can make to elevate your performance mentally and physically. Once you start doing that, you’ll notice a significant improvement in your career mindest. You’ll soon start to outperform others around you.
The story you’re going to read below is from a former co-worker of mine and former Navy SEAL. Eric has a wealth of knowledge on this subject and has spoken to everyone from kids to top-level executives on how to obtain these superhuman levels of performance.
Are you ready? Let’s get started.
Superhuman Levels of Performance Are Available To Anyone
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, many ambitious professionals had already noticed the trajectory of their income, free time, and energy slowly flattening out and even declining.
For many people things like earning a living, saving for retirement, and sometimes just paying the bills felt like they were taking more and more of their time, effort, and energy and there’s a very good reason for them feeling that way.
It’s because things like earning a living and saving for retirement were actually getting more and more difficult because the environment in which they were operating was more dynamic and competitive than they realized.
And if you think things were dynamic and competitive then, just wait until you see what happens as businesses master the art of working with distributed workforces. All of those jobs that were secured by someone’s geographic proximity to a physical office will be open to the highest performers at the lowest price, no matter what part of the world they live in.
What I mean, is if you’re able to do your job from home, that means anyone can do your job from their home. Welcome to global competition.
Things are getting harder for most of the population because we’re now competing with “super-humans” and it’s likely that you are too.
The good news is that superhuman levels of performance are accessible to anyone who needs them. Really, the only barrier is realizing that you need them.
A While Back, I Was Flown Out To Wall Street To…
…speak to several groups of financial professionals. It was my intent to do my thing and deliver some game-changing performance knowledge—formulas for success, new mindsets, paradigms, mental toughness. You know, the stuff people can actually use.
But, as I was entering Manhattan, crossing over the Manhattan bridge in the back seat of my Uber driver’s Suburban, something flooded my brain. I think it was a bit of the “If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere,” spirit that New York City exudes, mixing with a faint memory of SEAL training that I was indulging myself in as I looked over the textured waters of the Hudson.
Whatever it was, I knew the days of just telling SEAL stories about superhuman performance was over. It was time to teach others how to perform at those levels themselves—not just because I got a wild hair all of a sudden, but because I had realized that if those I work with were to survive and thrive in this new world, they’d have no choice but to elevate their ability to perform at or above the pace of their competition.
You see, while I was prepping for the talk, I had come across a book titled Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, The Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists are Revolutionizing the Way we Live and Work, by Steven Kotler. This was the first time I’d ever read an outsider’s recognition of the ability to repurpose the performance principles of the SEAL teams for life and business.
The book describes how SEALs tap into an altered state of consciousness to do what they do—what Hungarian psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls a “state of flow” in his book Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, a book that I’ve had sitting by my side for several years now.
It also describes our brotherhood and what it looks like when we begin to tap into things like “group flow” and “group genius.” The author reported on what he’d been able to glimpse while observing us in training and in action. It was fun to read that others were starting to get a small notion of some of the things that allow small numbers of SEALs to dominate entire battlefields.
At first, I was a bit worried. I mean, this had been my secret sauce for years, and now it’s out in the public?
But as I kept reading, I realized that although others are starting to recognize the altered states of consciousness, refined operating procedures, and our tribal culture of violent execution, they were still nowhere close to being able to replicate it in others. At least not within the private sector en masse.
In other words, it seemed like the author was able to observe the outcomes and contributing factors of superhuman performance, but was unable to identify how the actual components of those altered states can be intentionally and repetitively trained and developed in any situation.
Yes, others knew about the “secret sauce”—could taste it, observe it, write about it—but they didn’t truly understand the ingredients or the recipe required to deliver it to others.
I was happy to realize that my secret was still safe, but it was in the back of that Suburban that I realized I was going to have to give it up because it was clear to me that people were starting to stumble upon these heightened levels of performance. These high performers were beginning to show up enough that they’re now affecting the way we all live and work; both personally and professionally. Why am I Telling You This?
Do You Remember a Time When Superhuman…
…performance was only for guys doing triple backflips on their dirt bikes and jumping out of planes without parachutes? When it was only required for people like the Navy SEALs who smoked Osama Bin Laden?
But, what about a stay-at-home mom? An executive? A salesperson? A Doctor, A father? A friend? Do they / should they be operating at those levels?
Until recently, corporations weren’t trying to tap into it any more than school teachers were. However, things have changed. There are now enough Superhuman performers out there that it’s affecting all walks of life. And in this new and increasingly dynamic and competitive environment, we find ourselves there will be even more of them because that will be what’s required to survive, thrive, and lead others.
The world has become more complex. We’re bombarded with responsibilities and ways of managing them. The outdated formula of going to school, getting good grades, getting a job, and working hard for 30 years is finished. Kaput. It will never work anymore. An individual or even hundreds of individuals “working hard” can’t compete with small teams of people working in coordination with one another, tapping into group genius, operating as super-humans.
To Survive and Thrive, We Must…
…be in constant invention of new and more effective ways of building and maintaining our capacity. Our roles and responsibilities will no longer remain stagnant for decades at a time. They’ll continue to evolve and change, and if you don’t get good, really good, at getting good at things, then you won’t be able to keep up.
Some of you are already feeling this, even now as you read this paper. Schedules are tightening rather than loosening. The more money you make, the more you spend. Muscles are atrophying. Energy is waning.
So, why are you working harder and harder just to keep up? Why does life seem to be getting busier and more demanding?
It’s because there’s a new standard of performance out there that you’re competing against, whether you realize it or not.
Now that you know, it’s time to up your game. It’s time to recapture lost time, money, and energy. It’s time to do things better, faster, and bigger, with less effort. It’s time to get on a superhuman level.