5 Rituals That Predict Success
Robin Sharma is one of the world’s premier speakers on Leadership and Personal Mastery.
He says that people often believe that success comes from the big, once-in-a-lifetime decisions they make in their personal or professional lives.
But according to Robin Sharma, it’s not what you do once every year that is going to allow you to live a legendary life, it’s what you do every single day.
“Consistency is the mother of mastery.”
– Robin Sharma
To get you wired for success, here are his 5 powerful rituals that Robin Sharma suggests you should incorporate into your life starting today.
The Ritual of Early Rising
Robin says that “Over the course of history, many of the world’s top performers have all been early-risers — Getting a head start in life while the rest of the world are still snoozing under covers.”
But how should you be spending these early hours of the morning to really make a big impact on your day?
Robin suggests to at least incorporate these two things.
Firstly, you need to sweat. He suggest that you get up and hit the gym, or even doing a few body weight exercises in your room. The point is to get your heart rate up and break a sweat. The benefits of an early morning exercise routine is not only limited to keeping your body in good physical shape, but also proven to decrease stress and boost your metabolism to give you the energy you need to take on your daily challenges.
Secondly, take the time to journal. This simple yet powerful introspective exercise will help you reconnect and get clarity of your values, your goals, and your soul’s deepest calling. And as Robin says, “awareness is the beginning of transformation.”
The Ritual Of Strategic Time-Blocking
People are always looking to be more productive with their time. Strategic time-blocking. is a powerful technique that can really boost your productivity .
The concept is simple. Before the start of the week, start scheduling time for every task you plan to complete during course of the week. This is so much more than your typical “to-do list” because you are deliberately committing to a specific time to start a task, and a specific duration of time to complete it.
Time blocking is the practice of planning out every moment of your day in advance and dedicating specific time “blocks” for certain tasks and responsibilities.
The simple reason why time blocking works is that it’s designed for focus. By scheduling every hour of your day you not only guard against distraction but also multiply your focus.
By the end of the exercise, you’ll have what Robin calls a “blueprint for a beautiful week.”
Robin suggests applying this idea to every part of your life, whether it’s an intimate date with your partner or quality time with your family or even some alone time in quiet solitude for introspection. The point is that time-blocking is not just limited to work-related activities.
The Ritual Of Over-Delivering
We live in a society where most people just do what they are required to do and nothing more and nothing less. The one thing most people aren’t doing — Over-delivering.
“You have a gorgeous opportunity to lead the field in everything that you do
by doing one thing: practicing every single day the ritual of over-delivering.”
– Robin Sharma
If you want to stand out from the crowd, then don’t just give your customers what they want; give them 10x more than what they expect. Show something that is rare in today’s society, initiative.
Robin says that if you consistently dial in the daily habit of over-delivering on people’s expectations, you will become indispensable.
The 60-minute Student
The ritual of continuous learning is something that you must incorporate into your daily life. Whether it’s learning online, going to conferences, speaking to people that inspire you, people who are masters in their profession, reading books, listening to podcasts or audiobooks, if you want to grow and become a master in your field, this is a must.
Robin suggests turning yourself into “the 60-minute student.” People who are masters in their field never stop wanting to learn, to know more, to understand more. Think if yourself as a beginner, a student and always remain curious.
The key to doing this though is consistency and a commitment to see it through daily. Schedule this 60 minute leaning into your day.
The Ritual Of Private Reflection
The final ritual Robin suggests we start bringing in into our lives is the idea of private reflection.
The ritual of private thinking is one that will have a great positive impact in your life and absolutely predict your success, is how much time you spend in silence, solitude, and stillness, just thinking.
Take the time to reflect on:
- How you’re living
- How you’re working
- Think about whether your daily behavior is aligned with your deepest values.
Robin suggests asking yourself one question; “What is the one project that, if I did it flawlessly over the next three months, would literally change the game for me within my organization and within my marketplace?” If you look at the people who are getting traction on great results, they are people who spend a lot of time alone, and they spend a lot of time thinking, and they spend a lot of time in this ritual of reflection.
In conclusion Robin proposes that you take at least one of the five rituals, and find the time to practice it every single day.