Ronda Rousey is a badass mother fucker.
She's won 3 Olympic medals in Judo.
She is the current UFC Women's Bantamweight champion.
And holds an undefeated record of 10-0.
The CEO of the UFC, Lorenzo Fertita, recently called her "The most impressive athelete they've ever worked with."
She tosses her opponents around like rag dolls.
In 2014, I asked you what you wanted from The Essential Man - 90% of you wanted to improve your wealth, career, fitness.
For years I resisted setting New Year goals because they would never pan out for me. According to Forbes Magazine, statistically, just 8% of people actually achieve their New Years' Resolutions!
92% of us are sucking real hard and failing.
Were we just not trying hard enough?
SEIRYOKU ZEN'YO: MAXIMUM EFFICIENCY, MINIMUM EFFORT
Judo doesn’t rely purely on strength.
The translation of the word Judo itself means “gentle way”.
To the Judoka (Judo practitioner), relying purely on strength (aka trying harder) will make the task harder, and is the sure sign of a novice.
Judoka masters understand that physics are her ally. Watch the video above to understand.
There's a reason one of Judo's mantra is "Balance, Momentum, Leverage."
I don't agree with Forbe's recommendation of achieving goals: Keep it simple, make it obvious, keep believing.
It's fluff. It would be like telling Ronda Rousey to stick to simple throws based on her strength and to JUST BELIEVE IN HERSELF.
Simple goals and positive thinking don't build elite.
I suspect our problem isn't that we aren't working hard enough. I don't buy that our problem is that we don't believe in ourselves either.
The problem is we are looking at the problem the wrong way.
Seiryoku zen'yo. Maximum efficiency, minimum effort.
2015 IS THE YEAR OF SYSTEMS
Systems to goals is what physics is to judo.
And the highest performing people I’ve talked to, researched, all rely on systems. An ordered checklist of tasks to minimize what most people tend to overvalue: motivation and effort, and maximize results.
Elite Athletes don't just show up on fight day and try hard. They build a team of specialist, program workouts, strategize a fight plan. Create a system for her to implement.
Restaurants rely on systems to get food out in order, hot, in a timely manner. Ingredients are pre-prepped and recipes are executed and plated in a specific order.
I touched briefly on a rough system last year that helps me write 6,000 words/day. (updated post coming soon)
And now I’ve taken it a step further.
I've created systems to help me process e-mail, help me achieve my goal of dropping down to 12% bodyfat this year and to continue to take my businesses to the next level.
This week, I’ll be breaking down these concepts even further for you to apply to your goals. In the mean time, I want to hear from you. What are some resolutions or goals you’re working on for 2015?
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