Joining us to answer those questions is Dr. Jeff Spencer, a man who has coached thousands to greatness.
Today he shares the 8 steps every prolific performer goes through to become and stay great and what he learned from being Lance Armstrong’s chiropractor during 7 Tour de France appearances.
Get ready for all of that and more on episode 236 of The Solopreneur Hour.
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At an early age Dr. Jeff Spencer knew he wanted to compete in the Olympics and showed a natural inclination for sprint cycling. With the help and support from members of a local cycling club he worked his way up from the junior level to the senior level and then to a spot on the 1972 Olympic team.
If you’re too young to have seen those Games or you don’t recall their significance, there was a terrorist kidnapping and later the murder of eleven Israeli Olympians by a Palestinian group called Black September. Dr. Jeff was there and he shares what that event meant to him personally, and the impact it made on his heart, and his life.
That tragedy showed him how frail life is and put life into a different perspective for him. It showed him what really matters in life, and what doesn’t. It isn’t an understatement to say it irrevocably shifted his view of all things from that day forward.
In This Episode, You’ll Also Hear:
- What did Charlie Chaplin’s film Modern Times teach him?
- There are two parts to human nature: what are they?
- Why trying hard and thinking good thoughts doesn’t create a champion.
- Can heart be learned?
- Why and how fear is your friend.
- And so much more!
After that experience in Munich Dr. Jeff went on to train and coach thousands of achievers to reaching their full potential for greatness. He even spent 9 years with the Tour de France, during 7 of which he was Lance Armstrong’s chiropractor for the grueling cycling competition.
He was also named International Sports Chiropractor of the Year and has had his personal art exhibited in New York galleries. In other words, he practices what he preaches: achieving and extending greatness in any area of life.
Today he and I talk about several other subjects but we’ll focus on his 8 steps to reaching greatness and staying there.
Create a legacy at the start of your journey so you can judge your decisions against it. If you don’t like where you’re going you can change it to fall in line with your legacy. Legacy also gives you an integrity check: is what you’re doing going to create or advance your legacy? If so, then do it. If not, rethink your choice.
Vision is not a goal. Vision is what life looks like when we’ve achieved our goal. What credibility does our vision give us? Does it call others to a higher game as well? How do others see us as a result of having achieved our vision? Vision is what gives us a reason to get up in the morning. Feel your vision, that gives you an emotive force like nothing else can.
Do you have the mindset and courage and conviction to do all the steps to get to where you want to go? This is where you figure that out and fortify yourself with whatever you don’t have, or scrap your plan all together.
Take inventory. Do you have the personal skill, mentality and knowledge to make this happen? Get that first before you start. Do you have the confidence to get started? Yes? Then push forward.
5. The Climb
This Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hours. The climb is where you put skin in the game: you start a new business and you develop perseverance. Your challenge and purpose with the climb is to have a breakout performance like you’ve never had before.
Elevation is where you need to own the technical process of your discipline. With elevation you become so good you can’t get it wrong (whatever you’re doing), this is proficiency at the highest level. This is what others would call “the top”.
Now that you’ve reached “the top” you have a target on your back.
At step seven, adaptation, you are mastering the external forces that got you to the top. This is where people can have a hard time staying at the top. Only by adapting, applying and working at this higher level (“the top”) can you stay there. Not everyone who reaches elevation will go on to adaptation, and that’s when they fall from the pinnacle.
8. The Way
With The Way you master you and the internal challenges you face as a prolific performer. Success intoxication is why so many sabotage their own success. You’ve got to avoid it, and deal with how to extend career longevity to add more significant success to your legacy.
Listen in to hear Dr. Jeff shares his personal experiences and lessons learned with those 8 steps, as well as what all champions can teach us even if they’ve fallen from grace. Be sure to take notes, and then thank Dr. Jeff in the comments below or on Twitter. Big thanks to Dr. Jeff for his time and to you for downloading the show! See you next time on The Solopreneur Hour.
QUESTIONS OF THE DAY: Where are you on the 8 steps and do you have a cornerman to help you out?
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