Peak By Anders Ericsson & Robert Pool Actionable Takeaways | Accelerator Note #4

Welcome to Accelerator Note number four! This episode is on the book Peak by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool.

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Sometimes it’s difficult to digest a lot of information at once, so I’ve built you guys a summary of Peak!

This book is all about the best in the world. It’s all about the highest performers. They introduce us to the idea of a gift. When we look at the most talented people, athletes, business leaders, academics, we all think that they’ve got a gift. We tell ourselves they were born gifted and they were destined for greatness.

The truth is that we all have a gift. They introduce us to what that gift is – the ability to adapt. We can all adapt to our surroundings. If you start testing your body at the gym, your body will adapt to whatever you throw at it. The people who are the best in the world, they have triggered adaptability very early; they’ve been doing it a long time.

People that are musicians, athletes, whatever, they have been practicing every day for the bulk of their lives. The gift is all about that adaptability.

Obviously, when it comes to genetics, there are things like basketball, where if you’re not seven feet tall then you might struggle. However, some of this can be overcome by practice.

The person who holds the record for the most pull-ups did not do all those pull-ups on the first go; it all comes from practice.

Key Takeaways:

The gift

We all have the gift of adaptability. That has to be a key takeaway because it voids the idea that other people achieve just because they’re gifted. If you just start, and move forward by practicing, your body and mind will adapt and you will grow and progress.

Naive versus purposeful practice

What is the difference between naive practice and purposeful practice? People that practice and get nowhere would fall under naive practice. What Anders and Robert do is give us the definition that naive practice is doing the same thing and expecting different results.

If you keep practicing and you’re not getting better, look at whether you’re using the same methods and techniques each time. If you are, you’re not going to get different results. This transcends into your personal life, business, relationships and fitness. You have to be willing to change your strategy.

They introduce us to purposeful practice, which basically means having very clearly defined goals, focus on how you are going to achieve those goals, and once you start taking action, what feedback are you getting?

Are you getting closer to your goals? Are you making mistakes? If there are mistakes, that’s a good thing. Use mistakes as feedback, change your approach and move on - that all comes from pushing outside your comfort zone.

If you are taking risks, this will push your comfort zone, and if you apply purposeful practice, that makes for a really powerful strategy for personal and professional growth. This is why mentors, coaches and online courses really work. This is why I enrol into seminars and training, because they take you step by step in the form of purposeful practice.

How can we trigger adaptability?

To trigger adaptability, you first have to push your comfort zone, so you have something to adapt to. If you experience problems in your business and in your life, see that as a positive. This is feedback, then you can take action and change your approach. That is how you trigger adaptability.

Schedule to be in and out of hard, purposeful practice. That comes back to Deepwork. If you schedule, then you’re all in and committed. Then, you’ve also got to rest. It’s important that you osculate throughout the day because the recovery is as important as throwing yourself all in.

Questions to ask yourself:

Are using your gift? Are you using the adaptability of your mind and your body?

Where are you currently in terms of practice? Are you practicing naively or purposefully?

How often are you triggering your adaptability by stepping outside of your comfort zone?

I hope you enjoy these actionable takeaways! Let me know in the comments and keep taking massive action! 🙂

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