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How to be unstoppable
Turn talent into excellence with these 4 strategies
“The next level is just two millimeters above, and it’s outstanding, magnificent, extraordinary. You’re not one of the best, you are the best. You only have to be two millimeters more than everyone else.” – Tony Robbins
Those who understand how to be relentless in life use the two millimeter rule. They’re able to constantly push themselves because they know that the next level of excellence is closer than it appears. Where most people would give up, they draw on inner strength and find that extra burst of drive that gets them to that next level – and then they keep going.
They know that being unstoppable is a state of mind.
The two millimeter rule originally comes from golf, but you can learn to apply it to every area of your life. When you do, you’ll truly be unstoppable.
Many people have talent, but not many turn that raw talent into excellence. So what have the Kobe Bryants, Serena Williams and Oprahs of the world figured out that the rest of us haven’t?
Being unstoppable always begins with a limitless belief in yourself.
Belief is what keeps you going when you’re exhausted, drained and running on empty. You feel like you’ve tried everything. You’ve given it your all. Maybe it’s just not meant to be.
Learning how to be relentless in life is about eliminating those thoughts. It’s about knowing – without a doubt – that you can reach those next two millimeters, and you will. No matter what. This is what really sets apart the great from the good, the excellent from the ordinary.
Strong self-belief comes from finding your purpose. When you stop living others’ dreams and discover your own vision for your life, you’ll uncover the drive to be better, do more and never stop achieving. You’ll be unstoppable.
Kevin Hart found success in comedy, business and the entertainment industry. He said it best on a Tony Robbins podcast: “The one thing I’m most confident in is me.”
Condition your mind
Belief is the first step, but to be unstoppable, you’ll need to refine your mindset even more. Some people crack under pressure like glass. Others turn into diamonds. Top athletes and business people can take an incredible amount of pressure. The difference is in their mindset.
Start with your self-talk. You’ve reached that point just before the two millimeter mark where you want to give up – how do you frame this in your mind? Listen to your inner monologue. Catch any negative thoughts, which are a product of your limiting beliefs, and replace them with empowering ones.
Next, learn how to control your emotions. Warren Buffett once said, “If you cannot control your emotions, you cannot control your money.” You also cannot control your ego, your actions or your destiny. You cannot be unstoppable when your emotions are slowing you down.
Understand that you are the only one responsible for your life – and that life is happening for you, not to you. Forget the past. Forgive others. Eliminate jealousy and replace it with gratitude. As Tony says, “Every day stand guard at the door of your mind, and you alone decide what thoughts and beliefs you let into your life.” If you do this, you’re on your way to being unstoppable.
Focus your power
You’ve unlocked the power of your mind. Now you must focus it. Tony tells us, “One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.”
Those who discover how to be relentless in life have a singular focus. They have a vision, and they have goals to get there. And nothing gets in their way.
Connor McGregor was bullied as a kid, but he decided he wanted to become the best fighter in the world. Tom Brady was picked 199th in the NFL draft, and that only fueled his fire to become the greatest quarterback of all time. Jim Carrey was living in his car, but that didn’t take his focus off becoming an actor.
All of these achievers knew that being unstoppable comes from focusing your power. They all used goal visualization – Carrey wrote himself a $10 million check and gave himself three years to cash it. They surround themselves with people who have what they want. They get rid of anything that holds them back from their goals. It isn’t easy, but it’s necessary.
Do the work
You have the talent. You have the belief. You’ve set your goals. Now you need to take action. Jim Carrey has said, “You can’t just visualize and then go eat a sandwich.” The final step to master in order to be unstoppable is doing the work.
At first, it doesn’t sound hard. You practice every day. You adopt the right habits: eating right, exercising, following a routine. You feed your mind and learn something new every day.
But then you hit a plateau.
It’s a natural part of the improvement cycle. The difference between those who know how to be relentless in life and those who never reach their full potential is the ability to push past plateaus. Bounce back from failure. And do it again and again.
Michael Jordan famously said, “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” To be unstoppable, you must own your mistakes, find the lesson in each failure and quickly get back out there.
That’s the greatest lesson we can learn about being unstoppable: You’ll never succeed if you don’t fail.