040 - how to develop your sisu...


Your potential truly is nearly limitless - it's a belief about yourself that you need to begin cultivating right now, this very second

And the hardest part is that we think we need to see something in order to believe in it, and if we have no past successes, no positive memories to draw from, then we often don't know where to begin

Where you begin is pushing the envelope, it's testing your limits, placing yourself in an uncomfortable situation and seek out an instance where you might fail... as it's in these times you'll discover yourself and your true capabilities

In the word of the Finnish people, you need sisu - the mental strength to continue to try even after you feel you've reached the limit of your abilities

Why? Well, in doing so, you'll forge a new limit for your abilities and in turn, see that your potential truly is nearly limitless. And the key here is mental strength - everything begins and ends with the mind - such is the power of the phenomenal organ between our two ears

What the mind believes, the body achieves...
Whether you think you can or you can't, you're 100% right...

Inside every form of suffering is a seed of change, and when it comes to physical feats and learning new skills you didn't think you could - suffering, frustration, failing, and pain will all be stepping stones on your way to the next level. The problem is that we cannot see this, we don't have the mental strength to know what they truly are, and when we first meet these feelings, we immediately quit due to our lack of mental strength

Your goal should be to find, and become comfortable in being uncomfortable, as that is where the true growth lies

Get under a heavy barbell and do some 20 rep squats...
Push yourself to get into the top maths class...
Aim to learn a new skill about a topic that excites you...
Get up at 5am and have a freezing cold shower...

Mental strength stems from how you view & react to that which it is you're currently doing. Sisu - start developing yours today


Actionable Tips/Questions:

  • When the shit hits the fan and things get tough, do I normally stick around, or do I quit?
  • What is one thing I can do this week to place myself outside my comfort zone and push my envelope?
  • What are 1-3 things I can do to begin developing my sisu?
Nick Maier