In This Episode You’ll Learn:
- The importance of being adaptable
- How to overcome failures
- How to cultivate resilience
CJ wears many hats: former MLB athlete, musician and dreamer. However, his favorite is motivational speaker. Using his creative thinking and engaging personality, CJ has seamlessly transitioned from athlete to influencer with a focus on mental toughness.
Critical thinking is key. CJ shares that mental toughness stems from being able to think outside the box. He says in order to reach a state of anti-fragility, you must make the following part of your daily practice:
- Approach every day like a professional in your field would. Complete the most important task first and always be consistent.
- Create a routine. Incorporate exercise or meditation, as well as some way to express your inner creativity.
- Prepare yourself for the unexpected. Rehearse how you would respond to potential challenges.
- Visualize what you want in your life and how you would like certain situations to play out.
“Embrace failures [and] understand that adversity has to happen in order for you to be a success.”
Failure is necessary as you work toward any goal. However, it does not have to be just your own failures that you learn from. As CJ says, you don’t have to burn your own hand in order to understand that fire burns. You can learn from what didn’t work for others, too.
Plan For The Unexpected
Be fluid and adaptable. Plan accordingly and adjust when necessary. CJ explains that by practicing resilience, you are able to bounce back quicker and you become one step closer to being mentally sound.
“You need to invest in your personal development.”
Read, listen and learn. Inform yourself on local and world events and you will be better prepared for changing circumstances.
Adding Value Through Art
Saturate yourself in positivity. Surround yourself with uplifting and thought-provoking art, literature or music. Remain active. As soon as something is no longer adding value to your life, CJ says you should remove it.
“If you want to change, you must start with a change in yourself.”
Also Mentioned In This Episode:
- Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
- Thinking For A Change by John Maxwell