It took me a long time to learn that being a HIGH-PERFORMANCE PERSON demands the “monk life.”
Any great endeavour, personal growth, or massive success is rooted in sacrifice.
A balanced life is an average life. Achieving high performance means you can only obsess over 1-2 priorities (maybe 3) in your life — the ones that bring you the most meaning and joy — and everything else usually has to be renounced.
When looking for the City of Gold in the rainforest, you must be willing to take a machete in your hands and hack away at the vines in your way. To find Treasure Island, you must leave the shore and set sail. You can’t have both. You have to pick and choose.
High-performance living is not for everyone, because for most people, the sacrifices aren’t worth it. And that’s okay too – no judgment.
I lived the “casual” way for a long time myself and kept wondering why I wasn’t getting the results I wanted. I had made lists of all the things I WOULD do. But I was afraid to decide what I WON’T do.
What we DELETE from our routines is as important as what we ADD.
The Monk Life is the ticket to success and greatness because once you choose it, you’re no longer held back by things that do not serve you.
Accepting the Monk Life starts to change your self-image. The mere act of sacrifice automatically lifts you up from the “pretenders” and places you among the “contenders.” The proof of your own conviction begins to erode your self-doubt.
Living the Monk Life means you’ve accepted the arena as your home. You belong to it, and are a gladiator by default. Winning is no longer a wish or a dream; it’s your job.