Why Success Is 1,000 Yards Away

Are you ready to perform? Regardless of what business you’re in, you’d better have a process for getting ready. Successful presenters, for example, don’t just hop on stage and wing it. They are prepared.

Successful people get themselves ready for success and they come alive when it’s time to deliver.

The greatest athletes are masters of this. When the clock starts they are ready to perform. But this isn’t just a habit for them. They take the necessary time to get ready both mentally and physically.

You saw the greatest Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps, follow the same routine before each race. He listened to certain music that would get him ready. He was always prepared and focused.

Oprah aired a special show of her attending one of Tony Robbins events. The camera’s caught Tony doing a very specific warm-up routine to get himself ready to perform at a high level for his event. Think about that for a second. Tony has done thousands of events. He knows his content inside and out. Yet, he still takes time to get into the right mental state before taking the stage.

My favorite example of this is from the King himself, Elvis Presley. Elvis demanded his dressing room always be exactly 1,000 yards away from the concert stage. He used the time it took him to walk 1,000 yards to the stage to get ready. He would increase his focus, build his confidence, and have himself in the right frame of mind before he took the stage to perform.

Elvis was one of the greatest and most charismatic performers of all time. So much so that he’s still one of the top earning celebrities, despite being dead for 35 years.

It doesn’t matter what you’re doing in your business, taking time to be mentally focused and have the right energy is important. Don’t just sit down and start blogging. Get ready first. Don’t just stand up and speak at an event, take time to get ready first.

Before making a sales call or attending a networking event, do you stop and take time to get focused? If not, then start making this a habit.

Before I start work each day, I take 5 minutes to get my head straight. Before I check my inbox or look at what’s happening on Facebook, I get myself focused. My routine usually involves reading a book, listening to a certain playlist on my iPod, and thinking about what my goals mean to me.

I follow a similar routine before I speak at an event. About 5 minutes before I take the stage, I’ll go listen to music on my phone and get my mind right. I then say a quick prayer and head for the stage.

Too many times you just sit down at your desk and start working. You don’t just a few moments to get yourself in the right frame of mind. Change this immediately and start setting yourself up for success.

Your actions are greatly determined by the mental state that you’re in.

If you’re not feeling in the zone imagine how that will be reflected in your performance. If you’re not performing at a high level each and every time you step up to the plate then how can you expect to be successful? You can’t.

Find a simple routine that works for you. One that gets you focused and ready. You only get one shot to make a first impression, so make sure you’re performing at a high level by taking the time to get ready.

Photo by metal543

  • http://www.facebook.com/keithnerdin Keith Nerdin

    John – Great article! No more prepless jumping on the computer in the morning for me. Quick question. When you reference the photo at the end of your article, do you do so simply as a professional courtesy or is it mandated by licensing rights?

  • http://www.facebook.com/keithnerdin Keith Nerdin

    p.s. – A guy in a brown truck wearing brown clothes dropped off a brown box at my house yesterday. Inside…a bright red book. Loving it!!

  • Carol

    Right on target again!

    And, Keith has a great question… :)

  • http://www.JohnMichaelMorgan.com John Morgan

    Great question Keith. It’s a bit of both. I feel like it’s right to give credit where credit is do. These photographers are artists. That being said, I’m fairly certain you can’t post a photo without giving proper credit, unless you took it. So, I also do it to be safe. Flickr has a great creative commons area where you can get photos but even then I think you’re supposed to give proper credit.

  • http://www.JohnMichaelMorgan.com John Morgan

    Awesome! Please let me know what you think when you’re finished reading it. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

  • http://www.JohnMichaelMorgan.com John Morgan

    Thanks Carol!

    I answered Keith’s question below :)

  • http://twitter.com/InternetTimeM InternetTimeMachine

    John..that photo is way more than a 1,000 yards..are you secretly telling us success is 40 miles away, really….:-)

  • http://blog.sunwaptasolutions.com/ Doug Wagner

    Mental state is so important. We often consider it for the big things. I really like the idea of doing the same for your day, your blogging and everything else. I’ll have to do that a lot more.

  • Joe Peck

    Thanks John! I never knew that about Elvis! How interesting!

  • http://www.JohnMichaelMorgan.com John Morgan

    It’s something we have to make into a habit for sure.

  • http://www.JohnMichaelMorgan.com John Morgan


  • http://www.facebook.com/keithnerdin Keith Nerdin

    Gotcha. I totally agree with giving credit where credit’s due. I just wasn’t sure if paying for an image on Shutterstock was “credit” enough. I’ll do it because I “want” to first–safety second. Thanks!

  • http://www.stephenmelancon.com/ Stephen Melancon

    Awesome John! I have always prepared for events or presentations with some mental rehearsal to get in the zone. Really for any activity that requires me to be “on my game”. I have completely overlooked setting myself up for success with daily tasks by getting my mind in the right state. Looking back, I can see times even this past week when it would have helped.

    Great insight, and I will apply it moving forward. Thanks!

  • ChadMillerBlog

    Great post! Though I have a definite routine, I don’t always build in prep time to set myself up for success. First time reader, and this article will bring me back.