Iron Sharpens Iron

Iron sharpens iron.

Chew on that that profound phrase for a minute.

Despite its simplicity, it packs a knockout punch of significance. And as you dive deeper reflecting on those 3 little words, it becomes clear how that statement can apply to each and every one of us.

Here are a few of the many forms “iron” can take in your life and your business… more importantly, here’s how YOU can hone your edge and sharpen up!

  • Your tribe. You are who you surround yourself with. To better yourself, you must be surrounded by high-achievers who you aspire to be like. Hang with fire-breathing dragons and follow thought-leaders in the industry to stay sharp. If the 5 people you spend most of your time with are not playing at your level, it’s time to find replacements.
  • Your environment. Big ideas come from environments conducive to big thinking. Audit your environment and make sure it meets your needs and inspires your imagination. Heck, I just posted a giant whiteboard in my office to inspire big-time brainstorming and as you know, I love to hit the mountains for some major “blue sky” time. Invest in your environment and carve our time to visit special ones.   
  • Your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words, your words become your flesh, your flesh become your actions, your actions become your character, and your character becomes your legacy. If you fill your brain with positive thoughts — this can be through podcasts, music, lectures, books, self-talk, live events, etc. — positivity is what you will speak, spread, AND symbolize.
  • Your fuel. I’m talking food, fitness, and feedback. These are just three of the many things that fuel us and all three can sharpen your edge or leave you duller than a worn-out razor. Fill up on high-quality foods, give extra effort in your workouts, and constantly crave feedback. All of these things will strengthen AND sharpen you.

So, how “sharp” do YOU want to be??

Pick your people carefully, play in a world-class environment, take note of your thoughts, and fill up on rocket fuel.

Stay sharp, my friends. After all, iron sharpens iron.




About the Author

Todd Durkin, MA, CSCS, is an internationally-recognized performance trainer, bodyworker, speaker, author, and owner of award-winning gym Fitness Quest 10 in San Diego, CA (one of the Top 10 Gyms in the U.S.). His outstanding team of 38 professionals delivers extraordinary service in personal training, sports performance training, massage/bodywork, Pilates, yoga, physical therapy and chiropractic. Todd is the Lead Training Advisor for Under Armour, regular contributor to Men’s Health, and author of The IMPACT! Body Plan.

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