Paving the Path to World Class: 4 Habits of World-Class Performers

Surround Yourself With Thoroughbreds

You are who you surround yourself with. Spend your time with world-class performers and their productive habits, positive actions, and indomitable attitudes will rub off on you.

Fill your days with complainers (or energy suckers as I like to call them) and you’ll catch yourself whining. Hang with high-performers (or fire-breathing dragons as we’ve dubbed them here at Fitness Quest 10) and your performance will shoot through the roof. So, what’s it gonna be? Do you want to be a donkey or a thoroughbred?


Nail Your Morning Routine

World-class performers develop a world-class routine, and they never miss that daily ritual. I start every day early, with the TD trifecta of journaling, prayer, and sweat… lots of sweat. This simple pattern sets the tone for the next 24 hours and always gets my mind right (if you follow me on social media, you’ll know the importance of “get your mind right!”). Without it, I’m lost. With it, I’m world-class.

Take the steps to refine your routine — you can’t go wrong with a custom combination of meditation, reading, writing, or working out — and make it non-negotiable. As renowned author Robin Sharma would say, “It takes 52 days to build automaticity.” 52 mornings can — and will — change the rest of your life.


The Way You Do One Thing Is The Way You Do Everything

Tom Davin, the former CEO of Panda Restaurant Group, turned me onto this way of thinking a long time ago. Tom would walk prospective employees to their cars post-interview to get a quick look at the vehicle’s interior. Why? If the car was a mess, it was a red flag the candidate’s work would be similar. Needless to say, I was tossing week-old Gatorade bottles into a trash can seconds later.

Moral of the story: World-class performers do everything at an elite level. Nothing is too big or too small to be done well. There are no days off. No cutting corners. Everything you do defines you. How do you want to be defined?


Life Is A Sprint

When I ask if life is a marathon or a sprint, my guess is your gut reaction is to blurt out marathon. Slow and steady wins the race, right TD? Wrong. Life is a sprint. Initiatives that require extended intensity (a sprint), are best followed by time to reflect, evaluate, and strategize your next big move — a high performer’s version of rest.

When it’s time to execute, world-class performers move quickly (heck, I wrote my first book, the Impact! Body Plan, in 12 weeks). They sprint to — and through — the finish line to achieve their goals. Then, they rest and recover before it’s time to hit the starting block again. What makes rest so important? Believe it or not, some of your best ideas will come during R and R. Whether your head is in the clouds on top of a mountain or bummin’ beachside, your break can be the inspiration for your next sprint. Stop speed walking. Start sprinting.  


And then some…

My fire-breathing dragons, if you’ve made it to this point, I can feel the flames… and I know you’re craving more. As always, I’ve got you covered. Level up your life with my second book, The WOW book, complete with 52 ways — and action steps — to motivate your mind, inspire your soul, and create WOW. World-class performers always take action. Check it out here or hop over to Amazon to grab your copy.


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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5 responses to “Paving the Path to World Class: 4 Habits of World-Class Performers

  1. TD, as always you are spot on with what one needs to do to change their attitude, get refocused and energized to move forward again with cause and purpose. You know my story bro, so it has been a tough road, but surrounding myself with the thoroughbreds you have amassed in the Mastermind has made those energy suckers a much easier foe to move around and through. Thanks for everything you bring to our industry Todd. Love you brother.

  2. Hello Todd, thank you for these insights. At this moment in my life, the “surround yourself with thoroughbreds” resonates most. On March 31, I worked my last day as a personal trainer at a local, privately owned big-box-like gym. A position I held for the last six years. Management did not wish me well, or thank me for the care and dedication I had given to countless members over the years. I am not bitter – nor was I on my last day. I knew I was off to a great adventure, even though I was scared as heck to leave something “comfortable” for the unknown. A good friend and former colleague opened his own private strength and conditioning studio in 2016. He’d been asking me to come on board for more than a year. Finally, I made the leap of faith and my only question to myself after the first week working with and for him was, “What took me so long to leave a toxic work environment?!?”

    This change has been a blessing, no dought. The positive outlook my friend and I both share is now free flowing to our members, and the sky’s the limit on where we will take this venture. Changing my surroundings has absolutely brought me back to the level of professional I have worked so hard to become. The next time fear tries to hold me back from a “scary” move in my career or personal life, I will always remember that being surrounded by thoroughbreds — not donkeys– always leads to greater things. (Naturally, a little elbow grease and a daily WOW chapter help, too!)

    Jessica D’Abrosca

  3. Thanks Todd! I love your writing, always inspirational and the timing is always on my laptop when I happen to need the fuel the most. I read this article out-loud to my 12 year old son hoping to inspire him. When I finished reading he said I’ll buy that book mom-let’s do it. So thankful that you do what you do- it’s your gift, thank you for sharing it!

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