#796 Antifragile Confidence

← = Agency Squared

In our last +1, we (that would be me, the Secret Agent DoubleO-You and our daimons) spent some time hanging out chatting about the power of agency.

Today we’re going to talk about it a little more.

First, a little more context for the discussion we’ll have Today about why agency is such an important thing to understand and cultivate.

As you know, we’re a few months into our first Heroic Coach program. The core of our program is basically a “Mastery Series” in which we help our Coaches master the content themselves. (How else can you Coach someone else unless YOU have attained a high level of Mastery, eh?)

(btw: Note: When we roll out Coach Class-II in January 2020 we’re currently planning to split up the program into two parts: a “Mastery Series” for people who “just” want to move from Theory to Practice to Mastery while making 2020 the greatest year of their lives plus an additional set of Modules for those who want to go on to become Heroic Coaches. More on all that soon. Fired up. 🔥)


As part of our program, we’ve been checking in on what our Coaches are loving and what they want to make SURE we cover in the program. (I actually just got goosebumps typing that as it’s been so incredibly inspiring to read hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of responses to our little feedback surveys.)

All of which leads us one step closer to the point of Today’s +1. 🤓

It’s been super inspiring to see what people loved the most. It’s AWESOME to see how different people get different things out of the same program. (Emptiness!) For some it’s been our “Flip the Switch” tool from the first session (kinda like this). For others it’s been our Carpe Diem journal worksheets (more on those soon). For others it’s been clarifying and crushing their PM bookends (digital sunset!) and/or their AM Bookends (pre-inputs Deep Work!).

But, one of the most common themes that people said they wanted to MAKE SURE we cover is stress.

Which brings us back to The Power of Agency. (The book and the concept.)

One of the most powerful distinctions the authors of that book make is the fact that people with SUPER-high levels of agency perceive “stress” in a TOTALLY different way than those with lower levels of agency.

They call it their “eureka” moment.

They realized that the trick wasn’t to help people reduce stress per se. The real goal needed to be helping people build up SO MUCH agency that the “stress” that used to (ahem) stress them out could be seen as FUEL for their journey.

We’ve talked about this before in different contexts (see, for example: Threat vs. Challenge) but I just LOVE the idea of, again, BUILDING SUCH A STRONG SENSE OF AGENCY that we are able to approach any and all of life’s inevitable (!!!) challenges with an Antifragile Confidence that alchemizes those challenges into FUEL for our Optimizing growth.

Antifragile Confidence.

← That’s the name for the Module in which we’ll help our Coaches Master this approach.

And, that’s the point of Today’s +1.

Let’s build so much agency that we rub our hands together and smile as life gives us fuel for our fires.

Tomorrow we’ll talk about some ways we can do that.


You ALREADY know at least one thing you can do TODAY.

What is it?

5… 4… 3… 2… 1… – GO!