#1737 Overcome Your Demons

By Connecting to Your Daimon

In our last +1, we spent some time with Matt Higgins who encouraged us to Burn the Boats and, as per the sub-title of his book: “Toss Plan B Overboard and Unleash Your Full Potential.”

Today we’re going to spend some more time lighting a fire to mediocrity.

We’re going to talk about how to overcome your demons.

Let’s get straight to work.

Matt tells us: “The written word is even more powerful. In one study, students from marginalized groups who write about the values that are most important to them—like confidence, creativity, empathy, and independence—received higher grades than a control group. In another study, dieters who wrote about what they valued the most in life—relationships, religion, and health—lost more weight than those who didn’t. Strengthening your identity—reaffirming what you stand for and what you believe in—makes it easier to hold your ground when confronted by challenges from outside—and even from within.”

He continues by saying: “We all have to train the voice in our head to be our biggest ally, because the most impactful conversations you’ll ever have in life will be with yourself. Too often, we let our self-talk tear us down before the world even gets a shot in. Who gives you a harder time, your boss, or you yourself, anticipating what your boss is going to say to you overcome perceived shortcoming? We short-circuit our efforts and become even worse than the haters we fear. You can’t do that and expect to succeed. Instead, you need to treat yourself with the same kindness you’d extend to a friend. When we come to understand that the only approval that matters in life is our own, we realize we have the power to inoculate ourselves from all external scorn and ridicule.”

That’s from Chapter #2: “Overcome Your Demons and Enemies.”

Two things I want to highlight here.

In the first paragraph, Matt talks about the power of identities AND values.

As he reminds us, science says: When you connect to the values that matter most to you, you will outperform those who don’t.

Guess what?

We architected the Big 3 protocol in the Heroic app with THAT in mind.

We need to know who we are at our best—our Identities.


We need to know what VIRTUES (aka “values”) that version of us embodies.


Most importantly, we need to know what that Heroic best version of us does to be in integrity with that Identity and with those Virtues.



When we live in integrity with that best version of ourselves we win the ultimate game as we activate our Soul Force and show up more energized, productive, and connected than ever.

Here’s what’s really interesting.

As we’ve discussed countless times, when we live in integrity with our best selves, we connect to our inner daimons—that guiding spirit within each of us.

Remember: The word demon is just the diminutive of daimon.


Today’s +1…

If you want to “Overcome Your Demons,” you need to make sure you’re staying connected to your DAIMON.


All day. Every day.



P.S. As I read the line about having great conversations with yourself, I thought of this +1 Don’t Listen to Yourself, TALK to Yourself inspired by Darrin Donnelly’s The Mental Game.

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