#1257 “That Works!”

Let’s Do It Again (And Again) (And Again)

In our last +1, we talked about Trevor Moawad’s distinctions on Conscious Competence from his great book It Takes What It Takes.

As we discussed, Trevor tells us that, ultimately, it’s REALLY important that we know what we do when we’re on so we can do it AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN—achieving that same level of peak performance consistently.

The best in the world have figured that out. They know, as we’d say, that greatness is all about consistency on the fundamentals.


When I read that wisdom, I thought of our whole “Needs work!” distinction. You know, the Lanny Bassham-inspired idea that, after a mis-take, we simply say “Needs work!” to ourselves then replay the scene the way we want it to go.

That’s a REALLY (!) powerful tonic to the typical shaming and ruminating on the negative stuff that we can all too easily fall prey to.


As I read the book, I realized that we need to spend a lot more time talking about WHAT’S WORKING.

Enter: A new phrase to go alongside “Needs work!”

Here it is: “THAT WORKS!!!!”

When you have an EPIC day (and I have goosebumps as I type this), take a moment or three and reflect on WHY you had such an epic day.

“Wow. When I don’t allow ANY digital news into my life, my mind is RIDICULOUSLY fresh such that I can hammer my Deep Work with even MORE intense Focus. AND, now I’m able to recapture that lost time and apply it to more deep living AND I’m WAY more fun to be around because I’m crushing it creatively and not poisoning my mind with negativity.”



“Note to self: DO THAT MORE.”

That’s basically my internal dialogue. (Seriously.)

And… That’s Today’s +1.

What’s working for you?



(Yes, I’m all caps screaming right now.)


Remember: We want to become Consciously Competent.

Let’s get there one “THAT WORKS!!!” at a time.

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