For the past two days, I’ve been sicker than a dog. Hot, cold, sweating and achey. It’s not easy for me to hit pause and rest, but my gut says it’s the right thing to do. This will be the third day in a row that I have not worked out, not something I am proud of. But, I am trusting my gut.

In Tim Grover’s book, Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable, he talks a lot about trusting your gut and how it relates to performance on the field of play. Looking back on my fighting career, watching highlight films, I realized I was at my best when I trusted my gut, when I knew who I was as a fighter, and I just fought. There was very little thinking involved. Late in my career, I started thinking too much. That thinking lead to three straight defeats.

But trusting your gut isn’t something you can just buy from the store or order on Amazon. You have to earn it. And you earn it by putting in the work.

I spend every morning reading about the greatest leaders in history, and it strikes me how nearly every one of them is content with saying (paraphrased), “I’m open to hearing all suggestions and ideas in finding the best practice, but at the end of the day, this is my ship, and we will do what I ultimately think is best.” Man, that takes some cojones!

What they’re doing, however, is trusting their gut, a gut that was forged by a lifetime of hard work and experience.

Earn the right to trust your guy. Put in the work.

In today’s AM Excellence, we dive into trusting your gut and how your surroundings are taking you closer, or farther away from, your goals on a daily basis. Listen to AMX174 here.


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