Kale Flagg explains that being a superhero doesn’t necessarily mean donning tights or carrying a magic hammer, it simply means living beyond the ordinary, and having the drive to continue in the face of adversity.
Why do Achievers, or as Kale Flagg calls them, the elite of our society, spend hours critiquing, measuring and evaluating themselves? Why do winners invariably replay conversations, re-analyze past decisions and personal habits, and constantly try to improve? Do they ever get to the place where they are as polished and as perfect as they want to be?
According to Kale Flagg, the blinding drive to reach objectives, accomplish goals, cross finish lines and otherwise “get things done” is the dominating personal characteristic for Achievers. They know that the world inevitably opens its doors most charitably to those who keep knocking and refuse to stop, explains Kale Flagg. It is a truth that is proven repeatedly over time. Another truth? If a person stops growing, they’ll stop living and will literally die, says Kale Flagg. Achievers must consistently improve, expand and grow. If they stop improving they don’t only stagnate. In fact, says Kale Flagg, they actually regress.
It may appear frustrating that we’ll never get to say ‘‘I’m there!” or ”I’ve learned it and I’m DONE!” The truth, cites Kale Flagg, is that we should never want to “arrive!” A human being is designed to be a work in progress. The fact that we will always have room for growth is what provides us with hope and vision! According to Kale Flagg, we must constantly grow personally and professionally–because while growth is the reward we experience and relish, it is also the fuel, the momentum of our future.
Think about the first time you learned how to drive, solve a math problem, communicate in a foreign language, or collect money on a sale. Think back, says Kale Flagg, and remember the adrenalin rush, the juice, and the sense of accomplishment that accompanied that growth. Think about the feeling you’d get from an even bigger accomplishment! How about the first time you implemented a system that effectively and consistently motivated employees to shine in your business? And not simply where the employees just go through the motions, Kale Flagg says, but rather where they worked to the point where they not only became self-sufficient but thrived? What kind of emotional (and financial) state accompanied that accomplishment? Kale Flagg wonders why anyone ever wants to give up or stop pursuing that feeling.
Just about everyone on our planet has a vision of the superhero they’d like to become. Why do so few people actually achieve the status? Kale Flagg believes it’s because of negative self-talk. As long as we tell ourselves that it’s impossible, we no longer have to try. Average people brainwash themselves into believing that it’s impossible to become that dreamed-of superhero. They handicap themselves with what Kale Flagg describes as speed limits: “I’m good enough!”, “I’m in the top bracket already!” or “Why change it? It’s worked before and it’ll work again!”. These beliefs create patterns of behavior where results might be achieved–but never breakthroughs.
Kale Flagg emphasizes that we must repeatedly and constantly measure ourselves against our own potential–on how close to that superhero we’ve become. We should not measure ourselves against our neighbors or our past. If we condition our lives so that we live in realities that force us to grow–if we pursue perfection–we will live the life and become the superhero. The constant growth will be a source of pride and enjoyment as well as the fuel we use to fulfill our destinies, concludes Kale Flagg.