Author and marketer, Simon Sinek, has risen to popularity from his 2009 TED Talk called, “Start With Why – How great leaders inspire action”. Listed as one of the third most viewed TED Talks of all time, it only validates what I’ve called 5 Rings of Sustaining Excellence and how it can apply to all things. To illustrate how the two strategies parallel and can be applied universally, consider this;
Most people want to live healthier, have more energy and feel good about their day, this begins with the Circle of Mental Excellence and “Starting with Why”.
Circle of Mental Excellence = Why
Why is it important to exercise regularly?
- To control weight
- To have more energy
- To relieve stress
Circle of Physical Excellence = How
How to create the habit of regular exercise?
- Wake up an hour earlier each day
- Hike every Tuesday & Thursday
- Drink more water
Circle of Skills Excellence = What
What new skills can or should be developed to perpetuate this?
- Learn Cross Fit
- Train for a Spartan Race
- Study Yoga
Now consider how often people within your various groups (friends, family, coworkers, etc) have inspired you or others to action by “I’ve lost 40 lbs. and I feel better than ever!” This can spark “group think” or the Circle of Team Excellence and has led to developments like the popular Spartan Races. Often it will also grow within an organization, become institutionalized and evolves into corporate wellness programs. At the outermost ring, this can be called the Circle of Organizational Excellence.
It all begins with one person, looking in the mirror and asking…Why?