Simon Sinek and Sustaining Excellence

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?

Goodreads | Review of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business


Perhaps one of the most relevant books of the last decade. In an age of information overload, connected devices and unprecedented technological change, there gives rise to whole new series of potential habits. This book provides sound evidence to the personal, economic and social implications that these new habits bring.

This book also provides scientific evidence to what I call, “Personal Gravity“; Developing habits of mental excellence leads to new habits of physical excellence, which leads to habits of skills excellence, which leads to habits of excellence at the team and organizational level. That’s the core of the ENMEI Formula.

Source: Goodreads | Bryan Nann (Phoenix, AZ)’s review of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business



Our Internal Sleep Clocks Are Out of Sync – WSJ

Excellence of any kind requires energy and lots of it. Maintaining peak energy levels however can be a difficult proposition in today’s fast paced environment. There are several components that work in symbiosis and many people ignore, deny or simply write off this relationship as a luxury that they cannot afford in their fast paced schedule.

The irony of this can related in the analogy of “sharpen the saw”, made popular by the late Dr. Stephen Covey;

“A woodsman walks upon another woodsman that has been sawing for hours on the same tree, making little progress. The observer asks, ‘how long have you  been sawing?’. The man exhausted from sawing replies, ‘hours and I don’t seem to be getting anywhere’. The observer again asks, ‘why don’t you stop for a moment and sharpen your saw?’ The toiling woodsman replies, ‘too busy sawing to stop’.


Science and medical research of the last few decades, however, continue to provide significant evidence that this symbiosis is valid and that sustained physical vitality, longevity and energy are a balance of;

  • Balanced Diet
  • Regular Exercise
  • Proper Rest
  • Stress Management
  • Social Connection

Below is a recent Wall Street Journal article and how the internal clock and proper rest plays a role in well being.


Our Internal Sleep Clocks Are Out of Sync – WSJ.

11 Health Habits That Will Help You Live to 100 – MSN Health – Healthy Living

Another article on healthy living and longevity, this time from MSN Health. Is it pop psychology or just common sense that eating well, proper rest & exercise, minimizing stress and social connection lead to longer, healthier lives? Is it a bunch of Zen poetry that learning to integrate these into your daily life is a part of self-mastery? Could feeling better both physically and mentally result in a more productive professional life? What kind of crazy talk is this?

11 Health Habits That Will Help You Live to 100 – MSN Health – Healthy Living.