Tim Ferriss, lifehacker extraordinaire, has made a living interviewing the best in the world and divining the methods and practices that aided in their success. He recently chronicled each of these conversations in the massive tome, Tools of Titans.
Luckily, you don’t have to spend your holiday reading all 736 pages, you can start right now with the most common pattern he saw across top performers. In Tim’s words, “of all the routines and habits, the most consistent among guests was some form of daily meditation or mindfulness practice. More than 80% of the world-class performers I interviewed shared this trait. “
If you haven’t tried meditation, it’s simple, but not easy. The good news is you can get started immediately with a qualified teacher using apps like Headspace or 10% Happier. These are great to get your toe in the water.
However, meditation is more than a Swedish massage for your brain. It can also be a vehicle for profound insights into the nature of who you are. For that purpose, I can not recommend the work of Sam Harris highly enough.