159: Tommy Newberry Part 2


Welcome to Executive Minds! This week, David Farmer continues his conversation with his mentor, Tommy Newberry, about the practices and principles of high-achievers. Tommy Newberry is a Wall Street Journal and New York Times best-selling author. He is the author of seven books, including the #3 New York Times bestseller, The 4:8 Principle, and the motivational classic, Success is Not an Accident both of which have been translated into multiple languages. He is the founder of The 1% Club and head coach of Tommy Newberry Coaching.

Links + Resources

Tommy Newberry

The 4:8 Principle

Success Is Not an Accident

Three Takeaways:


EMSR stands for Early Morning Success Ritual. Great days begin with great starts. Early Morning Success Rituals are the set of habits that help take command of your mindstate from the second you open your eyes. These intentional practices serve as a foundation for the rest of your day. Find something spiritual (devotion, prayer, meditation, etc.). Find something mental (review mission statement, goals, to-do list, etc.) Find something physical (full workout, exercise, breathing, a glass of pure water, etc.). Fortifying yourself in these 3 areas (physical, mental, spiritual) will help get your day off to a positive start. Ranging from 10 minutes to 2 hours, these EMSRs have a ripple effect throughout your day. The Early Morning Success Ritual is how you win the morning.

Daily Scripting

Daily scripting is a modified goal setting exercise that can be done first thing in the morning. Write 10-12 sentences each morning that answer the question, Who do you want to be this day? How do you want to live today? The act of writing these very direct process-driven sentences provide much-needed clarity. As human beings, we have up to 60,000 thoughts every single day and run the risk of being all over the place. Our brains are actually begging for details, clarity, and instructions. This tool of daily scripting helps channel those thoughts into a single direction by giving the brain instructions. Collectively, scripting says that if you were to live like this for today, then you would have an awesome day. Incorporating this practice into your daily routine will make an impact immediately.

Dealing with Adversity

Sooner or later, everybody experiences adversity. You’re either in a storm, coming out of a storm or about to enter one. With that said, you can train for the storm. It’s not what happens to us that defines us, but rather how we respond. When faced with hardships and misfortune, you can start with prayer and defining the problem. This clarity can help pinpoint what’s the true source of the conflict and trauma. Next, create an inventory of resources and assets. Identify people who you can go to for help. Finally, make a list of action steps. This plan of action displaces some of the inevitable negativity - worry and anxiety - that creeps into our mindset and spirit in the midst of adversity. Adversity may be inevitable, but it’s a season. It’s temporary. And if you view it as an opportunity to learn and grow, then it can propel you to recovery and success.