For people interested in self-development, reaching peak performance is often the end goal.
We strive to reach a state at which we lose all track of time and perform at our absolute best. Sometimes, we succeed. Usually, we don’t.
However, there are people who seem to always perform when it matters.
For example, athletes like LeBron James and Cristiano Ronaldo have set the standards in their respective fields for more than a decade. And, in clutch situations, both of them are famous for performing at their absolute best. Each and every time. To them, legendary performances seem to come almost at will.
There are similar examples in the business world. Elon Musk is famous for his perseverance in high-stress situations. His associates have often spoken of his seemingly miraculous ability to make split-second decisions when stakes are at their highest.
Are these people genetically lucky or is there more to the story?
According to “The Habit of Ferocity“, one of the most popular Mindvalley courses, peak performance is not something mythical and unattainable. It is nothing more than the net result of carefully cultivated mental and physical habits.
And, teaching these habits is precisely what “The Habit of Ferocity” is about.
Despite being somewhat skeptical, I decided to take the plunge and enroll in this massively popular class.
After all, the subject of peak performance is relevant to all of us.
Stay with me as I will give you a detailed review of my experiences with “The Habit of Ferocity”.
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What is The Habit of Ferocity?
“The Habit of Ferocity” is a massively popular online self-development course by Steven Kotler. It is designed to help attendees reach and sustain their mental and physical peak performance.
Kotler himself has defined the habit of ferocity as “an ability to automatically and instinctively rise to any challenge”.
So, how does one cultivate this ability? Well, surprisingly, by “hacking” the human brain.
Yes, in this class, Kotler uses the latest developments in neurobiology to teach you how to wire your brain for maximum success.
It is a process that will require considerable willpower, self-reflection, and adaptability.
But, if you follow the course down to a T and put in the effort, your life will start to transform before your very eyes.
Who is Steven Kotler?
Steven Kotler is an award-winning journalist, a Pulitzer prize-nominated author, and one of the world’s leading experts on peak performance.
His book, “The Rise of Superman” was an in-depth foray into the almost mythical-sounding flow state. A state of mind at which humans perform at the very best of their capabilities.
Another one of his best-sellers, “Abundance”, takes an in-depth look into the future of humanity.
In “Abundance”, Kotler explores the four emerging forces that will have the potential of significantly improving our global living-standard over the next 20 to 30 years.
As you see, Kotler has devoted his life to researching and teaching high performance both on a societal and individual level.
Before we move any further, I would like to share a clip from an interview held with the man himself. In this 5-minute clip, Kotler talks about tricks he personally uses to reach the flow state:
In the clip, you also see that Kotler has a strong distaste for complex terminology. This, by the way, is one of the keys to why “The Habit of Ferocity” is so successful. Kotler bases all his teachings on human neurobiology. Yet, he keeps all his lessons super clear, practical, engaging, and easy-to-follow.
Now that Steven Kotler is a familiar name to you, let’s dive right into “The Habit of Ferocity”.
Who is The Habit of Ferocity for?
Nearly anyone can tremendously improve their lives by enrolling in “The Habit of Ferocity”. I suspect that this is also one of the main reasons for the massive success of this class.
So, what makes the teachings of Steven Kotler so inspiring to such a wide array of people?
Well, the focus here is not only on helping you excel at your current responsibilities. One of the key concepts of “The Habit of Ferocity” is finding your MTPs (Massively Transformative Purpose). Steven Kotler will help you identify your MTPs by several quizzes and guided self-reflection.
Why is it important to find these MTPs?
Let’s just put it this way, if you are feeling zapped of motivation and inspiration, identifying your MTPs will make all the difference. So, whether you are currently a nine-to-fiver, a university student, or an entrepreneur, this class from Steven Kotler is likely to have a measurable impact on your life.
But, identifying your MTPs is only one of the steps during your journey. Let’s take a look at some of the other topics this class covers.
What Topics Does The Habit of Ferocity Cover?
In very broad terms, “The Habit of Ferocity” is about building a sustainable system for peak human performance. And, in the class, you will see that one of the keys for constant high performance is building grit. I will use this concept to give you a small teaser of some topics covered in “The Master of Ferocity”.
Here is the list of 6 types of grit you will be developing in this class:
- Controlling your thoughts
- Being at your best when you’re at your worst
- Constantly training your weaknesses
- Mastering fearing
- Mastering your recovery and rest
At first, looking at this list might seem intimidating. Does Kotler expect us to become superhuman in 35 days?
Not at all. The instructor has done a splendid job of breaking grit training into small bits.
So, you will not be training all types of grit at once. Instead, you will be taking one simple step at a time.
Little by little, all the steps you take will start to add up. And, you will see for yourself why developing grit is so important for long-term success.
And, just a reminder to the skeptics out there, Kotler develops your grit by using science. Neuroscience to be specific. So, even if terms like “perseverance”, “life purpose”, and “thought control” make you think of hippies, do not be discouraged.
Teachings of Steven Kotler have been acclaimed by the likes of Elon Musk and Bill Clinton. And, something tells me that people like Musk and Cliton have little interest in new-age practices.
How Much Does The Habit of Ferocity Cost?
Lifetime access to “The Habit of Ferocity” costs
$500 $299 (with current discounted pricing). There is an additional option of purchasing the course by paying in two separate installments of $159 each.
Luckily, “The Habit of Ferocity” also comes with a generous no-questions-asked 15-day refund policy. This offers a solid insurance policy for people still on the fence about purchasing the class.
If you are already familiar with the Mindvalley experience, or you know that there are other Mindvalley courses that you would be interested in, I would suggest purchasing Mindvalley All Access. For $499 for a year (or $99 per month), you could have a full year’s access to all the quests offered by Mindvalley, including The Habit of Ferocity. Of course, All Access also grants you availability to all future content.
If you are not ready to purchase access to the course (even with the generous refund policy mentioned above), Mindvalley is also offering a free masterclass from Steven Kotler. It’ll give you a taste of what you can expect in the full length Habit of Ferocity online class.
All in all, whether “The Habit of Ferocity” is a worthy investment is entirely up to you.
However, if you are interested in my personal experiences with this class, keep reading.
Final Verdict: Is The Habit of Ferocity worth it?
I have taken a fair share of productivity courses in my life. And, I can confidently say that “The Habit of Ferocity” is one of the best ones out there.
However, this statement comes with a catch.
To reap all the benefits of “The Habit of Ferocity”, your full participation is required. And, this includes doing every task that Kotler throws at you.
So, If you are looking for quick productivity tips that you MIGHT use in the future, there are quicker and cheaper courses out there. If you are looking for a step-by-step guide to sustained high performance, look no further.
I took “The Habit of Ferocity” about two weeks ago. Am I now an indestructible force of nature? Sorry to disappoint you, but no. Not yet, at least. But, have I already seen considerable improvements in my communication abilities, energy levels, and time management skills? Yes!
And, what’s even more important, I also have a clearly mapped out system to keep pushing myself even further.
At times, this journey was uncomfortable, even grueling. But, as the course continued and my confidence grew, completing the lessons and tasks started to feel super rewarding.
I felt almost as if I was (and still am) in constant competition with myself. A feeling that no other self-development class has given me.
To summarize, “The Habit of Ferocity” is a great course for people who are serious about pushing the limits of their capabilities. As long as you put in the effort, the system works. I, for one, cant wait to see how this course will affect my life in the long run.