Relax

📷 @alessandraambrosio

📷 @alessandraambrosio

When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.
— Georgia O'Keeffe 🌸🌹🌺

How many of us are busy? How many of us rush without really knowing why?⠀

It reminds me of a useful allegory from Derek Sivers. We can RELAX, AND get the same RESULT.⠀

Enter DEREK:⠀

"A few years ago, I lived in Santa Monica, California, right on the beach.⠀

There’s a great bike path that goes along the ocean for 7½ miles.⠀
On weekday afternoons, it’s almost empty. It’s perfect for going full-speed.⠀

So a few times a week, I’d get on my bike and go as fast as I could. I mean really full-on, 100%, head-down, red-faced, sprinting.⠀

I’d finish exhausted, and look at the time. 43 minutes. Every time. Maybe a minute more on a really windy day. But basically always 43 minutes.⠀

After a few months, I noticed I was getting less enthusiastic about this bike ride. I think I had mentally linked it with being completely exhausted.⠀

So one day I decided I would do the same ride, but just chill. Take it easy, nice and slow. OK not super-slow, but dialing it back to about 50% of my usual effort.⠀

And ahhh.... What a fun ride. I was relaxed, and smiling, and looking around. Not red-faced. I was barely giving it any effort.⠀

I saw two dolphins in the water. A pelican flew right over me in Marina del Ray. When I looked up to say “wow!”, he shit in my mouth. I can still remember that taste of digested shellfish. I had to laugh at the novelty of it [...]"⠀

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📷 Derek Sivers

📷 Derek Sivers

Aim

Aim

"If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success." - James Cameron  

There are many versions of this message conveyed in different ways. ⠀

But, to me, the importance lies in the words left unsaid. ⠀

 

How To Be Different

How To Be Different

“The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see.” - Alexandra K. Trenfor

The Rorschach Test is a projective psychological test developed in 1921 to measure thought disorder. 

I just took one online.  It was a little bit weird because, even though I'm not psychotic, (OR MAYBE I AM! 🤡) I felt the slightest amount of pressure to agree with the multiple choice answers provided. 

And for that secondary option, besides the obviously violence biased ones like, "a crushed spine" or "a bloody part of my body" ... I wanted to know of what I say was the most common thing people saw or where it landed on that spectrum.

Meditate

Meditate

"Creativity is a combinatorial force: it’s our ability to tap into our mental pool of resources — knowledge, insight, information, inspiration, and all the fragments populating our minds — that we’ve accumulated over the years just by being present and alive and awake to the world, and to combine them in extraordinary new ways." - Maria Popova⠀

If we could access everything we've ever learned. ⠀

If we could project our imagination in real-time. ⠀

Anything would be possible, right?⠀

What if, for the last 5000 years of human history, such a practice existed?⠀

Any kind of mindfulness practice, meditation, flow state, deep focus, are all tried & true options. ⠀

Have your pick 😉

The Tunnel

The Tunnel

"It doesn’t matter how far you might rise — at some point, you are bound to stumble. Because if you’re constantly doing what we do — raising the bar — if you’re constantly pushing yourself higher, higher, the law of averages predicts that you will, at some point, fall. And when you do, I want you to know this, remember this: There is no such thing as failure — failure is just life trying to move us in another direction." - Oprah Winfrey 

This picture represents everything about a fixed mindset, more commonly referred to as "tunnel vision". It's enchanting and easy to follow. 

There's a clear path and a clear end.

What you may not have noticed, is that the tunnels are also getting smaller. We usually talk about closemindedness as stagnant, but we rarely realize that it's actually worse. 

It shrinks as it goes on.

Progress

📷 Ron Haselden

📷 Ron Haselden

You can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets
— Arnold Schwarzenegger

Step-by-step. Incremental progress. One foot following the other. ⠀

Scaling any mountain is the same process. ⠀

"Pole pole" meaning "Slow slow" as they would tell us climbing Kilimanjaro. ⠀

Watch Neil Gaiman's commencement speech: "Make Good Art" below, and you'll see what I'm talking about.⠀

Slow and steady fellas, 🕶 that's how the turtle won the race! 🐢

Motivation

Motivation

Ahh dreams 😴. Where anything can happen.

In yesterday's blog we explored how dreams are achievable. How it's simply a matter of context and understanding what it takes rather than pursuing the "impossible" blindly.

Today is not about that.

Today is about letting ourselves dream up those big wonderful things because allowing ourselves that freedom actually grants us an invisible super power.

MOTIVATION 👊