If there is one thing that the last 13 years of entrepreneurship (and life) have taught me is, we only get good if we’re consistent.
With everyone searching for the hack or shortcut, we should be focused on putting the time in. Sure, getting a tip will make us more efficient and better, but 10,000 hours to mastery is 10,000 hours to mastery.
When we first start out doing something, we’re usually pretty terrible.
I love schedules. I think they are fantastic inventions!
I didn’t always like them though.
I used to think they prevented me from being in the flow and allowing the spark of spontaneity.
But as my life becomes more full and my time more precious, I realize how important my schedule is for allowing me to stay present with what’s in front of me.
When I block off chunks of time for specific tasks or to-do’s, it gives me a creative container to focus on that ONE thing, rather than many things.
These creative windows of time allow me to really GSD (get shit done).
My days don’t ‘just happen,’ I design them with intention.
For example: I generally wake up at 4AM these days. My first two hours of waking time I usually devote to my creative writing (like right now as I write this). This is a non-email time for me. I sit, I stretch and breathe, I sip my coffee and I write, based on what comes up or what I need to complete for the week and day ahead.
Then my next creative container is sunrise golf. Usually from 6:30-9ish these days.
Then I get a big 3-hour window of time to enjoy breakfast, coffee and hangout time with Celeste and our son Sauryn.
Then I block off from noon – 5pm for my specific business projects. Each day of the week has a theme for the kinds of projects I focus on within that 5-hour block of time, so that I’m not scattered all over the place everyday. This is key for me.
Within the creative containers I’m scheduling, I allow myself to be in flow with the creative process.
Sometimes I’m not inspired to sit at my desk, so I’ll go for a hike or chip golf balls in the yard while thinking about something.
Other times I’m not inspired to sit on Skype for hours on end, so I do my conference meetings on my cell phone so I can be outside, or sometimes I’m even cleaning the house while on meetings.
The freedom is in the schedule for me.
When I am with Sauryn, I am WITH him.
When I am working on a specific task, I am in it fully.
Whereas, when I let my schedule stay loose, I find myself just floating around, never really accomplishing anything satisfying. Usually at the end of the day, I’ll feel like I didn’t do enough and go to bed kind of disappointed.
I also take real weekends now, which for an at home entrepreneur can be hard because my business mind is always fifty steps ahead of the game.
But I find having that space on weekends to simply be, flow with family and have fun really helps me be more focused and efficient in my week days.
We also do wifi-free Sundays, where we unplug the internet. Those are our favourites!
Schedules give me focus, freedom and a space to be present. I love them!
AND sometimes, my scheduled plan falls apart and something better comes up. I’m always 100% open and flexible to that happening too…
How do schedules support or hinder your creative process? Share below.
I dropped out of school at 20 to start my first business.
That was 12 years ago.
My 20’s were brutally hard as I tried to figure out how to make it in this world, how to “become a man,” how to offer my gifts, how to run a business properly, how to make my dreams real, how to heal my issues…
All these pursuits added a great deal of weight and stress to my plate.
I made incredibly ungrounded, unintelligent choices with my business, trying to make “big things happen” because I didn’t have the wisdom or patience to allow things to unfold at their own organic pacing.
I sought to prove myself to my family and the world. To make a name for myself.
I had many humbling lessons…
so many epic failures…
and a whole lot of hardship.
Fortunately, I am a stubborn Taurus with a lot of passion and an unwilligness to give up.
But I KNOW my journey could have been easier, more graceful, prosperous and fun.
I was cocky. I wanted to “figure it out on my own.”
I now realize, it would’ve been more beneficial to find mentors, seek out help and guidance from others further along on the path than me, and to adopt a strong desire to learn from everyone.
I believe our 20’s is a time for doing the deep soul-searching kind of work. To discover who we are without our parents and without our peers at school.
My guess is, it would’ve saved me a lot of heartache and strife.
If you’re in your 20’s and “searching” then sign up and show up to each interview.
If you know somebody in this stage of their life, pass the link on and encourage them to go.
This was a very fun interview for me, as I got to share some of the hardships I grew through and how I got through my 20’s stronger and more “Me” than ever.
I’m looking forward to sharing in a conversation with you, after you’ve listened.
If you want something, then go f*%*ing get it.
Visualizing the end result and waiting for the Universe to deliver is not enough to change the world or get results.
Success requires showing up. Day in and day out.
It requires showing up when you don’t want to, when you resist the hell out of it, when you’re hung over, when you’re exhausted and wanna quit or when you’re scared shitless.
Indecision is procrastination…
and indecision is to make the decision to do nothing.
Take a risk, take some action, follow through and do what you say you’re going to or want to do.
There is no harm in trying and failing.
Failure will give you cool scars and stories to tell around the campfire later down the road.
Life is impermanent and so is failure. Both will pass you by and how cool will it be to look back on your life and remember all the things you tried and failed at, as well as the things you actually succeeded at?
You’ll have neither if you stay in that space of indecision though. You’ll just have a bland blur of mediocre memories and nothing all too special to smile at on your death bed. (live a little already)
Given that you’re gonna die, don’t you think you should at least try?
Because it is far better to struggle for a life you aspire to than to struggle in a life you’re dissatisfied with.
This is your adventure, don’t let someone else choose your path for you.
Decide what you want.
Big visions require big sacrifices.
Truth is, most people aren’t willing to sacrifice:
to bring those visions to life.
I can’t say I blame them. I’ve often questioned what the fuck I’m doing.
Spending my life working towards lofty goals. It seems like madness, it honestly does.
Yet at the same time, it feels like the right thing to do.
In some crazy way, it actually feels like the best thing to do with the majority of my time on Planet Earth.
Perhaps it’s my ego tricking me as it searches for:
Or, maybe it’s me just doing what I’m hardwired to do.
I have these natural abilities as a leader, creator and entrepreneur.
I feel it’d be a waste to not use them for the betterment of others.
I know there are many days where I wish I was wired to want a much simpler existence. Today was one of them.
But there is drive that keeps me motoring forward (sometimes it even drives me a little crazy).
“Just take the next step. Go a little farther. You’ve come this far, see what’s over the next mountain.”
Is the effort worth it? I guess I’ll find out, won’t I?
So far. It’s made for a helluva a story and the story just keeps getting richer.
Creating your dreams takes hard work.
I know amongst the new agey’ish communities, hard work is something that is frowned upon.
“You need to be more open and in the flow. Just visualize and allow it.”
Umm, no. That doesn’t work if you wanna Get Shit Done #GSD and have a bunch of fun doing it.
A great idea takes millions micro steps to complete. It’s just the reality of turning etheric thought forms into tangible, physical experiences or ‘things’ that have the power to change the world.
Right now I’m pulling off 20 hour days.
I know it’s not healthy, but I’m choosing to have a blast because I know it is only temporary.
Right now I am in Vancouver going through my Golf Teacher Training Course so starting next week I’ll be teaching golf clinics, lessons and retreats to people wanting to be a better golfer by learning relaxation and focus techniques that help them to increase power, accuracy and consistency.
We are also in launch-mode for The Great eCourse Adventure and this time the stakes are higher. We’re investing $10,000 into Facebook Ads to grow our community and ripple. With that being said, we are busting our asses to create the ultimate on-boarding experience for people when they come to our website.
The amount of work, self-inquiry and experimentation this takes is way more than we ever imagined.
This week my schedule is:
For some reason the purpose feels so much bigger than my need for a typical 7/8 hours of sleep.
I’m waking up smiling and diving into my work like it’s a devotional practice.
This is my meditation right now.
How can allow myself to stay present, at peace and grateful in the midst of this insane workload, pressure and schedule?
If you catch yourself saying, “I want this or I want that,” then be prepared to put 100% of your daily actions and intentions into achieving that.
The thing about achieving these lofty goals is that we have to allow ourselves to be a beginner and adventure through the unknown. It’s just the reality of doing what we’ve never done. Learn to make friends with it.
Okay, this was only supposed to be an update and now I’m rambling.
Have a good one!
I’ve been writing our Manifesto for The Great eCourse Adventure. Essentially, breaking down what we believe in and stand for into a series of short, clear, concise statements that summarize why we do what we do and who we do it for.
We’ve probably spent about 20+ hours working on it (so far) and we still have a long way to go.
I know that sounds like a lot of time, but I couldn’t imagine a better use of our time at this stage of the game. The Manifesto acts as a map for every action, project, marketing material we create and move we make with our business. If ever we feel uncertain about a choice, we can draw upon our Manifesto and see if it’s in alignment or out of alignment.
It is the root system of what we create.
So you’ve been thinking about creating an eCourse huh?
Of course you have. Who hasn’t?
Creating a freedom lifestyle by teaching what you love (and living off the passive income from eCourse sales) is a pretty wicked dream… and a doable one at that.
There’s a bit of a Gold Rush happening right now as the online education industry surpasses the $100 billion mark this year.
With massive growth comes some big challenges.
One challenge is, everyone’s hunting for gold in the same river and the river is getting crowded.
It’s been my go-to mantra with our “Screw Facebook Ads Approach” for marketing our current eCourse launch… which I’m in the middle of right now.
Call me old fashioned. Or maybe it’s because I live on a small island where we depend on community for survival and sanity… but I want to connect with real humans around the world who share my passions.
I’m sorry Facebook, but I’m not inspired to give you my money anymore and I’m not overly stoked by the whole Facebook Ads industry that’s popped up in the last few years.
Any entrepreneur, artist or visionary creator knows the feeling of stumbling upon an epic idea. The feeling is electric. The inspiration that flows from these momentum-causing ideas is indescribable. It can wake someone up from exhaustion and give them energy for days. What causes these so-called spontaneous eruptions of visionary insight?