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.
We are so boxed in and suppressed in our culture this day and age.
Which is silly if you ask me.
Never before have we had more creative freedom to be fully expressed in our lives, to explore any number of paths and to stand fully rooted in our authentic, true-to-ourselves nature.
So why do we stay in this little box we’ve been given?
Just get out of it.
Just punch the ceiling, kick down the walls, climb out and start making new choices.
We are like robots, going through our lives on autopilot.
Doing the same things day in and day out without ever really questioning them.
Never really stopping to ask ourselves, “Is this what I want? Is this how I want to be remembered? Is this who I really am?”
What do you want for yourself and your life?
Who do you want to be in the world and in your relationships?
Are the habits you have and choices you make creating the kind of life and world you want to be living in?
These questions are important and if we don’t give ourselves SPACE in our life to ask them and answer them honestly, then we may remain on autopilot forever.
I was once a very asleep human being.
It wasn’t until I decided to start building my life around my dreams, desires, aspirations and terms that I finally felt like I was alive and living.
Here’s a cool story about saying yes…
The other day, my wife, Celeste and our son, Sauryn and I were on our way back from a couple week adventure in Mexico.
We were exhausted on the final leg of our journey home; a 30 minute ferry ride to Salt Spring Island.
On the boat, we met this sweet lady named Beverly. We struck up a conversation with her and learned that she was just about to begin a lifelong dream journey of her’s; a 9-month pilgrimage around the world.
I also want to say, Beverly is about 76 years old and traveling alone.
Her desire is to experience the world and learn about herself.
She says she feels like a kid and as though her life is only just beginning!
How freaking cool is that!?
After chatting for 30-minutes and really enjoying the connection, Beverly asked us where her and her friend should go eat dinner.
My immediate answer was, “come have dinner at our place.”
She was clearly surprised by my answer, because this is not something too many North Americans do this day and age. But she accepted the invitation and her and her friend Deborah came over around 5:30 for a feast and celebration.
With Celeste’s mom already at our house taking care of our pup while we were away, the 6 of us had an incredibly magical, hilarious and awe-inspiring evening eating great food, drinking wine and sharing many stories from each of our lives.
Saying YES to this experience created an incredible new friendship and a magical memory for all of us.
I can only imagine the adventures Beverley’s yes will take her on over the course of these next 9-months and where your YES will take you, as you cultivate more courage to fully step into everything you want out of life.
A very old man went out one day on the land beside his house and began planting fruit trees.
A young man walked by. “What are you doing? the young man asked.
Walking downtown in Victoria yesterday, I met a First Nations man named Willy, panhandling in the streets with his hat sitting in front of him on the ground. With a big smile on his face, he said hi and instead of continuing on my merry way, I stopped and said hello.
The next 20-minutes seriously made my day.
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!
We all have a limited amount of time in our day…
We all have a limited number of days in our life…
Don’t make time for bullshit.
Don’t make time for shitty people.
Life’s too short.
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.
Whether your life sucks or you feel like you’re on top of the world, it can always get better.
So if you’re reading this, take a few minutes to do this exercise and see how much better your world can get by switching a few things around.
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?