What is it about the rain-soaked scene in which the lovers kiss in any good romantic film? Why is it so much more powerful than the long embrace and kiss in the sunny park? Perhaps it's because we finally have it confirmed to us that nothing, simply nothing, is more important than this love to these two people. After all, we all know most of us do anything to stay out of the rain: we shelter, we wait, we scurry from building to building, dodging the downpour. Few of us stand boldly in the rain and respond to that urgent mail.
Adversity always tests what is truly important. Sometimes it's just rain. Sometimes it's more. Be in the moment and you'll discover the universal truth you are seeking: who or what is truly important to you.
We need weather. We need weather because we need a little variety every so often. Whether it is a frosty morning in Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK or a rolling storm in Kuala Lumpur we need weather. We need weather to help us reflect on our moods.
William Shakespeare, King Henry VI, Part III; Act 2, Scene 3
I, that did never weep, now melt with woe That winter should cut off our spring-time so.
We need weather to 'grease' our conversation. We need weather to remind us where we are: a planet of delight with an atmosphere that might be tracked and measured and predicted on an app but ultimately constantly reminds us of our origins: hunter-gatherers who have done well but should never rest on our laurels.
Clarity is everything. Heightened clarity is amazing; better than a jogger's high. So, in 50 words or less: exactly what do you want?Make it explicit. Detailed & concrete. And brief.
Now decide to turn the power of attention on that desire. Fitter? That's where your attention should be. Writer? That's where your attention should be.
If there is one thing you can be sure of in 2017, it is that there will be 1001 things to potentially diminish, distract and destroy the power of your laser-like attention. BUT NOT FOR YOU. Be it work, rest or play: focus on what you want, not what you don't want.
Now write a list of things of which to let go in 2017. From anger to sugar. From debt to zombie films. Let it go....
You can do anything but you can't do everything.
Max your attention by automating everything you possibly can so your precious brain power is reserved for the vital few: the things which give you the return you seek.
List your vital few. They get 90% of your time.
List your trivial many. They get 10% of your time.
Max your attention by building will-power muscle. Say no to everyday addictions: digital distractions, junk TV and zero food-value snacks. Do less, achieve more.
Stop pinching time from sleep, relationships and health simply to be on a conference call at a ridiculous time with The Mother Ship. It immobilises your oooomph.
Max that attention by building colossal reserves of energy: move, mobilise, meditate. Read the definitive protocol.
Create a plan. Action & date.
Fill that plan with short, simple, time-friendly, brain-friendly actions.
Ask your local friendly copy-shop guys to produce that plan in poster format: stick it on the door of your fridge.
Print & laminate a credit-card format of the plan. Carry it everywhere. Look at it every hour, on the hour. Work that plan and it will work for you.
Print an A4/A5 version and tape it into the front of your personal, paper note-book.
Do one action every day.
If your resolve should waver,(re-)read Into the Void and/or watch 127 Hours. At the end, close the book/switch off the screen, sit quietly and think sh*t and then get back to work.
Keep the plan visible. Put huge ticks against accomplishments.
Update the plan but keep old versions with the ticks. Love your progress.
Notice the change in your mindset and physiology as you become...... t o t a l l y unstoppable.