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Surviving the fog

It’s important to have habits and checklists when things get foggy. It’s also important to remember that things will not always be foggy, and you’ll eventually look back and wish you had performed better.

The problem is, there’s a negative connotation around performance. It’s reality meets the individual. It’s harsh. But then again, so is life. Anyone saying otherwise is selling something. Life requires you to be harsh sometimes, but we can reserve those ‘sometimes’ to expecting excellence from ourselves.

Don’t just survive the fog. That’s what most people do. Punch through it.

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Mistaking knowledge for action

It’s a shame we used to be all about business, all go go go.

It’s a wonderful thing to realize that stopping time and living are the ultimate riches, not cranking out 65+ hours per week in our profession.

What’s the best way to stop time? To live more in the minutes and hours we are allotted? Making meditation part of our days.

The trick is to treat every act throughout our day as meditation.

The magic to make that happen is beginning and ending our days with meditation (whatever that looks like for you).

Easy concept, and most effective actions are.

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“Do nothing which is of no use” -Miyamoto Musashi

A hunger for the knowledge of things grows in an incubator, not in the cold. What I wonder is, why does the incubator exist? What makes me different? I look around and see my peers struggling forward for more toys, more power. Me? I’m hungry for wisdom and knowledge. Why? Would I still hunger if I had extreme riches?

I don’t want to boil it down to an argument between nature v nurture. Instead, how about we acknowledge that different people want different things, even if we are all the same (for the most part).

You can argue that we are so different, but that’s not true. Take away his comforts and security, and mankind becomes another animal. What once was philosophical is now murderous at the chance of survival. He will deceive, kill, and take by force just to survive. He will amass as much power as possible so as to not toe the survival line again.

When I was a kid, I almost beat up another kid for using a swear word. It made me so angry that he was using such profanity that I was willing to use violence to change his words. Terrible, yes, but what child hasn’t done something idiotic.

What I wonder is why people are still like that: going against a higher value to enforce a lesser one.

Keep your values close.

Do nothing which is of no use.

Miyamoto Musashi
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Sweat More. Bleed Less.

When you are thrown headfirst into scary situations, let’s say, joining the Marine Corps, things become clear real fast.  

One common theme all through my enlistment was hardship.  Things were hard.  Everything was hard.  Not on purpose, but it was just the nature.  Whichever force sweats more in peacetime bleeds less in wartime.  (Given all other variables are equal).   It was common for USMC units to train so hard that once they actually deployed, things seemed easier in ways.  

This same lesson transfers over to everyday life.  

Now, we all have it pretty easy.  We get to sleep every night, eat every day, and know that no matter what we’ll be ok.  The fears that we have now are so slight, that they’re almost silly.  “Honey what’s wrong?  Bad day?”  “Yeah.  I can’t get my calendars to sync.”

You have got to be kidding me.  You and I can feel, deep down, that our biggest fears lately are minuscule.

These fears and perceived discomforts are lessened when we search for ways to sweat more.  When we search for ways to be the best.  Can’t sync your calendars?  Give yourself a time limit then find someone who’s better at it.  

Here’s what I’m getting at: your time and attention are all you have.  Don’t waste it worrying about a ‘danger’ that isn’t even real.  It’s a mere speed bump.  Get over it.  Fix it.  Attack.  

Know your mission, and be the best at it.  Sweat more than the other guy.