During the start of something new: relationships, a new year, a new business, etc., we are able to identify how they make us feel: happy, or excited. However, when we acknowledge our emotions, we primarily do so when they begin, but we rarely acknowledge the end of certain emotions.
For example: In tough times, we make ourselves aware of when times are tough, but we don't acknowledge the moments and feelings we feel when things get better. Business is very tough at times, and cause and effect would be an understatement of a characterization. We all induce change at some point (again, be it in business, or in our personal lives), and an important component of change exists when we acknowledge all of these states of emotions, whether we're coming into or out of tough times. Take note of the end of your feelings and not just the beginning of them.
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It all starts with the right questions. If you get the answers right to the wrong questions, you won't get very far, whereas if you get even mediocre answers to the right questions, then those are the force multipliers.
- Tim Ferriss
Jon Olsson made his name known by winning Freestyle Skiing gold medals in the Winter X Games throughout the majority of the beginning of this millennium. After making a switch over to downhill ski racing, he started a daily vlog on YouTube, which leads us to the below video.
You read the title of this blog correctly, and what you'll see below is borderline beyond comprehension. OUtfitted with a supercharged engine and an Akrapovic exhaust, Olsson itches, scratches and screams through the mountainside streets of Monaco. Like his passenger, this kind of car can only bring smiles to your face, I'm sure. Check it out:
When Dane Reynolds releases anything, more often times than not, I'm interested in checking it out. His latest edit is no exception. Chapter 11 displays Dane's surfing like only he can, and was entirely filmed during/after his highly publicized split from Quiksilver. There are several answers to questions I know I had about Dane (and his departure from Quik), which are all answered as he narrates over his unrelinquishing cutbacks, hacks and airs. To check it out via Monster Children: CLICK HERE.
As the title suggests, just watch. enJOY
This year was the first year I began meditating. I'll be honest, I've gone in and out of it throughout the year, but I'm getting better. After listening to more than a handful of Tim Ferriss Podcasts, I began to realize exactly what he was searching for anyway: there is a pattern amongst highly successful people, and it's the fact that the majority of them (greater than 75%, I'd say) take part in some form of a mediation practice. Now, this could be an interpretation, mind you. For example, for some, making coffee is a form of mediation....ironing their clothes, going to the gym, and of course, other common methods such as sitting still and focusing on their breath could be their form. For me, I didn't know what the hell to do, and I had postponed trying, literally, for years because I didn't know how to do it. So, like most people who are unsure how to do something, I went to YouTube, and searched "guided meditation for beginners." Imagine that. It was a great place to start, but then I heard about HEADSPACE and I like it even better.
Headspace is a website, yes, but it's also an app, which is great because I can take it with me when I travel, as I don't often carry my laptop with me. Headspace offers daily guided meditations that start out as ten minute sessions for ten days straight for free. Their slogan is "Treat your head right" which, to me, is quintessential to doing anything in life. If your head's not right, nothing else will get accomplished as successfully as it would otherwise. Period.
And it doesn't have to be some ohm-ing, zulu experience, though it can be if that's your flavor. Meditation is really just about clearing your head, which is why those random activities mentioned above can often suffice as meditation. BUT, I do encourage you to try a more traditional form as I have found it's honestly an incredibly beneficial experience to be able to literally take 10 minutes out of your day to do NOTHING. I'm going to screw up this quote from Russell Simmons, but he said something along the lines of, "If you can't find 10 minutes in your day, you probably need 3 hours!" I couldn't agree more.
Now, with the idea of getting your head right, we can all think dark, dreary thoughts. And for some of us, life feels dark and dreary at times, if not often. Meditation won't get you to believe in yourself, per se, but it may very well get you in a position where your mind is willing to accept the possibility that you will succeed. Now, I'm not being paid for any of this by Headspace, but I will say this: check out the below quotation. I took it directly from Headspace's pre-meditation animation video that takes place just before your 7th free day of the 10-day freebie mentioned above. It is an amazing analogy, as well as a phenomenal reminder of not only how one can get through a tough time, but also a great reminder of thinking outside of the box is often a great resolution to most problems. Check it out...
Take a moment to imagine a bright blue sky stretching off into the distance. Feels pretty good, right? This is a perfect metaphor for the mind: a blank canvas on which thoughts, feelings, and experiences appear. Okay, so maybe there are just a few clouds. They tend not to bother, or distract us too much. Especially if they're the cute little fluffy variety. This is how the mind appears when it's calm: bright, serene, and happy. But life isn't always easy. Sometimes, there are a lot more clouds in the sky. Sometimes, they might be the dark and stormy variety. Occasionally, you may begin to wonder if there is a hurricane on the way. It gets to the point where it's hard to think of anything else. In fact, sometimes, we get so obsessed by the clouds, that we forget about the blue sky altogether. But it's still there. Every time you're in a plane, and you fly through the clouds, there it is, right? Without fail: blue sky. It's easy to forget that what we're looking for is already here, and that's why we need reminding.
As the saying goes, "If starting a business were easy, everyone would do it." It isn't easy. But, it can be extremely rewarding if you know WHY you're doing it. This is an old video, but I only found it recently, so I wanted to share. It's an extremely important lesson to be aware of. enJOY