It’s my birthday today!
Not sure I will say how old I am, but let’s just say that I have gained some wisdom over the years, especially the last few. And I’ve learned that it is up to me to create the life I want. So I stopped waiting for others to do it and took the responsibility head on. As a result, my life is richer, more meaningful, more joyful and more “me” than it used to be. And I am so grateful for my life, my friends, my family and every new person I meet on this journey. This is a day of gratitude for my life. Thank you mom and dad.
As a gift to myself this year I woke up in Bali, December 7, preparing to ride a bike down the side of the volcano here. A few years back I realized that I didn’t really want gifts or a party. What I really wanted was to travel somewhere new by myself if possible. I am an adventurer. I love to explore new places and meet new people. It is so much easier to do this when you are alone and when you are open.
I get a lot of strange reactions to this passion of mine. Some people view it as an act against my kids or friends (hmm… whose birthday is it again? My kids actually understand it better than most!). Others are quietly envious (oh.. I wish I could do that instead of this party my wife wants me to have”) and others celebrate with me (“Love that you are clear on what you want and you go for it! Enjoy!”) In the end, it doesn’t matter to me what others think about this choice of mine, other than I hope it creates an inspiration for them to be clear about what is important in their lives and to follow through, even if the world doesn’t always support the choice. If you sit around waiting for it to happen (whatever it may be), you will be waiting a long time.
So this is my birthday wish if you want to take it on:
Please leave a comment below and let me know what you do just for you and how it honors you! I ask because I really want to know.
What’s Your Biggest Dream and Why Hasn’t it Happened Yet?
I’m departing from my usual writings because I want to know more about YOU! I want to know because I’m curious and because it will allow me to better serve you all in the future. Each one of you has a dream that has not yet been realized, even those of you who are wildly successful in your personal and professional lives.
What’s in it for you? It’s a CONTEST and you could win a 90 minute one-on-one consulting session specifically tailored to help you
• Clarify what you really want
• Identify ways to reach your goal
• Develop a plan for the next 30 days to move you closer to your dream
What do you need to do to get this Consultation and Individualized Action Plan, worth $425? By November 21, 2011 10h00 PST comment below or email me directly with your name, email and a paragraph answering these two questions:
1. What is your Biggest Dream (or one of your dreams)?
2. What is the major obstacle you believe has prevented this dream from becoming a reality?
You can pick any area of your life you desire to see changes. Maybe you want to have a healthier, happier relationship with your partner or perhaps you want to finally meet an amazing partner. Maybe your finances are a mess and you want to get them in order. Perhaps you recently left one position to realize that you are miserable in your new one. Maybe you want to move or do something everyone else thinks is crazy. Anything goes.
I will pick two winners! You might already know who you are: you have held back because your life is really good and you don’t feel you should ask for more or perhaps you have already tried various approaches and nothing has worked so far. I'm looking for honest, authentic and challenging responses!
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Peak performance? You want it… in your work life, in your personal life, and athletically too. Really?
Have you ever thought about that term? Always a bit of a rebel for questioning issues that many accept as a given, I challenge you to consider what you are really striving for. Do you want to reach your highest level of performance at a particular point in time or do you really want to achieve a sense of mastery in your life, all areas of your life?
Many of us want to reach our highest level of mastery in important events in our lives, but we also might crave having more of a sense of mastery in our day-to-day lives. Do you want to push yourself as far and as high as you can go? Do you want to apply this intention to multiple areas of your life, no matter the situation? Relationships, finances, health, family, work… presentations, competitions, games, performances, events… all of these areas may at some time or another in your life motivate you to strive for mastery. You may say you are going for “peak performance”, but what do you mean by that term?
So much has been written about it, studies have been done and we can all identify someone who “nails it”-usually we most easily see this in elite athletes or we experience it at a performance. There is something inspirational in watching or experiencing someone as they hit their peak, and we want to achieve that in our lives as well. What I notice, however, is that we tend to use these examples and say “I want THAT” and we forget that that particular performance may have been that particular individual’s peak performance at that particular time and it won’t be just exactly that way ever again and your peak performance will never look exactly like it, ever.
My highest level of mastery, my “peak performance” for cooking a meal, let’s say will definitely NOT be the same as yours. And your highest level of mastery in cycling will most likely NOT be the same as say, Lance Armstrong’s. If we are truly interested in mastery we need to take this into consideration. It is part of being clear about what we mean when we use that term.
If we are honest with ourselves, there are small steps we take that actually move us AWAY from mastery at the same time we say we WANT it. Why do we do this? It takes time, preparation, determination, persistence and a real passion for achieving our highest level of mastery. We often give up on ourselves. It is easier to “check out”. If you are ready to get back on track for hitting your high mark, consider these questions and see if anything shifts. These points can help you clarify what you want and lead you toward raising your level of mastery, whether in a particular “performance” or in several areas of your life:
- Are you targeting a level of mastery for yourself? Or do you want what someone else “has”. Take into account your talents, strengths, weaknesses, time, dedication and passion for success in that particular area and make sure it resonates deeply with what you really want in your life. Remember that your peak performance will not replicate anyone else’s.
- Have you clearly defined what you mean by “peak performance”? Be specific about time, place, event, etc.… How will you know you have achieved it? What will you do once you have?
- Are you clear that “peak performance” is NOT static? Part of mastering your life involves being clear that “peak” means exactly that. There are valleys and there are peaks and there is everything in between. Trying to maintain the peak in any particular situation as status quo is not sustainable and ultimately will lead to frustration and failure. Unrealistic expectations often have us giving up before we start.
- How flexible are you? How connected to the moment are you? Given that peaks are not static and variables change over time, people and situations, the more you are able to see clearly the NOW, the more likely you will be to achieve mastery in several areas of your life and the more you will be able to reach your peak performance.
In my view, assuming we make a goal based on our own strengths and weaknesses, that we have trained, practiced, prepped over and over and that we have clearly identified the situation and desired outcome there comes a critical moment. This is the moment when everything either clicks into place or not. Your ability to be fully present in this moment and make slight adjustments as needed is just as important as all of the preparation and training you have already done. Many people forget this part. However, the more you can do this, the more likely you will be to achieve your highest level of mastery in that moment.
Comment below and let me know how you incorporate the idea of peak performance and mastery in your life!