Move. Play. Go Outside

I'm so far behind on the Trust30 posts, it's not even funny. I'm catching up though! 2 - 3 a day will keep the doctor away. Or was that apples?I never thought one little book could be so packed full of inspirational quotes, but Emerson has done it. Every time I read a new part of Self-Reliance, I get "anything is possible" goosebumps and start thinking about what I'm going next, what I'm going to do next, and what I'm going to write next. Then I don't do anything. What happens? I prepare and plan procrastinate and then by the time I should have something created, something new has come along and I move onto that. Focus is a hard thing to come by these days.The newest prompt by Eric Handler is about your personal message.

To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, that is genius. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Oooh, it gives me chills.And then we're supposed to answer:

What is burning deep inside of you? If you could spread your personal message RIGHT NOW to 1 million people, what would you say?

Ooh, ooh! I've got my hand up. Here in the back row! Why don't you pick me teacher? I know my answer!My answer is I've started. It doesn't quite go to 1 million people but a few hundred, almost 1000 see it every month. They take the information from it and go outside. They go play, run, hike, ride, kayak and anything else they want to do outside. They move.The whole idea is to move. Outside. We have this incredible planet we live on that's full of amazing places, sights, sounds, animals and plants and yet we spend most of our lives inside. Away from the sun, away from the rain, away from where we came from. It's amazing how many people say they feel so good when they're outside. Their lazy-brain stops them dead in their tracks when they're making plans and tells them to go to the couch and watch TV. What a waste.When did you go outside last? 

Too Scary to Write

Right, so just as I think I'm getting the hang of this self-trust, deep introspection, write from the heart thing, Mary Jaksch (how do you even pronounce that?) throws a curveball.

Emerson says: “Always do what you are afraid to do.” What is ‘too scary’ to write about? Try doing it now.

Wow. I thought I had it figured. We'd get these prompts and I'd dutifully write out what came to mind after reading the Emerson quote and the prompt. I liked it. It got me thinking about things I don't normally think about. The quotes from Emerson are just plain dripping with inspiration that it's hard not to feel good about the future.But this. This thing that tells me I'm supposed to write about something that scares me, I'm not sure what I'm really supposed to do with it. I'll say I don't understand it. See, I'm totally procrastinating.I'm not sure if I was taught this way or it was just what I saw around me in the world but airing out that stuff that scares you wasn't something I did. I still try not to do it. I understand that it's good to get things off your chest, but any time something comes up, I veer away. I shove it off. I ignore it. I pack it away deep down inside and hope it never comes back up again.It always does.I'm learning that hiding what you're afraid of isn't the best way to accomplish what you want to do. If something scares you, you have to get it out of the way or it's going to turn into a scary beast lurking somewhere in your periphery all the time.Once you deal with something, it's not scary any more. Once you start taking steps to slay above-mentioned beast, things become manageable. Yes, running headlong into a dragon's lair with no training or weapons is scary. It's also dumb and not a smart way to do things. You want to be prepared. You want some armor and a nice sword and maybe a few days of training with the best sword-wielding dudes you can find. But preparation can also be spelled procrastination.The most poignant example of having to deal with something scary I can think of right now is actually a situation I put myself into. I even paid for it. And I was scared out of my mind.Travelling around New Zealand, I was on activity overload. There was so much to see and do. Having spent Australia counting my pennies, I could afford to let loose a bit. I was going to bungy jump or sky dive. I thought about doing both but, looking back, I spent a little more than I should have so I'm glad I didn't.Bungy jumping seemed easier than sky diving. Apparently it's not.I booked the jump at the end of my 3 days in Queenstown. I should have booked it on the first. I spent my 3 days in Queenstown worrying about what jumping 134 meters was going to be like. My time came. I laid out in the best swan dive of my life and plummeted towards the 6 inches of water at the bottom of the gorge. My eyes bulged out of my head as I thought I was going to die. Then it was over.And I was fine.The instant I realized I was totally fine I felt a huge rush of relief. I was stoked that had just jumped 134 meters for my first bungy jump but it was more than that. I realized I hadn't thought about anything past the jump for the last 3 days. Nothing. Natta. Zilch.I had also spent the last 3 days worrying about something that was absolutely incredible. Exhilarating down to the last meter of bungy cord. I couldn't think of anything else other than the big beast that was ahead of me. I was terrified of it. But it came and went. My eyeballs were still in their sockets and I still had all my limbs. Nothing happened. I even had a bit of fun.Every time I am scared of something and then I conquer it, I make a mental note about that triumph. The next time something scary pops up in my way I check back to all those times that I took my little steps and learned what I needed to know and beat those scary beasts into a pulp so I can get over what I'm afraid of. It's all about the baby steps and the little triumphs. It's all about remembering those things when the going is rough.Great things can be scary but they wouldn't be so great if any ol' person could do them, right?Comments: Tell me what you've done lately that was scary and how you got over it. Was it as hard as you thought it was going to be? 

Keep Crushing It

There will be an agreement in whatever variety of actions, so they be each honest and natural in their hour. – Ralph Waldo EmersonWhat would you say to the person you were five years ago? What will you say to the person you’ll be in five years? - Corbett BarrThis is another prompt from #trust30, a 30 day writing challenge that pushes you question what you're currently doing and to trust yourself.The previous questions have been deep thinkers and this one from Corbett is no exception.Five years ago I was entrenched in classes at university and was not exactly engaged in what I was doing. I was working hard at everything I did because I thought I was supposed to. I couldn't fail out of university because it was the "key" to the rest of life.While I feel like I suffered all the way through school, I did benefit from the experience. I got a piece of paper that says I can learn things and it helped me get a nice full time job. It also pushed me to question why I was there and if I really needed to do the school thing. Now I see that I didn't.I'm glad I got a degree because people thing that's what you should get when you're going to go somewhere in life. You get an education then you go do stuff. That's the formula. But I hadn't found sites like The Art of Non-Conformity, Location180, Location Independent and Thrilling Heroics. Once I found those, I was done. Done school that is.Back then I wish I could have talked to myself now. I would have told myself to keep going, try new stuff and be whoever you want to be.In 5 years the story might be different. There are obviously going to be things that I wish I knew right now. Things that I probably have thought about and dismissed. Things that end up to be incredibly important. I feel like I know the value of hard work more than I did. I know the good feelings that come from distributing or selling something that I worked hard to create. I know the feeling of control when I decide when I work on things, and I decide what goes out and where. In 5 years, I'd like to be able to look back and see that I was on the right track.What would I say to myself in 5 years? Keep crushing it.**View the rest of my Trust30 posts

Who Tells You What You Can Do?

This #trust30 post is about the long prompt by Matt Cheuvront.Matt dares us to be bold. To get out of the flow of normal society and do something you've always dreamed about doing. You have to forget "being realistic" and start to move the other direction. The crazy one, the childish one, the mad one, and embrace the possibility that your crazy dream could come true.Amazingly there is only one thing in the way of your crazy dream coming true.But it's a big one.It's you.Think about the incredible things that Richard Branson has accomplished. He's got a worldwide brand that includes everything from flying, music, print and digital media, communications and even space travel. You don't accomplish any of that waiting around for your dreams to come true. You stop wasting your time watching TV and start to ship and hustle and do the work.I always thought it would be incredible to run a business doing something cool. I started one last year.I went sailing 2 years ago and thought it would be awesome to learn how and go on my own. I'm starting lessons next week.Since my first ride on a helicopter I said I would learn how to fly one myself. I've started a bank account called helicopter and money is automatically transferred into it every month.Once you make the decision to do something, don't stop there. Take action, do research, save money, talk about it. Do everything you can to achieve that goal. When you want something badly the universe conspires to give it to you. It gets easier and easier. Starting is the hardest part.You know who tells Richard Branson what he can and can't accomplish?Only Richard himself.What's next for you? What have you done TODAY to achieve that goal?

Sometimes Stopping is More Important Than Starting

Another prompt today from #Trust30. If yesterday's from Chris Guillebeau got you excited about travel, Jonathan's today will get you excited about life.Come Alive - Jonathan Mead

Life wastes itself while we are preparing to live~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

It was too good of a quote to not write again.And to think about.And to live by.Jonathan asks us to stop preparing to live and do what actually makes us come alive. It's one of the most difficult things to start doing but is one of the most rewarding when you get some momentum going. Part of the job is to create a To Stop list. It's impossible to do simply add new things to our already busy lives. We must remove things that are not very important and replace them with activities that are much more fulfilling.There are so many things my life that I've been trying to eliminate and replace with activities and ideas that get me excited. One of the biggest things I decided not to do was watch TV. I watched TV most days before I left for Australia in 2009. After reading about what was possible when you make that small lifestyle change and seeing that I never missed it once while travelling, I decided to stay away from it for good. I do watch movies once in a while when I'm feeling burnt out or sick. It feels good to get lost in the story of a good movie sometimes.Another thing on my To Stop list is wasting time on the computer. I have so many small pieces of time during the day I could be using to create useful things. Most of the time it's just spent checking email, Twitter and Facebook. I have this mental block against doing work on the computer before I've checked my messages. I'm not sure why. It's become a habit that I forget about sometimes. I'll get on the computer and 30 minutes later instead of doing something useful, I've checked a few messages. Most of the email and messages are small and quick to answer but they all lead to a time-sucking hole of looking at other websites.I found when I started running in the mornings, it helped to get myself in the mindset of priorities. I would get up and everything I would be ordered by my priorities. Running and my health was a higher priority than work so it would get done first. Unfortunately work had a set time and that meant getting up earlier to run but I got used to it and learned to love the morning sillness.Remind yourself of your priorities when you sit down to do your work. Amazing work or the terrible infinite pit of time suck that is the rest of the internet? You choose.What's in your way to coming alive? Can you put it on your To Stop list?

Where Are You Travelling Next?

After finding Chris Guillebeau a few years by a random link talking about how he was travelling the world and visiting every country before he was 35, I've seen him do some incredible things. The latest of which pretty much blew my mind. The World Domination Summit went far above my expectations for the non-conforming conference and it was the first time they put it together! Everything went smoothly and every time I turned around I met another like-minded person that had big, awesome ideas. It's no surprise that his #trust30 prompt is about travel.Travel - Chris GuillebeauEveryone has their place they would love to visit. Some people say Hawaii, some people say Paris, others say New Zealand. Regardless of where it is there is almost always some place that by simply hearing the name, they are whisked off in their mind to explore the nooks and crannies of their dream spot.One of mine was New Zealand. I got to visit in 2009 for a month and I've never had more fun in my life. I know there will be incredible adventures in the years to come but I will always look back very fondly at the time I had in New Zealand.This year, I was able to get over to Paris for 2 weeks to explore that area. It's already on my list of places to see for the second time. The week I spent in Paris was amazing and I can't wait to go back to explore further.For new places that I can't wait to see, Chile, Thailand and Switzerland are probably at the top of the list. I've heard and seen amazing things from all three places and it's just a matter of time before I'm sitting on a plane on the way the next one. My trip in 2009 cemented my resolve to travel as many places as I can. Not just for a vacation but to see and hear and taste and smell all the different cultures our world has to offer. With it so easy to fly cheaper these days, there is no excuse not to do some travelling in your lifetime.The entire world is open for anyone to travel now. Where are you going next?

A Focused Post-It

I started writing with the #Trust30 group on May 31st. It's a fantastic initiative to get things moving when you're blogging and really make you think about what you're doing with your life. Even if you don't want to blog about them, you can write them out in a journal or just spend a day putting together your own thoughts. I've currently got 2 other posts about the first 3 prompts, "15 Minutes to Live" and "Today and One String Belief".Post-It Question - Jenny BlakeAfter a beautiful quote from Emerson, Jenny Blake asks us to take one of the biggest challenges in our lives at the moment and turn it into a question. My challenge right now is to focus on the work I really want to do. This turns into the question, "How can I focus on the work I really want to do?" It's a tough one for most people.In the good ol' days at university, I was under the assumption that I was supposed to go to school, get a job, buy a house, etc etc etc, in the hopes of having a good life. I never complained about the process because I didn't know better. After finding things called "blogs" and reading about all these people around the world that have broken free of jobs they don't like, I began to see that my life has yet to be written. I realized I decide what goes into that book and it certainly doesn't have to be what everyone else writes.That opened up a new can of worms. I started doing everything I could to test the waters. Trying new things, starting websites, writing about everything I thought I had an interest in. But this mostly led to a lot of work and a lot of half-done projects. I hit the wall when things got tough and then started something different. I started to eliminate things that I didn't want to do. Slowly but surely I was getting more time. I rarely watch TV. I only do things that I absolutely have to.But there was still a problem. I was still not getting as far as I wanted with my projects. I began to look more closely at where my time was going. The first thing I found was the lack of it. I didn't have much time to work on my personal projects. After my day job, cooking, cleaning, spending time with friends and family, paying bills and other such required bits of life, I wasn't left with much. Instead of the full days I pictured myself with I had a couple hours a day to really get things moving. Often I'd sit down and be surfing facebook, twitter and youtube for three quarters of that. I'd use the rest to plan out what I wanted to do that day. And sure enough, I'd end up with about 10 minutes to do real work. Split that by 6 projects. Yup, I got nowhere.This past weekend at the World Domination Summit I had the amazing opportunity to see Danielle Laporte speak. They don't call her the firestarter for nothing (the fire department actually showed up during her talk). She has an amazing talent of getting to the heart of the matter. No bullshit. Just uncomfortable questions. The answers to those questions, though, are the keys to unlocking mental roadblocks that are hindering your potential. I could just see everyone's wheels turning when she posed questions in her talk.But back to projects. Danielle talked about having cool projects and REALLY cool projects. Insert meaningful, awesome, amazing, mindblasting or lucrative instead of cool in the previous statement depending on your situation. What I took away from it was that there are tons of cool projects. But we all only have so much time. It's incredibly important to separate the cool projects and the REALLY cool projects and spend time on the latter. You really only have time for one or the other. She aggressively confirmed the idea to fully realize my goals, I'd need to stop taking every cool idea that comes along and focus on the best.It's incredibly satisfying to put a lot of effort into something meaningful to me and see something amazing come out of it. Because I'm now focusing more on what I want, wonderful things are starting to happen. I've every intention of pushing as far as I can to see where it leads me.Have you ever had an experience where good things started to happen when you actually sat down and focused on something? 

Today and One Strong Belief

Today is another prompt from #Trust30. Check it out and sign up.

If ‘the voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tacks,’ then it is more genuine to be present today than to recount yesterdays. How would you describe today using only one sentence? Tell today’s sentence to one other person. Repeat each day.

The first thing that came to mind when I saw this one was consistency. I aim to be consistent in my efforts to create the exact life I want every day.That's actually a lie because I thought of push and determination first. To do anything you really want to do you have to push yourself. You're not going to be 100% happy sitting around being complacent and letting things come to you. If you're lucky you might get something get once in a while. Most of the time you fall short of anywhere worthwhile. And it take determination to get to where you want to go. You won't get anywhere if you give up after a few hours or even a week. You must keep swimming.Push and determination can tire you out. You may not have it all one day and too much another.Consistency on the other hand can be mastered. You don't have to go 150% every single day but you must be consistent. You won't get lucky if you are haphazard in your method. Each day builds on the previous and soon you'll be much farther than you had anticipated. All by doing a little bit each day.One Strong Belief is the new prompt for today that really resonated with me. I'm reading through Ralph Emerson's Self-Reliance right now and this quote leapt off the page and begged to be pondered.

It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

And the prompt which questions your real action with regards to the quote:

The world is powered by passionate people, powerful ideas, and fearless action. What’s one strong belief you possess that isn’t shared by your closest friends or family? What inspires this belief, and what have you done to actively live it?

What have I done to actively live it? A tough question. And one that puts people on the spot when they talk about all the amazing thing they want to accomplish in their lives. Have they actually started? Are they working consistently towards achieving those goals?If they're like most people they're still just daydreaming.I'm not saying I'm one in a million and I've got everything figured out but I feel like I'm on my way. I'm on my way to cultivating the exact life I want by creating a freedom or lifestyle business like so many blogs talk about.If you're doing the same and you've mentioned the fact to your family and friends, you know the weird looks you get. You're familiar with the chuckles you get when your conversation partner realizes what you're actually trying to do and instantly dismisses it."That doesn't work.""You'll never be able to pull that off.""That's not normal."There's all kinds of responses I've heard when I say I'm building a website about the outdoors and I'm going to make a living off it eventually.I'm actually ok with the comment about it not being normal. It isn't. Most people don't start a business and try and travel around the world with it building it into something they love waking up in the morning to do. The other two comments, though, are ones that most people instantly think when they hear about the idea and I think they're wrong. First, it does work because people are doing it. And second, who says I can't do that. The gatekeepers in the modern world? All the people that are living their regular, comfortable, boring lives that will try and stop you every chance they get from shaking up the norm? Yes, it's going to be tough, but there's the beauty of it.Easy is overrated. Easy doesn't keep you up at night, stoked for the next day. Easy doesn't get you flying around the world, doing things you never thought possible. Easy doesn't introduce you to incredible people the world over, working just as hard or harder than you.I believe I can make my life into exactly what I want it to be.That is my One Strong Belief.

15 Minutes to Live

Just kidding! I don't really have 15 more minutes to live. If I did I wouldn't be writing on this blog for it. Makes me think why I'm writing on here in the first place...The prompt is from #Trust30. You pledge for the next 30 days to do blog, journal or create something each day over the next 30 days. Each day  there is a prompt from an original thinker or doer. Each day you get the prompt in your email and you do your thing. Tweet it, talk about it, spread it around.It's all about doing your thing your way. Just as Ralph Waldo Emerson would have wanted it.Back to the 15 minutes to live. You set a timer for 15 minutes and you write the story that has to be written.I started blankly at this one for a few minutes and then I had it. What would I do with 15 minutes left, 1 year left or any finite amount of time left?Gather friends and family and head outside. That's all. I don't need any fancy crap or a big house or expensive toys (those are all fun, don't get me wrong). But when it comes down to it, if I'm outside with friends and family, I'm happy. That's all I really need. Once it starts pouring rain, I'd be happy to have an Arc'teryx Gore-tex suit though!If it went past those 30 minutes, I'd tuck into my life list and get those going. I've already done a couple this year and a couple are in the works for the next few months. Get'r done!Think about the things you'd do if you only had 1 year left. What is most important to you that you'd have to get it done? Where would you go, what would you do and who would you see?This is going to make you uncomfortable and you're not allowed to read on until you answer it. Why aren't you doing those things now?Time is running out.