Watching 1971’s ANDROMEDA STRAIN. At the end of this very intellectual, emotionally cool film a doctor must run a gauntlet of ladders and lasers to stop a nuclear weapon from killing him and spreading an extinction-level pathogen around the world. Seriously tense, exciting stuff.
And he barely makes it, combining puzzle-solving, physical courage, physical strength, resistance to pain, focus and clarity of intent into a final climactic action.
It’s “wow” stuff. But LIFEWRITING suggests that we love these scenes because we know, deep inside, that WE could do such heroic things, if we ever had the motivations. If our lives, or the lives of our loved ones where at stake.
Well…guess what? They are.
I was asked what single thing would need most to change for people to live happier healthier lives? My answer was
- Clarity on the fact that it is possible.
- Loving themselves enough to be willing to do Whatever It Takes to have that better result.
Without the first, CLARITY, it is possible to get lost in delusion, accepting a lack of energy or aliveness without investigating the behaviors and attitudes that produce it.
Without the second, you don’t have the DISCIPLINE to move through discomfort, or allot time, to produce those results.
We will do “whatever it takes” for our kids, but often won’t get off the couch for ourselves, won’t investigate a choice like Intermittent Fasting.
Of course, the same thing is true of improving relationships, creating a writing career, or creating financial stability.
You have to know the WHAT.
You have to have the WHY
And only then do you concern yourself with HOW.
The “how” is largely: what is the most important thing for you to accomplish today? This week? This month?
And after you identify it, just have one successful day at a time, then a series of successful weeks, and successful months, and you have your life.
Of course, the key to a successful day is identifying successful moments. And to do that, you can use the “Morning Ritual” concept–just 5-20 minutes a day when you align body, emotions, and focus.
That’s all it takes. What is sad is people who will complain about their energy, emotions, financial situation, fitness, or whatever…but won’t discipline themselves for five minutes to find a way out of the maze.
Would they do it for their kids? Hell, yes.
So…start with love.