“We only consult the ear because the heart is wanting.” – Blaise Pascal
Are you in front of a computer, smartphone or a pad? Great! Solid tools to have. But i’d like you to grab a pen and paper. We’re going to rock it old school today!
You’ll want to write down as many things as you can. Things you’d like to do, things you’d like to have, people you’d like to meet and opportunities you’d like to get. I’ll give you 5 minutes. Go-go-go-go-go-go!
In times of old (just to put an emphasis on exactly old the times were) there was a term used for taking 10 or a 10th out of a bunch. It was called to “decimate”. Nowadays it’s got a bad rap. Probably since the only time you hear it is when a newscaster says something like: “The tornado decimated the town’s buildings, leaving behind a trail of chaos and destruction.”. No PR-firm would touch that word with a stick.
Take a look at your list. Choose the 10 things you feel are most important and write them down on another piece of paper.
Out of those 10 things, and here comes the hard part, you choose one. One thing. What’s the one thing that you really, really want to do or have? Is there one thing that you can focus on achieving or getting that can open up the doors to other things on your list?
That’s where you put your focus.
“Zac, this is starting to feel like some hippy-dippy ‘law of attraction’-stuff!”
Yuuup! But regardless it does something great. It gets you focused on what you want. That’s where “the secret” lies I think. You start noticing opportunities. You start steering conversations towards the things you want, conciously or subconciously. Top of mind, tip of tongue.
It might feel like you’re drawn towards things or that things are drawn to you. Like some kind of animal magnetism. It’s not the list in itself, it’s you. You’ve shifted your behavior from wishing and waiting to wanting and acting.
Keep your original list. Expand upon it if you want. It’s fun to come back to it and tick off stuff you’ve gotten or achieved.
One thing you need to understand is that our brain is a single core processor. We. Can. Not. Multitask.
What our brain does is to shift focus from one thing to another. Even though it can do it rapidly the results are often lacklustre at best and fatal at worst (you can’t sext and drive at the same time!).
Like with creativity we also need to let things take time. The longer you can afford to work on a problem the better. Just let it flow in and out like the tide on a beach. Unless you don’t have a deadline or it becomes a hunt for perfection. Then it’s just stupid. I’ve said it before, but i’ll say it again: Perfection is an asymptote kids!
1. Write a big-ass list.
2. Decimate by choosing 10 items.
3. Choose your ONE item to focus on.
Results may include: success, failure, learning, improving and cramping of the manus (that’s latin for “hand”, not a freaky man/anus amalgamation, you dirty minx!).
A couple of quotes and a link to “The Secret” for the curious kids in the front row can be found below!
“Everybody talks about wanting to change things and help and fix, but ultimately all you can do is fix yourself. And that’s a lot. Because if you can fix yourself, it has a ripple effect.” – Rob Reiner
“The greatest gift you have been given is the gift of your imagination – what do you dream of wanting to do?” – Amanda Lindhout