Back to Basics - how the simple things can make the world of differenceJun 10, 2022
Hello My Friends!👋🏻 We've hit the halfway of 2022. Are you dying for this year to be over or excited for what's in store for the next half? In other words, is the glass half empty or full for you? 🥛
Long weekends were meant for people who run their own businesses too (although I never found that on the label)! That seems obvious, but for many years I fought internal battles to take them, felt guilt and always found excuses about why I needed to keep working. My partner and I went wild camping last weekend in Scotland🏴. It’s been over 5 years since properly camping (not counting a festival here and there). Wild camping is as close to near complete isolation and disconnection from the modernised world.
It was surprising how quickly my mind adjusted to the sites, sounds, smells and feelings being out in the wilderness brought me back to the basics.🧘🏼♂️ Being a part of nature, knowing how I could shape my environment to be more comfortable, but also not control-the weather, bugs or furry friends🐁 that would join us.
In our hyperconnected, high-tech and always-on-devices, it’s easy to become burnt out, overwhelmed and fearful to step away. Taking a break wasn’t the priority, it was too difficult to do, or I didn’t have others to go with. Or at least those were some of the excuses that kept me from taking action. Can you relate? 🙋🏾♂️ Even though this is a major theme in my book- Wired Influence (and a more recent LinkedIn post), I'm still on the journey to integrate work while maintaining a balanced lifestyle. In what ways do you get back to basics?
What I’m watching
👀A must-watch documentary about one of the most incredible (or insane) human beings, Ultra Marathon Runner and world champion, Courtney Dauwalter. This documentary follows one of her 50-hour runs (even 50 minutes can be hard😮💨) to break the standing record. Where she journeys in her mind and body out in the wilderness, running day and night, she and her team push through some insane challenges. Her basics are on another level, including her humility, love of running and being immersed in nature. It was so inspiring, especially after completing the Edinburgh Half Marathon two weeks ago. And THAT was not easy for me! Stories like Courtney's push the imagination, the human potential and how powerful our spirit is. The next physical challenge is calling my name now...
Who I’m learning from
Strange when people show up to you over and over again. It could just be the algorithm and the hype after a new book release, but this connection to this teacher was bound to happen. 😍I have just finished listening to Terry Crews’ book: Tough: My Journey to True Power and I am in awe of him, his digestion of a complicated past and how he broke through it to understand what real power he possessed. He is one of those 'jack-of-all-trades' or limitless potential people I am in awe of. All it took was him getting back to the basics of what happened to him, how he tried to protect himself and facing his darkest demons was only when he was able to break through.
Imagination training anyone?
Can't get out of your head still? Train your imagination to steer it in the right direction. Join me on Insight Timer this Sunday at 11:00am BST to put your imaginations to the test.💪🏼 Implementing powerful visualisation tools to uncover the possibilities before they become real. We'll be adventuring into 10-years into your future. I'll guide the session and let your imagination take over the rest. Become aware of the endless promise within yourself, the changes possible in the world and the small actions today that will help each of us there. Register for free, if you're awake and can join!
That’s it from me for now.
Bye bye 👋🏻👋🏻