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Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail

Recently I had some serious lower back pain for the second time ever and in less than one year. It was so bad I could barely walk and when I did my torso was at a 30 degree angle to the ground (it was a little funny to look at). 

The first time I had the back pain, I was like “I’m about to turn thirty and I’m too young for this—it’ll never happen again.”

What I should have done the first time, was trace my steps back to find out how I got hurt. Then take notes every day I was in pain, figuring out what activities helped and what hurt. Finally I could have ventured to learn preventative measures against future back pain.

Days, months, and weeks are full of patterns that often repeat themselves. Instead of digging deep to create contingencies, crisis prevention plans, or damage control procedures—the idea that “this will never happen again so everything is all good” permeates.

Living in the moment is wonderful and a critical part of life; but planning for a future, whatever the outcome, is a must.

The good news is our primitive brains already know how to do this. You learned not to put your hand into an open flame, not to walk into moving traffic, and when to fight or fly.

But now it’s time to move past the primitive brain and take planning to a higher level—looking for patterns, refining the edges, and using the negative energy and processes against themselves. This is your Jedi training.

Repercussions of the Hesitant Trapeze Artist

During a paid performance, the flying trapeze artist who flinches before she leaps is the flying trapeze artist who ends up breaking a leg (not in the good, show business way). 

The way to avoid the hesitating flinch is… trust (duh, Josh).

The way to build the trust is rehearsal. Hundreds if not thousands of attempts to leap off of boards into the arms of a partner or the bar of a trapeze, several stories above the ground with a net underneath. 

Back to trust. Know that the infrastructure you set up for yourself and the weeks you spent on rehearsal and preparation are good enough. Trust that your muscle memory is strong and the neuropaths within your brain are prepared for numerous outcomes.

Don’t flinch… go all in. Put away the technique from rehearsal and act in the present (not the future of “what might be” or the past of “what was”).  

The Secret Voodoo Behind the World’s Greatest Innovations

Sometimes it’s better to sell and convince based on your intent… and then work like hell to deliver what you promised.

The psychology behind the commitment you made (see: the book Influence by Robert Cialdini) will be too strong a motivator for you to give up or do anything but keep your promise. You’ll do anything and everything in your power to see that you succeed. 

Selling and promising on intent is the secret voodoo behind some (if not all) of the world’s greatest innovations. It brings the impossible to I’Mpossible…

What the World Needs Now...

I’m thinking about world peace... My mind is bugging out on all the war and violence in the news over the past month or so.

There’s a good deal of awful things happening right now but there’s an abundance of beauty as well.

Instead of focusing on who is doing what to whom, or the overarching philosophy on good vs. evil inside human beings, or some magic potion to fix it all…

Let’s talk about a whole bunch of small actions that lead to our desired action— 

The world needs more mentors—you and me.

1) Maybe you don’t know everything
2) Maybe you come with a lot of baggage.
3) Maybe you don’t have a lot of time.
4) Maybe you’ve been told repeatedly that you don’t offer value.

But it’s much more simple than that.

1) You only need to know something.
2) It’s all good, baggage makes you interesting
3) Totally cool, you don’t need to have a lot of time
4) You have value. Every person, whether they know it or not is a teacher. 

Being a mentor is as simple as showing a kid how to hit a free-throw in basketball, how to tie their shoe, or your favorite technique on learning to be comfortable in your own skin. 

Whatever you know—farming, love, money, relationships, proper flossing techniques—give a little of that knowledge away. We’re all in this together. 

The mentorship you provide isn’t going to solve all of the world’s problems in one fell swoop—nor will the mentorship of one billion. But the abundance you provide to another person will help them give their own gifts to another person, providing space and time to find new and innovative ways to help the impoverished and hungry and war-stricken. 

All it takes is one single act of kindness today—your finding the time to be a mentor. 

You will have officially left the world better than when you found it, which is part of the ultimate goal while we’re spinning around on this rock.