3 Steps to Everything Within Your Grasp
I’m a big fan of podcasts. I started listening to them after the 2016 US election, because I was inundated with and tired of politics.
When it came time to renew my satellite radio subscription, I declined. If I couldn’t force myself to shut it off, I would just remove the opportunity to listen.
It was the best $100 I never spent.
So… What do I do with the time in the car if I’m not listening to pundits go back and forth? I’m not a huge music aficionado, so that wasn’t a choice.
Podcasts. Hmmm. Hey, they’re free, and I like some of the podcasters, so why not. As long as I have my phone, I can listen wherever I am.
So I did.
There’s a pretty wide range of podcasts I follow. Tony Robbins (wasn’t a big fan pre-podcast but I am now). James Altucher (an incredible variety of guests). Rick Warren (gotta get some Jesus going). Joe Rogan (I’m a huge UFC fan, and once I got past the salty language……he also is in to Crossfit and the Keto Diet, so he has nutritionists and body scientists on that help me understand that stuff).
My current favorite podcast is The Tim Ferriss Show. Tim has written several current classics, such as The 4 Hour Workweek and Tools of Titans. His style is just conversation with well crafted questions. Recently, Tim had Terry Crews as a guest. Terry is a former NFL player, artist and actor. You might remember him as the dad in the show Everybody Hates Chris.
I totally enjoyed the interview. Terry brought the hammer for me in this quote. “Everything that’s within your grasp is not meant to be in your hand”.
Floored me. So……just because I think it, or can reach it, or can do it……I don’t have to? Okay.
Live in your zone of genius.
I’ve spent a decent portion of my life thinking that I had to make the effort to do things I’m not talented at. I spent 6 years in the Navy, most of that working as a Nuclear Power Plant electrician on an aircraft carrier. While it was true that I understood most of the theories and concepts, I was not a good electrician.
Not only not good, I was lousy.
The other guys in my department knew it, and kept me from either harm, or damaging anything. I’m sure at the time there was some resentment from some, but perhaps 28 years later they’ve forgiven me
When I got out of the Service, I knew that working as an electrician was not my zone of genius. Not even.
Another shining example is tech. I’m not techie. Phone, laptop, iPad, doesn’t matter. I’ll struggle with most everything related, and actually, it’s fine.
So just quit worrying about the stuff you can’t do, don’t like, aren’t talented at, or just have no interest in.
Take a breath, you’re relieved of this duty. Stop giving ANY mental energy to things that you can’t be passionate about. Find a way.
There’s been a few times recently that I’ve hired Virtual Assistants on Fiverr, and I’ve used UpWork in the past. Both are fast, cheap, and produced a great outcome for me.
For electrical work. Well…..I call my Dad.
Be grateful for what you have.
This one is simple, but it’s big.
Tony Robbins said “When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears”.
There’s so much time wasted in life worrying about what you don’t have, instead of just stepping back and being grateful for what you do. Even the poorest of us in the US have more than most of the world.
Consider these facts:
- Nearly 1/2 of the world’s population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty — less than $1.25 a day.
- 1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty. According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty.
- 805 million people worldwide do not have enough food to eat. Food banks are especially important in providing food for people that can’t afford it themselves. Run a food drive outside your local grocery store so people in your community have enough to eat.
- More than 750 million people lack adequate access to clean drinking water. Diarrhea caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation, and hand hygiene kills an estimated 842,000 people every year globally, or approximately 2,300 people per day.
- In 2011, 165 million children under the age 5 were stunted (reduced rate of growth and development) due to chronic malnutrition.
- Preventable diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia take the lives of 2 million children a year who are too poor to afford proper treatment.
- As of 2013, 21.8 million children under 1 year of age worldwide had not received the three recommended doses of vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis.
- 1/4 of all humans live without electricity — approximately 1.6 billion people.
- 80% of the world population lives on less than $10 a day.
- Oxfam estimates that it would take $60 billion annually to end extreme global poverty–that’s less than 1/4 the income of the top 100 richest billionaires.
- The World Food Program says, “The poor are hungry and their hunger traps them in poverty.” Hunger is the number one cause of death in the world, killing more than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.
Now that you have a bit of perspective, are you grateful? Did you eat today? Do you have electricity, running water, and indoor plumbing? Did you have a choice of what you ate today, if you got to eat at all? I understand that it’s simplistic to quote these statistics and ask you to compare yourself. I suspect that if you were in a situation of extreme poverty like those above you wouldn’t have the means to actually read this blog post, but okay.
So now what?
Plan to Win
You’ve got to take action. You’ve got to make a plan. Even if you’re a person who normally doesn’t love lists, tasks, or calendars you’ll have to make an exception in order to make a difference.
The difference, just the difference in who you are now and where you are now, and the person that you are hoping to be, in this new year. That’s what you should plan for.
And what can you create with these changes? What right things?
Think about your personal zone of genius we spoke of. Make your plans based upon your ability and your passion and you can’t go wrong.
Resolve to progress with the skill sets you have, the tweaks you need to learn, and the passion you can manifest.
I’d wish you good luck, but you don’t really need it. Do you? Aren’t you… Already capable? You are, yes… That’s right. Let me help you with that next success you are shooting for.
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What you’ll walk away with is:
- Clarity on your bigger vision
- The discovery of the block that is holding you back
- An action plan to move you forward!
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