One of the things that I’ve been focused on lately is being conscious and present in the moment. I recently turned 40 years old and in my family it was a common occurrence on my birthdays for one of my parents to ask me “Do you feel wiser?”. When I was young I thought that this was a silly question because my answer was always no. This last birthday though my answer would have been different. My thirties literally flew by in a flash with family activities, career and work related obligations, and the daily routine of life. This has bothered me some because I question whether or not I squeezed all of the juice out of the time I was given during this period or if I was on a habitual auto pilot.
At the start of this decade of my life I feel like I’ve got a little more Zen working for me. I’ve been consciously committed to personal growth. Here are a few examples of things I’m doing differently:
- I attended an Anthony Robbins seminar with and at the recommendation of my wife. She’s been a fan of Tony’s for years having listened to his CDs and tapes. To say I was a skeptic would have been an understatement but as we worked through the seminar it changed me or better yet I realized that I needed to make some changes. At the conclusion I found myself walking the long 15 yards across burning hot coals – hot…hot…hot…
- I am attempting to significantly increase the number of books, blogs, and podcasts that I consume on topics that interest me and that support my goals.
- I’ve started this blog as a personal commitment to writing more. I’ve had this idea/feeling for a while but just never had the “why” to start. It came together for me after I read a post from John Saddington’s blog – Why I Blog.
- I coined a new phrase that I will attempt to live by – “Invest more into experiences than into things…”. A movie that does a great job at spinning this idea is Jim Carrey’s Yes Man.
- Finally, I noticed in the last couple of years that my body doesn’t recover from the intense Brazilian Jiu Jitsu martial arts training that I took up in 2006. I still train regularly but I have also added Yoga to my routine. Maintaining flexibility and a focus on regenerative training has been a big “A ha”.
I’m excited for the prospects of this next decade. I’m committed to consciously navigating them with new found clarity. That clarity reads something like this – “The quality of the next 10 years will be highly correlated to the quality of my vision, the plans I put into action, and the habits that I can create to support them.
Are you consciously choosing how your next decade will play out?