Decelerating Your Life to Supercharge Your Life

My close friend Mari Sierra is hosting a retreat next month (Jan 8 -17) for Entrepreneurs & Conscious Creatives in Bali and they have 5 spots left. (www.sierraymar.co/decelerate)

I thought some of my friends may be interested in their program.

The retreat is called Decelerate where the program is structured to support attendees in slowing down so they may find their core essence, their core purpose and energetic alignment with those currents, so that their creative gifts can be unleashed with full force throughout the year.

There will be daily yoga and meditation sessions facilitated by Erica Jago & Mari Sierra (internationally acclaimed designers / yoginis wink emoticon ), group facilitation by Michel Bachmann, and peer explorations and reflections with other like-minded souls in a beautiful setting.

I believe Energy Management is one of the most foundational skills for any Ambitious Creative in the 21st century.

One of the biggest problems I see in how many entrepreneurs and creatives live their lives, is that they believe there is linear relationship between time spent working and work produced.

The reality is that how much we accomplish is much more a function of how much energy we invest in our work and purpose rather than how much time we invest.

While Energy is a finite resource, it’s also a Renewable and Growable Resource.

To meet the demands of the incredibly stimulatory, fast paced 21st century life we must increase our Energetic Capacity.

Deliberately. Continuously. Consistently. Through Years of Practice, Refinement and Commitment to Mastery.

How do you increase Energetic Capacity?

By oscillating between cycles of stress and recovery.

That’s how strength and capacity is built.

In the fast paced, always on world of the 21st century, most people run their stress cycle but neglect the recovery cycle and consequently burn out.

I love Tony Schwartz basic framework, author of one of my favorite books, the Power of Full Engagement, where he describes our energy as coming from 4 core dimensions: Physical, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual.

Where we grow our capacity by developing stress and recovery habits rituals for each dimension.

This is why I work out so hard. This is why I biohack so much. This is why I master my mind through meditation and a myriad of other practices — so I can continue to increase my Energetic Capacity, creating and serving with greater and greater intensity.

Tony Schwartz also encourages people to see their life as a Series of Creative Sprints rather than a Marathon. Take a look at sprinters he says — they look like Lions, Kings of the Jungle…take a look at marathon runners, they look gaunt and on the edge of death.

Why is this?

One process is more aligned with Life’s Natural Cycle of Growth and Energetic Optimization.

Energetic optimization requires consistently asking yourself these two questions:

1) How is my energy?

2) Is my energy being allocated to what’s most important to me, my essence and my purpose?

Because when your energetic capacity and output is high, focused and directed towards the right things you are unstoppable.

So if you haven’t taken time for Recovery recently, I would highly recommend attending Decelerate as a potent opportunity to Realign and Restore your Being.

It may feel like there’s not time to take off for retreat, but what are you optimizing for? The short term or the long term?

From the short term perspective there is never time to Recover.

The Long Term perspective demands it.

And the Long Term process perspective is the only true path to Creative Manifest Greatness.

And that is one of my deepest desires for you.

Memetic Warfare

Patriotism may be obsolete.

But we’re all out there fighting Memetic Warfare every day.

I’m willing to die for my Memes…

You can join me, ignore me, or fight me…

But then I’d have to Memetically kill you.

I’d rather have you Join Me.

Train with me. Dream with me. Love the Idyllic Adjacent Possible Future into Reality with me.

It’s Memetic Survival of the Fittest out there.

Choose your Allegiances Wisely.

I choose to Surrender my Allegiance to the Deepest Kosmic Currents of Reality.

You’ll Inevitably Drown trying to Swim Upstream Against Spirit’s Indomitable River.

As the Universe we Live in is Paradoxically Designed for Probabilistic, Inevitable Destiny.

Do you want your Life to Flow with All of Existence or be an Ephemeral Stick in the Mud?

You may ask, how can one can know what the Kosmic Currents of Reality are?

And how can one Align with these Currents?

“That’s another story, I’m no story teller
I piss greatness like gold is yellow
All my goons so overzealous
I’m from Holly Groove, the holy Mecca” – Lil Wayne

“We’re up shit’s creek without a paddle” – Military Idiom

“Your genes will be unapologetically weeded out of existence” – Mystery

“Greatness is not this wonderful, esoteric, elusive, god-like feature that only the special among us will ever taste – you know it’s something that truly exists in all of us. It’s very simple, this is what I believe and I’m willing to die for it. Period. It’s that simple.” – Will Smith

Superstar Alter Egos

Steph Curry is one of my Entrepreneurial alter ego’s.

I’m the skinny kid, who they said couldn’t play defense, wasn’t fast enough, wasn’t strong enough, got drafted highly on potential and who many people we ready to give up on after a series of sprained ankles.

Thank you for the people who supported me through thick and thin. Who kept believing in me even when at times I lost belief in myself, who gave me strength when I fell into fear, uncertainty and doubt.

I love you.

Your support and validation is the only support and validation I truly need.

I’m about to break to the NBA 3 point record in the next few years.

Multiple Championships coming a few years later down the road.

How do I know?

Because greatness is forged in the gym when nobody is watching.

And I’m killing it in the training room of Life, draining consecutive 3 pointers from all around the arc.

“Whatever your mind can conceive and believe the mind can achieve regardless of how many times you may have failed in the past.” – Napoleon Hill

“My mother made me believe in myself. No matter how many people tell me “stop believing in yourself, stop saying what you can do, stop affirming what you’re going to do and then completing that in real life.” That’s the improper way to do it. I refuse to follow those rules that society has set up in the way that they control people with low self-esteem: with improper information, with branding, with marketing. I refuse to follow those rules. It’s about truth, it’s about information, it’s about awesomeness, and the only luxury is time. The time you spend with your family. That’s the only luxury.” – Kanye West

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Solid Advice from Kanye West

Kanye is a controversial figure with plenty of flaws but at least a quarter of what he says is real dope shit.

This is in that quarter.

Stand up for your creative expression. Push back against society trying to lower your self esteem. Refuse to be boxed in. Look to the great humans of years past for inspiration. Dream big. Make your dreams a reality.

If only Kanye could plant some seeds of bodhicitta I could love him more fully.

 

Patterns of Athletic Greatness

I spotted an interesting pattern with some of today’s most elite athletes:

Disappearing hyper athletic father, loving-sacrificing mother, surrogate father who recognizes their athletic talent and takes them in as their own.

Athletes who fit pattern off the top of my head: Lebron James, Kevin Durant, Ray Lewis, Jalen Rose, even Colin Kaepernick as a slight variant.

Possible mechanism: Great genes (where freakish athletic genes creates strong tendency for socially deviant behavior due to abundant testosterone if not in supportive social environment), strong and healthy maternal and paternal energy, incredible work ethic.

Against Humility In Pursuit of Greatness

Great humans like Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Steve Jobs, Mother Theresa, and Albert Einstein don’t humble me…

They inspire me.

To be a better person, a bigger person, a braver person, a more creative person, a more loving person.

They were born into more ordinary circumstances than most of us were. They had the same 24 hours in the day that we do. They had brains and bodies at birth no more biologically special then we did.

But through hard work, dedication and unwavering conviction to a better world carved their lives into works of greatness.

And their greatness is within the reach of all of us.

You know what humbles me?

The Universe.

And the size of the work we as a human race have in front of us to fulfill our destiny.

But that overwhelming awe striking sublimity I attempt to transmute into inspiration too.

So…

Pick up a shovel with me.

And let’s get to fucking work.

The Best Now Is The Best Ever

To be the best ever at something in human history, you really only have to be the best “right now”.

We are all standing on the shoulders of giants.

And all areas of societal progress compound (Access to Information, Nutrition, Finding Key Like-Minds, Value Adjusted Purchasing Power etc.) so that in the majority of situations the “best now” is the “best ever”.

So specialize in something and become the best in your generation and you may temporarily hold the title of G.O.A.T.

Greatest Of All Time.