You put your energy into everything you do. If you put your energy into the wrong thing it’ll take you down the wrong track. Put your energy into the right thing, it’ll lead you to where you want to be. Do you hold yourself accountable for your energy and where you put it? DId you know that thought and emotion are as powerful energy expenditures as jogging?
Sometimes people think so hard about things that they become exhausted. If those things they think about are productive, the exhaustion feel fabulous, and sleep is deep. That’s a great day and there’s a fund of that energy so rich, it’s amazing. It’s almost like perpetual motion. But those things they think about are unproductive, the exhaustion will end up being a health problem like cancer or heart failure or even simply relationship destructive. So, you can see, work affects people in many ways outside the office that the office doesn’t care about. Therefore, you must take responsibility for it.
There are warning signs everywhere when you are going down the wrong track: you start making excuses for being tired, you might drink a little more, you might play far too much or too little sport, you might eat too much or even join a meditation club, pay a fortune and think you are getting superior, all super spiritual – calm and relaxed.
WHY DO 97% of Accidents Happen in the Himalayas Coming Down
Lets take an example: last week a guy got squashed by a truck riding his bike to work. He fell under the back wheels of a semi. He was flattened like a pancake, I even think they had to get an egg flip to get him off the road. He had a wife and three kids under 5. Their lives changed that day. And what will they say? “Daddy died going to work.”
Well there’s two ways that can go. Daddy hated his job therefore Daddy died for no good reason or Daddy loved his work and he died for a good reason. Once you die, you can’t change that paradigm.
A long time ago I arrived in Nepal and flew to the mountains to start a 30 day expedition. I had spend $400,000 and six months training for it. Three hours from the start, for no apparent reason, I put my pack down on the snow, cried into my hands, I wasn’t prepared to die doing this.
If you died in a car accident going to some place boring surely you’d be in your ghost phase of no body and thinking “shoot, what a waste.” You’d be disappointed about being dead but you’d be frustrated about dying doing something quite uninspiring and boring.
But if you were on my way to do another great corporate assignment that you could link to something you think is important in the world, then at least they’d say “he, she, died doing what they loved” including the bike rider I mentioned above.
Most car accidents happen close to home. Only 1% of accidents occurred more than 50 miles from home. Most people drive close to their home, which is why car insurance rates depend heavily on your home address.
Most car accidents happen near home – mainly because that’s where most people do most driving. But there’s a more inspired reason. When a person is going to work and wishes they were home, their mind is home and not on the road. When people are coming home but wish they were at work (70% of people admit they do not look forward to entering their domestic relationship in the evening and would prefer to stay at the office) their mind is not where they are going.
So the answer to the question “WHY D0 97% of Accidents Happen in the Himalayas Coming Down” is simple. On the way up, there’s no option, you have to be where you are, mind and body, with a vision of the future. Whereas on the way down, mind goes to home, safe and warm with family, body is on mountain and vision is gone, achieved.
Those who don’t fall prey to this accident prone experience on the way down already have their next adventure planned and loaded as soon as they place their flag at their destination. So, they re-engage their vision, reconnect their mind and body, and enjoy the trip down. They do not let the emotion of success or failure or achievement overwhelm them and cause a lapse of concentration.
If you dropped dead tomorrow would your family say “ahh she died doing what she loved.”
It’s a bit of an acid test really because it’s a bit late if we croak it to change what people think about our life… Isn’t it?
There is a work around for doing something you might think you wouldn’t want to die for.
You see, it’s never about the work. All work – even selling icecreams, has its downside. You really need to stop trying to find work without the downside. That’s pathetic. It makes you everyone’s patsy. It makes you vulnerable to dying for nothing and therefore living for nothing, thinking, “oh, when I change the job my life will be better.” That is drivel. That is Gen Y, That is so “coat the world with leather instead of wearing sandals.”
They key here is the mind, body vision bit.
You might be a bank teller in the worst bank in the world stanging up, doing what ATM’s do better knowing that you are just a face on the front of an ATM, temporarily at least until they make you redundant. So everything feel crappy, but it’s no reason to die, to kill yourself on the way to work in lost concentration.
You can think “I have the chance to change the world one heart at a time” You can impact people, change their lives, change their day. You do not have to think “its a hard job standing here” you have the freedom and self respect to shift that to “I love the fact that I help people with their money”
When you meet someone who rubs their job up against you and says it’s shit, you owe it too them to compliment them. You can change the world one heart at a time. You can, without going overboard at least say “well I for one am glad you are doing what you do.”
And, if you work in an industry people criticise, like financial advice, which has a lot of bad press lately, you need a sheet of paper with 200 reasons why you love your job, not for self satisfaction, which is gratification and toxic, but for the fact that you too are changing the world one heart at a time…. 200 ways you serve and change one heart at a time through your work.
My spine is crushed in the lower lumber mainly from carrying packs in the Himalayas. For most of those trips I took people up because that is one way I change the world one heart at a time. To be sitting here typing this with a buggered spine as a result of taking others to Nepal, is a profound a wonderful reason. If i did it, for my own spiritual or personal gratification, boy, I’d be pissed right now. But I’m not. 380 clients… 380 big hearts opened. 380 times my calculated multiplier of 1,000 others per one heart opened. 380,000 people whose heart has changed as a result of those trips. Changing the world one heart at a time, now that’s worth dying for…
What’s your multiplier. If you work with children it could be huge.If you work with leaders it could be incredible. Focus on that, not how much self satisfaction you get or how many nice bosses you have… that’s just a waste of a good life. It will always be 50/50.