I had the opportunity during the last week of June to visit Beijing China to provide training to a small group.
The training sessions were vibrant and full of discussion and growth. We discussed everything from sales tactics to service and processes.
It was my first time to China. I loved it! What a vibrant city! I went not knowing what to expect but I would have to say t that I expected less technology and industry than I found. Highways, cars, buildings, everything as modern as home. The subways were packed with people, young and old, actively communicating via their mobile devices. Some things have no boundaries.
I finished reading Anthony Robbins’ book Awaken the Giant Within for the third time. It’s over 500 pages of great insights. Of those many things I had the good fortune of having something I read yesterday play out for me.
Tony points out that at times we get caught up in doing the urgent things over the “important things”. Ever have that experience where you got a lot done in a day but still felt oddly frustrated at the end of the day? I’ve experienced that a lot. Tony points out that its because those activities may have been urgent, necessary but lacked “long term importance” or meaningfulness to us.
Today I put Tony’s words to the test, again. I took care of some of the urgent items on my “to do list” but also made sure that I took plenty of time for something that I felt was meaningful in the long run, something that allowed me to make a potentially significant and creative contribution to a group of people. TONY IS RIGHT! I loved it! I have that wonderful feeling of having lived a meaningful and fulfilling day!
You can find this topic in Tony’s book at Chapter 24: “Master Your Time and Your Life” (page 477).
I had the opportunity to speak with a group of about 50 people over the weekend. Some were business owners, doctors, lawyers, salespeople, teachers, mothers and fathers, all walks of life. One segment of our discussion centered around the value of taking time out to ponder, taking time out to just think about things in our lives.
For many of us the world moves pretty fast. We have a hard time finding those quiet moments to just think things through. We move from task to task, problem to problem, opportunity to opportunity. We get things handled. There is however tremendous value in locking yourself in your office, taking a walk or finding a place with a view where you can just let you mind wander. A notepad isn’t a bad thing to include.
It is in moments like this that I’ve found the most impact-full inspiration and insights. I started finding moments in these pondering rituals when I was just a teenager. Near our home in Southern California there were a lot of small hills one could walk or jog to the top of within a half an hour. At the top I would find a comfortable place to sit for an hour or two and just let my mind sift through the events of my life while enjoying the view of the valleys below. Often I would come to a resolution on a course of action for something I needed to do. It was one of the most enriching practices I ever engaged in.
Today, the hills around where I live are not so small but I find the same results when I spend time in my study, go for a walk in the neighborhood or enjoy staring at the flames in our backyard fire pit. Its not complicated. I just relax and think. Our minds have such power when we engage them outside of the rushed timetables of our lives.