GREAT Morning Everybody!
Here are your 3 golden nuggets for the week!
- “Forget all your learnings. Now is the moment that NEVER ends.” – Unknown
Last week, I spent 5 days in beautiful Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for a buddy’s bachelor party. We did all sorts of fun activities! We rented a yacht, went to multiple pool parties, bars on the beach, clubs, a hike and even swam in the ocean! What struck me was that in the middle of every activity, somebody inevitably mentioned how excited they were for the next voyage, or attempted to plan for the next adventure while completely forgetting that they were currently in the midst of a fantastic time! Unfortunately, many of us do the same thing in our everyday lives. In the midst of a delicious dinner, we fantasize about tomorrow’s breakfast. As we open presents on Christmas morning, we simultaneously daydream about how lit our New Year’s is going to be. There is nothing wrong with looking forward to something, but when this excitement pulls us out of the present moment, out of enjoying right Now, we rob ourselves of precious life! We get so caught up in the next thing that we forget to enjoy this thing! This is a reminder to soak up every second of your Thursday. Every second of your weekend! Every second of your life! You will never get this moment back. Enjoy it in all its fullness!
- “We don’t rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training.” – Archilochus
Achievement of any goal takes hard work. It takes hours of training, sacrifice and dedication to experience success in all endeavors. Simply put, if we haven’t put in the work, we cannot expect to succeed. Growing up, Steph Curry (Point Guard for the Warriors) would not leave the gym until we swooshed 5 free throws in a row. If the ball so much as grazed the rim, he would start back at 0. When Steph gets tired on the court, his relentless work ethic and training regimen equips him with the tools required to elevate his mental state and succeed against the greatest of odds.
- “We must be at ease with not knowing. When we become comfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in our lives!” – Eckhart Tolle
Waiting for my CPA scores to be released was undoubtedly more excruciating than the self-discipline it took to study for the 4 beasts. This is because I was not at ease with not knowing. My mind ran mental simulations 8+ hours a day, attempting to re-create each question on the test in order to provide myself with an illusory mental grade on the exam. Looking back, I could have reduced a lot of suffering during my CPA Exam days by letting go and practicing acceptance. The truth is, no amount of worry about what I got on the exam would ever make any difference on the score that was released. When we can go with the flow of life, cultivating serenity for the things we cannot change, life becomes much more enjoyable!
Enjoy what comes of today!