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#noducksgiven #literallynotone OK, we all know 'rules are made to be broken'. That's obvious. But what's more tricky is breaking with convention. Why? Because unlike rules (which are just begging to be disregarded), conventions are more ingrained in our brains and somehow accepted as an absolute truth. We don't question them. You'll recognise one when you hear the words "That's not the way things work around here." And "It's never been done before." Basically, the majority of conventional thinking is the bullshit created by the cult of mediocrity to make you toe the conventional line. People get uneasy when they see other people push themselves to become great. It holds up a mirror to their fear/laziness/apathy/etc and they don't like what they see. And so they try to pull you back down. DON'T LET THEM. What do you think people said when the Wright brothers tried to fly ... Or (more modestly) when a lawyer said he wanted to become a chef? When something 'hasn't been done before' / 'isn't done that way' that's the best possible reason to make it happen. When people doubted me, I cut them loose. You don't need to carry that dead weight around with you. Drop the naysayers in your life and run towards your dreams. BE MORE LIKE A DUCK.
"Your vision of where or who you want to be is your greatest asset." I've been thinking about this a lot recently. It's actually really obvious. 99% of success comes from visualising the desired outcome before you begin. Think about it: @andymurray doesn't just hit the ball and hope for the best. He knows where he wants it to go before he hits it. Same in life. How can you possibly expect to have the life of your dreams if you haven't decided, in granular detail, what that life will look like? At best you'll be at the mercy of the currents surrounding you, at worst you'll end up helping someone else build their dream instead. So decide: What would your dream relationship look like? What would your dream job be? Your health / physical condition? The crazy thing is, for as much as I know this visualisation stuff works (historically every time I decide what I want, I usually end up making it happen), even I haven't put in the time to map out my next big dream. Life just gets in the way and the thing that is most important (your dreams) get put to the bottom of the pile. It's crazy 🙈 That's what this few days is about. Taking time out, getting perspective and giving myself the space to map out the next big thing. You owe it to yourself and the people in your life to do the same. To define the best version of you. Give yourself a couple of days over a weekend to write it out ... And if you want a more detailed explanation of how to do that, then let me know and I'll help. Going to the pub and spending half the weekend hungover may seem like an awesome idea, but I'll bet that giving up two days to decide exactly what you want to squeeze out of your time on this planet is better 🌍😉🚀