Having the incredible privilege of working with an amazing brand, I get a lot of people asking about partnerships of one kind or another. If you are considering approaching any company about a partnership, sales pitch, joint venture, etc, then I hope this will help you.
I’ve developed a new relationship to fear.
Why do a vision board? Why do anything? Because it’s fun…. if it’s not fun, you’re doing it wrong.
One school of thought says to find the images of everything you want and and place it on a board. I think that’s too boring. I like to mix in the process of simply grabbing a ton of magazines, flipping through them and ripping out any image that sticks out… for whatever reason.
The above is what I created. The below explains what I love about some of the images, once I thought about them…
There’s no one way to do a vision board. In fact, my friend Charles (my co-conspirator/co-founder of The Affinity Lab) has a different take. Check out his…
Whatever your desires, your goals, the things that keep you up at night, the ideas you want to make real, the irrational hungers, the imaginary friends, the future lovers, and the movie in your mind…
…get it out of your head and into the world.
Okay, so here are the two dimensions or distinctions through which I think about time…
Time Expansion / Creation
The quality of our time is the most important factor. To increase the quality, first accept that the past exists as a fiction in your mind based on the stories you have created, and the future does not exist (by definition). Time spent in these two dimensions is usually time wasted because it is spent disengaged from real time and thus losing it or destroying it. Thus full presence is the most reliable technique of time expansion. Read The Power of NOW for a fast ramp-up.
Any time that you spend unconscious is time that is being destroyed. The most obvious example is dreaming. Most of us don’t even remember our dreams, but we do it every night. That is a whole world of lost time that you can learn to experience in vivid depth. See Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming.
On a large scale this includes compressing the time for major lessons. For example, what if you could take a 5-year romantic storm with a lot of hard lessons, and learn them all in less than a year? If you understand this, you get the importance of learning time compression. (On a deeper level it’s about recognizing your own projections in real-time). Great books for this are A Course in Miracles and Dark Side of the Light Chasers.
I’ve developed this strange habit of waking up naturally between 2am and 5am… and I love it. It’s like I’m able to freeze time. No one is emailing or calling. I don’t have to be anywhere. The world is asleep, and I’m alive. It almost feels like cheating death, it feels that good.
I think a lot about time. It’s the one quantifiable currency we all share. Rich or poor, no one has more than 24 hours in a day… or do they? Let me tell you – they do. Time is hardly a constant. How many times have you felt like a great day passed by in hours, or the opposite: waiting in a boring line that seems to take forever? Time is malleable. In fact, it’s constantly speeding up…
I sat with my grandfather, 88 years old and I asked him about his life. He said it’s all gone by so quickly. The man has seen two world wars, and went from a poor farm in Hungary, to living the good life in West Los Angeles, and all he can think about is how fast it all went by. I asked my Dad, “Do you feel like time is moving faster?” “Every year, he said. “Every year it gets faster and faster.” My friend Craig said, “Everything between graduating college and turning 40 feels like a blur. It all happened so fast.”
It’s tempting to take a “Seize the Day” attitude when faced with the accelerating pace of time. We think about all the trips we’d like to take, and all the things we’d like to do. But death bed realizations are not filled with stories of people who never got to take jungle expeditions to Madagascar. No, they’re filled with much deeper regrets – loved ones we never got to know, feelings we never expressed, jobs we stayed in too long. At an even deeper level, we realize that all the feelings of self-hatred, guilt, and judging others was completely in our minds and that every problem problem we believed we had was completely unimportant.
…these are the thoughts we’re faced with when staring into the void of our own demise.
But that’s not where I spend my time. In my next post I’ll give three distinctions I use to enjoy life, learn in real-time, and cheat death.