in the good old days, when Fletch and I were sharing an apartment, we used to theorize
Most of the notions that came out of our conversations were funny / useless (“Isn’t it strange how you go to sleep? Your body is there, your brain is working, but you are a million miles away. And yet you like it…”) but others I use every day to this day.
Fletch always said “Strength is your weakness.” What he meant by that was that people with a particularly strong trait developed a tendency to over-rely on that trait and that over-reliance eventually became a weakness. Insightful and provocative words coming from a man whose job revolves around optimizing performance from animals.
My mantra in those days (and, many times, these days): “The most powerful word in the English language is ‘now’.” One of the easiest things in the world to feel is stuck. It happens to all of us, all the time and, ordinarily, the feeling is more imagined than real. It doesn’t seem that way, but, in hindsight, it’s almost always true.
‘Now’ somehow changes the dialogue in such a way that gives a person power. When one becomes focused on what can be done now, somehow the road gets straighter and the world is less complex. What can you do right now? You can clean your office – always highly gratifying. You can read to your child (or someone that you know that is childish). You can empty your email inbox.
Take a step. Do it now.