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Perspectives, Pt. 3 - Destination < Journey

Perspectives is a series about just that - perspectives: how we view the world; how we process the information and events we experience in everyday life.

In order to self-correct we must first be self-aware enough to know what needs correcting. Self-awareness entails an objective view of how we personally think and operate, which leads to a greater empathy and understanding towards others with whom our views and perspectives differ.

The heart behind this series is to examine the power of perspective through blog posts, to help illustrate and open our eyes to the power perspective can bring. At some point, your perspective and mine will undoubtedly differ... and that’s the point. This is my take on it, what’s yours?

The Question

Here’s the question: what’s more important? The journey? Or the destination?

I would guess that most of us would agree that the journey is the probable answer, but do our lives and our actions really back up that belief? My guess is: that’s hardly the case.

Life Is Not A Hot Shower

"We don't rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training." - Archilochus

Hot showers are great. I mean, who doesn’t like them?

It’s virtually a universal truth - a part of life we can all agree on. There’s just something about the simple pleasure of standing under a stream of warm steamy water that brings us joy and comfort in life.

… Maybe that’s why we like it so much: because it’s so un-like life.

The Case For Idealism

"Never give up on a dream just because of the length of time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”  - H. Jackson Brown

The idea of “Idealism” is a concept discussed by many in a broad swath of cultural spheres and influences, ranging from Forbes to the NY Times to Psychology Today (which we will be looking at today). It is a concept that appears nuanced, but the implications can be seen on multiple levels. From politics, to society, to relationships, careers, and beyond, this is a concept that has cascading effects on the general population at large, and my goal in this article is to help you see how this is true and why it is important.

To begin, let’s make this personal…

Resolve: How Sticking to the Game Plan Can Pay Dividends

Resolve: "to decide firmly on a course of action"

This concept isn’t isolated to the realm of golf. If you scour the inter-webs for interviews from professional athletes throughout the spectrum of professional sports, you will hear the same verbiage being used. From college basketball, to boxers, to motocross racers, to endurance runners, to tennis players, and more: success is always a derivative of following the predetermined game plan.

Beyond the realm of athletics, this is a principle adopted and used by the masses in all forms of business and creation. One prime example is the beloved “business plan”. When starting any venture or business, the first step is always the creation of a game plan, mapping out the ins and outs of what this future business entails. Writing a book follows a parallel process, usually beginning with some form of a book proposal that depicts what the future pages will hold.

From athletic endeavors, to creative works, to business practices, and more, sticking to the game plan is a strong indicator for the success that follows.

Breathing - What it Means, What it Can Do, and Why

This past month I had the privilege of attending a “Breathing Performance and Recovery Camp" down in Costa Mesa, CA.  Now, in hearing the title, you may be thinking: what could possibly be the purpose in that? 

Simply put, breathing is the base source of life.  Without it, we don’t stand a chance.  On average, we inhale and exhale around 20,000 times a day!  When we inhale, Oxygen (O2) is delivered to the body by means of the lungs, and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is then discharged by the exhale.  When we no longer breathe in oxygen, there won’t be enough oxygen in the bloodstream for the vital organs, and the result will ultimately be death.  This is not a trivial part of life, but rather an essential element.

Okay, enough with the basics, how does CONSCIOUS BREATHING impact performance, health, and human flourishing?