I believe everybody has a vast potential hiding deep inside them like a slumbering dragon. The issue is, our potential gets suffocated by our lives as we grow older.
I need a good balance of big picture and little picture perspective in order to function well. Whenever I get out of balance, I become immobilized, like a deer in the headlights.
Lately, I’ve been focused on achieving “One big thing a day”. Usually it’s the thing I don’t want to do. Usually it addresses the big picture issues that help me move forward in my life. Usually it clears up my mind to then go on and do the next thing that I need to do.
“I may be the laziest mindfulness instructor in the world because I tell my students that all they need to commit to is one mindful breath a day. Just one.
Breathe in and breathe out mindfully, and your commitment for the day is fulfilled. Everything else is a bonus.
There are two reasons why one breath is important. The first is momentum. If you commit to one breath a day, you can easily fulfill this commitment and preserve the momentum of your practice.
Later, when you feel ready for more, you can pick it back up easily. You can say you don’t have 10 minutes today to meditate, but you cannot say you have no time for one breath, so making it a daily practice is extremely doable.”
-Chade Meng Tan, Google Pioneer and Meditation Expert
How did Matt Mullenweg, founder and coder of Wordpress, get in shape? He started by committing to one push up a day.
“No matter how late you’re running, no matter what’s going on in the world, you can’t argue against doing one push up. There’s no excuse.”
Both of these examples come from interviews with Tim Ferriss, who has spent a large portion of his life interviewing experts in their fields about how they succeed at health, wealth, and wisdom.
I’ve realized that there is no end result to life; Rather, it is an ongoing experiment that we all take way too seriously to be able to navigate effectively.
As soon as we become embroiled in conflict or problems we get overwhelmed and cease to function at our top capacity.
Meditation, exercise, eating well, and time in nature all help to release us from our own troubled lives, but we have to make an effort to do each of those things.
The best way to make that effort is to set small goal of doing one thing a day, whether that is one breath, one push up, one page of writing, or anything really, it doesn’t matter. Just one thing.
And then you have succeeded.
It sounds silly, but it is true. It is the small victories that build up into the larger victories.
Maybe we are too old and we think we can’t celebrate making the bed — why not? How does it hurt to celebrate creating a wonderful breakfast, or taking a minute to breathe mindfully?
It doesn’t hurt, and it can only help you. And then, you can help others.
Every day, we need to celebrate every victory that we can. Life is short. Soon, it will be over- there will be nothing to celebrate.
What is the one thing that you are going to do today?