I was running through the woods the other day on my quest to lose a few of my wintry pounds.
I like variety and can’t do the same thing over and over again. So I thought I’d do some trail running in the woods behind the house.
Apparently, you’re supposed to look where you’re going.
I was looking down, preoccupied with not falling when a sneaky tree branch came out of nowhere and knocked me in the head.
I was only looking at my next step – with no idea where I was headed or what to expect.
It’s a great metaphor and reminder if you’re ever feeling out of control. If you’re feeling stuck in limbo or off balance in your work or relationship it may be because you’ve been looking down.
Watch this short video for a better explanation.
I was talking to some guys who love adventure sports the other day, downhill skiing, motorcross racing, dirtbike riding, car racing, things like that…and we ended up talking about this habit that we can get into, especially when you’re tired, which is to start looking closer in than your horizon.
Sometimes on my dirtbike I would start looking down at the front tyre and all I could see was the next root or rock or tree that I was about to hit and everything was a surprise.
The downhill skiier guy told me that you always cross our skis when you look down. If you’re not looking down the hill or down the trail, your mind gets locked up into the present, the here and now and there’s a 911 feeling that you get in your body that everything is an emergency and so you’re always trying to over-correct.
You always need to be looking down the track – like racecar driver do – they’re always looking toward the next turn, they don’t look at the wall.
Which brings me to my story for today…
I tried some trail running out here in the woods yesterday before the snow came in. I was running through the trail, jumping over logs, bouncing off rocks and stuff, but I was looking down at pine cones and rocks trying not to twist an ankle. I didn’t see a branch coming up ten feet in front of me so I ran right into it and it just gashed my forehead wide open.
So then I was sat there bleeding thinking, this is the message I want to give you guys, but in the context of your life, your marriage, your relationship, your job or your crappy boss…
If your horizon is right there in front of you, that crappy day, the crappy thing she said to you, the way you feel, the emergencies, the 911 things that are going on in front of you, you find yourself on your heels, you’re reacting to EVERYTHING and so it feels like crap.
You end up dreading the next day because you don’t know what the next day has in store.
Do you wake up again, on your heels, dreading the next thing you’re going to have to react to?
What would it mean if you were looking down the trail?
What if you just picked your head up and stopped worrying about what is in front of you right now and start creating the path that you want to go down?
What about 5 years from now?
What kind of life do you want to live?
What kind of job do you want to have?
What kind of relationship are you going to have NO MATTER WHAT?
Looking down the trail in your life and relationship and your job means getting out of the current moment and starting imagining yourself as a creator of your life.
You start looking at the things you CAN DO under your own power, if only you could look up long enough to think about them, to imagine them and to create them on your own.
So don’t put a gash in your head.
For this weekend, look up.
Don’t look at what’s going on in front of you.
Don’t look at an impending argument or an impending shit show.
Don’t think about what’s going to happen in the next 10 minutes, think about where you’re going. Think about the happiness, the joy and the connection. Think about the relaxed, confident man that you’re going to be no matter what and start living from that place.
You’ll make the turn a lot easier I promise.
You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there. ~ Yogi Berra
When we’re moving through life with our head down worrying about the next thing to go wrong all we see are things about to go wrong.
Then we react to those things only to find another thing waiting after that. We’re on our heels and off balance.
In other words, the world is “happening to us” at every moment. We feel like a victim of circumstance.
But, what if you could look up long enough to make a plan of your own? What if you “happened to the world” instead?
What if you realized you were actually the creator of circumstances instead of a victim?
The only way I know to help a man who is feeling out of control, stuck in limbo or off balance is to help him to look farther down the road and make a plan of his own.
And when he does this, the immediate barrage of B.S. in his life becomes less important. He responds to the current distractions more effectively and with less drama.
He can do this because he has a stronger focus on what he is CREATING for himself than what is happening around him.
In the context of a frustrating job or struggling relationship this means you must have a CRYSTAL CLEAR PICTURE of how you plan to change the situation. You must have an inspiring vision of what you want and what you’re going to create – no matter what.
The most common word I hear men use to describe this mindset is “liberating”. They feel both free from the drama of the immediate circumstances because they feel free to focus on something brand new of their making.
What would this mean for you? What tree branches are smacking you in the head these days because you’re not looking farther ahead?
If you were CRYSTAL CLEAR about what you wanted to create, what would be your next move?
If you enjoy these kinds of conversations and if you feel a stir in your gut thinking about this, I recommend you find a group of men to share that with.
Don’t hide out and don’t think you can do this alone.
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We want to help you rediscover the peace and calmness of knowing exactly where you’re headed.
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