Yesterday, after a full day of coaching I took a break.
I sat down on the couch for a full 15-minutes and I did some reading....
It was amazing.
Partly because it has been a few weeks since I took the time to do that!
Crazy- and I have no idea where those few weeks have gone.
Can you believe it is August 4th! (special Happy Anniversary to my parents!)....
I was reading an old book by the legendary Billy Graham....
And I read something that hit me pretty hard and want to share it with you....
"We are no longer impressed by the television, when at one point we would all gather around it as it was a modern marvel. We no longer know when the next space shuttle is set to launch- it no longer impresses us. We are far too busy. We are moving far too quickly."
This paraphrased quote is real.
Think about it.
We are glued to these lit up, flashing, dinging rectangles that we hold in our hands for most of the day.
We default to looking at them when we are bored, nervous, sitting along in a restaurant, on the couch watching tv, at the dinner table with our families.
It is sick.
We are constantly taking in and attempting to process information at a speed in which we are actually unable to process it.
There is a lot of talk about mental health and anxiety today- but it really can be trimmed down to this.
We are taking in so much stimulus that our brain can not interpret and define the stimulus and it's meaning fast enough- therefore, we are consuming but not processing, consuming but not understanding, consuming but not retaining.
I ask you this...
What were the last 5 images or things you read on your phone?
Most have no idea.
We are using technology oftentimes at the cost of our own spacial awareness and cognitive awareness.
It is calm and peace and quiet that will still contribute to your next big idea, to your next break-through, to your next advancement, to your next great moment of connectivity in business, in life, with your family.
Instead of believing you must do more, believe and commit to doing less.
In doing less, you will live more.
In doing less, you will achieve more.
In doing less, you will find yourself with greater sensory and cognitive awareness.
Do not believe the lies and the false pressure that you place on yourself and society places on your through the marketing machine that it is.
Finally, yesterday I sat down with Peggy Grande, President Ronald Reagan's long time executive assistant....
I asked her what made President Reagan such a great communicator and unforgettable presence?
She said, "He made time for quiet- a lot of it to think, write, and read. He was not the extrovert that many saw him as. Much of his day was spend alone."
What if you applied this to your life and believed that it is slowing down, doing less per day, but more of the right stuff that will lead you to victory?
Let's try it.
Many ask, "Coach, why the heck did you start a farm and why are you spending the summer there and not in the Hamptons, or, in Florida?"
Well- now you know why!
If you want to see our next farm video- to see why, I just put out another farm video.
Slow down today.
Make it great.
Stillness leads to velocity.
COACH DANA CAVALEA.
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