February ended lightly, warmly, blissfully when I awoke to the sound of chirping birds at my friend Joannie’s house on Oahu. I ushered March in by living my old Hawaii life. Hiking around Tantalus and the North Shore, chanting to the trees at Lyon Arboretum, wading up to my ankles in the perfect blue off Lanikai Beach.
I turned 39 on a bicycle ride out to Waimanalo with my coach and decompressed from some curious decisions I’ve made of late. It was sublime.
When I returned home I made a few changes to my 2017 Action Plan. It occurred to me that while my thesis sentence focused on writing and adventure, my actual goals had nothing to do with either.
The truth is I don’t want to buy a house. Not right now and not by myself anyway. Every time I look at a home that’s for sale, I sit in the driveway in my car and cry. Then I back out and drive away without ever stepping foot on the property. Also, I have almost no interest in finishing A Course in Miracles. I’ve tried but it’s just not for me.
I believe staying the course is vital for success, but only once we’re certain we’re on a good one. My first pass didn’t quite hit the mark so here is my revised Action Plan for 2017:
1) Edit my book
2) Kick ass in the Syracuse Half Iron Man 70.3
3) Cut way back on sugar
4) Go on an adventure
A big adventure is in the works but for now just a little one:
Tomorrow afternoon I land in L.A. to ride out the month California style. I’ve told very few people what I’m doing in Los Angeles. To most I say I’m seeing friends and family. Those things are true. I guess I’m just a little nervous. Those who love me have raised their eyebrows at my choices quite a few times in my life and I absolutely loathe defending myself to them.
Tonight I’m turning to Seth Godin for advice instead of inspiration:
“Sooner or later it comes to this: Great work is the result of seeking out tension, not avoiding it. Great work doesn’t require reassurance, in fact, it avoids it.”
So what’s the big whoop? I’m attending a Tony Robbins seminar called Unleash the Power Within. Maybe those sorts of things have weird reputations or have been controversial in the news (remember the fire walk incidents?). Maybe they sound a bit cult-ish. I trust I’m strong enough to dilute the Kool-Aid with a flush of SmartWater.
All I know is it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and I’ve finally come into the means to do it. I’m really excited and nervous, in a good way!
I’ll report back with the scoop so long as I can see straight. Apparently these seminars go non-stop for 12-15 hours a day. The one I’m going to is four days long.
Wish me luck and I’ll see you on the flip 🙂