This book I can say with supreme confidence, changed my life.
There is certainly a reason why this book has changed the life of myself and so many others. It makes you think about the only thing that truly matters.
The present moment. I can certainly say for myself, I was so caught up in either who I used to be in the past or who I want to be in the future... that I would be completely absent of who I am right now.
I want to link this to Trevor Moawad.
I wathced an incredible podcast he was in. He is a performance specialist who works with top level athletes and he gave a beautiful example about success which I will share now:
This guy is failing out of high school, raised by a single mother in the Midwest (USA), he takes the SAT exam and is expecting a poor score and ends up getting 1480 out of 1600!
He is stunned and his mother knows her kid and says,
“did you cheat?”.
The boy replies, “no! I swear, I tried to cheat but it was too hard to see other peoples papers.
So the boy decides because he realizes he’s smart and he’s going into his senior year (final year of high school), he decides he is going to go to class.
So now, he isn’t hanging out with his old friends anymore.
Teachers see him going to class and concentrating so they start to treat him differently and spend more time with him helping his learning even more.
He then goes on to graduate college and ends up having a super successful entrepreneurial career.
12 years after this guys success, he gets a letter in the mail from the prince of New Jersey.
He opens it up and it turns out, the SAT board reviewed their policies and the year he took the exam he was one of 13 students who got sent the wrong SAT score.
His actual score was a 740 out of 1600.
He said, “people think my whole life changed when I got the 1480.
But what happened was my life changed when I started ACTING like a 1480.
And what does a 1480 do? He goes to class...”.
The lesson from this story is: your behavior is WAY AHEAD of your success.
So start behaving like your the best and sooner or later, you will be...
Why I love this this story so much is that I have huge aspirations for myself but it was almost as though I believed that at some point I would just radically change who I am and suddenly be the best.
That is not how life works. If you want to be the best you have to behave like you are the best NOW. This example illustrates this perfectly:
The billionaire didn’t make his billions then start meditating, eating healthy and exercising... the billionaire meditated, ate healthy and exercised and THEN made his billions...
So for me, I want to be the best. So now? I act like I’m the best.
I do everything that I would do if I already achieved the success I have achieved and I know that sooner or later I will. But this example from Trevor Moawad and linking it to be fully present with intense focus on the task at hand has allowed me to get on with what I know I need to be doing in order to get me to where I want to be.
Let me finish with one of my favorite parts from The Power Of Now:
“What could be more futile, more insane than to create inner resistance to something that already is? What could be more insane than to oppose life which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say ‘yes’ to life - and see how it suddenly starts working for you rather than against you”.
Thank you Eckhart, thank you Trevor.
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