Time Warrior - Big Ideas

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1. Deadlines and Urgency

1.1. Chapter 54: You can be the author of urgent

1.1.1. i. I'm the author of this novel called my life and I'm not going to give that up. I'm not going to pretend I'm not the author. (The word "authentic" and the word "author" come from the same place.)

1.1.2. ii. I get to say when anything's urgent and when it's not.

1.1.3. iii. Most people use a child's viewpoint to create their daily priorities: would someone else get mad if I didn't do it by this time?

1.2. i. The more seriously you regard your deadlines and the more you keep your word on meeting your deadlines, the stronger you get internally. The higher your self-esteem becomes. The more you trust yourself.

2. Systems

2.1. i. When I write a book without a writing schedule, it is really a nightmare, and it doesn't get done right

2.2. ii. Paradoxically, the best creativity comes from working with the most structure you can possibly impose on yourself.

2.3. iii. Anything you can do to schedule yourself increases creative output.

2.4. iv. An artificial structure works. Forcing the action. It works in all aspects of life. I don't feel like going to this meeting... I don't feel like going to this family gathering... I dread it. And then I get there and I have the time of my life.

2.5. v. So now I just do it. Because it's on this structure I call a calendar.

2.6. vi. What do i feel like doing right now? That is the worst question I could ever ask myself during my workday.

2.7. vii. In my workday, the feeling question is the worst question I can ask myself. The best questions are: "What do I want to produce?" and "What structure would guarantee that?"

3. Linear v/s Non-Linear Time

3.1. non-linear approach. Just do it. The linear approach is to string the problem out over time. To put yourself though lots of linear paces as you struggle to finally "know how to".

3.2. iii. Non-linear time management doesn't ever have a long timeline. It has two choices: now or not now.

3.3. ii. I experience a stressed-out feeling whenever I think about the deadline for a creative project. But my stress comes from having that project be in the future.

3.4. The future consumes time and energy

3.4.1. iii. And worrying about the future is the very definition of weakness.

3.4.2. iv. "The constant, unproductive preoccupation with all the things we have to do in the future, is the single largest consumer of time and energy."

3.4.3. v. Slow down. Focus. And love what you are doing.

4. Optimism is a Tool not a feeling

4.1. Most people think optimism is a feeling that comes and goes, and that's why they never know how to use it.

4.2. Optimism is an effective tool, like a shovel. Think how useful a shovel is if you are going to dig a hole in your yard. You never ask before you dig. "How do I get myself to feel like a person who use a shovel?"

4.3. Like a shovel

4.3.1. iii. You use one or you don't.

5. No, you'll never find time

5.1. i. You will never "find" time for anything. If you want time you must make it. - Charles Buxton

5.2. ii. And just how do you make time?

5.3. iii. By creating your day. By being ruthless.

5.4. iv. The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge while an ordinary man takes everything either as a blessing or a curse. - Carlos Castaneda

6. Become a warrior

6.1. ii. You must pull out your sword ahead of time to carve out periods of space and silence.

6.1.1. iii. Devoted time.

6.1.2. if you can bring gentle, sustained focus to a task, you'll never regret the results.

6.1.3. Management study: 1 Hr focused uninterrupted time = 3 Hrs of unfocused time

6.1.3.1. ix. winners focus, losers spray

6.1.4. x. How "violent" a swordsman you are going to be before your day begins. How much uninterrupted time will you carve out for yourself?

6.2. v. Voltaire observed, "No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking."

6.2.1. vi. The key word in Voltaire's observation is "sustained." We don't sustain. We don't take long, thoughtful, sustained walks. We don't sit quietly in space

6.3. Rocky Marciano, undefeated champion and FOCUS

6.3.1. Exclude himself from world 3 months before a fight

6.3.1.1. including wife and family

6.3.2. 10 days before fight

6.3.2.1. no calls, no mail, no new acquaintances

6.3.3. Week before

6.3.3.1. No shaking hands

6.3.3.2. No new foods

6.3.3.3. No car rides

6.3.4. i. Bruce Lee identified the warrior as an average person with laser-like focus.

6.4. Your problem is not time management, its lack of Purpose

6.4.1. i. You're on your way out the door to the car to drive to the airport and somebody says to you, "Hey, do you have a minute? I've got a couple of things I want to discuss." You simply say, "No, I don't. I don't have time right now, I'm on my way to the airport."

6.4.2. ii. You are a warrior in that moment of time. You can say no.

6.4.3. iii. Purpose makes you that way.

6.4.4. iv. You wouldn't have any problem whatsoever managing your time! The reason for that is you have a specific mission. You have a commitment.

6.4.5. v. So with a clear mission driving me, time management is never a problem.

6.4.6. What, exactly, do I want to do?

6.4.6.1. i. Push my head under the water and I experience an increase in energy because I am immediately focused on what I want to do. I want to get out of the water. So I know exactly what I want to do.

6.4.6.2. ii. And any time I know exactly what I want to do my energy increases.

6.5. keep your soul alive

6.5.1. i. To know what you prefer, instead of humbly saying "Amen" to what the world tells you to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive. - Robert Louis Stevenson

6.5.2. ii. As warrior (not worrier) I will wake up and create my day based on how I prefer to serve this world.

6.6. Forget about your safety!

6.6.1. i. Most of your own lack of success comes from an exaggerated inner compulsion to feel safe and sound.

6.6.2. ii. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious. - Rumi

6.6.3. iii. "If you cannot risk, you cannot grow. If you cannot grow, you cannot become your best. If you cannot become your best, you cannot be happy. And if you cannot be happy, what else matters?"

6.6.4. iv. Later, as adults, we find habits, addictions and comfort zones to hide out in, not even knowing we are doing it until we are on our deathbeds looking back.

6.6.5. v. Kicking ourselves. For not living dangerously. For not taking more risks.

7. Beating Procrastination

7.1. Get as small as you can

7.1.1. The mind makes all future tasks big and scary. So we procrastinate.

7.1.1.1. iii. Even little things, when we imagine doing them in the future, get distorted and take on frightening proportions.

7.1.1.2. iv. Because the imagination, when it ventures into the future, always finds the worst case.

7.1.2. Action is the answer.

7.1.2.1. But not always big action

7.1.2.1.1. Give your task 3 minutes

7.1.2.1.2. vii. Small actions. Any tiny action.

7.1.2.1.3. Make it as easy to do as possible

7.1.2.2. GO as small as possible and execute it

7.1.3. Smallest acts are like ATOM

7.1.3.1. i. If I'm procrastinating then I want to identify my next action.

7.1.3.2. ii. And then I want to split the atom.

7.1.3.3. The atom is a very small thing, yet very powerful when split. The smallest acts are like atoms. They often turn out to be the most important acts of our lives. So once I identify the big scary imagined task as a distortion produced by my own worried mind, I want to go small, as small as possible.

7.2. Just Begin

7.2.1. The beginning is half of every action. - Greek proverb

7.2.2. The problem with procrastination is that there's no beginning going on

7.2.3. we challenge like a warrior challenges. By simply beginning the task

7.2.4. i. Begin - to begin is half the work, let half still remain; again begin this, and thou wilt have finished. - Marcus Aurelius

7.3. Chapter 64: Let your life be a small thing

7.3.1. Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. - Vincent Van Gogh

7.3.2. Dream a really big dream and once you do that ....take the tiniest action possible, the smallest step imaginable in the pursuit of that dream.

7.3.3. It's not a choice between success and failure in living the dream, it's a choice, today, between a tiny step and no step.

7.3.4. We weep for the part of us that does not give its all.

7.4. Motivation will follow

7.4.1. The biggest fallacy there is about making good use of one's time is that you have to feel like doing something before you can do it

7.4.2. ii. Try this: Have the action happen first.

7.4.3. iii. The motivation shows up. It was there all along.

7.4.4. Work itself is what inspires us

7.4.4.1. i. Just as appetite comes by eating, so work brings inspiration, if inspiration is not discernible at the beginning. - Igor Stravinsky

7.4.4.2. ii. Inspiration will arrive after you start working on the thing you thought you weren't inspired by.

7.4.4.3. Inspiration is sleeping in everything. You don't have to worry about it any more. Just get to work and watch what happens.

8. Serving is the opposite of pleasing

8.1. i. The most efficient use of your time is to serve with it. Serving is always effective. It always has an amazing (though sometimes delayed) return on investment of energy.

8.2. ii. The least efficient use of your time is to please people with it. To try to win approval. To impress someone.

8.3. iii. Ineffective people think they need more and more love from others.

8.4. ii. Focusing on my own "needs" will cause me to lose sales, lose friendships, lose business, lose happiness. Wanting something for myself is demeaning and always feels infantile at the level of soul. Wanting something for you is more fun than I ever dreamed it could be.

9. Action Orientation

9.1. Stop all that thinking

9.1.1. ii. Doing is the most underrated thing there ever was.

9.2. Don't Freeze

9.2.1. i. What I do not advocate is being out of action. Waiting. Trying to decide things. Calling time out.

9.2.2. ii. Being frozen while making difficult decisions. It leads to misery.

9.2.3. iii. Stop trying to decide what to do. Just choose something and do it.

9.3. Want to know who you are?

9.3.1. i. Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you. - Thomas Jefferson

9.4. How do I become creative?

9.4.1. All action has you leaving your comfort zone. That's what's fun about it when you do it - and scary when you think about it in advance.

9.4.2. ii. Creativity is not about the mind, it's about the body, and the action that body takes The mind just shows up later with a bundle of fresh new ideas. Ideas you'll enjoy acting on.

10. Identity

10.1. Try risking your identity

10.1.1. i. You have to be able to risk your identity for a bigger future than the present you are living. - Fernando Flores

10.1.2. That's what has to happen for an individual to go from pretty okay to absolutely great - at whatever endeavor

10.1.2.1. Lose that identity

10.2. Don't Seek Approval

10.2.1. the more approval I try to win, the worse I feel.

10.2.2. winning the approval of other people is a descent into cowardice as a man. It's the act of going pathetic in the face of circumstance.

10.2.3. It is pathetic

10.3. Don't seek permission

10.3.1. i. The question isn't, Who is going to let me; it's Who is going to stop me? - Ayn Rand

10.3.2. Dont look outside yourself for permission to do something

10.4. Victim Mindset

10.4.1. Our problem is that we forget we can be the director and actor. Instead, we pout like little children. We go on strike against life.

10.4.2. I dont know How to

10.4.2.1. people begin sentences with "I don't know how to.." and right then they are down the rabbit hole. They have become victims. The primary thought of a victim is "I don't know how to." And it's always a lie.

10.4.2.2. Aristotle: "Whatever we learn to do, we learn by actually doing it. People come to be builders, for instance, by building. By doing self-controlled acts, we come to be self-controlled, and by doing brave acts we become brave."

10.4.2.3. A warrior doesn't have to "know how to" do something. A warrior simply chooses to do it.

10.4.2.4. Van Gogh said, "If you hear a voice within you saying "I am not a painter," then, by all means, paint... and that voice will be silenced."

10.4.3. I don't know enough

10.4.3.1. All of us know much more than we think we know. We may not know everything, but all of us have the chief resources we need to solve our problems. - Nathaniel Branden

10.4.3.2. Is the act I'm about to do going to raise or lower my self-esteem? Is the day I am planning out going to end up raising my self-esteem or lowering it?

10.4.3.3. I always knew much more than I thought I knew. I always had all the resources I ever needed to solve my problems in life.

10.4.4. Chapter 15: Replace knowing with choosing

10.4.4.1. i. And you don't have to know how to do it. Knowing takes time. Choosing, on the other hand, makes time. Just choose to do it.

10.4.4.2. ii. Most people believe a deficit in knowing is their problem - which is why they have such a challenge with time. They believe they don't know what to do. So it will take time before they do it. They think they don't know "how to" do the thing that obviously needs to be done.

10.4.4.3. iii. Learning "how to" takes lots and lots of time. Past, present and future time.

10.4.4.4. iv. But choosing! Takes no time.

10.4.4.5. v. Theory is good for the intellect, but action is good for the soul.

10.5. Impossible is fun!

10.5.1. Describe your IMPOSSIBLE vision. Make sure it has previously existed in your mind as "impossible."

10.6. Dealing with Ego

10.6.1. i. Capture each negative thought or image on paper and work it. Challenge it. Go to war with it.

11. Obstacles are Good

11.1. iii. Non-linear time management allows me to create my best energy for everything. I can choose to perceive every circumstance as an opportunity to grow and stay on my mission. And if this opportunity is also challenging, that's even better. I have a chance to rise up - like a kite rises against the wind.

11.2. iv. These are good times because they are challenging, not in spite of the fact that they are challenging. These time are my wake-up call. This is where I get my true strength. This is where I find out what I am made of. Who would not want to find out what they're made of?

11.3. i. Sometimes hard times and recessions can return us to the principles we always wanted to live by anyway. The principles that give us pride and satisfaction.