#1. Get Away from Your World.
You can’t do the finest work of your career staying in your city. I’ve found I get big things done when I’m on airplanes or in hotel rooms. It’s a total needle-mover to book a fantastic room in a place you adore and then put the “do not disturb” on the phone and door for a week. Yes, take it off so your room gets cleaned 😉
And put your devices in a plastic bag with a label on it that says “My Masterpiece is more important than my email!”
Just think about it: in a hotel room, no one can distract you, you can order room service when you need to, sleep when you need to, you can workout when you need to workout and you can isolate yourself so that Transient Hypofrontality [the neurobiological state of genius that we ALL have but so few know how to access] just shows up.
Some people say “but a great room costs too much.” I think of what I’ve learned from Warren Buffett: focus on value versus cost. If you do work that wows a whole industry and makes you a legend in your field, was the investment returned 1000 times over?
You can’t become a history-maker stuck in tiny thinking. You just can’t.
#2. Fight to Be Dark.
I know you’re important. I know you’re a busy producer. I get people need your attention and your decisions. Go to war. Fight to go dark and be completely unavailable. Distractions are costing you your genius. The business won’t burn down and your team will figure it out.
You doing masterful work is all that matters here. Trust me on this. Be nearly totally unavailable. Just watch what ideas start downloading and just see the quality of your output.
#3. Become a Spartan.
Don’t fill your room with shiny toys! Have the goodies in the mini-bar taken out before you arrive. Give the magazines and newspapers and welcome basket to Housekeeping with a radiant smile and a big tip.
You’re like a Spartan soldier now. As little in your personal monastery that the world calls a hotel room as possible. You’re Edison and this is now your Menlo Park. The place where you breed the ideas and execute on the concepts so you raise the entire world.
Keep it pure. Keep it lean.
#4. Find a Rhythm.
As I write, I’ve found a profoundly awesome daily pattern here in a small suburb in Melbourne that works so beautifully for me. I rise. I have coffee. And then I write. No food. Just writing.
After three good hours, I walk my dog around the river and watch the trees sway and the greenery light up my mind. Then I do some drills on the oval. Then, after a light breakfast, I go back to the craft.
After another few hours, I’ll do a 60-minute walk to decompress. Evenings are reserved for a lovely meal and time with my family 😉
I do this almost every day. All I care about is sharing what works for me so it works for you. And this all works. Period.
#5. Seek Inspiration.
When I need to complete a project of primary importance, I’m around nature a lot. Today, after 7 days at the table, I closed my Mac and took the day off. I spent the entire day with my family, I relaxed, chilled with my baby for 2 hours playing with him (wow is all I can say, a memory that is now my favorite).
My game’s refueled. I’ll be back at the writing, re-created, tomorrow.
#6. Resist the Saboteur.
Here’s the thing about doing your greatest work: as you get closer to what you’re truly capable of producing, your ego will subconsciously seduce you to stop making.
You’ll feel like Skyping the office or checking your facebook feed or taking a nap.
Don’t let your lower self cause you to betray the gifts embedded in you. Your loved ones need you to fly. And our world will be a whole lot better off when the brilliance of your light shines.
#7. Reward Your Wins.
Do what makes you happy, I sit down and watch my favourite show, call my friends, or learn something new. It’s my reward for my achievements.
You have a different way of conducting your life? Beautiful. This is how I’ve lived mine. I don’t really do what I do for the fame or the money. I do it because I need to. Because my heart makes me do it. Because it’s what I’ve signed up for. Because I know no other way.
Anyway, mini-rant aside. I’ve discovered Suits (new but old TV show). My brother made me do it 😉
So here in this long trip to finish the article, after a day of writing, I eat an excellent meal (fresh food, simply prepared is my favorite) then watch Harvey Specter work his magic. Total guilty-pleasure. Perfect end to my day in flow zone.
Hope you feel the passion which I feel as I write this.
You are built to do epic work. You are constructed to make a gorgeous impact.
Step up. Show up. Make history.
With love + respect!