What if only what you do counted?
What if that was the only thing that carried any weight or mattered to anyone? What if only your actions mattered?
Not your words, not your thoughts, not your beliefs, not your principles, not your plans, not your hopes, not your dreams, not what you actually really mean, not your friends, not your possessions, not your genes and predispositions, not your personality, not your past, not your reasons, not your mindset.
Only your actions, what you actually do, from this moment onward.
What would happen if you lived your life as though this were true?
In the movie “13th Warrior”, Antonio Banderas plays the main character who is an Arab who finds himself out of place on a quest with a bunch of burly Vikings (makes more sense when you actually see the movie). When he is given a sword by one of the Vikings, he complains that the sword is much too heavy and asks how the hell he’s supposed to fight with a sword that he can hardly lift. To this, one of the Vikings replies:
“Grow stronger, little brother.”
That’s basically the approach I’m taking in regards to personal productivity.
This is just a quick video I made today about a new insight that I’ve had. It’s thanks to my 30 Videos in 30 Days challenge that I came to a point where I have to rethink what I am doing with these videos. Specifically, the ones I am making for ExplorativeApproach. Instead of writing more about it, I’ll just let the video do the talking:
As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts about this.
Photo by elkit
The productivity/self-help corner of the blogosphere, that Explorative Approach is a small part of, contains many, many inspiring posts. You can find any number of articles providing motivating and uplifting stories, clever analogies and a “you can do it!” message. What I don’t find nearly as often as inspiring posts are posts containing practical, down-to-earth advice. Could we be focusing on the wrong thing, here?
I have a rather odd linguistic background. I grew up and live in the German speaking part of Switzerland, which means that I mostly speak Swiss-German and I also had to learn German, in order to be able to read books, write properly and gain the ability to communicate with at least some of the people outside Swiss borders. Since my father is Irish, I spoke English at home, at least part of the time. I read in English much more often than in German. I practically always buy books in English and spend a fair (too fair?) amount of time on the Internet, mainly the English part of it.