I know…that’s a kind of strange thing to say, especially as most people have a lot to do at this time of year, with more on their minds than usual.
And what a year, huh?
Back in 2019, I had an insight that ‘there’s nothing to do.’
Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t want to do NOTHING.
I’m not lazy.
Quite the opposite.
The problem was I wanted to do SOMETHING.
I wanted to come up with a new business idea.
So I did what anyone else would do.
I went outside, lay on the ground, and started to think hard about the answer.
Hoping I’d get an idea, an insight, or inspiration.
But nothing came…
My mind twisted and turned.
I thought about asking someone for help.
But there was no-one around.
So I gave up and went for a walk.
And that’s when I realised …there’s nothing to do.
Here’s the thing…
When do you get your best ideas?
In the shower?
On a dog walk?
You don’t even know you’re having ideas.
They just come.
Athletes perform well when they are in flow, present, and in the moment with very little on their minds.
There’s an ancient Chinese concept called Wu Wei which literally translates as ‘no trying’, or ‘no doing’.
It’s the dynamic, effortless state of mind of a person who is optimally effective.
It’s a high performance state of flow.
People in Wu-Wei feel relaxed and happy whilst also creating a brilliant work of art, competing at sport, or coming up with a brilliant idea.
I was taught to believe that the best way to achieve a meaningful life was through effort, working hard, striving, trying…
Achieve, achieve, achieve…
Turns out this is terrible advice.
Most of the states we really want – love, happiness, wisdom, creativity, insights – just happen all by themselves, ironically, when we stop striving.
In the words of Syd Banks:
“There’s nothing you need to do, be, have, change, get, or practice in order to be happy, loving, and whole.”
There’s nothing to do really is SOMETHING!
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