The life changing art of deep work
Deep work is changing my life. And I'm not sure I even know how to define it. For me, it's somewhere between introspection, problem-solving, contemplation, deep service, focus, and simplicity.
It's spending the majority of my day on the three keys to my work's success: education, introspection, and creativity. It's deliberate practice. It's moving toward a goal with absolute intent and discernment of what and how I will get there. Given that I have a two-fold mission - to usher in the next wave of key influencers and change leaders and to revolutionize the transformation industry - I don't have time to spare on acts that don't contribute to my personal cause.
"The more you look in the direction of what's creating an experienceand away from the content of that experience, the easier it is to hear the quiet wisdom that can lead to a quantum leap in consciousness."
- Michael Neill, The Inside Out Revolution
Deep work is similar to a pilgrimage. You walk every day. Maybe not hundreds of miles, but you walk. Yet you probably don't have radical inner shifts happen when you're walking circles through the grocery store. It isn't the walk alone that invokes an inner change; it's the intent and the purpose behind it. Just as it isn't the deliberate practice that invokes success, but the intent behind the deep work practice.
Now for the next most important question -- how?
Most people don't carve out space for higher purpose work because you can't measure it. If you could add an extra $1,000,000 to your business this year by spending time with yourself, would you? I am going to go out on a limb here and say you probably would. Even still, less than 10% of you reading this will. And of those, less than 1% will implement what I am sharing with you. Why?
Deep work is spending time in those unmarked territories of your soul. The part of you that dreams, contemplates, wonders and wanders, listens intently, and dances with the Divine. It's work that can't be rationalized or planned out. It can only be experienced.
Deep work is also where we touch the most authentic parts of who we are, individually and collectively. It's where you forgive, have compassion, empathize, and seek to understand yourself and others.
It's a place where the work is not about "us vs. them," scarcity, uncertainty, or fear of what's to come. Instead, this work is where you create abundance, prosperity, and peace. It's in the midst of deep work that you tap into the infinite and make it real and tangible.
What if deep work were the cornerstone of your success?
When I sit in my daily pilgrimage space, I don't reflect on my life; I create my life. (I've included actual journal prompts I use below.)
At first, it will feel like fantasy. There is likely a big gap between who you are right now, at this moment, and the vision you have for your life in some unknown future. Am I right? When you go to write, read, meditate, reflect, align, dream, and plan this future, it feels far away and unreachable. But that gap is only a perception in your mind.
I know; you want to chime in here with something like, "No, I am pretty sure there isn't $1,000,000 in my bank account. That gap is not in my mind, it's real!"
To which I reply: "Who are you being that created the lack of $1,000,000 in your bank account? Who do you need to BE to change that?"
And just like that, you can pause and reflect and then share with me who you need to be. As you change your perception, you change your thoughts; as you change your thoughts, you change the gap, and that is how you change your physical reality.
All of your reality is born in your mind, first. Acted on second. Manifested third. No exceptions.
These three principles are the entire foundation of my 3-day weekend, Awaken Your Practice. Your success starts within. And here's the fun, twisty weird part: your brain can't actually tell the difference between a fantasy in your mind and the reality in front of your eyes. So in order to correct the dissonance between the two, it yearns to close the gap.
How does it close the gap between your morning ritual and $1,000,000? Your RAS (reticular activating system) gets activated and you start to SEE everything that can help you close the gap. But you have to tell your mind what to look for AND take action. This, my friends, is the real law of attraction.
*One mega important key: If there is any internal story that says you can't have the thing you desire or aren't worthy of it, then you won't attain it.
This is why when I do deep work on myself or with a client, I begin integrating and understanding how I currently see myself, how they see themselves. I didn't start to grow my business until I saw myself internally and externally as someone who CAN have a thriving business.
When I sit to journal in the morning and I feel the need to process, I don't hash out my struggle on paper. I rewrite my stories to leave plenty of room to create my vision. Oh, and $1,000,000.
P.S. The photo above is a Higher Ground client on her Vision Quest retreat...where we did deep work for four days. And played :) Would you rather check Facebook or live your life? Just sayin'...