Life Lessons

August 29, 2010 by  
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I have just watched the brilliant TED TALK (ideas worth spreading) below by Lewis Pugh.  Please watch as it contains important observations and lessons about life.

Pugh, is a 40-year-old former reservist in Britain’s special forces regiment, the Special Air Service.  He has gained worldwide attention for his extreme adventures, designed to dramatize the environmental threats to the planet.

Besides doing something important for the environment Pugh reminds us of how important it is to fully commit to that we want to achieve.

Pugh says: “I remember thinking to myself, if things go bad, I’ll get out after 500 meters…if you think about a swim like that, that’s the worst way of thinking. What you’re doing is confusing your subconscious, because you’re planning for victory and defeat at the same time.”

How often we want to achieve something but we also hear that voice inside our heads that tells us we are not going to succeed?  If we have that voice within us we are battling for what we want we half of our energy because the rest is being used to conquer the voice inside.

Pugh had lost the feelings in his fingers for four months after he swam in the Arctic Ocean in minus 1.7 Centigrade.  In that swim his mind set had been of one aggression.  He thought he needed to swim as powerfully and as fast as possible.

When it came time for his next swim, up in Mount Everest, he failed at his first attempt to swim in a lake that had been formed due to melting of the glaciers because he applied the same mind set he had used before; fast and aggressive.

Two days later when he attempted to swim again he had understood he had to apply a different mindset; one that took in consideration the lack of oxygen in such altitude.  Pugh enter the water with respect and humility for the grandness of the mountains and swam slowly in synchrony with everything alive in the mountains.  In doing that Pugh stepped outside of what he had believed to be the only way to win to understand the dynamics he was then part of.

And finally: “I just never, ever want to give up. Most battles are won in the 11th hour, and most people give up,” Pugh says. “If you give up once, it’s quite hard. If you give up a second time, it’s a little bit easier. Give up a third time, it’s starting to become a habit.”

Be open to a change of plans but never give up on what you have committed your mind and heart to.

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