January 19, 2021

Seeing Different, Seeing Truth (Part 2)

A clear and calm mind is your most valuable asset. 

A clear and calm mind is not how I would describe our current state of affairs worldwide. 

When I use the term 'mind' I do not mean the organ, your brain. I'll share at our next Re>>Charge event why this distinction is important.

For some reason, we can’t navigate between fear-mongering and understanding exponential math in regards to the pandemic.

Well, I know the reason. Our mind picks a side. We have difficulty seeing truth in both realities.

Clear thinking in complex situations leads to effective action.

I saw this in those we worked with in March and April of 2020. As a whole, almost every business we are connected to was either down about 60% for the year or up 20-30%. There wasn’t much middle. For those companies who woke up and shifted fast to the reality I was writing to you about in March and April, they ended up finishing the year up in revenue EVEN IF their business was built on physical locations.

Why am I reminding you of this? 

People are going to experience painful consequences in 2021 due to the fact that they can’t see their current reality differently and thus they can’t see the truth. 

Seeing different and seeing truth is built on a clear mind or, as ancient traditions would describe it, a sober mind. 

A sharp mind is the goal. That’s what you want to cultivate. 

A dull mind is the mental state you’ll drift to if you allow others to program you. 

One clear-minded leader is worth more in impact than a whole team.

For those of you on a team with others or leading in business, about 20% of your staff are doing some of the work necessary for a clear mind. 

But about 3-4% of your staff has the clearest mind possible. And their leadership is worth more to your organization than everyone else. 

Individuals innovate. Groups pull to consensus. The point of the team is the polish and execution.

(Side note: You can build a team of clear-minded leaders. It’s special but possible. I’ll be sharing more in this series on how to do it.)


The best way I can lay out how I experience this personally (and teach it to others) is to use some new terms. I experience it as a “non-reactive mind”. A clear mind is a “composite of awareness” or multiple factors. 

Here’s a list of those factors:

  • Knowing your motives or why you want to do what you do
  • Ability to recognize the narratives of tribes (including the one of your upbringing)
  • Nutrition, sleep, and exercise
  • Making sure stressful experiences become eustress and not distress so your brain doesn’t form negative mindsets that lead to self-sabotage
  • Positioning your mind and body for multi-sensory positive trigger building with intention
  • Not being afraid to think a thought that would undo your current worldview
  • Ability to recognize the influence of shame
  • Developing guardrails for the factors in your worst decisions
  • Cultivating mental states of imaginative contemplation for insight and breakthroughs
  • Learning the feel of your rational mind and your intuitive mind and how to let your intuitive mind (R brain) lead the way with your rational mind (L brain) supporting you
  • Practicing meditation by noticing awareness of consciousness and eventually seeing thoughts arise and fall as you know yourself as consciousness
  • Ability to hold ideas that oppose each other in your mind at the same time and see the truth in both
  • Recognizing when your mind is distracted into “fantasy thinking” into your future or “regrets thinking” into your past and what that reveals
  • Ability to commit to a line of thought and take action
  • Ability to keep your mind wide open to possibilities and not close in prematurely
  • When your intuition is a leap of insight and when your intuition is wrong
  • Knowing when to change your mind and when to stick to your viewpoint
  • The difference between receiving thoughts and directing thoughts
  • Learning to recognize how the brain works in metaphors and analogies and how to use that for creative breakthroughs
  • Experiencing your conscious mind without the limitations of whatever current analogies are used to explain the brain (i.e. computer, etc)
  • The difference between the hum of "proving" and "hiding" as a running consciousness in the background and what is really there
  • The power of combining relaxation with the stimulation of flow
  • Appreciating how the brain uses classification and categorization but not letting it limit your understanding of any topic

At our next Re>>Charge session, I’ll be teaching these in a simple way so that you can have the sharpest mind possible. I will be teaching a bit longer at the next Re>>Charge, as I believe it has the potential to be one of the most powerful moments for your year.

It’s not going to be about feeling bad for what you’re not doing but instead expanding the horizon for what you can do with your mind.

Your ability to succeed or fail has far more to do with the clarity of your mind and emotions than it has to do with your talents or natural abilities.

“Calmness of mind does not mean you should stop your activity. Real calmness should be found in activity itself. We say, “It is easy to have calmness in inactivity, it is hard to have calmness in activity, but calmness in activity is true calmness.”

— Shunryu Suzuki

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