There is much we miss out on being raised in a culture of the west, one that is driven by external validation, goals that are SMART and metric and lifeless.
I have spent nearly half my life living in the East, and absorbing the different take on goal setting was something that made a profound impact on me. Studying martial arts in Japan, I learned how immersion in the process rather than the outcome was the secret to a type of success and performance that is sustainable and authentic.
That is what Mr. Miyagi was teaching Daniel-san. Read below to learn how I dealt with a potentially traumatic experience, and how I was able to grow through the experience.
Have you ever been stuck in neck deep powder snow?
It’s exhausting. Moving just one meter requires a lot of effort. Last year on a Flowstate Adventure I was separated from the group in blizzard conditions and was lost in a forest.
I was only a few hundred meters from safety, on the edge of a major ski resort in Japan, but with the snow so deep each meter felt like a mile. I remember taking a moment to reflect on an epic day of snowboarding in fantasy conditions, deep powder and good friends. The best of combinations. I even took a selfie! At the time I thought I would be out in 20 minutes, so was preparing for a little burst of effort.
But the seriousness of the situation rapidly dawned on me. I had spent an hour crawling to higher ground expecting to see ski tracks or familiar features that would guide me to safety. But my heart sank when all I saw was snow, trees, undulating flat ground, and no sign of anything familiar. I was lost. I was alone. I was almost unable to move and I had about 2 hours until nightfall and plummeting temperatures.
My appreciation of the beauty of the forest was rudely interrupted by nausea so strong I nearly puked, prayed and cried at the same time.
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This story is about an experience that really shook me up, but allowed me to learn valuable lessons about my mind and put into practice a Zen goal-setting technique I have learned to find flow and performance (and even joy) in high-pressure situations. Enjoy the episode!