The one radical tactical shift

When I encounter a seemingly insurmountable obstacle, I have 3 choices: try harder, give up, or make a radical shift in how I think about it so it no longer appears insurmountable, or even an obstacle. In rock climbing, I face this choice all the time. The third choice almost always seems to be the right one.

Here’s an inspiring video by Lewis Pugh about how he made this choice while attempting to swim across a lake on Mount Everest.

7 thoughts on “The one radical tactical shift”

  1. What radical tactical shift in our mindsets do we need to make in order to effectively face the challenge climate change presents?

    Thanks for this inspiring and crucial message, Rik. I will post something on my blog about this, since that’s what I’m trying to achieve with “Redefining Beauty.”

    Very inspiring video.

  2. What a great talk.

    I hear from many of our leaders that there’s no need to change the way we do things. “We’ve done it this way for 50 years,” they say.

    I think those statements can only arise from a blindness to the reality of our world as it is.

    Wouldn’t an honest appraisal of our situation show that we’re in the predicament we’re in because of the way we did things for the last 50 years?

  3. A powerful question – what radical, tactical shift are we willing to make? I default to the proposal of quantum physicist Amit Goswami, who suggests in the film The Quantum Activist, that to bring about a genuine paradigm shift we need to stop the do-do-do lifestyle. We need to balance doing (busy, busy, busy – work, work, work) with equal amounts of being (meditation, nature walks, love and appreciation) and create what he calls a do-be-do-be-do lifestyle. That speaks to me.

  4. I walk to and from work and talk with my neighbours.

    We have to stop measuring success in terms of growth. That applies to corporations, other organizations and even families.

    Maybe it’s be-be-be-do-be-be-be, even though that doesn’t scan as well as do-be-do-be-do.

    Thanks Rik, for the post.

    1. be-be-be-do-beebop! Not only does it sound like God Consciousness, but also very fun and musical — and perfect for the general ambiance of the Kootenays. When we have fun, we can’t help but feel more connected to our surroundings.

  5. Further to the previous post re: the Quantum Activist, Amit Goswami posits that, in adopting a do-be-do-be-do lifestyle, we not only balance our lives significantly by taking time to smell the roses, but when we are in the being mode we are operating from the God Conscious state and make decisions and take actions which benefit the whole. This of course includes all humanity, the animals and the environment. When we are in doing mode, we are operating from the personal ego, sometimes without much thought for the well being of the whole. Each of us can bring about that balance in our own lives, simultaneously affecting the balance of our world in a positive way.

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