#553 The Golden You

Just Chip Away at the (Not-so) Bonus Layer

So, we’ve been pretty intense lately with all this “Champion” talk. Before we go any further, I want to make one thing REALLY clear.

Basically: You’re ALREADY a Champion.

You’re ALREADY the “best” version of yourself. It’s less about trying to “get to” that version of you and more about simply ALLOWING that best version of you to shine more fully and consistently in your life.

Alan Cohen tells a great story at the very beginning of the documentary Finding Joe (that I happen to be in with Deepak Chopra and Laird Hamilton and some other cool people). If you haven’t checked it out yet, I think you’ll love it. (Amazon. Streaming on site.)

The story goes something like this: A long time ago in a land far far away, there was a huge, bigger-than-life Buddha statue. Get this: It was PURE GOLD. Like 100% jumbo-pure gold.

It was astonishingly beautiful. Truly epic.

Then one day, an invading army was cruising into town. The monks needed to flee and knew the army would destroy the statue so they quickly covered it in mud and whatever else they could find to make it look less than awesome before they split.

The army conquered the land but didn’t notice the statue. The trick worked. Much later, new monks returned to the temple. They looked at the statue and just thought it was a ho-hum Buddha statue.

Then one day, a crack showed up in their ho-hum Buddha statue. Something glimmered below the surface. What was that? Hmmmm…

They looked a little closer. They got some tools and chipped a little more away.

It was something golden.

They chipped a little more away and then a little more then splashed some water on it to clean it off and LO and BEHOLD!! Is that GOLD?!!

YES!!

It’s a priceless GOLDEN statue. Like 100% jumbo-pure gold.

Moral of the story: Somewhere along the way, we’ve all gotten covered in mud but you’ve gotta know that YOU are that golden Buddha. You’re solid gold, baby. Like 100% jumbo-pure gold.

So…

Know this: We don’t need to “do” anything per se to make ourselves INTO that golden version of ourselves. We just need to chip away at the stuff THAT’S GETTING IN THE WAY of that radiant awesomeness.

And, that’s pretty much the whole point of all of our work together aggregating and compounding all these tiny little incremental Optimizations.

We’re just doing the work to let your golden light shine a little more every day.

But, again: IT’S ALREADY THERE!!!

So…

Today’s +1.

What’s getting in the way?

What’s one tiny little thing you’re doing that you KNOW is covering up your golden essence? And… That you KNOW you can pretty easily eliminate from your life if you just made a little more conscious effort?

Pick one thing.

-1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1. -1.

Equals: +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1. +1.

Which leads to the infinitely jumbo-golden awesome version of YOU.

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