Designing An Incredible Life (Part 2)
Okay, so I've been talking about intention here in my videos, so I thought I would shoot a video for you from the chairlift. I am shooting this on a ski Friday, which has been a tradition I've had for a number of years.
Basically, every Friday for the winter—which usually the ski season goes from mid-November until early April-ish, depending on the snow year—I just go in and I put down for every Friday that I'm in town, I just block it off and say, “That's a ski Friday. I'm going skiing no matter what.”
So I've been talking about intention. This is just one of the intentions. I like to ski. I love to get outside. I love to be in the mountains, and I just love to have a great lifestyle.
We live in an era of pretty much limitless opportunity and especially someone in my shoes, once you start to build up some momentum and build up and audience and build up a business, it really is pretty much almost limitless opportunity. There are never-ending projects. There are never-ending people that want to get on my calendar, want to schedule calls, want to bring opportunities to me. There are never-ending opportunities to do promotions, to create products, to shoot videos.
What I noticed a number of years ago is, I like to ski and I wasn't getting in as many ski days as I liked. So I just went in and scheduled those ski Fridays. Usually what they look like is I get up in the morning and this is the few days a year where I actually have an alarm set. Usually I don't set an alarm in the morning but on ski Fridays I set an alarm to get up here usually early—it depends. Part of the year, for the first two-thirds of the year, it pays to get up here early, so the skiing's really great. Once we get into March and early April, actually the skiing's better later in the day. But I set that alarm clock, and I get up here, and I get after it.
A lot of times, I'm scheduling friends in, but a day like today, there weren't any friends; didn't want to come up with me. The snow is actually not that great right now. In fact, it's really marginal snow, but it's just the principle of the thing. It's a ski Friday, and it was time to get up here. This is actually my first ski Friday of the year. So I was going to come up here even if it's only part of the day and I get in a small number of laps to get my legs in shape. But yeah, it's all about intention.
So I know this isn't the intention that a lot of people are going to want. Not everyone wants to go skiing every week. Not everyone wants to go skiing every Friday, but that's mine. So it's all part of that life I've designed. You know what? I do this even in crazy times, during promotions and during launches because I know that when I'm getting out in the mountains and I'm exercising and getting that fresh air and having fun. That enhances my productivity, so I don't feel guilty about it. I'm really hard-core. I just block it off, and I go do it. So I set that alarm, and I get up here, and I have a great day. Then I usually go home and have a great dinner with my wife and sometimes the kids, depending on all the schedules.
But again, it's just what life do you want to lead, and then how can you be just, “no compromise” when it comes to leading that life?
So the lift ride's almost over. I'm about to get off the lift, so we're going to shut this down.
Scroll down. Leave a comment for me. Tell me what's your equivalent of a ski Friday? What is it that you like to get away with, that you need to schedule in, or that you are already scheduling in?
So I'm Jeff Walker. Wherever you’re watching… scroll down, leave a comment for me, and let's go get ‘em this week.