When is the last time you disconnected from the world?
I just got back from 6 days in a secluded cabin in the mountains where I completely disconnected from the outside world.
No social media, no phone calls, no email, and no text messages.
When is the last time you gave yourself permission to go completely off the grid? You put all of your responsibilities on hold, removed the distractions from your life, and just experienced the present moment.
Before I jump into the 3 lessons I learned from this experience, I want to share with you why I decided to create this retreat.
Have you ever reached your capacity in fulfilling the needs and requests of others while completely neglecting your own? That’s exactly where I was at. The responsibilities that were stacking upon my shoulders were a heavy weight to bear.
Knowing that we can’t give what we don’t have ourselves, I knew it was time for me to put myself first, so I found a secluded cabin in the mountains to do just that.
Below are 3 lessons I learned from my time off the grid…
Lesson #1 – We’re addicted to false connection
The first 24 hours of being off the grid was filled with anxiety. To go from an uber connected society where my phone chimes or vibrates every 15 minutes with a new notification to pure isolation was an unusual feeling. I noticed the false validation from Facebook likes and comments has become an addiction in my own life.
I realized that although we feel connected with social media and technology today, we are less connected then we’ve ever been.
Stories around a campfire have been replaced with the dull glow of nights in front of a screen.
What does this mean for the world?
My generation is the last to know the duality between two worlds. The old world where there wasn’t cell phones, social media, or email. And the new world where men and women will go on a first date without ever hearing each others voices.
Although I strongly encourage it, you don’t have to take a full 6 days away like I did. Take 3 days, 1 day, or just an afternoon and completely unplug from technology. See what happens to your interactions that day when your phone is on airplane mode.
Lesson #2 – Business is my spiritual path
After opening my eyes from a meditation on the top of a peak that I just hiked, I had an epiphany that business is my spiritual path.
Spirituality can be a massive subject fraught with tension and highly charged emotions. It can also bring a sense of peace and belonging to many. On the individual level, spirituality has been the basis for relationships splitting and in other circumstances, a salvation for a broken life. The big question remains… What is spirituality?
For many, their spiritual foundation comes from an organized religion. I, on the other hand, view spirituality separate from a specific religion. I define spirituality as… “A philosophy of purpose as it pertains to existence.”
Awakening from my meditation led me to a powerful breakthrough…
Living my conscious purpose is the core of my spiritual experience. Taking action on my purpose is my spiritual practice.
As I opened my eyes I realized that the mountains, the trees, the lakes, at one point in history did not exist. In other words, what I saw with my eyes was once created from that which did not exist.
As an entrepreneur, I have the ability and opportunity to create that which does not exist. I have the ability to take a vision in my mind and bring it into the world to impact the lives of others. What a gift and blessing I have as an entrepreneur to be a creator of value in the world.
Lesson #3 – Focus must be created
The level of focus I experienced in the cabin was extraordinary. For 6 days of complete focus, I was finally able to finish my soon to be released book, “The Fearless Mindset: The Entrepreneurs Guide To Get Fit In Less Time, Double Your Income, & Become Unstoppable.”
After 3 months of procrastinating, I was able to finish my book in 6 days. At the rate I was going at home, this may have taken me another 3-6 months.
As I write this blog post I’m sitting on my balcony at home overlooking the Pacific Ocean. My phone is shut off and I’m disconnected from the internet. I have created an environment that has removed all distractions so that I can focus single mindedly on the task at hand.
We all have the ability to take the level of focus I experienced in the mountains, and recreate it at home. Maybe not for a full 6 days, but for a couple hours. Imagine if you took two hours of your chaotic day and focused on one thing. How much progress would you make in your life?
I’ll leave you with the words of a man much wiser than I in hopes that his wisdom will inspire you to rejuvenate your soul in solitude.
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. – Henry David Thoreau
Live Your Life Fearlessly,
Peter Scott IV – The Fearless Mindset Mentor
Founder, The Fearless Life Academy
Creator, 90-Day Fearless Fitness Challenge