“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time” — Leo Tolstoy
We've all heard it before. Be patient. Take your time. There's the old Chinese proverb
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now
Quotes and proverbs kinda don't mean squat if they don't help you move today, move now. In the later part of my father's life he focused on two words: Move and Now.
That's what this quote and this proverb is meant to instill in us: Move, Now.
Everyone wants instant success. And if you are looking for a get-rich-quick-scheme then Synaptic Alchemy is not for you (btw there are no get-rich-quick-schemes out there that work, which is why patience and time and the right mindset is the only thing that will make you successful).
So now, here's the question: “What are you going to do in 2021 that will grow over the next 20 years?”
We all know it's going to take a while to make our dreams come true. And we all know we have to fully commit to start laying the foundation brick-by-brick today so that the house that someday will be finished will be a wonderful place to reside.
I'm doing it too, right here with Synaptic Alchemy. Laying a foundation for an idea that I not just absolutely believe in, but a mindset and a set of behaviors that enabled me to be successful. They enabled me to build a company from $2.5 thousand to a $45 million exit in a shrinking industry that I knew nothing about.
I am so passionate about these concepts that I want to share what I learned with other entrepreneurs, executives, and business leaders to that we can watch everyone's foundations grow year-after-year.
That will require patience (I know the Synaptic Alchemy tribe will grow) and time (it'll take a while for these ideas reach everyone who is interested).
What about you? “What are you going to do in 2021 that will grow over the next 20 years?”
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That's a tough, scary, invasive question to ask, even of yourself. But it is a vital one, because 2021 IS YOUR NOW. 2021 is the time to plant your tree so you can watch it grow from a seed, to a sapling, to a strong oak.
But how? How do you start to answer that question? Well, the Alchemical Transformation is a great place to start. Whether you are:
- Thinking of starting a business
- Already are an entrepreneur with an idea
- Working in a startup
- Strategizing how to supercharge your career
The mindset around the Alchemical Transformation gives you a roadmap to think through and make the toughest, most fruitful decisions that drive success.
With three steps — Nigredo (destroy something), Albedo (create something), and Rubedo (standardize something) — that give you guidance so you can answer the question, “What will I do in 2021 that will grow over the next 20 years?”
This is a step that may seem counter-intuitive, but it’s the first question you can ask that tills the soil to plant your seed to the question of what do I do in 2021.
Think about an Old Rule or an old way of thinking you need to destroy. Maybe it's a rule about your time. About how you don't have the time to start something. Maybe it's a rule about the traditional way to climb the corporate ladder. Maybe it's a rule about how you see yourself. Whatever that thing is, that is something you can decide needs to go by the wayside.
For me, right now, that rule was that a successful entrepreneur, but first time author, will take too much time to share the ideas. But time is all we really have, so… “takes too much time” is the idea I'm burning to the ground.
Now that there is space made from destroying the old rule, it is time to plant a New Rule. That's the part of the Chinese proverb, “the second best time is now.” So plant away. What new idea, new way of thinking could be used to replace the old?
Maybe it's a rule about the labels you use to define yourself (in the Synaptic Alchemy Master Class we create a Personal Coat of Arms where you discover new language in alignment with who you truly are). Maybe it's a different approach to becoming more visible in your job. Maybe it's a way to grow that startup that you just haven't allowed yourself to think about before.
Nigredo and Albedo are about ideas, while Rubedo brings those ideas to life through implementation. Rubedo is all about creating a circulatory system for ideas. Rubedo is all about “making something so simple that anyone can do it, and so accessible that everyone can get their hands on it.”
What does this mean for your answer to your “what am I going to plant in 2021” question? It means that you take the new rule from Albedo and you make it so simple that it becomes part of your routine.
For me, that means I get up early and I spend 27 uninterrupted minutes (called a Pomodoro) deciding what I'm going to do today to connect with entrepreneurs, leaders, and executives to share Synaptic Alchemy. That means I have to get up 27 minutes earlier, which is tough. But once I put that into my routines, it is easy to do and always part of my day.
What about You?
Using the Alchemical Transformation will give you a roadmap to start and answer your “What will I do in 2021 that will grow over the next 20 years” question.