The Principle of Priority and swimming
In Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art he quotes the principle of priority that states:
A) You must know the difference between what’s urgent and what’s important, and:
B) You must do what’s important first.
This is a principle I try to follow. Not only does it help remind you of your mission, it reminds you that it should always remain your highest priority.
I often get bogged down doing things that come up, and sometimes they take over the time I should be dedicating to what I really want to do.
I have a simple rule though; if I don’t have enough time to swim at least twice a week, it means I am too busy.
This gives me a good indicator of whether I am prioritising what is important to me. It’s important for me to swim because it helps me relieve stress, and also keeps me fit and healthy (at least I think so), but it also means that I’m not putting other things in front of my top priorities. I still wish I could do a better job at that though.
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Hi, I’m Tim Bunting AKA the Kiwi Yamabushi, a New Zealander who became a Yamabushi Ascetic in the Dewa Sanzan mountains of north Japan. I’m part of the Yamabushido team, and we host life-altering Yamabushi training on the Dewa Sanzan (website link). People come to us for the ultimate mindfulness experience, to reach the next level, or simply connect with nature and themselves.
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