Stop Drifting and Get Started!

By Daniel • October 24th, 2007

Getting your OARS in the Water:

From the Basics we Build Monuments

 It has been shown that our minds flicker, jumping from one train of thought to another about every 6 seconds!  That’s somewhere in the neighborhood of 10,000 jumps per day.  10,000 times every day our minds leap from one topic to another, back and forth, leaving one train of thought and jumping to another, leaving and returning, over and over.  Even very focused and directed individuals do this.  We want to make use of this natural phenomenon by inserting these two key phrases into this jump pattern: “Focus on Fundamentals” and “Back to Basics”.  As you grow your personal power, you’ll use these two phrases to tune your mind and focus repeatedly. 

 Tuning your mind is similar to tuning any instrument.  Like a guitar, there are many correct tunings for the different types of play.  “Focus on Fundamentals” becomes the reminder which jumps into the mind, re-focusing it, asking us to tune into the way we want to be.  Focus on Fundamentals: “Likes align and congeal,  What am I being like?” While the other key phrase, “Back to Basics” reminds us of what we do next.

Defining the Basics: OARS

A boat without OARS is adrift, subject to the whimsy of the fundamental principle.  It will simply coast and drift to wherever all others without means of motivation go.  It will align and congeal with all others who do not guide themselves, who do not row! Motivation, is a neat word, it means both the desire to move towards a goal as well as indicating the means of movement, in this case, the OARS

 So you’ve learned how to focus on fundamentals, you’ve learned to pause,ask yourself, “What am I being like?  What do I want to be like?”  Then what?  What do you do after you’ve decided what you want to be like?  You get “Back to Basics!”

 So what are the basics?  Back to Basics - get your OARS in the water and start rowing towards your goals!  First focus on fundamentals, then get Back to Basics!  Our studies revealed an amazing thing; successful people all had a similar version of the same basic thing.  A similar version of an oar which they could use to propel themselves towards that which they desired.  An oar which they could use to guide themselves away from negative things and towards desirable things.

Outcome - Action - Repeat - Start Over

Back to Basics means determine your Outcome – Take Action towards it – Repeat that action – Start Again.  An OAR is a simple thing, simply use it to propel a boat or craft forward.  It is intuitive and requires no instructions.  It’s no different in using your OARS to create the life of your dreams, simply pick your outcome, take action towards it, take that action again, and again, then start over.  Using an OAR isn’t magic or difficult, just repetitive, repeatedly taking action towards a desired outcome.  Focus on Fundamentals to determine what you want to be like, then get your OARS in the water by taking action towards a desired outcome.

   There’s nothing magic or complex here.  Once again, it is so simple as to be elusive.  Your mind is going to natural flicker from one thought to another.  We want to insert the phrase, “Back to Basics” into that flickering.  Every time you catch yourself existing, you say to yourself, “Let’s get back to Basics! Let’s get our OARS in the water and start rowing!”  It doesn’t matter what the goal is, or where you are in relation to the goal, what matters is that you make progress towards the goal, little by little bringing yourself closer to your living dream by:  First - Get a clear image of the Outcome you desire.  Second - Take Action towards it.  Third - Repeat (take the same action again, if they action seems to be working, do the same thing again, if it didn’t seem to get you closer then go to step four). Forth - Start Over means to clearly see the desired outcome, figure out an action you can take towards it, take the action, take the action again and again, then start over again.  Rowing a boat isn’t a mystical thing, it is simple and straightforward, and most importantly, it works!

An Example of Fundamentals and Basics:

 Imagine a temple high on a mountaintop, you’re at the bottom of the mountain and you want to reach the temple.  There are three staircases leading upwards.  One of them leads to the Temple, one leads a village, and one leads a lake on the side of the mountain.  They are each labeled, but you don’t read the language.  What do you do?

 First, Focus on Fundamentals: “Likes Align and Congeal, what am I being like? What do I want to be like?” Knowing what you know about the fundamental property of the universe, you can now put it to work for you.  You are an expert at using the Fundamental Principle and you decide, “I am being like a person on an adventure to a Temple.”  In this example you’re in the middle of nowhere, don’t speak the language and are fairly lost.  There’s no one around and you need to get to the Temple before Sun down.  So you decide to get “Back to Basics” and put your OARS in the water.  You focus on the Outcome you desire:  “I will sleep at the Temple tonight, and you take the simplest Action you can think of, you take a step towards the Temple.”  You don’t know which staircase leads towards it, so you pick the one that looks best and take a step.  You don’t actually even know if you got closer!  But you took an action and that’s a start in the right direction. 

The stairway carved from the mountainside stretches out before you, OARS – Outcome, Action, now Repeat!  Take that action again, take another step!  Again and again!  But you still don’t know if you’re getting closer or further away.  But you do know you’re getting closer even if you’re getting further away!  You’re getting closer because you are taking action towards your goal.  You see the outcome in your mind, you decided on an action, and you’re now repeating that action over and over.  You may have to repeat it thousands of times just realize you went the wrong way!  You arrive in the village instead of the Temple, but it doesn’t matter, you got closer to your outcome in time, even if you are further away from it in space.

Ew, that might be a little confusing.  Closer in time, further in space?  In terms of time, you’ve seen the outcome, “I will arrive at the Temple before the sun goes down.”  It’s closer to sundown now, and since you know the outcome, you are in truth closer to your goal!  The only problem is, you’re actions brought you further away from your outcome in physical space!  But you have strong OARS, you clear your head, focus on the Outcome again, and decide on a new action: Walk back down the steps and try one of the other paths.  You turn around and take action again.  It makes perfect sense, you were lost and frustrated, now you’re still lost, further from your goal, and more frustrated.  Wait! 

 First:  Focus on Fundamentals!  “Likes Align and Congeal: What are you being like? What do you want to be like?” This step makes all the difference in the world.  You’ve got to see what you are being like, you’ve got to determine what you want to be like and then be it!  If you haven’t mastered the Fundamentals you say, “I’m being like a lost confused tourist in the middle of nowhere.”  But, instead let’s say you’re an expert at the fundamentals and you decide, “I am being like an adventurer!  I’m having fun and got closer to my goal.  There’s some unexpected adventure here in this village waiting for me!”  You get excited instead of frustrated and open yourself up to an unexpected possibility.  Almost instantly a villager approaches you speaking English!  You tell them you are on your way to the Temple but a little off course, “Is there a shortcut from here or do I have to walk down the path again?” you ask smiling.  The local is excited to meet a stranger, and tells you, “The shortcut is too difficult to explain and you’ll surely get lost on the mountainside, but there is one monk who be going there before sunset to pray, maybe you can go with him.” 

The villager takes you to their house and introduces you.  This monk speaks no English, but your new found friend translates for you and explains, “He says his happy to show you the way, but his horses are resting and he isn’t leaving for another hour. I’d like you to come have lunch with me and then we’ll return in an hour.”  “Horses?” you ask.  “Yes,” your new friend explains, “You’ll be traveling on yak if you go with him, or you can walk back down the path, and walk back up the mountain, you’ll still get there by sundown either way.”

 You see the Outcome clearly, you arrive at the Temple by Sundown, in style.  You take action towards it: Have lunch with your new friend and their family, in style…

 Outcome – Action – Repeat – Start Again.  Just like using the oars in a rowboat, over and over you dip your oar in the water propelling yourself towards your desired goal. Sometimes you use your oars to steer, sometimes to move you forward, over and over you take action towards your desired outcome. 

 If you’re an expert at the fundamentals, you can use them to draw all sorts of great things along the way.  If you’re terrible at the fundamentals, well, then you’ll learn to use them to your advantage over time.  In either case, you’ll still reach your goals by getting your oars in the water.  See the Outcome, take Action towards it, Repeat the action again, Start over, see the outcome, take action towards it, repeat the action again, start over, see the outcome…

Making the Most from your OARS  

 Getting your OARS in the water is a tool so valuable as to be priceless.  The Fundamental Principle insists that Likes Align and Congeal, so once you get your OAR working in your favor, you’ll quickly find yourself surrounded by like minded dedicated people.  You’ll quickly find yourself in a world where your closest allies are all pulling together to create life as a living dream.  It isn’t difficult, it is as simple as rowing a boat, simple put your OAR in the water, row, repeat, and in no time you’ll find yourself achieve goals and arriving at destination you never thought possible. 

Everything you ever hoped for is within your reach, by simply taking steps towards a clear outcome, over and over, you’ll arrive with style and grace.  This isn’t a get there quick and fall back suddenly plan, this is a step by step long term solution for creating the life of your dreams.  So be patient, be determined, and Full Spirit is going to be there with you every step of the way in the years to come.  One OAR stroke after another, until before you know it, you too are living the life of your dreams every single day! 

If you enjoyed this article and are ready to go a little bit deeper by putting your OARS into practice, check out: “Putting your OARS to Work for you” or, if you’d like to go a bit deeper into understanding exactly why and how the OARS principle works, check out, “The Practical Science behind the OARS - A Detailed Explanation of the OARS Principle in Action” Or, continue in this series with another great article from the Quick Start Seven Series:

Daniel is the founder and creator of Full Spirit and the Pillars of Success Series.
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