My wife and I were introduced to the magnificent puffin bird while honeymooning on Skellig Michael in Ireland. (This is the location of the final scene of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie. By the way, you must add this island to your travels. If you don’t believe me ask Luke Skywalker.)
Puffins are, well, ‘awkward’ to say the least. They are not graceful. Heck, I am amazed they fly at all.
But they do succeed. As a matter of fact, they THRIVE in some of the world’s harshest weather conditions.
What is their secret formula for success?
They are clear that they want to go and then they GO.
Well, that’s not their entire story of success because after they jump off the edge of a monstrous cliff, they immediately start flapping.
And their flapping effort does NOT help.
They fall like a stone. (I gasped when I saw the first jump from the cliff because it was so clumsy & I thought I was witnessing a ‘puffincide’.)
And they keep falling.
And flapping like hell.
And falling some more.
Trusting that their efforts will mix with the forces of gravity and wind and that their efforts will work – all in spite of visual evidence to the contrary.
And, because they keep flapping and trusting it eventually works!
In the blink of an eye, they are magically transformed from an awkward creature doomed to fail into a majestic, soaring, glorious image of success!
What can you learn from the puffin?
1. Identify an important area in your life (fitness, money, career, romantic relationship, spiritual, etc.) : _____________
2. What EXACTLY do you want in this area of your life? _____________
(Do you want to jump?)
3. What is the next actionable behavior you will take to move you toward #2 : _____________
(Are you flapping like hell?)
4. How long will you act until you succeed? : _____________
(read: flap like hell from #3)
Go be the best version of yourself by taking action before you are ready and focusing on your progress, not perfection!