Three-Foot World

Imagine you’re scaling a several hundred foot vertical face in the desert overlooking Las Vegas. You’re new to climbing, and as your palms sweat and heart races, all you can think about is how long of a fall down it would be. You’re frozen with fear. Then out of nowhere your scraggly hippy instructor free climbs up to you, looks you in the face, and says “Focus on your three-foot world. Focus on the three feet within reach of you that you can control, and nothing else.” Well that’s exactly what happened to Mark Owen, a veteran Navy SEAL who was one of the first through the door on the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden. Many years prior to the Bin Laden mission, he was on a training trip in Las Vegas to improve his climbing skills, and those words “Focus on your three-foot world” are what snapped him back into focus and allowed him to successfully complete the climb. I read that story in Mark’s new book, No Hero, and it’s stuck with me for how appropriate the advice is as 2015 gets ready to introduce itself to us. Let’s have 2015 be the year of focusing on our three-foot world. How do we do that?

  • HEALTH It means we focus on our three-foot world of what we eat, how hard we workout, and how much we move throughout the day. We don’t worry about the rest.
  • CAREER It means we focus on our three-foot world of how hard we work, how much we continually learn, and how we interact with our coworkers, peers, and customers. We don’t worry about the rest.
  • MENTALITY It means we focus on our three-foot world of staying positive through any given situation, controlling the information we allow into our minds, and bringing humility to our day to day life. We don’t worry about the rest.

I know for myself personally, so much of the stress in life is introduced by things outside of my control, yet I let them disrupt my world anyway. 2015 is the year of focusing on my Three-Foot World, and that’s it. I’m going to work my ass off in the areas I can control, the areas within my Three-Foot World reach, and I’m going to try to let the rest roll off my back. If I stick to that plan, I don’t see how I can fail in 2015. Join me?

Published by Adam Griffin

Adam is an entrepreneur & writer. He is the former founder of Bodeefit, and is the author of Redwood: A Guide to Leading a Remarkable Life. He lives in Denver, CO with his wife and kids.

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