#1614 Areté +1° #423: Interruptions?

They’re Often the Reason for the Routines

Hi, this is Brian.

Welcome back to another Areté +1°, a micro-chapter from Areté: Activate Your Heroic Potential—451 micro chapters organized around the seven objectives of our Heroic Coach training program.


This morning, I did my thing, dominating my Philosopher-mode protocol that featured a shorter (1,000-second) meditation, so I could get straight to work on this book.

I started working on a +1° when…

Emerson burst into my office with his joyful enthusiasm. So…

I pressed pause on the writing and Focused my Energy on that moment’s WIN… Emerson!

We chatted about his plans to prepare for his next big chess tournament. I ended our awesome chat with tears in my eyes as I told Emerson just how much I appreciate him and let him know how much fun I am having seeing him flourish.

I reminded him that nothing gives me greater joy than doing everything I can to support him in creating an amazing life.

It was a sweet, special moment.

Heroic app Target swipes…

  • Respond to Bid from Emerson
  • Micro-Moment of Awesome with Emerson
  • Big Wrestle Hug with Emerson


As Emerson was on his way out of my office, Eleanor burst through the door and asked me to check out the house she built.


Time to Respond to a Bid from Eleanor and create a Micro-Moment of Awesome with her as I shifted my Focus to the next WIN!

Heroic app Target swipes…

  • Respond to Bid from Eleanor
  • Micro-Moment of Awesome with Eleanor
  • Big Hug with Eleanor

I’m typing this +1° an hour later after breakfast.

And… I’m reminded of Jim Mattis’s wisdom from his great book, Call Sign Chaos.

In a very different context, he makes the same point when he tells us: “A former boss, Navy Captain Dick Stratto, who was held in the Hanoi Hilton for 2,251 days as a ‘prisoner of war,’ had taught me that a call from the field is not an interruption of the daily routine; it’s the reason for the daily routine.”

Of course, there are times when we need to be in deep, do-not-disturb-unless-it’s-an-emergency mode and…

Those bids from our kids and loved ones?

They’re not an interruption of the daily routine; they are the REASON FOR THE DAILY ROUTINE.

Let’s remember our Soul Force Equation as we ACTIVATE our Heroic superpowers by Focusing on What’s Important NOW.

Close the gap.

Live with Areté.


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