#1110 What Great Performance Looks Like

Look! Up, Up in the Sky!

In our last +1, we did some swooping and gliding and hunting with a red-tailed hawk and our bird-watching guide: Carlos Castaneda.

Today I want to chat about that hawk again.

I mentioned the fact that he’s not worried about whether or not he’ll find his prey.

He’s just hunting.

Calmly, 100% focused on the PROCESS.

Letting the outcomes take care of themselves.

He’s not up there flying around thinking to himself, “OMG. My family’s going to starve if I don’t pull it together and find a mouse soon. I’ve been flying around up here for TWO HOURS (!) already and I haven’t seen a single mouse. Where’d they go? OMG. OMG. OMG.” 🤓

Enter: Castaneda and his wisdom: “Once a man worries, he clings to anything out of desperation; and once he clings he is bound to get exhausted or to exhaust whomever or whatever he is clinging to. A warrior-hunter, on the other hand, knows he will lure game into his traps over and over again, so he doesn’t worry.


To be fair (and to state the obvious), our red-tailed hawk friend doesn’t have the prefrontal cortex to engage in any anxiety-provoking overthinking. (Or, well, any “thinking” for that matter.)

Which reminds me of some parallel wisdom we explored back in the day.

Remember our +1 on Squirrels, Einstein and You?

As you may recall, that one was inspired by a pre-Trail drive. As I stopped at a stop sign right next to Byron Katie’s little chapel in Ojai, I spotted a squirrel racing across a telephone wire and thought to myself, “I wonder what that guy’s thinking?!”

Then I reminded myself that he WASN’T THINKING.

Then I thought of some wisdom from Jon Eliot’s Overachievement.

He tells us: “Great performers focus on what they are doing, and nothing else… They are able to engage in a task so completely that there is no room left for self-criticism, judgment, or doubt; to stay loose and supremely, even irrationally, self-confident… They let it happen, let it go. They couldn’t care less about the results.

That’s Today’s +1.

That red-tailed hawk?

He’s the flying embodiment of great performers.

Let’s be like him a little more.



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