From his new book entitled The Paleo Connection, Mark Sisson
compiles 10 significant Habits of Highly Successful Hunter Gatherers, or a set
of evolutionary tools to create perspective. Too often, we get caught
over-thinking, over-exercising, over-analyzing, overacting, self-criticize, and
judge others we hardly know. Add to that all of the noise, constant digital bombardment, traffic, stress of modern life, and we are off course as our human instincts intend. This modern mess distorts our own
realities and takes us off course in what is really important and essential in
life. “These cognitive abilities can become intellectual and emotional traps.”
And, ultimately, all of this self-chatter “diminishes the experience of the
present moment, and keeps us from giving focus and energy to what can genuinely
serve our health and fulfillment.”
Taking charge of what is important and
dismissing the junk, really is the key to enriching one’s life and perspective.
I have summarized one portion of the book, but really, a good purchase. Click the image to the left for more info.
The asterix following each habit is a one-sentence summary of my own thoughts.
Acknowledge life’s realities as well as its cruelties
Own your life, your problems, and outcomes
No excuses or blame
Accept the situation
Do not stew in self-pity for the sake of ongoing bitterness
React rationally instead of responding emotionally
*Own up and learn from mistakes
Be as generous with yourself as you are with others
Determine decisions before acting
Help yourself before others
*Confidence in yourself, decisions, and the action it takes
to get it done
Build a Tribe
A close-knit pack
Form solid, mutually supportive relationships
Mutuality forged in action
Surround yourself only with people who you can count on
anytime for anything, anywhere
Only people who bring trust and respect to the table
Bring genuine interest to the table, ask questions, and make
* Only surround yourself with those who would give and
support you as much as you do them
Eliminate chronic distractions and behavior
Abandon enslavement to diversion
Dismiss psychological burden that disconnect you from the
world and erode your psyche
Give the moment full attention
Connect with your inner self, others, and life around you
*Pause often to appreciate the beauty of life
Eager, question everything, be creative, act on impulse, use
imagination, attract challenge, explore, discover, learn.
*Practice the art of learning and growing from what you do
Trust Your Gut
Instinct, Insight, Perspective
*Act on your developed ethics and morals
Pick Your Battles
Lead with priorities and assess the risk/benefit
Respect the full humanity of other people and the unpredictability
of life itself
Let experience and reflection throughout life teach you.
*Understand where the other person may be coming from
Get Over It
By forgiving and repairing relationships, you are in a
better position to glean the benefits of cooperation
Festering negative emotions erode the community
Take responsibility; choose to live in integrity with
yourself and others.
Every day you let another person, or past mistake control
your well being, is a day you miss living fully.
Optimism – No Excuses
*Life is too short to bear grudges. Everybody has a bad day.
Sharpen Your Spear
Developing yourself in satisfying diverse ways that will
help you experience success.
Genius does not stem from the tunnel vision of
specialization but from the innovative visualization of creative, unexpected
Simply having a whole host of skills can expand not only
your self-sufficiency, but your sense of personal identity, competency, and
*Practice the art of Mastery
Live in Gratitude by acknowledging and appreciating life’s
Gratitude gives meaning and richness to your life
Be appreciative of the lessons and journeys of your past
(good and bad) for no particular reason or caveat
Nourish and exercise the body and mind, cherish and respect
your spouse, love your dog, keep your home clean and orderly, encourage your
See the beauty in simple things: a good red wine, a
partner’s intimate touch, a post workout calm, a great nights sleep.
Abundance only comes to people who appreciate the small
gifts, humble blessings, and the basics.
Open yourself to receive more.
When you practice an attitude of gratitude, you appreciate
what you have, not envy what you lack.
*Positive thought and the law of attraction