What Would You Do If You
Knew Your Success Was
to ponder and  reflect. You will quickly become clear about what is
misguided in your life. You will be shocked by how much time you
are spending in the thick of thin things.

Although a far more sophisticated piece of human technology, the
human brain needs periods of quiet time and mindfulness in order to
function optimally. But how is that possible when our ‘always online’
lives are constantly dragging us in the opposite direction?  According
to Google’s Gopi Kallayi, the solution is to unplug from the Internet
and plug into the “inner-net”. That may sound like a big ask, but if a
product marketing manager at Google can find a balance between his
day job and his mindfulness practice, there’s definitely hope for the
rest of us.

Here are a few ideas to get you started: Set specific times to use the
Internet and define how much time to spend surfing the net. Distract
yourself. Call friends and family. Spend more time with them.
Research indicates that spending time with others improves your
mood. Find a hobby that does not involve the Internet. For example,
yoga, take a class, catch up on your reading, get involved or go out
and enjoy nature. Bill Gates, since the 1980’s, had gone into seclusion
for two, one-week “Think Weeks” per year. His family, friends and
Microsoft employees were banned from these retreats, during which
Gates spent the majority of his time reading and thinking. Many
insights and innovations at Microsoft were the fruits of these Think

How did I spend my dis-connected time?  It did not really hit me until
Saturday afternoon; I was bored out of my mind. I was determined
not to feel this way all weekend. I went for walks (both days), called
family and friends I had not spoke to in awhile, cooked (from
scratch), tried a new hair treatment.  In other words I did a lot of
things I had been putting off and some thinking about what I wanted
to do with my future.  The results and insights of this personal time
turned out to be more internally radical than I expected.

In closing, I leave you with some wonderful advice, from Gopi, for
connecting with your inner-self. He says you need to, “Listen to the
tweet of your heartbeat, pay attention to the status update from your
body and respond to that urgent chat request from your brain.”
As we have become accustomed to
constant interruptions, our attention
spans have radically shrunk and our
ability to focus is dismal. Our personal
patterns need to shift from inputs to
outputs. We (myself included) as a
society have become addicted to input.
Or in other words other people’s

When you disconnect from everything
going on, you can actually get space