2. GET THE BEST, AND LEAST, AMOUNT OF GEAR FOR THE JOB
Get the best gear for the job, and nothing, and I mean nothing more. To achieve this you will need radical preparation. You can’t afford to have ‘stuff’ that will slow you down, cost you money, distract you in its acquisition, and ultimately be a waste of the planets resources.
Prior to setting off I researched the heck out of what gear was required to keep me safe for the conditions. To be in my backpack, my gear needed to meet the following 5 conditions, without compromise:
Re-usable, ideally beyond the immediate mission
Respectful of nature and people. I prioritized gear that had undertaken a cradle to cradle (full life cycle) approach to design
Respectful of my body
When embarking on an ambitious goal you need to keep your tools lean.
The ‘lean criteria’ listed above is a simple way to filter and prioritise what you might need to take with you.
3. GET A PERSONAL MANTRA OR SUCCESS ANTHEM
When setting out on your mission you will hit barriers you didn’t foresee and that will set you back. It’s easy to spend time wallowing, but what you really need to do is change your internal state, immediately. When you change your state the panic will subside and I promise a solution will come to you.
There were times on my hike when I found myself alone, lost, injured, hungry, at the mercy of mother natures rain and winds and unable to think straight. It happens. Being lost is part of the bold journey into the unknown.
These two practical things helped me rapidly change my state:
1. I got a mantra.
Mine was ‘Just go around’ – it’s shorthand for 'find another way'. I’d repeat it to myself, in an upbeat gentle way, when I needed a way out and couldn’t see it. I’d repeat it sometimes many times a day. The mantra itself isn’t mine per se; I stole it from Seth Godin, who said (in a Tim Ferris podcast) how he uses it with his son.
2. I got an anthem.
Mine was a kind of success theme song, and actually, I had two. Beyonce: ‘Run the World (Girls)’- to strut my feminine power. And, Beastie Boys: ‘Make Some Noise’- big beats and a dance party in my hiking boots. I made sure I could access and actually play this music as part of my emergency first aid kit.
While Beyonce or The Beastie Boys might not be your bag, I suggest you purposefully choose music that feels familiar to you, is happy and that you can easily sing along to. If you keep it for when you really need it, it will have a profound and immediate impact.