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Motivation, Mindset, Positivity, Endurance, Adventure, Perseverance, and Possibility

Month: March 2016 (page 2 of 2)

Movie Review: Barkley Marathons “The Race that Eats its Young”

“If you’re going to face a real challenge, it has to be a REAL challenge.  You can’t accomplish anything without the possibility of failure.”- Laz

Unforgiving Tennessee mountains, a psychotic (in the best way possible) and quite hilarious race director,  random books scattered about, a conch shell, over 100 miles of brutality, razor sharp thorn bushes, 40 racers seemingly lost in the woods, taps, blood, sweat, and tears, and no trail.

You can keep your Super Bowl- this is the greatest event in America.

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Caring

Care about what you are doing in this moment.  Care about how you are showing up.  Care about how you are presenting yourself.

Care about how you are affecting others (not how others see you…but how you make them feel).

Care about how your present affects your future.

Care about your quest for happiness.  Care about your life journey.  Care about the little moments.  Care about your goals.

Care about your integrity.  Care about your effect on the environment.

Care about your free time.  Care about what information you are putting in your head.  Care about how you are spending your money.

Care about creating adventures.

Simply, care about your life and how you are living it.

Be aware of all these things.  Do not travel through life zombified…unable to escape the momentum of situations…simply going from one moment to the next.

Caring about each moment allows you to experience your journey and steer your path with your intentions.

Thanks for reading!  Enjoy this crazy Wednesday!

The Battle for Self Discipline

I don’t feel like writing this morning.

It would be nice to still be snoozing in my bed, wrapped up under the warm covers, whisked away in dreamland.

But I’m awake….and I’m sitting here in front of the computer.

All because I have SELF DISCIPLINE.

I made it a goal to wake up every weekday morning and write.  There’s nothing (outside of something catastrophic) that will break my self discipline.

Self discipline is a skill that must be developed.  It’s not easy to develop, not something that can be “hacked”, or something that there is a magic pill for.  It is a skill that must be generated BY YOU.

You create self discipline by refusing to take the path of least resistance, the easy way out.  

I said I was going to wake up and write, so I woke up and wrote.

If you say you are going to go to the gym- go to the gym.  If you say you are going to run 5 miles- don’t cut out after 4.  If you say you are going to skip dessert- don’t order the cheesecake.  If you say you are going to step outside your comfort zone- stop doing the same shit day in and day out.

YOU have to nurture your self discipline.  Each time you successfully accomplish your goals, it becomes easier.  Whereas, each time you give in to the path of least resistance, your self discipline takes a hit.

It may be difficult at first but, over time, it gets easier and easier until its internal.  It goes from something that is a challenge to something that is just part of your philosophy.

As for me, I’m glad I sat down at the computer and got these ideas out.  Glad I momentarily conquered the resistance and nurtured my self discipline!

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Today is “Do Something You Hate” Tuesdays, so find something that will challenge you, that you don’t really enjoy, and get it done!  This act is the best way to start building your discipline.

Monday

Happy Monday!

A new week always looks like a blank slate.  You get the opportunity to fill it with whatever you want.  The week can be a success or the week can be a failure.  At the end of the day it is all up to YOUR decisions.

No one will MAKE your success but YOU.

So have fun, smile, exercise, get outside, laugh, and enjoy this crazy place!

On Sunday take some time to reflect on how lucky you are to be able to live your life.

Willpower vs. Convenience

Willpower vs. Convenience

Currently, I’m reading an interesting book called The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor.  It is essentially about what makes someone a happy person opposed to being an unhappy person (and is backed up by scientific research).

One of the sections is about our friendly nemesis willpower; how most people’s willpower can power them towards good habits, but throughout the day will get worn down and worn down until people give in.

For example, you eat healthy food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and you feel GREAT!  But then around 8 or 9 your cravings kick in.  You are so exhausted from the day and your willpower is running on fumes, so you chow down on some girl scout cookies.  One wouldn’t be too bad, but you go back for another…and another…and now you HAVE to finish the whole sleeve because a half empty girl scout cookie sleeve is bad Feng Shui!

Your willpower ran out and you gave in to convenience.

This is when the concept of “Path of Least Resistance” comes into play.  If the girl scout cookies are convenient (nearby, already purchased, easily accessible) then most likely you WILL give in to convenience. On the other hand, if it is inconveniet to get a girl scout cookie in your mouth (they are not at your house, you have to do 100 push-ups every time you eat one, you have your wife hide them) then most likely you WON’T give into convenience.

Instead of having girl scout cookies easily accessible, maybe you have prepared a healthy snack (a smoothie, mixed fruit bowl, or my favorite…frozen blueberries).  Make these the new path of least resistance.  Make these nutritious items the ones that are convenient.

So Achor’s simple idea was this:

MAKE GOOD HABITS CONVENIENT AND BAD HABITS INCONVENIENT

Try this for a few days and see if it works.

Happy Friday!  Good luck in your journey towards your goals!

Routines

Routines can be good.  You can develop good routines, you can do those routines day in and day out and you will see a major benefit to your life.

But, every so often, it’s good to rock yourself out of your routine too.

You could go on a trip, try a new activity, wake up earlier, sleep in, meet someone new, eat something new.

Do something that shakes up your routine.

To me there’s no worse saying than “same shit, different day.”  When that line is belched out I have a physical reaction.  This person hates their routine.  But they have accepted it as the norm.  They are unwilling to change something that is making them miserable.  Have they just given up?  Do they not see the world for what it is: an opportunity to explore.

Routines are whatever you make them: good, bad, meh.  But be willing to break your routine every so often.  This allows you to experiment with it.  Maybe you discover that you need to drop a part of it, or maybe you need to add something to it?

Explore life!  This word is insanely beautiful and full of wonderful opportunities to experience this beauty.   Do not fall into the trap of “same shit, different day.”

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Happy Thursday!

Albino Deer

 

No long post this morning.  Nothing too inspirational except this:

GET OUTSIDE EVERY SINGLE DAY.  TEN MINUTES OR THREE HOURS.  JUST GET OUTSIDE.

If you do that then you will feel better mentally and physically PLUS you get to see cool stuff like this albino deer I saw yesterday!  (Only albino deer I’ve ever seen.  In fact it was the only albino deer my dad has seen in 65 years of being an outdoorsman)

“Do Something You Hate” Tuesdays

This is a movement.  A movement to rock people out of their comfy routine.  Something to force discomfort into their lives.

It’s called “Do Something You Hate Tuesdays”.

Let’s be honest, Tuesdays are the worst day of the week.  You don’t have the end-of-the-week joy of a Thursday or Friday or the “sigh…we’re halfway there” feeling of a Wednesday.  You don’t even have the self-righteous “It’s Monday, I’m mad, and YOU’RE going to hear about it!”  Tuesdays are just…there.  They just exist.

So for the last month, I have done something special on Tuesdays.  I have pledged to “do something I hate.”

For me its track workouts, bear crawls, and stadium stairs.  The more mind numbing and physically exhausting, the better!  These workouts are boring, brutal, and very VERY painful.  By the end of the workout I’m usually drenched in sweat, limping around like John Wayne, and muttering “$*** that was ****ing hard.”

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