I think I’m turning a corner. I’m beginning to understand that your mindset and your perception IS the reality of your fulfillment, and it isn’t at all about reaching a certain goal or a success point. What I mean by that is in order for you to be happy, you just have to be happy with what you have – NOW. It’s not about what you WILL have or what you WILL accomplish. It’s the mindset of happiness and gratitude for what you have right now, without relying on what WILL be or what you WILL have later.
Now that I understand this, the next step is to convince myself. That means it’s up to me and my subconscious to internalize the knowledge that I need to be happy NOW, instead of thinking that I’ll be happy AFTER I accomplish X or Y.
No idea on how long that’s going to take.
Book I’m reading right now: The Gifts of Imperfection – Brene Brown
This book has been on my radar for quite some time now, but I hadn’t gotten around to reading it until last week. WOW. It’s way better than I expected. I thought it would be mushy and soft, but it’s actually a fantastic life guide applicable to almost anything. It presents familiar concepts (simplicity over complexity, hell yes or not at all, and more) in a new light, but it’s also introducing some new concepts that I hadn’t considered before. It’s an interesting counter-argument to the work, work, work, work model that still advocates for pushing yourself to be your best, but not in a self-destructive way.
Anyways. It’s a great book, you should read it. No exceptions, really.
Fitness focus: Revisiting the basics
I spend most of my time training other people, and in the process of filming videos and mirroring trainees I tend to exhaust my body before I can get to my own workout. The result is that I can’t focus as much on my own training as I want to, and I start developing bad habits.
This week, I had a private yoga lesson from a trusted yoga instructor friend of mine, and I plan on doing 2 per week from now on. I’m getting back to basics – core, downdogs, lunges – and tuning up the easy-to-forget aspects of those poses so I can be better at the more complex stuff.
If you’re already a member, don’t forget about the basics. Check out the “Tutorials” section of the Members’ Area. Or, check out the “Yoga Start” workout on Amazon. It’s fantastic for returning to the basics.
Food of the week: Ghee
I recently opened my ghee from Bulletproof and am LOVING it. Bulletproof has done a fantastic job with this. Simply put, ghee is refined butter – all of the good fats and virtually no lactose. It’s a fantastic compliment to your cooking, and trust me, it’s worth the price. Get it here on Bulletproof.com.
Finding inspiration from: The Gifts of Imperfection
The book I mentioned in the “Book I’m reading right now” section is seriously fantastic. Get yourself a copy. It’s a great guide to life in general.
4 thoughts on “Present > Future: The key to fulfillment”
Dean, I just joined the website and have been enjoying your post. I will think about the book, and it maybe what I need to start with. Feeling overwhelmed and somewhat lost. Mostly because of past decisions actions and failures. Believing and convincing myself that even at 52 it is never too late to start over and that there is still a lot of life to live. I am committed to leaving my past in 2016 and embrace 2017. I have so much to be grateful for and so much I can give to others. Looking forward to learning and strengthening myself with yoga.
John – It’s definitely not too late at 52, or even 62. The great thing about these workouts is anyone can do them. Let’s make 2017 the best year yet!
The world is so full of a number of things,
I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings.
– Robert Louis Stevenson
I like this!