and JUST DO IT
Part 1: Motivation and Action
Mark Manson has a great section in his book “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” which talks about the cycle of inspiration, motivation, and action. Most of us assume that the best way to take action is to seek inspiration and get motivated, but this actually isn’t true.
Action INSPIRES motivation. And motivation inspires further action.
So do something. You might not have a plan. You might not want to take action. But if you get the ball rolling, it will eventually roll with its own momentum.
Part 2: Sometimes there isn’t a a particular way of doing something, other than just doing it
Whenever I want to improve something, I tend to head to Amazon and search for a book that deals with the problem I’m encountering. (Go figure.) But sometimes, you don’t need a book. Sometimes you just need to make the effort. You need to be more mindful, recognize what’s going on, and make a conscious change.
You want to watch less YouTube videos? Close YouTube the next time you randomly open it.
You want to check your phone less? Put your phone down next time you pick your phone up.
Very often (and maybe more often than not) the answers to our problems can be simpler than we think – we just might not like the amount of effort involved.
Part 3: Will power is a muscle to be trained
We might not feel like we have the energy. We may not want to do something. But if you force yourself to do it, you’ll increase your willpower. Over time, it will get easier. Just like yoga, you might not be flexible or strong enough at first, but with time, you’ll get stronger – and it will get easier.
So push yourself. You can do it. You might not have a plan yet. You might not know the exact destination. But you probably have a general idea. Start heading in that direction, and if you need to change course, then do so.
But you’re never going to get anywhere if you don’t move at all.
Now it’s time for the flavors of the week. Here’s what’s going on in my world.
Fitness focus: Cross Training
This week I’ve been doing it all – yoga every day, swimming 3x, weights 2x, pull-ups, calisthenics and arm balance work. (Check out my FB from Thursday, 9/14 if you want to learn more about Scorpion Pose!)
Recovery wise, I’ve also been doing it all – restorative yoga, REDjuvenator (for my weird foot bone thing that is finally starting to heal, thanks to this device), electrical stimulation with the MarcPro, and self-myofascial release with the KnotOuts.
Music I’m listening to: Krewella – One Minute
There’s something about EDM lately that’s helping me get into Flow. Maybe I’ve been reading too much on flow. But my body and my mind seem to like it.
Product I’m enjoying: REDjuveantor
I injured my foot back in February, and I was still having significant problems with it until about a month ago, after I had gotten multiple x-rays taken, no reported muscle or tendon issues, but experiencing pain on a daily basis.
I haven’t changed my routine, but I’ve been using the REDjuvenator on a daily basis for about a month now, and I can say with relative certainty that this is the reason for my foot healing. If you have any bone issues, tendon, muscle, or arthritis issues that don’t seem to go away, I would HIGHLY recommend taking a look at the REDjuvenator and learning more about it. Leanne has an entirely website devoted to the science behind it as well as success stories and testimonials from people who have benefitted from this amazing device. Click here to learn more about the REDjuvenator.
Stealing Fire never got as deep as I really wanted it to. It never delved too deeply into one particular topic, instead choosing to cover many topics with a very narrow focus. I’m glad that I was able to read this book and learn about the new possibilities of reaching flow and peak performance, but I’ve finished the book and am not clear of what my next step should be.
I’ve started re-reading Flow, and it just as good the second time as it was the first time. I’ve considered getting a tattoo twice in my life, and if I can find a symbol that represents flow well enough, I think I’ll get it right on my wrist, to remind me that I should seek flow as often as possible.
If you haven’t read Flow yet, and care at all about self-development, happiness, or living a meaningful life, you need to read this book. Read it, thank me later.
Personal Struggle: Evening Routines
I actually had to think about what I haven’t done well this week before I decided on this (which is a good thing, I think). Sleep has been inconsistent. I find myself on my phone often after 8 PM (big mistake), and I know that’s part of the reason. But I also haven’t “been able” to meditate (that’s clearly an excuse), because my patio door doesn’t work, and I’m used to meditating outside. Point is – my evening routine is off, and I need to get back on it.
I don’t actually have an evening routine video or blog I can point you to at the moment, but this is a good reminder for me to add it to the “To-Do” list for my blog section.
It’s a chance for you to see me putting into action the practices and habits that I’m asking you to do for yourself, to show you that what I’m talking about in my emails, blogs, and on social media is exactly the same stuff that I’m doing on a daily basis in my own life.