learn

The more you learn, the more you know.

People will DM me on my Instagram and always ask where I come up with topics to write about.

Most of the time, I just write about ideas that are floating around in my head.

But in order to get these ideas to float freely, I have to keep exposing myself to new ideas.

It isn’t enough to just learn some things in 12 years of school. Or 4 or even 8 years in college and call it good.

Life requires continual education. Actually, life doesn’t “require” it, and that’s the problem for most people.

However, growth does require continual education.

If you want to learn more about something or understand something on a deeper more innate level, continually study it.

It really doesn’t matter the subject, if it interested you, then go for it.

One major problem with society is we view learning as a form of education.

When we think of this, we tend to focus on math, science, English, etc.

It’s important to remember that learning can take many forms.

What’s even more important to remember is that if you want to learn more about a particular topic, then study it. It doesn’t matter what the topic is. It’s yours to discover.

Own your education. Go learn.

 

work

 

get going

Sometimes getting started is more than half the battle.

Next time you don’t feel like undergoing the task at hand, just get started.

Just dive in head first and start swimming.

People always ask me, how do you wake up at 4:30 AM every day?

The truth is, I hear my alarm and have that same gut feeling you do. Thank God I’m alive and have another opportunity at this game called life.

That is what you think when you first hear your morning alarm ring, right?

If not, it should be. Someone once told me, if you think waking up early is hard. Try not waking up.

Okay. point taken.

So next time you really don’t want to wake up early, or go to the gym, or write that paper, or make that phone call, etc, etc etc. Just start.

It does not have to be perfect, or even pretty to get started. But you have to get started.

So just start somewhere, you can always go back and fine tune later on. But for now, just get your feet on the floor, and words on paper. The rest will come with time.

Even the longest journey begins with taking the first step.

 

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you’re lazy

Four keys to battling your inner lazy self

  1. Plan your day. Plan your time, or time will make a plan for you. Make a list of a few things you have to get done today and this week. And set out to do them. Don’t skip them, and don’t do other shit until they are done.
  2. Write it down. Go old school and make notes on a pad of paper. Make a daily, and weekly to-do list. Crossing off your to-do list is highly rewarding. Looking at tasks left undone is often enough motivation to keep grinding.
  3. Stop hitting snooze. Next time you set your damn alarm, get up when it rings. Yes, you will be tired, yes you might still be drunk from last night. But getting up and getting started is half the battle. Fight it.
  4. Bounce. Life is undoubtedly going to knock you on your ass. Sometimes pretty hard. The good news is, it happens to all of us. So, when it happens to you. Bounce. Get back up and fight for position. You can either be a victim, or you can be a victor.  The choice is yours so I suggest you fight like hell for the latter.

 

Face it. You’re lazy.  I know this, because I am lazy too. There is something that is within human nature that just screams laziness.

We, as humans, want everything the easy way. We want it the fast way. We want it cheap. It’s just how things work. We live off instant gratification and drive-thru Starbucks.

I am not saying there is anything wrong with that. But its just not how life works. Nothing, in the long run, is cheap, easy and fast.

Life is a drawn-out series of continual grinds, day after day, hour after hour. Life doesn’t give us dollar menus. There is no 30 minutes or less guarantee in life.

In fact, sometimes we can spend years or even decades working on something just to have it take shit on us in the end.

And that’s okay. The purpose of life isn’t always to win. No one gets a participation trophy at death’s door.

You either win, or you don’t. And it really doesn’t matter how many times you don’t as long as you do one more time. You can lose 10 times in a row, but that 11th time is your time to shine.

The problem is, we are lazy. We quit and give up if we don’t get it right away.  Every single day is battle to be won. Keep fighting the good fight. Save being lazy for someone else.

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happiness

I am a big fan of goal setting. However, there is one goal that I wish to never see on someone’s goal board, the goal of “being happy”.

Although this is a well-meaning goal, happiness is not something you can get. Having happiness isn’t the same as having a cold. It’s not something that physically forces you to alter a behavior.

Rather, happiness is something you either have or you don’t. It’s like the title to a vehicle. Sure you can have possession of the vehicle without a title, but in order to truly own the vehicle, you must have the title.

Happiness is also not dependant on circumstances. You can choose right now to be happy. You don’t need to wait for that job or wait until the kids are out of school, or wait until this or that to take place. You can choose happiness.

The nervous system processes information by first observing the stimuli, and then by dictating the appropriate response.

Stub your toe (stimuli) get mad about it (response).

Or stub your toe (stimuli), think “ouch that hurt, now I know where that table is and I wont be doing that again” (response).

The same stimuli can present an opportunity for you to choose your response.

You are your nervous system.  You can choose how to respond to stimuli. Just as you can choose to be happy right now.

Choose happiness now

 

 

 

 

 

 

every day

When we think of a champion or someone who is at the top of their perspective sport, we often think of them on a podium, them getting their hand raised in the ring, or hoisting the trophy high above their head as adoring fans and supports shower them with champagne.

However, these are only very small aspects of being a champion.

The champion spends much more time working behind the scenes than in the spotlight.

Winning is not done the day of. Rather, the event is won by the long hours behind the scenes. The cold morning runs, the sessions spent in an empty gym. Those are what separates the competitors from the champions.

Being a champion is a lifestyle. Its an everyday set of habits and actions.

If you want to be a champion, start thinking and acting like one. What do you need to do in order to become a champion?

Try this mental exercise: start thinking of yourself as a champion. How would you behave and act? Would you skip those training days when you don’t feel like going to the gym? Would you eat that second piece of cake? Or would you stay disciplined and focused on your goal. Remember, being a champion is more of a lifestyle than an event.

Live it. every single day

 

get to work

75% of the battle is getting started.

Whether we are talking about getting started trying to write, study, workout, or save money.

I think we have all experienced something like this at some point. I know I have. Getting started is hard. It takes a lot of energy to get the ball rolling. But it takes a lot less energy to keep the ball rolling once you have a little momentum going.

I don’t always feel like getting started. More often than not I want to hit that snooze button as bad as anyone. But that snooze button represents the majority of people who live their life average.

They don’t put in the work. They snooze it for later as if you’ll want to do it then.

That’s why it is so important to get to work on a task as early as possible.

Just start.

It doesn’t matter how far away the end result is. Take it one step at a time. Like I wrote about yesterday. Don’t always focus on the end goal. Focus on doing the little things to the best of your ability right now.

It’s like climbing a staircase. Do we look at all the stairs together, or do we focus on taking each step one at a time? We can look at it either way, but it is much easier to take one step at a time.

Take the step. Get to work.

focus

Don’t get so caught up on the finish line that you forget to enjoy the process. I know that sounds totally cliché, but its the truth.

We as athletes, or even as humans, want to get to the finish line as fast as possible. We want the results now, not later. But we must remember, what we do today, is building the foundation for that finish line podium.

Be excited about the future, but don’t forget to live in the present.

We can and should plan for our future destinations, but we should not have such tunnel vision that we forget to take account of our current surroundings.

This was a lesson I learned the hard way while in the Coast Guard. I spent more time focusing on getting out of the Coast Guard than I spent on being in the Coast Guard. Now I am not saying this is all wrong, I am glad I left the military when I did. I have no regrets about that.

But what I am saying is, instead of focusing on getting out, I should have focused on building the foundation for what I was going to do when I did get out.

The decision was already made, I was going to finish my service obligation and leave the military. After reaching that decision I should have focused less on counting down the days, and focused more on building the path to the exit.