Archives for December 2018
In the pursuit of your aspirations, goals and dreams, it almost is never enough to strive for them without having a compelling purpose that excites.
Basic motivation, temporary inspirations are usually not quite enough. Continuous, long-term quests for personal ambitions need that driving force of a stimulating purpose.
Oftentimes our big, intoxicating goals and endeavors can be overwhelming. We see that big picture, but don’t know exactly how or where to begin. Even the thought of putting together a plan can feel paralyzing, the end-result seems like a distant, far-flung, shinning star.
Regardless of whether your goal is something modest like making it through another work day, or something larger like becoming an astronaut, we must look at the desired outcome, and then both forge our path through planning, and also taking a step, an action towards it.
If your goal is audacious, like becoming an astronaut, I believe it is necessary to compartmentalize time and energy.
Becoming an astronaut is going to take a long term plan, so with that goal in mind, let’s think in terms of 13 weeks.
There are 6, 13 week quarters in 18 months/ (a year and a half= 78 Weeks.)
We probably underestimate what we can do in that time frame.
You could obtain a degree.
Lose a significant amount of weight.
Meet someone special and develop an awesome relationship/friendship.
Fluently speak, read and write a new language.
Learn a new instrument.
The possibilities are endless.
You could even be well on your way to becoming an astronaut!
The Maximum/Moderate/Minimum/Micro/Manifesto VII (13 Weeks.) Last time, we touched upon goals, dreams, aspirations, and happiness. We all want to be happy. With 7.7 Billion people on earth (at this writing,) is there even enough happiness to go around? Possibly a stretch.
In the complexity that makes up your weeks, your days, your life, the pursuit of happiness, and exactly what it means to be happy can often become muddled in the entanglement in survival of those weeks and days. On a certain, reptilian-brain level, instinctively we target happiness to sustain ourselves. We eat when we feel hunger, drink when thirsty, sleep when tired, seek warmth when cold. Maybe, a tick above that instinctive, basic level, is inclination. If given the choice, would you choose to go to work today, or lie in bed all day and watch Netflix? Would you eat a donut or broccoli? We go to work, we eat that broccoli because we know the investment will pay dividends in the future, which in turn will bring future survival/happiness. So, perhaps happiness is covering the very basic needs (and also the needs of those you care about), and investing energy into a better future (working those hours of overtime will sure look great on next week's paycheck, right?)
But, maybe there is a next level of happiness? Maybe the term itself is a misnomer? We are blasted continuously with stimuli, and that can distract and confuse as to what is important to us, what we really want to do in this life. The unimportant oftentimes is promoted as important. Preoccupation on trivial pursuits can be a serious threat to our vision, application and action. Possibly "happiness" as a concept, may just need a slightly different branding and approach. If I may be so bold, I might suggest that the next level happiness you seek (beyond covering those basics), is actually at the end of the day excitement. You could be "happy" with a job, a relationship, a hobby, a goal, virtually anything. "Happiness" is a good meal. A 30-minute series (with limited commercial breaks.) A great cup of coffee. A win from the home team. A loss to the rival team. A .50 cent raise. Ect. Happiness as a word or a notion itself is a bit euphemistic. and at the end of the day, is actually merely satisfaction. Satisfaction (happiness) is great in and of itself, a temporary good vibe, an analogous equivalency to having a full stomach after a great meal, or possibly even a shitty late-night drive-thru snack, a goal/outcome that is realized, without having to reach deeper than you ever have before. This is showing up + maybe 1. But,"happiness/satisfaction" has an expiration date. A shelf life. Intuitively, we know when we are totally and passionately fixated on taking things to the next level. It doesn't really matter what is the motivating factor, the driver is the focus. In the end, you already know what makes you "happy." But, do you know what excites you?..............
Triceps/Hair progress pic.
One is growing a bit faster than the other. I generally like training in the early morning, but had so much to accomplish today, printers, bank, supplies, hardware store, post office, then finally to work for inventory/cleaning/maintenance.
I finally hit the gym this evening, my recent history has been hit & miss.Energy wasn’t great, but I enjoyed the extra calories/carbs in lieu of a pump.
This evenings moderate/abbreviated session:
Incline Bench 45×10 44×5 65×5 70×20
Simple. Basic. Productive. Progression.
Truth be told, my training for the past 6-8 weeks has neither been consistent, nor partaken with personally set standards of intensity/ferocity.
New territory, as training has always been my “rock,” always an important focus, a sort of meditation if you will, always a part of my life since I was in my late teens. It was definitely on the back-burner.
I had a bit of a “heads up” knowing that my way of life was about to change, my jobs, would become a job. The process has been complex, yet also very simple in some ways.
I was returning to a familiar place, and leaving familiar places. Seeing old friends, not seeing current friends, at least nearly as often. My early morning rising has become later, my early to bed, has become late nights.
The stress was incredible, actually sometimes unthinkably unbearable. UN-describable. I often woke in the middle of the night, thoughts racing, “Am I doing the right thing?”
Money, bills, relationships, comfort, security, values, all sorts of dynamics were in question, and those questions conveniently often surfaced at 3:00 a.m. like a blender of forlorn.
Somewhere along the way, along this pathway, I realized that what is important is the player of the game, not so much the game itself. The code of conduct, not the real-time circumstances.
They are like the wind.
You will bring YOU to whatever the day decides to throw at you. Your own personal power can and will determine your end result.
Some will be with you, some will not. Some will legitimately support, some will just feign support (I see you, even though it might not seem like I do.) 😀
At the end of the day, it is simply just doing what is best for yourself and those that matter to you, those you care for.