Progress | It’s a Mindset

How’s your week been?

Remember last Friday when I talked about giving up caffeine and trying to stick to one tea per day? I’ve been sticking with it. I can tell you for certain that my mornings have been tough. The stretch between 8 and 12 seems to take double the time, and it’s like I’m moving through a tub of water. But that’s only when I’m bored. When I’m occupied, working in the lab for example, I feel fine. I barely notice it. Okay between 7 and 8 is the hardest all the time, because that’s when my caffeine fix would normally take me to a rocking 150 mg ride. Now, with just green tea coursing through my veins, I get a paltry 25 mg. I stick to the green tea because my morning routine does contain drinking a warm drink. Is it perfect? No, but it feels right and that’s what all this is about.

I’ve been sleeping better too. Deeper sleep, so when I wake up, I feel like I’ve rested more, even though I’ve rested about the same amount.

I want to talk, today, about the mindset of The Process. Yeah, I still haven’t forgotten about it. There’s a line that’s been quoted by a bunch of people in many different ways, but it all comes down to this: if you have the right mindset, you can do anything. That’s the thesis statement for everything I write about here. You’ve got to have that desire to improve, not for a day, not for a week, but forever. A state of constant improvement is achieved when it’s truly what you want. When you can sit down and question why you are the way you are.

Looking internally is so important. You have all the answers to all your personal problems. You’ve got to realize that you’re not perfect. Nobody is, and that’s the beauty of everything. Nothing is ever perfect. Everything drifts between good and not good, and when an opportunity passes your “good” threshold, you’ve gotta dive in.

So truly look at yourself. Who are you now? Answer that question before you ask anything else of yourself. Who are you? What do you value? Why do you hang out with the people you hang out with? Your answers may surprise you. When you’ve answered that question, ask of yourself next “Who do I want to be?”. Picture yourself down the road, a timeline isn’t important. Do you want to be well liked by people, but aren’t now? There’s things in yourself that you can improve. There’s things in myself that I can improve and I work on myself as much as I work on putting The Process into words.

Something I remember from my childhood was my high school science teacher had a poster on his wall that had some great advice.

Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become your character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.

That’s some seriously heavy wisdom to hang on a high school wall. I didn’t realize it at the time, but that advice is huge to me. Because by changing your thoughts and the way you think, you can change your entire life. Your entire life revolves around how you think. Focus on yourself, the only thing you really can control, and you will have a good life if you make the conscious choice every day to work on being a better person both in mind, body and action.

Have a great weekend!