Practicing Awareness = Success
March 6 2017 Journal
I have a serious problem.
Woke up at 8:30, and didn’t do anything for 20 minutes. I was just thinking about things, looking back on the past, and looking forward to the future.
The worst thing I could possibly do.
I did my laundry, and took a walk, and even made breakfast (barely) so at least I’m improving.
Before, I would get up super early thinking I’m gonna seize the day! Only to figure out that I’ve spent 3–5 hours doing absolutely nothing. Some days I wouldn’t even meditate, take a walk, work out, do yoga, read, make breakfast, shower, or even brush my teeth. I wouldn’t do any of those things.
And I even miss my free bus ride to college and forced to pay for an uber.
If I switch from Uber to riding the bus, I’ll save damn near $500 a month.
Effective leaders don’t behave like this. My self discipline is extremely bad and it’s probably the #1 thing I have to fix in my life. Because every other problem in my life is related to that.
I’m gonna give an example, then break it down into parts:
For example, my back really fucking hurts.
- Chiropractors are expensive.
- This means I need to make money.
- I have access to a private community of C-level executives with deep pockets who desperately need my services and I barely have any competition. The problem is, I have to get on the phone with them and I have severe speech issues which causes me to lose credibility (ethos). So to speak better that means I have to practice reading books every day, I need to practice storytelling, practice improv, and do all these things.
- I know how to do these things. I also have lots of time in my day to do these things.
- But I get wrapped up in my thoughts for a cumulative total of around 6 hours a day. And most of the time I don’t achieve any of these goals.
So the solution is: Just try every fucking day. I’ve been conditioned to behave like that ever since I was a kid. Habits like that are hard to break. But I have to try every day.
This is how my mornings should look like:
- Get up at 6 (later on titrate down to 5)
- Eat a banana
- 10 min| Go on a walk/jog
- 20 min|Meditate for 20 minutes
- 5 min|Tai Chi
- 5 min|Yoga
- 10 min|10 minute weight training workout (later titrate to 1 hour)
- 5 min|Hop in a cold shower
- 20 min|Prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner
- 10 min|Journal how you did with the routine
- 5 min|get ready for school
So this takes : 1 hr 20min (MAXIMUM)
Which means if I wake up at 6, it would put me at 7:20. Coincidentally (didn’t even realize it) the exact time I have to go out the door to catch my bus on time.
This sounds like a lot of things to remember and people might say it’s impossible to be so mechanical. I actually used to be one of those people and it’s funny because I have never been able to do something like this for more than a day but I know it can be done.
The truth, this is what very highly effective people do with their mornings. They wake up early, they get moving, practice relaxation and mindfulness, clear up the mind and start their day.
Let’s do it.
Time: 14:08. It took me 38 mins to write this post. Holy shit. It used to take me like three hours to write a quick little post like this. This is called progress guys.
Never give up.