No Excuses — Be Accountable

#21 Feel sick and do something anyway

Wherever I go I hear excuses from people. It can be excuses about bad food, career choices or the economy.

I’m one of them time to time, but when I take responsibility the excuses vanishes. That’s why 30,90 or 365 challenges are great. Because you need to be accountable towards yourself and others.

Today were the first test of my accountability in this 365 day challenge. Sure it was tough, but I got through it.

The reason to this is yesterday. I ate something bad, and spent the night besides the toilet. Great Monday night, jeez.

When I woke up today I got low energy, and felt bad.

My first default was to just think about excuses not to do anything ‘difficult’.

Thanks to my momentum this far I decided to do something anyway. I decided to do something mentally exciting.

“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.” — Barack Obama

The experience

At afternoon I sat down in my favorite armchair. With no electronics.

Just papers, pens and books. I set the timer at 1 hour, then I began writing my thoughts out. I created strategies and tactics for my life this autumn.

Every time I get to be alone with my own thoughts, something cool happens. I realize how many thoughts are under the surface.

Whenever I need some input or help with creating better thoughts I take help from books.

When I need to learn more about business, then I read books from the best businessmen.

If I want to understand how I can improve my purpose. Then I read books about Gandhi, Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela etc. These people makes me understand how to be more in service.

To visit their thoughts for some minutes every day make wonders.

When the alarm clock rang, I looked down and saw what an exciting journey I got ahead of me.

“What would happen if you gave yourself permission to do something you’ve never done before? There’s only one way to find out.” — Gina Greenlee

How You Can Apply What I Learnt

  1. Buy or borrow some books. Read books written of/about people with massive experience in something you want to learn. Check out my website for book tips.
  2. My intuition says today’s exercise can make wonders in life. It will be hard at first to have clear focus. Begin with 15 minutes, and then increase for each time. Try it and see what happens.

How long can you be in silence without feeling the need to get some input from society? We’re used to have constant flow of information. The important question to ask is; When do people get their most ‘important’ thoughts?

Many people mentions the shower. Try to hack this, and create silent moments. You may find your big breakthrough.

Write a comment below about a strategy you’re going to take action on.


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Day 21 of 365 days doing something scary/thrilling/exciting