Today I was on my way to work, excited about my next blog post on Minimalism (a blog post I've been putting off a lot). But I got even more excited after I finished listening to this episode of the Art of Manliness.
Sad truth is, I took this home inspection course on 2012 and never finished it. Now I am feed up with my current professional life, I want different opportunities, and build my own entrepreneurial career. I have confessed to my therapist that the feeling of responsibility, having to depend only on myself, and having to get out there to prospect, learn though skills like leadership, sales, accounting, social skills, and much more was overwhelming. Basically up to this point I have been refusing to grow up (and it's really hard to admit).
I notice in others and until very recently myself, that whenever taking on a new project, before learning the process, the pros and cons, or the hacks, we go and buy the best tools or gadgets just to have them be another of our many clutters. Let me give you few examples:
About 3 days ago I posted an essay called "How to Meditate Your Problems Away"(check it out!).
After 3 days, the results have been incredible! Little by little, step by step, I noticed how doing such as small thing has caused such an impact, and I encourage you to go ahead and try it for yourself.
At first, my mind after few minutes started wandering with meaningless thoughts, that is just part of the process, be always conscious of it, and get back on track until you get used to it… Believe me it's worthy.
t's been a long but gratifying journey of about 3 months since I discovered Minimalism.
I first saw the concept on the Art of Manliness "Building a Minimal Wardrobe." I kind of put the idea in the back of my head for a couple of months.
Sometime after that, I discovered that there was a whole lifestyle around the idea of "less is more" and seemed really appealing.
I usually don't giv gifts as often as I should, but when I do i like being creative about it. Today it's my girlfriend and I anniversary and I overhearded say she wanted a basket with edibles, so here it is.
The whole idea of minimalism was to gain more margin in my life. Throwing things away wasn't the only thing, minimizing my time online was a huge one for me.
Last Sunday I downloaded to apps so I can track my time spent on my phone, I opened them up and let them run in the background, just carrying on with my day. These were the results:
I was talking to two friends of mine who inspired me to write this post. The first one taught me that fitness is not a chore but a lifestyle, there's always room for fun and enjoyment, in my opinion that's the only way to go through an entire routine without quitting. The second taught me that one should master the body before the weights, and real strenght comes from being able to take your body to new limits rather than doing a 600 lbs deadlift. He said this:
I have been practicing self-improvement for about 3 years now, and I've tried everything from reading books, audiobooks, all the way to actually attending to psychotherapy. I've learned a ton, but the tipping point occurred when everything hit me hard in the head and got huge breakthroughs, this has not been easy, as it shouldn't be, but it I could summarize my whole experience, it would be the following ideas:
After 5 months of pure commitment with my fitness and finally seeing some results, new year comes around, parties, foods, and drinking becomes a priority, totally derailing from my goals, and once again starting from 0, a bit overweight and no self-stem... what do you do?
Yea.. this is me, after four months of going on and off the gym, and trying different ways to stick to my fitness life.
I know for fact this time around will be different, why? because I am tired of starting from 0, not getting the body and the results I want, and most importantly being a quitter, so this is what you do:
- Find a baseline: not being a athlete and wanting to go to the gym 5 days a week for 2 hours seems foolish, instead find a baseline you feel comfortable with, e.g:
My baseline of comfort is
exercising 3 times a week, for 30 minutes, or
15 minutes each day fully focused on my exercise, doing exercises that I only like, such as push-ups and crunches.
- Have clear goals, so you could design your road map, is it strength, good looks, become good at a certain sport? Mine was to get lean, agile, and develop strength.
- Start simple, instead of paying fancy health clubs, or the best supplements, use what you already have, some knowledge, and an empty space, I use my room, warm up for a minute, then focus ONLY on the push-ups I am doing at that moment.
- Track your progress, as I write this, today is my second day, yesterday i did 6 minutes of workout, today did 8 with better performance, and more concentration, so i expect tomorrow to do a lot better until I can feel comfortable doing full 15 minutes of training. Write everything down, and highlight the positive aspects of it.
- Your commitment is completely up to you, my challenge is to make sure I do this every day for 30 days, before getting out of my comfort zone again and trying something new, it seems like it's not much, but it's a lot more than all the "nothing" I was doing for quite a while.
I think that the most important thing when it comes to fitness, or anything, is not the amount of effort you put at first, but developing the actually habit, doing the best you can, and that's basically my goal, for the first 30 days, being able to keep up with the habit, regardless of everything that goes around my busy life.
There's no magic one that will instantly make them go away, but a conscious decision. Let's explore them inside out:
this week I realized that I have gained 10 pounds. No wonder I have felt out of whack, too lazy to go to the gym, low energy, lacking focus and unmotivated. At this point I know for fact that I know if don't change my eating habits, it will be even harder to change my lifestyle to what it was before.