Sunday, July 2, 2023

The Brutal Reality Of Improving Yourself

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I don't really like those words, self-help or self-management or self-improvement. I don't really like what those words have come to mean these days, because there's a lot of people out there that are constantly trying to improve themselves by looking for the one change in their life. That's going to make their dreams come true. On top of that, there's a lot of people out there, a lot of self-help gurus, and these hyperactive motivational speakers, and these other self-appointed modern, Zen yoga Warriors that they're trying to sell the one thing they're trying to sell. The nine steps or the enlightened path that's going to allow you to unlock all of your human potential and fulfill the dreams, so you can live the life that you've always wanted to live.

Now, I'm no guru - and I definitely don't claim to be. I'm just a man, but I will tell you this: it isn't one thing and it isn't ten things and it isn't a hundred things. It isn't a quick path and there are no shortcuts. Meditation won't get you there and neither will a miracle drug or an organic supplement or some Super Food. Getting better isn't a hack or a trick or a one change that you need to make. Getting better is a campaign. It's a campaign. It's a daily. A weekly. It's an hourly fight, an incessant fight that doesn't stop against weakness, and against temptation, and against laziness. It's a campaign of discipline, a campaign of hard work and dedication. It's waking up early and going to bed late, and grinding out every second in between every single day. So you want to get better. You want to self-improve, stop looking for a shortcut and go find your alarm clock. You'll find your discipline, and find your guts, and your passion, and your drive, and find it you will. And then you will find your freedom.

What does discipline really mean? You know, besides waking up early. And how do I employ it to all aspects of my life? Yes, discipline it. It does start with waking up, but that is just the beginning. And I always say that discipline is the root of all good qualities, but you have to absolutely apply it to things outside of just waking up early. It's everything.

It's working out every day, making yourself stronger, and faster, and more flexible, and healthier. Discipline is eating the right foods to fuel your system. It's about disciplining your emotions, so you can make good decisions. It's about having the discipline to control your ego, so your ego doesn't get out of hand and control you. it's about treating people the way you would want to be treated, and doing the tasks that you don't necessarily want to do, but that you know will help you or help your team. It's about facing your fears, takes discipline to face your fears, so you can conquer them, and that's what discipline is discipline means taking the hard road, the uphill road. To do what's right for yourself and for other people. 

It's so often that, the easy path, it calls to us to be weak for that moment, to break down. For that moment, give in to the desire and the short-term gratification. But the discipline will not allow that. The discipline calls for strength and fortitude, and will it won't accept weakness. It won't tolerate another breakdown. Discipline can seem like it's your worst enemy, but the reality is discipline is your best friend. It will take care of you like nothing else. It can put you on that path, the path to strength, and health, and intelligence, and happiness. And most importantly, it'll put you on that path to freedom.

How do you stop making excuses? This is actually pretty simple. And I said it the other day and you have to realize you have to know. You have to accept that, all your excuses are lies. They are lies all of them, foreign. Think about the things that you tell yourself. The lies you use to rationalize, taking the easy road leaving discipline being behind, think about them.

You don't have time. That's a lot! You don't have support! That's a lot. You don't have the equipment or the gear. Lies. You don't know the best way? Who cares? That's a lie. Or you're too old, you're too young, of course you're too old, you're too young. Why? And there's you're too busy. Sure you are. You're too tired or you're too sore or you're just plain, not feeling it. Lies. lies, lies. Name a list. Goes on and on and on. Then it doesn't stop. If you don't make it stop, recognize. Recognize the excuses are not valid, they aren't. They're trumped up, they're conjured up, they're fabricated, they're lies, and how do you stop the lies? You stop the lies with the truth. The truth that will set you free, the truth will stand, and the truth will deliver you from procrastination, and laziness, and the downward, spiral that comes with a lack of discipline. 

So don't believe the lies, believe the truth. Then the truth is, you have time, you have the skill, you have the knowledge, and the support, and the willpower, and the discipline to get it done. So cast out the lies, burn them down, and listen to the truth. Then live the truth, and go out ,and get it done. People want to know how to stop the laziness, and they want to know how to stop the procrastination. And you know they have some idea in their head. You know some kind of uh a vision what they want to do, but they don't know where to start in order to start it. You know they don't know where to start and say. They say, "hey. Where do I start and when's the best time to start?" - And I have a very simple answer for that here and now: that's it, you want to improve. You want to get better.

You want to get on a workout program or a clean diet. You want to start a business, you want to write a book or make a movie, or build a house, or a computer, or put together some mobile application. Where do you start? You start right here and when do you start? You start right now.

You initiate the action aggressively. You go because the idea isn't going to execute itself, and the book isn't going to write itself, and the weights out in the gym they're not going to move themselves. You have to do it and you have to do it now. And that means you've got to stop thinking about it, and stop dreaming about it, and stop researching every aspect of it, and reading all about it, and debating the pros and cons of it. Just start doing it. Take that first step, and make it happen. Get after it and get after it here and now. What do you do on the days when you're just not feeling it? 

Those days, when I'm tired or worn out, or just basically sick of the grind? What do I do on those days I go anyways I get it done, even if I'm just going through the motions I go through the motions, I don't really want to work out. I work out. I really don't want to hammer on a project? I hammer on the project: don't really want to get up and get out of bed? I get up and get out of bed. Now, these could be signals that you need some time off and those signals might be right. They could be correct. But don't take today off today. Wait until tomorrow. Don't give in to the immediate gratification that is whispering in your ear. Shut that down. Do not listen to that little voice. Instead, go through the motions, lift the weights, sprint the hill, work on the project, get out of bed now. As an overall rule, I do not like procrastination. You need to get things done. But if you are going to rest, that is one thing that you should procrastinate on. That's the one thing I want you to put off until tomorrow, And if, when tomorrow comes, you still feel like you need to rest or you need to take a break. Then okay, but the chances are you won't need that rest.

Chances are, you will realize that the desire to rest was just weakness. It was just the desire to take the path of least resistance, the downhill path, the easy path and, by simply going through the motions, you overcame that path. And you stayed on the righteous path, the disciplined path, who stayed on the war path, which is right where you know.

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