I want you to imagine that you’re standing in front of a field of tall grass—tall enough to tickle your armpits. There are two clear paths in front of you—roughly one metre apart. They are nearly identical but will, ultimately, take you to different places.
Your commitment begins as soon as you step onto one of the paths. If you change your mind, you can always stomp on over to the other path—or back out and start again.
That’s our setup. That’s where we begin.
I’m going to ask you to stay with me in Imagination Land for…
I’ve been thinking about physical spaces lately; the places in which we live, work, and relax. Specifically, about how to shape your environment in the ways that work best for you.
I’m not talking about putting a ball-pit in your living room or rock-climbing holds on your ceiling here. Although, I’m not not talking about them either. However, I want to start by asking you a clarifying question:
What is the highest level of work that you do?
When do you need to be at your most focused? This doesn’t have to be for your regular job, by the way. It…
When do you choose to do very hard things?
Some people take on all-comers — at least when they have the bandwidth. Some are reactive — they have something to prove. Others, still, are more strategic.
What is your strategy? Can you sum it up in a sentence or two? What is your signal to go? To wait? To stop?
For the record, I would define a Very Hard Thing as something that:
Last week, I shared how I’d received my first dose of the AZ vaccine. This prompted an anti-vaxxer to write me an email. It contained strong, heartfelt arguments, as well as a smorgasbord of horrors. It made me pause. My career is centred around health, so if this is the discussion, I have to recognize and address it. That means being open to other perspectives.
First things first:
We all have the same priority: to keep our loved ones healthy and safe. …
The song remains the same friends.
The question is phrased in different ways. But — in all incarnations — it asks the same thing:
“Why me do small thing?”
Let’s move past your grammar and begin with why NOT to do a small thing:
Let me know if I’m missing anything.
It’s easy to be flip about these questions. But…
Looking at the feedback from Phyiscal Presence (a program the uses movement and exercise strategies for mood and focus), we learned some things. Meaningful progress showed up in a few major themes:
When I was seven or so, I asked my dad why he thought communism was so bad. The answer I got was stock: “If everyone is provided for, then some people will take advantage of the system by not working.” I remember waiting for the other shoe to drop. But I no longer think there is another shoe.
This is not a political screed, in case you’re feeling the urge to bolt. I’m not here to debate communism’s advantages (free hugs!?) or disadvantages (lining up for days to get a hug). …
Call it latent Puritanism if you want; I am still guilty of judging things by hard they feel. “No emotional pain, no gain.” Something like that. So, as dramatically as I’ve improved, I will sometimes still underrate the value of something that doesn’t feel astringent.
I think we all do this in one way or another.
I see this type of cognitive bias come up a lot in fitness. Let’s call it the Puritan Fallacy; the more you suffer, the better it works. That’s the implicit belief, anyway. …
Ever feel like you can’t do anything right? If so, you are in for a real treat today/ That’s because I am going to share three experiments designed to fail. Think of these as a trio of piñatas. You have to wreck them before you can enjoy their sweet, sweet payload.
Healthy foods only
We’ve all thought — from time to time — ”Right! No more of this nonsense. I’m going to consume less X and more Y.” So, for this experiment, you will set a budget aside and make a list of healthy foods.
To get into the right…
The Stoics are so hot right now
Those Ancient Greek philosophers are everywhere these days with their no nonsense wisdom. Thank Ryan Holliday, I guess. I’m happy but have one concern: I suspect that a lot of people are interpreting this work as encouragement to tough their way through everything.
Yes, the Stoics would have definitely wanted you to harden up. But I believe that they had a more fluid kind of toughness than people may realize.
If you read Epictetus’ Discourses, you’ll get as close to the spoken word as we can hope to (a student recorded ole Tetus’…