750 Words - Day 2

Day two of the challenge.

The hardest part of this thing i've decided is beginning.  Once i begin, things start to flow.  I may not get all the way to 750 but i can get part of the way there and they repeat the process.

I've been reading a lot lately.  I got a Kindle for Christmas and i think that it has been helping a lot.  I have a goal to read three books per month.  One topic of interest, one career-related, and one fiction.  Tim Ferriss recommends fat and fiction before bed.  He takes a couple tablespoons of almond butter and settles in with a good book.  Since i sometimes take the supplement ZMA and you're supposed to take it on an empty stomach, i generally forgo the fat and just read.  

So far this year i've finished "No They Can't" by John Stossel and "Do the Work" by Steven Pressfield.  I'm also half way through both "The 50th Law" by Robert Greene and 50 Cent and a fiction book i can't remember the name or author of.  Not too shabby for only 8 days into the new year.  

Now it's just a matter of keeping the momentum.  We're often reminded not to start with too much gusto as we'll burn ourselves out.  I just simply remind myself that i could be reading when i find that i'm doing less rewarding things.  

I'm finding that the themes in a lot of these self-help books all touch on basically the same things, they are just talked about in different ways.  To me, this is exciting.  It means, to me, that these things actually work.  We just have to believe and tap into it.  Trust ourselves and the universe to bring us what we need.

Sometimes i wonder why i don't have this or that and another person does.  (How often do we flip that coin over and think about how much more we have than others?  I don't do it as often as i would like)  Maybe the Universe just isn't ready to let us be the stewards yet.  Maybe we aren't ready.  We may think we are, but we don't know.  Trust in the Universe that it will provide exactly what is needed.

This clock on the page thinks is 4:29 am.  Well, technically it IS 4:29 am, but that'd be on the west coast.  I'm sitting here in EST where it's 7:30.  I often think about what it would mean to be an early riser.  I have the best intentions of jumping out of bed as soon as i hear my alarm but that's very rarely the case.  I've noticed that i have no problem getting out of bed when i'm going to do something i'm really excited about (maybe that's a clue.)

However, usually i'm just waking up to start getting ready for work.  Blah!  Hit the snooze.  Shitty attitude.

I have to take more control over my life.  I am the cause.  If i don't like something, only i can change it.  And i shouldn't look to change "it" but simply change the way i think about "it."  A simple shift in mindset goes a really long way, it's just not easy to pause and reflect in the moment and consciously make the effort to shift.  

The status quo is easy and comfortable.  Nothing great comes out of the status quo.  We must be willing to step outside "normal" and do what's best for us.  Although that may seem selfish, it doesn't have to be.  I can get mine and allow others to have theirs too.  Transactions are supposed to be mutually beneficial.  Both parties are supposed to walk away "better off" than before the transaction.  This is the basis for a free market.  If you don't feel good about it, then why did you make the transaction?  

Don't be afraid to constantly be asking WHY?  Why causes us to look deeper than the surface and get to the root, the essence.  Actually, we just need to be childlike again.  Kids are famous for asking, "why, why, why, why?"  They want to know the reason, not just the way something is.  We can learn a ton from simply observing children and seeking to revert a little bit to childhood ourselves.  Children are full of wonder, fearlessness, and curiosity.  Eventually of that is stripped away from us, if we let it.  The system doesn't want us to be that way, the system wants us to be obedient robots.  The people who are established will do everything in power to ensure that they stay there.