Let me guess how your typical day goes...
You wake up. You eat breakfast. You go to work. You work for four hours. You eat lunch. You work another four hours. You come home. You eat dinner. You watch TV. And then, you go to bed to do it all again the next day.
Day in, day out, you do this on repeat. Just mindless action after mindless action, day after day... Am I right?
Well what are you doing between all of that or during? You should be challenging yourself and being human instead of being a machine or entertaining yourself with TV or social media. Whether it be in your relationships, your career, or your general health and well-being, there is always room for improvement and we live in the 21st-century where whatever your passion is or information on how to improve is right at your fingertips.
Know what your goals are and make a plan so that you make them happen. It’s that simple. Figure out gaps in your schedule where are you can work on yourself like working out in the morning or the evening or making sure you get better sleep so that you have energy the next day to do the things you want. Another idea is: instead of entertaining yourself, educate yourself. When you’re at work, instead of listening to music, listen to podcasts. When you’re at home, instead of watching a movie or TV show, read a book.
This new age of easily accessible entertainment is just as dangerous as the easily accessible fast food. As Kelly Starrett, physical therapist and fitness expert, is saying, we are really starting to see a “wholesale de-evolution of the human being” and it’s sad. We are not made to stare at a screen for 8-12 hours a day and sit on our butts. We’re made to move and we should be pushing ourselves to our full physical and mental potential. We are given 100 years (if we play it right) so make the most of it. Wake up.
I realize this is a bit of a rant but listening to these experts has really woke me up and made me realize I should not be wasting any time. These people are not just health and fitness experts, they are savvy entrepreneurs and CEOs who are examples on how to live to your full potential. The American Dream isn’t about money and fame. It’s about doing what you love and leaving your mark.
“I think happiness is an outgrowth of pursuing goals that matter to you - that have meaning to you. Making progress,you know? Kind of going back to the idea of flow, where you are spending your time doing things that are challenging to you, that you’re getting immediate feedback on... you can see your progress, that you lose yourself in, and you don’t, you just don’t get that experience watching youtube videos all day.”
- Mike Matthews
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