This is somewhat of an more esoteric topic. In my mind, this isn’t as broadly applicable as many other things I’ve put into writing. But it’s had a pretty large influence on my mind, enough that empirical patterns start to emerge and I can almost viscerally feel the influence; this post might catalyze you into realizing the same can happen to you.
A short piece on motivation that sprang to mind. It’s about finding the strength of reason to do good, and finding it from looking straight at the bad; use the badness to pull strength from.
Plot armor. The main character of a story needs to remain in the story, alive and well. Otherwise, the story isn’t… well, a story. Not about the original character, anyway. Point is, plot armor is a device found in fiction, and not real life. I’d say ‘unfortunately’, but we’re trying to work with reality here, not complaining about what isn’t. So no plot armor for us, no point in complaining about it, might as well face the music.
A short piece of thought about reducing your dependency on things, even the smallest kinds. Dependency means you’re giving something power, and that means you’re giving away your freedom. Maybe the cost is worth it, and you don’t want to change. Maybe it’s iffy, and you’d rather have the freedom.
Sounds a little redundant, but has been an enormously useful mental heuristic for me. Being able to adjust my mental estimate of how much sleep I currently need based on that just the previous night’s sleep and the current morning’s awakening lets me know how to plan the next night or two of sleep. It’s an important tool in my efforts to remain on-track to goals and staying on top of things.
In light of being back to writing on a blog, I wanted to share one of the things I give the most credit to in helping me perform better this semester (Jan-May 2015): a simple bodyweight workout I did near daily. Doing this was short and simple enough I could do it every day, at home, and with minimal equipment or starting cost. That meant I had little excuse to skip out. In turn, I ended up with a slightly better body, better confidence (corny doesn’t make it not true!), and also more energy.
I stumbled across something very welcome today: a neat trick for overcoming impulses to put junk into my life. Driving past a Taco Bell on my way to work, the urge for a wonderful and sweet Starburst slushie overtook me; it was strong enough that I almost pulled into the plaza then and there. But, something just clicked in my mind, and I drove past without succumbing. What happened?
I’m not motivated to do my workout today. Going outside to set up the gym rings, while a five minute task at maximum, seems to be a massive obstacle that I don’t want to face. Thinking that a quick shot of motivation might be what I need, I sit down at the laptop and pull up a motivational Youtube video, complete with epic music…