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Opportunity All Around

Reader Joe Geneva sent this to me via email, I thought it was quite good and he kindly let me share it -

Hi Sebastian, just wanted to remark upon something I've seen lately. The sheer amount of opportunity around me.

In any given day there's more opportunity then you will ever have time for, probably more then anyone one person can use. Yet we don't use it. We procrastinate or rationalize, we make excuses for ourselves and for others, and talk among ourselves about why we can't achieve things, or put ourselves down. We never truly seem to recognize how much sheer opportunity there is to be taken.

I often hear people remarking about being bored. This irritates the hell out of me, especially when I'm somewhere where i know for a fact there's 20 easily found activities to do. Why do people seem totally oblivious to this... do they have no motivation to improve themselves, or think they are already perfect or something.. It seems a bit mystifying why people don't constantly look for ways to get better at things.

Now after all this criticism its time to talk about myself a bit, and touch on another subject. Why is it so hard to improve ourselves? I don't mean improve our productive time or finding things to learn, i mean why is the desire to get better so hard to achieve, and especially see the big picture. For example, if you give it some thought, you can take any problem, break it into its basic components, figure out what you need to learn, then Google it. It's that easy (for those of us with internet). Yet we don't do it nearly as much as we should. I could list about 20 things off the top of my head to Google right now, information that might alter my life immediately. Yet its really hard to go through with it... As though we were actively holding back ourselves.

May 13: Success, but Struggling

On Leo Habits

I was able to get back on track and eat only flavorless food according to plan today (Tuesday). But it was way harder than I thought, and to be honest I strongly considered quitting the challenge.

I woke up in the morning really not wanting to eat my boring food, and feeling really bad about the whole challenge. It's more difficult than I'd anticipated, and I found myself not wanting to go through this ordeal anymore. I thought about how easy it would be just to admit defeat and eat my usual variety of mostly healthy food. Life would be better.

So I sat with this feeling for about half a day, trying to figure out what to do. Give up, or continue with the struggle?

I talked to Eva about it, admitting my struggles. I wondered whether some kind of additional consequence might help, and she suggested no wine in the evening if I can't do the challenge that day.

So I said, lemme try it for a day. And it worked. I was successful with not a lot of problems (though the pickled mango she was making makes my mouth water). I had a glass of red wine in the evening.

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