Was reading this article and got inspired to formulate my own version.
The 3 Constants, in no particular order of importance, are:
1. Hard Work. Doing quality work greases the wheels of the universe and makes good things happen, dreams come true, and plans reach fruition. On a deeper level, it also helps you sidestep the perils of identity-based thinking as opposed to becoming by doing. Do something, do not be something. Tell a story with action. Stack up those accompliments and merits by working for them.
2. Exercise. The mind and the body are inextricably connected. Want to look good, feel good, and live longer? If you can do only one thing in a day, make it exercise.
3. Enjoy every moment of life. Something I am struggling to do, but a good signpost to follow. The reason being that if you don't enjoy your life, you tend to start overanalyzing and over-planning in order to finally crack the puzzle and get to Happiness. Enjoy life, have some plans but don't overcomplicate, and work hard. Without enjoyment of the now, you will not be able to work with focus because you will want to go and rehaul your plans all the time. Classic procrastiplanning pattern.
What are y'all's 3 Constants of Life?
Question from a reader -
I had a discussion yesterday with one of my friends about what we wanted to do with ourselves and we both have dabbled in numerous thing but nothing has stuck. He said if what we were doing was truly something worth doing, we'd be devoted to it. We simply haven't found what we want to devote ourselves to. Do you believe devotion follows interest or devotion is generated with work? I don't feel tied to anything, one moment I'll be playing a finger style piece on the guitar then whip out the electric and start playing funk. Maybe I'll start reading Ram Das, try learning HTML then go exercise. However, at the end of the day, I still feel errant and listless. Perhaps because I feel like I feel that ultimately, my actions are futile or are directionless.
"He said if what we were doing was truly something worth doing, we'd be devoted to it" - well, I'm not so sure that's the case. I know plenty of people who have causes they really believe in, but still have a hard time focusing on and dedicating themselves to it.
"Do you believe devotion follows interest or devotion is generated with work?" I think being interested in something helps a lot, but isn't enough. I know lots of people who deeply believe in something and passionately enjoy working on it, but yet still can't get the work out of themselves.
Actually, in some circumstances, it's harder to work on something you really believe in, because you get your identity wrapped up in it. Like the writer who can write plenty technical operations manuals because he aims to get it to just "good enough," but can't make progress on a novel because he's aiming for perfect and none of the words seem right.
When I first started going to the gym, I was really annoyed by how hard it was. I got very tired, my muscles hurt, and I hated the overall experience. I thought that once I got stronger, working out would become easier and wouldn't take much effort.
And of course I was wrong.
It took me a while to realize that the best guys at the gym are also the ones who suffer more than anyone else. After all, that's how they became the best. Those who try to keep things easy for themselves don't get better over time. They just keep doing the weights they can already do without too much effort.
If you're complaining that working out is too hard or that you get too tired, you don't get it. Working out is supposed to be hard. That's the only reason why you do it. And you can only get better if you go through the hardship and learn to enjoy it.