There's a certain tendency to look for magical solutions.
Maybe this has happened to you.
You tried to get a fitness program going, then fell off, and you're trying to restart now — what do you do?
Most people will want to look for a magical solution.
They'll find something. Maybe Starting Strength or Stronglifts, or maybe Crossfit, or high-intensity interval training, or whatever. And they'll get excited —
Finally, the answer!
And it'll work, too! Mostly everything that's correct works if you just do it.
But inevitably, our protagonist will fall off from the program. Why? Because, well, life happens.
Then, next time they're rebooting the program, will they go back to whatever was working last time?
Nope, it's on to the search for the next magical thing.
The thing is, there usually isn't a magical thing. The answer to any sort of creative endeavor, entrepreneurial endeavor, personal finances, fitness, habits, whatever — you probably already know what you need to know.
Sure, do your research. Look for the best practices. Look for inspiration. Give yourself a refresher, or check out the latest and greatest.
But don't be fooled into thinking there's any magic. There's best practices. If it's not the overwhelmingly most important thing in your life, you'll inevitably hit a roadblock and fall off somewhat. Then, it's up to you whether you jump back on — or go chasing some magical solution.
No magic. There's no magic. You just do it. When inevitable setbacks or fallings-off happen, you start again as soon as you notice. You keep doing that, getting a bit better at each time.
No magic. You just do it.
No magic perhaps, but there is pretty close. Ditched the coffee and drinking cocoa instead this week, thanks for the tip, clear thoughts return! Glad you are enjoying Istanbul, a magical city ;)
No magic perhaps, but there is pretty close. Ditched the coffee and drinking cocoa instead this week, thanks for the tip, clear thoughts return!
I received a thought-provoking email from a reader about the nature of the internet. Here's the key quote that I think many people with empathize with:
I feel like a big luddite for saying this, but I hate the internet for what it brings out in me.
... I am trying to deal with what can only be described as an addiction.
Addiction to high-stimulation-distraction is quite common for intelligent people in the modern era. Surfing the internet, video games, things like that. There's sort of a natural selection websites go through, where the more addicting sites win out and spread and take marketshare and mindshare away from less addicting sites. Paul Graham wrote about this in, "The Acceleration of Addictiveness."
Three key thoughts for you, and then I'll share some of my experience with it -
Question from a reader --
Off the bat I wanted to say you have a very useful website. Thank you for that.
I want to change my life for the better, and I have put effort into it, and still am. My problem is I take on to much at once, and with all that clutter and confusion I feel I am back where I started. I could make a list of 1,000 things I want to learn, and 100 habits I want to have. But when it comes down to it, if its not an external change [Habits like flossing I've built] then I lose track. Confidence, better control of fear, productivity, knowing what I want, are all things that don't seem to build.
I'm a bit off track. There's a lot I want to ask but I'll ask this.
Being a huge hip-hop fan, what I love is being able to portray your mind, feelings, and topics onto a page with words, and too, words that rhyme. What advice do you have to help me with doing this? I know you're not a rapper, but when I do write, I look back at disgust or thing 'There's no way that came out right'.