Hours away from a calendar reset, a length of time measurable not by holding your breath but by surviving unfavorable conditions, that’s where we’ve found ourselves. Defining all that has happened by brush strokes, a composer building shapes on a page.
There is an antidote to your worst intentions. One more accessible than you might think.
This year has been a tent in the path of a tornado. The world over, hopes were shuttered and paths forward were washed away. In the days of the initial quarantine I turned to my meditation practice for a renewed sense of direction. Within the most furious bouts of uncertainty I leaned on my fitness to remind me how I can rebound when abrupt adversity arrives like a stormfront.
This process finds me in a tide where my day to day operations are done so in an equanimous state. In application, being present delivers an opportunity to live in a manner which is impossible when beholden to expectation or rumination. It’s the purpose of the practice in the first place.
This is what I will give you. My rituals took hits in those first few weeks. Nutrition went to crap, my activity levels fell, and my spirits followed. Being on the other side of a war means knowing how to train for the next one. That’s why MOMENTUM is so valuable.
What I’m going to say next some of you will take as a clean gospel. Others will see vitriol. It’s been said that I am one for controversy. You are your excuses.
Alec Baldwin’s monologue from Glengarry Glen Ross comes to mind, “The good news is YOU’RE FIRED. The bad news is - you’ve got, all of you got, just one week to regain your jobs, starting with tonight.” This is very much that.
In each and every moment there is an occasion to overtake what deters you from progress. Send the signal. Initiate the synapse. As soon as your alarm chimes compel your feet to find the floor. Fire the bum that slaps the snooze button, that’s the good news. Imagine you’ve got a week to get your momentum back. Anything short of action is like treading water when, upon confronting the reality of it, you are the current. One thought averse to what you aim to build is choosing not to live.
In my notes from this summer I found this gem, Eliminate what limits you to become unlimited.
Our society has these silly waypoints we all attend to. For some, the New Year signifies transformation. A fixed address to abandon your former self and start from scratch, real Madonna shit. The actuality is that every single breath denotes a unique freedom. A canvas to recreate how you live. In fitness, in your community, or in between your ears.
There is an antidote to your worst intentions. It just happens to be yourself.
Oh, have I got your attention now? Good.