By Chris Parsons
One of the easiest things to do as we are moving through life is accepting circumstances or allowing them to dictate what happens in our world. We don't always own our existence we fall victim to excuses. We do this for a number of reasons, but the one thing that we aren't doing is assuming responsibility for our own shortcomings and our personal lack of discipline. Let's be real you can't look like wolverine without putting in the work.
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After beginning to write this series, I have been attempting to implement the concepts that I have been writing about into my everyday life. My first shortcoming came with waking up early. I would hear the chime of my alarm and sell myself the excuse that I didn't really need to be up before the sun came up. I would be too tired and unable to conduct myself in a productive matter if I were still tired. This was bull shit. I didn't feel like doing something, so I simply wasn't doing it. It wasn't until I started thinking about hypocrisy and accountability that I was able to pull myself out of the mindset that I was in.
I have also been attempting to find things and people that inspire me; it was in this process that I discovered the book Extreme Ownership , By Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. (It's a good read and should help to get your mind into the right place.) I listen to psychology lectures and interviews with successful individuals and this has also been instrumental in trying to figure out what it is that separates the elite from the average Joe. The people that achieve the most are the most diligent and relentless in their pursuits. They don't leave anything up to chance because they accept that failure is ultimately the acceptance of circumstance.
This week we are going to start to hone our minds and (for lack of a better way to put it) our spirits. We must have an unshakable resolve and persevere when things don't go our way. In the wise words of Master Yoda " Do or do not, there is no try." Accept that things won't happen unless you make them happen and begin to build off of that.
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