3 Reasons to Strive to Be The Best Version of Yourself

1. The best version of yourself will be successful.

Success is different for everyone, in the same way that your best self will be different from my best self. Your success could be defined by your career, or your relationships, or even your legacy. Whatever that is, your best self will be good at it.

2. The best version of yourself will be your happiest self.

This is the goal, isn’t it? To position yourself to be the happiest you can be. This is why the best version of yourself will be the happiest you’ve ever been.

3. The best version of yourself will be living the best life possible.

Your best self will allow you to live the life you want to live. If that’s not worth fighting for, I don’t know what is.

 

So keep working. Keep learning. Strive to Do Your Own Thing.

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You Have No Reason Not To Learn

Learning comes from your everyday life experiences.

For instance, losing weight teaches you to form new habits. It teaches you discipline.

Scaling back on your WOD teaches you restraint. You can’t go all-out all the time.

Having to wait for something you really want teaches you patience.

You should not be stagnant. You can get so much learning from your everyday experiences. You just have to absorb it.

Doing Your Own Thing

There’s no such thing as a lazy person. Everyone just has their own interests, and they don’t necessarily fall into what society believes to be helpful, productive, or “adult” things to do. Take a woman who loves walking dogs, or the starving artist. Both these people are considered unproductive by some, but given the right audience, they can be appreciated.

What would the world be like if every single person had the pleasure of Doing their Own Thing? What would your life be like if you could just be Doing Your Own Thing?

I would imagine that it would be a better, happier, world. It would be a better, happier, life.

If everyone could just Do their Own Thing, everyone would be happy.

In this reality, Doing Your Own Thing is a dream, but you can still make it happen.

How to Wake Up Early

I cannot stress the importance of sleep. As humans, we just simply don’t function well when we lack sleep. Lack of sleep even makes you gain belly fat. If you’re chronically sleep-deprived and don’t agree with me, you’ve become numb to the effects. Try sleeping well for a few weeks and feel the difference. You’ll feel so much better.

In order to get a great night’s sleep, you have to turn off your lights. That’s non-negotiable. Humans have evolved to sleep best when there is very little light around.

If you want to get an early start, you need to sleep early, too. Early to bed, early to rise still applies. Get at least 7-9 hours of sleep every night.

 

Now, when you want to get up early, just focus on one thing once your alarm goes off: turning on all the lights. Don’t think about what you have to do for the day just yet. Don’t think about your workout. Just turn on the lights.

Once the lights are on, there just isn’t much reason left to continue sleeping. You will get up. Then you can really start your day.

If you want to get anything started, you should turn on the lights in your life, too. 🙂

Competition Should Be Part of Your Life, Because..

Competition is something that we’re made to do all the way from childhood. Your parents made you compete with other kids in academics, sports, and other things. If you won, you were praised. If you lost, you were consoled.

As an adult, you competed in university, and later on in the workplace. Everyone wants to be better than everyone else.

It doesn’t have to be that way. You should compete, but instead of competing with others, compete with yourself. Always comparing yourself with others doesn’t end very well.

What’s important is being a better person than you were yesterday. Be a more productive worker. Learn one more thing than you did yesterday. Set a new personal record on your back squat today. Drink one less soda than you did yesterday. As long as you’re better each and every day, you will succeed.

If you don’t compete at all, you stagnate. If you compete with others, you will feel inadequate. Competing with yourself is the best thing you can possibly do.

Get Yourself to the Point of No Return

When you’re trying to accomplish something, it feels difficult to start. There are so many considerations, what-ifs, and doubts.

The only way to get started, really, is to get yourself to the point of no return.

Case in point: When my alarm rang this morning, I didn’t want to work out. I DID NOT want to work out, AT ALL. But I knew I was going to feel terrible about myself if I didn’t at least show up to CrossFit today, no matter how half-assed my efforts were.

I summoned up a Just Do It moment to wear my workout clothes. That was it. Once I wore my workout clothes, I was past the Point of No Return. There was no reason to go back to sleep at that point.

So I showed up. And my efforts didn’t turn out to be half-assed, after all.

 

You can apply this lesson to many endeavors. If you want to start your own business, summon up the courage to submit that resignation letter. Quitting your job is the Point of No Return.

Beyond the point of no return.

 

Till next time,

Rhoda

P.S. I love The Phantom of the Opera :3

On New Year’s Resolutions

Here’s something that all of us know about New Year’s Resolutions. They don’t get fulfilled. Most of them don’t, anyway.

So why is it that, year after year, we keep on making them, and worse, expect ourselves to fulfill them? Repeating something over and over again, without changing anything, and expecting something different to happen is madness.

With that said, if you make your New Year’s Resolutions SMART goals, they have a better chance of success. You’ve probably heard of SMART goals before, but here’s a quick recap. SMART goals are

S   – Specific
Bad: I’m going to be more productive this year
Good: I’m going to work on my writing projects for 20 minutes a day, everyday

M – Measurable
Bad: I’m going to lose weight and be healthy
Good: I’m going to lose 20 lbs total, and walk 10,000 steps every day

A – Achievable
Bad: I’m going to lose 10 lbs per week
Good: I’m going lose 1 lb per week

R – Realistic
Bad: I’m going to have a million-dollar business by next month
Good: I’m going to start a small business by next month

T – Time-bound
Bad: I’m going to lose 100 lbs someday
Good: I’m going to lose 100 lbs by this time next year

 

Making your goals SMART forces you to think about your goal, how you’re going to achieve it, and the steps you need to take. Also, it forces you to make sure that your resolution is actually something that you can achieve, and not a pipe dream.

My New Year’s Resolution is to be at my goal weight of 125 lbs (I currently weigh 135 lbs) by April 30. That’s a weight loss of less than a pound per week.  I’m going to achieve this by restricting my calories to 1300 net calories per day, going to CrossFit 3x-4x per week, and breaking a sweat every single day.

 

Don’t be one of the people who get a gym membership on January 1st and abandon it by January 20th. We can do this. 🙂

3 Things You Can Do Right Now to Take Control of Your Life

image from pinterest

image from pinterest

The single thing that you can do to dramatically improve your life, both in the short-term and the long run, is to take control of it. This can only be done if you take action. Determine your steps, and take action as soon as you can. Unfortunately, taking action is something people can never seem to do. They get stuck. They complain. They make excuses. But they never seem to be able to take that first step. The first step is often the hardest. Here are 3 ways to get on the road to an improved life, now.

1. Get over your fear of taking action.

The worst thing you can possibly do at this moment is nothing. Something is always better than nothing, and it’s never truer than now. If you do something, and you succeed, then that’s amazing. If you do something, and you fail, then you will have learned something from it. If you do nothing, there’s nothing in store for you. You don’t improve as a person, you don’t improve as an individual. You’re stagnant, and you’ll be left behind by all those who take one small step forward every single day.

2. Know what action to do. Don’t be overwhelmed.

Look inside yourself. What action do you need to do first? Do you need to lose weight, or improve your finances? There are millions of things you can do to improve, but don’t overwhelm yourself. Picking too many things can be poison to getting started. Pick one thing to do. Just one. Once you’re done with that, you can move on to the next one.

3. Move your butt.

You know what to do, and you’re not afraid. Now, move your butt. No one can do this for you. No matter how much your loved ones may want to help you, the reality is that you’re really the only one who can change yourself. Taking action requires a choice. Taking action isn’t easy; it takes effort! Knowing that, it’s the only way you can be better.

Do it. Get on that diet. Quit your job. Or get that side job. Do CrossFit. Whatever it is, take action, and do it today.

Is there something you’ve been holding off for months or years? Tell me. I’d love to hear from you.

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Till next time,

Rhoda

Suck It Up.

When you’re absolutely committed to something, you may want to give up. Suck it up.

Suck it up because you promised.

Suck it up because you’re not the kind of person that just up and leaves.

Suck it up because you will regret it later if you don’t.

Success only comes to those who follow through.

Don’t Be Fooled Easily

photo from Ged Carroll

photo from Ged Carroll

Companies who prey on consumers succeed because of one very important principle: they’re selling something that you would want to believe in.

Wouldn’t it be nice if that latest machine (ehem–ButterflyAbs) you saw in the store can actually let you lose a hundred pounds without diet or exercise? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could really earn untold amounts of money just by inviting your friends to join some network?

 

The key to seeing through such ploys is simple. There’s always a catch. Look for it.

That model only lost 100 lbs because she actually ate well. It could be that she didn’t lose that fat at all: It was just Photoshop. If all it took to get abs was to attach a vibrating mini-machine to your belly, everyone would have abs. No developed nation could possibly be obese.

That “easy” money they promised you was probably obtained illegally. They could have earned all the money to be earned; you’re going to be left in the dust. Think about it. Money doesn’t come from trees. Again, if it were that easy, everyone would be doing it.

Get-rich-fast, lose-weight-now, be-fit-in-with-this-machine schemes usually don’t work. But they do, sometimes, and it would be good to spot an opportunity like that. This is why you have to be discerning. Research. Look for the loopholes. Being discerning isn’t something you can outsource.

It pays to be a smart consumer, literally. Just think of the savings! You know what they say, if it’s too good to be true..

 

It’s easy to fall for these traps. Do you know anyone who has? Share it with me, I’d love to hear the story. There’s a lesson to be learned in every mistake.

 

‘Till next time,

Rhoda

 

 

P.S. You may be wondering about the lack of a Friday post last week, since my posting schedule is every Tuesday and Friday. This was supposed to be the Friday post. For some reason, it did not get published, although I was sure I published it. By the time I realized, it was too late, it’s almost Tuesday again.

I’ll be sure to double-check next time. Thanks for keeping up with me. 🙂