Experimental Equipment

Pick up just about any fitness media and the odds are that you’ll see happiness and confidence linked to a particular physical outcome. After you achieve X result, you too can enjoy the feeling of being complete. Your worries will disappear. It’s an appealing dream. Whoever is selling that particular dream will, like the Matrix’s Morpheus, hand you a pill. “Take this,” they say, “and you can someday become that person.” Don’t be distracted by the fact that this guy just… Continue reading Experimental Equipment

Stay pre-loaded

Today, we’re going to focus on that last piece through pre-loading action. This refers to setting up your personal environment so that you’re a single decision away from action. This seems straightforward but there’s some nuance here. Let’s say that you are sitting on the couch, binge-watching a series. You’re enjoying the show BUT you notice that your back is feeling sore. This leads to a should feeling. “I should be exercising more.” What happens next is important. Let’s… Continue reading Stay pre-loaded

Eat when you’re hungry; sleep when you’re tired

In his journals from the 60s (we’ve got a copy in our mini-library), Thich Nhat Hanh envisions enlightenment within a simple phrase: “I eat when I’m hungry; I sleep when I’m tired.” Even within the monastic Buddhist community, Thich was known for the depth of his mindfulness. Here, he asks: What is being present, if not being aware of how you feel? My mind zings and pings around in its natural state. I don’t think that makes… Continue reading Eat when you’re hungry; sleep when you’re tired

What you carry with you

“The Nazis can’t steal what you keep up here.” My friend, Ophira, tapped on her temple as she spoke. She was explaining her decision to pursue a master’s degree. I was about 20 and living in Beijing at the time, so my Nazi-related concerns were at a lifetime low. However, they were also not zero, so I nodded my understanding. Ophira’s grandmother, at a similar age, had fled Poland—leaving behind a lifetime’s worth of possessions.… Continue reading What you carry with you

Low motivation strategies

It’s a PD day today, so I’m hanging out with my son. That’s why I dug a favourite newsletter out for you. This one goes back a couple of years but picks up on last week’s thoughts. There is a universe of advice out there. Too much to process. So, I use one powerful question to concentrate on what really matters: Is this providing me with the tools I need to take action? If the… Continue reading Low motivation strategies