One of the things I’ve always wanted to do is achieve fluency in a foreign language.
To get to the point where I’m not just “pretty decent”…but actually fool locals into thinking I’m from their country. This is something I’ve dreamt about for a long time. And, occasionally I would make progress. Swept up by a wave of motivation, I would dedicate a few weeks to studying the language I’d been fantasizing about. Ferociously. To the point where I’d do nothing else and my entire life would be consumed by the dialect. But it never lasted. Like a blazing wildfire, eventually it would smolder out until it became a distant memory…a failed attempt and silly goal I’d messed around with.
But that was then. This is now. Things have changed. And I’ve finally smartened up when it comes to achieving my goals. As I explained in my last post, I’ve become aware that chasing motivation and “shiny objects” will lead you nowhere…and the real path to “success” (what ever that means to you) comes through enlightened-discipline — strategically selecting the actions that’ll lead you to your goal, and then doing them. Every day. Even if they’re hard or you’re not feeling particularly “inspired.”
Anyways, the other day I had an idea.
I was on a run in the rain, when a crazy thought popped into my head: “What would happen if I dedicated three months to completely immersing myself in another language, and culture? What would happen if, instead of continuing to wait and fantasize about becoming bi-lingual, I actually did it. I went ALL in. And I dove headfirst after the goal with total enthusiasm?”
At first, I hesitated. That’s crazy. I can afford to do something like that. I’m not ready…blah blah blah. The same excuses that pop up whenever I conjure up a difficult new challenge flooded my awareness, threatening to pull me down into safety. Into comfort. Into mediocrity.
But I resisted. Maybe it was the cold shower’s I’ve been taking, maybe it was my daily ritual…I don’t know. But something compelled me to look at those excuses objectively. And really ask myself…what’s the worst that could happen? No, seriously. What’s the worst case scenario?
Surprisingly, the best…err, worst…I could come up with was along the lines of “I wouldn’t achieve my goal, and I’d spend 3 frustrating months (probably having a ton of fun) in another country.”
This little exercise, combined with videos like this one and posts like this one, compelled me to say “screw it, why not?”…and take a big leap of faith. I bought a plane ticket. I packed my bag. And I’m leaving TOMORROW night (holy shit) for Guatemala and twelve weeks of Spanish immersion. I’m taking private lessons, living with a local family and converting EVERY ASPECT of my life into a language I’m less-than-proficient in — on purpose. In fact…my goal is to speak no english for 3 months.
Even though I’ve travelled internationally before, I’m nervous. I’m scared. But it’s good. And I’m anxious to board the plane and get this next adventure under way. I’ll keep you posted…and I’ll write an article every now and then, when I’m not reading Harry Potter En Español, studying new vocabulary or having dinner with my host family.
Now, I know this might come off as a bit weird, random or unrelated to health and fitness…but, to me, “undomesticated living” extends beyond how you eat/move and encompasses all aspects of life. It means transcending the dumbed-down mainstream culture and walking the “narrow road” of personal development. And it means breaking free from the societal “zoo” and living a life on your own terms. Doing what you want. Walking your path…regardless of what other people think.
I’m walking mine. It’s not perfect. But it’s pretty fun ride.
WHAT’S YOUR NEXT BIG ADVENTURE? OR, IF YOU WERE TO DO SOMETHING “RADICAL” IN YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD IT BE? LEAVE A COMMENT!
P.S. If you’ve successfully learned another language, I’d love to hear how you did it! Please leave a comment below or email me with any tips, strategies and insights you may have.
“WOW, what a view!”
I am standing on an Incan ruin, overlooking the city of Cusco, Peru…surrounded by towering Andean peaks.
It is cloudy. But across the valley the sun has broken through, lighting the incredible landscape with shafts of golden light.
I’ve just finished a strength workout. At altitude. And I’m exhausted. But at the same time I’m exhilarated — literally bubbling over with positive emotions — because I’ve just realized something. Well, actually two things:
- This view is flipping gorgeous.
- I’m taking insane amounts of action to improve my life. And it’s not even hard! In fact, it’s as though I’ve been sucked into some “vortex of positivity” that has taken control of my mind and is pulling me towards excellence and awesomeness.
After climbing back down the mountain, I start to think about why this is. Because, I mean, it hasn’t ALWAYS been this way. That’s for damn sure. In fact, not long ago I was what you’d call a “motivation wreck.” I’d spend hours just thinking about what I should be doing, cursing myself for my complete lack of focus and discipline, sitting in my room, staring at my computer, and mindlessly watching “I’m On A Boat” for the ten trillionth time.
But NOW…everything’s different. I’m kicking ass. I’m working out consistently. I’m eating healthy. I’m reading a book a week. I’m creating new training programs and building my business…
But — why?
No, seriously. Why?
At first, I didn’t know. I just felt like something had “clicked.” Like my internal resistance had melted away. But I couldn’t put a finger on exactly what was the catalyst or WHY it had taken so long to actually happen. Today though…I think I’ve figured it out. I know what caused my “turnaround.” And in this post I’d like to share this insight with you…so that YOU can leverage it to transform your own life.
The Foundational Concept
The foundational concept behind this entire post is simple. It might even be something you’ve heard before. But, unless you are already performing at a high level, it’s unlikely that you’ve fully internalized it…and taken the necessary action to activate it’s power in your life.
Here’s the concept:
Success begets success. Failure begets failure. And even small progress can initiate an “upward spiral” or positive feedback loop that fuels future progress and achievement. And once you have seen enough measurable results…there will come a time where you’ll BUY IN completely. Where you will believe 100% that by taking specific actions, YOU have the power to change your life. And any remaining resistance will simply fall away.
Read that last paragraph again. Even a few times. I know this is a bit “heady” and it’ll likely take a few readings to fully grasp.
To make sure you fully understand this idea….there’s an example I’d like to share with you. It’s a bit “extreme”…but I think it does a good job of explaining just how powerful this concept truly is.
Why Smoking Crack Actually Makes Sense
Imagine you’re living in the inner city. The ghetto. And all you see around you is struggle and suffering. No happy ending. No hope. No “light at the end of the tunnel.” Just a long and painful existence in a cruel world. Imagine you’ve grown up this way…and this is all you’ve ever known.
Now imagine someone walks up and places two objects in front of you:
- A book like “The 7 Mysteries of Life.”
- A crack pipe.
Which one will you choose?
Well…there’s no saying. But in this situation, I imagine you’d be much more likely to choose the crack pipe for one simple reason: You don’t believe that reading the book will help you. You can’t see that the information contained within its pages can help you build a better future for yourself. You haven’t “bought in”…and for this reason…doing drugs and feeling good now is a much more appealing choice.
Because look: In order to get yourself to take action and do the things you know will transform your life, you need to BELIEVE that something good is going to happen as a result. You need to “buy in.” Because if you don’t, you’ll have no reason to do them. You’ll have no urgency. And you’ll find yourself lost in a “daze” of distraction, pessimism and — ultimately — failure.
On the other side of the spectrum, once you “buy in” to the idea that your actions will pay off, well, taking action is easy! It’s an “upward spiral.” And you’ll find yourself in the position I’m in now: writing thousands of words a day, crushing my workouts, reading like a madman, eating the best possible food…and loving it. CRAVING MORE. Jumping out of bed and passionately moving in the direction of my dreams.
And here’s the cool thing:
In order to reach this place of optimism and “invincibility”…all you need to do is stick with stuff for a little while. Just long enough to reach what I call “escape velocity” — the point where it takes no effort to complete the practices that’ll eventually get you where you want to go. In my experience, this usually takes around 60-90 days. Maybe more. Sometimes less.
But there’s a shortcut.
And I’ve already written a post about it.
It’s called a ritual…and basically it’s a collection of life-changing practices that you complete back-to-back, in a sequence, every single day. Mine includes natural movement, meditation, deep nutrition and a cold shower. It’s super powerful. And it creates a “wave” of momentum that I ride throughout my entire day. It also creates immediate, tangible results — which re-instills the belief that I am capable of affecting positive change. And so the upward spiral continues…
So. Here’s your action plan:
If you struggle with motivation, discipline, or getting off your butt and actually doing something…I want you to formulate a ritual and commit to stick with it for 30 days. Just thirty. And it doesn’t have to be anything crazy or complex. It can be as simple as drinking a smoothie or doing fifty pushups every morning. The key is to select something that:
- You’ll actually do.
- Will give you tangible results in a 30 day period and fuel your emerging upward spiral by showing you that you can make progress AND if you continue to take action your life will continue to improve.
Then, once you’ve got a ritual, do it. Without fail. For the entire 30 day period. Understanding that, while it might be difficult to begin with, if you stick with it you’ll reach a point where any (and all) resistance will fall away and it’ll become automatic. If you stick with it, you’ll begin to believe, you’ll BUY IN…and your life will begin to transform.
Trust me. It’s inevitable.
The Real Secret
If you’re reading this blog, chances are you’ve watched the movie “The Secret.” Or at least you’ve heard about it. It was popular a few years ago, featured a bunch of different gurus and made the “Law of Attraction” a mainstream phrase.
I watched it.
And, overall, I thought it was pretty good. I like the premise. And I agree that we attract whatever we focus on. However…I feel like the movie misguided a lot of people into believing that all they need to do to transform their lives is think about it, believe that it will happen, and wait for some mysterious check to arrive in the mail.
And if you talk to anyone who’s achieved a high level of success in any area of life, they will tell you that it didn’t come from some magic “affirmations” or positive thinking. That may have been a PART of it. That may have been the beginning, but typically it’s a clear intention COMBINED with massive action, day after day, that yields results.
So. You want a six pack, a new car, a thriving business or a disease free body?
Great. Understand there is no magic pill. Leverage the power of “buying in” and the “upward spiral.” Create a ritual. Then take small steps every day…and before you know it you will be standing on a mountain somewhere wondering what the hell happened.
WHAT’S BEEN THE MOST IMPACTFUL IDEA FOR YOU WHEN IT COMES TO BREAKING THROUGH BLOCKS AND CONSISTENTLY TAKING ACTION? LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW!
P.S. One of the biggest questions I hear from people is…”I want to do XYZ, but I just don’t have any motivation. How can I get more motivated?” If this sounds like you, you need to watch this. It’s a video by Joel Runyon of impossible HQ, and it explains why motivation is, in fact, a myth.
P.P.S. Next Wednesday I’m embarking on a BIG adventure. And I have a (pretty crazy) challenge that I think I’m going to attempt. I’ll tell you all the details in a few days…
Being someone who’s really into health and nutrition, a lot of people ask me what I eat. And my answer usually surprises them — and evokes the same response: “Dude, aren’t you worried about your cholesterol…?”
In the past, when people have said this to me, I’ve tried valiantly to shake them from their belief and explain why…a diet high in saturated fat and cholesterol isn’t the unavoidable death trap we’ve been led to believe…but actually essential to vibrant health.
But I’ve given up. I don’t even try anymore. Because I’ve learned that this health myth (along with the other two I’m gonna tackle in this post) is SO ingrained that people won’t even consider that it could be false. That’s not possible. You’re crazy. EVERYONE knows that saturated fat is bad for you!
…Or is it?
For the next five minutes, while you’re reading this post, I want you to suspend any judgement or criticism. Wipe your mind clear…and be totally open to new information. Because when you really THINK about the “obvious” health advice you’ve been fed since the day you were born, you’ll start to realize that it’s…
- Simply untrue.
- Pretty absurd.
Myth #1: Saturated Fat Is Bad
Let’s start with everyone’s favorite: Diets high in saturated fat and cholesterol increase your risk or heart disease and stroke….butter is HORRIBLE for you…so are eggs and red meat…and if you’re eating any of this stuff it’s only a matter of time before you kick the bucket.
Before I talk about any scientific studies or modern evidence, I first want to appeal to “common sense”…by looking at the typical Native American diet. A people who, prior to European influence, exhibited robust health and virtually no degenerative disease. At all.
What did they eat?
Well, almost across the board we see large quantities of animal foods. Deer, elk, bison. We see levels of saturated fat that you’d think would cause devastating problems. EPIDEMIC rates of disease and degeneration…but they didn’t. In fact, this diet allowed native people to produce healthy, well-formed children for countless generations.
And it’s not just Native Americans. If you take a sweeping look at indigenous cultures from all parts of the globe, you’ll notice a few things:
- There have never been any vegan indigenous societies.
- Animal food, especially the fat, organs and “grizzly bits” are prized and valued above all else.
- Only 14% of indigenous people received 50% or more of their calories from plants. And some (very healthy) cultures like the Inuit consumed almost solely animal food.
Looking at it from this perspective, the statement “saturated fat and cholesterol are bad” starts to lose some of its validity. Its truth. Until you begin to wonder how the HELL this ridiculous idea was ever brought up…let alone accepted by the masses as dietary fact.
Well, I can TELL YOU how it happened. And I can tell you that it had a lot less to do with helping the public lead better lives….and a lot MORE to do with selling stuff. Like margarine. Processed grains. And vegetable oil (all of which are 10x more harmful than a grass-fed steak, by the way).
It was called the “lipid hypothesis.” And as the following video describes, was based on laughable science and the outright MANIPULATION of evidence to support financial interests.
OKAY. Hold on a second. You’re becoming more “aware”…and that’s great. But with new insight, there’s always the potential for abuse. So I want to make a few things crystal-clear:
- Red meat, eggs and fat aren’t bad for you…but all aren’t the same. The SOURCE is critical. And the factory-farmed junk you’ll find in the store is health-detracting and nutrient poor. So before you load your cart with Slim Jims and Tyson boneless wings, please realize that there is a MASSIVE difference in quality between factory-farmed animal food…and grass fed (or wild) animal food.
- The muscle is only one part of the animal. And — really — most of the nutrients are in the bones, fat and organs: the things most of us NEVER eat (and are grossed out by). Here’s a short video about how to make a bone broth…and here’s an awesome interview series that expands on what I’ve mentioned here.
- Plant food is awesome too. And I’m in NO WAY discrediting the ability of plant foods to foster health, nor am I saying the raw vegan approach isn’t valuable if used strategically…for cleansing purposes…in conjunction with animal foods.
I think Daniel Vitalis put it best:
“What I have learned from 16 years of direct immersion into the field of nutrition is this…Whole food plant based diets promote cleansing in the body, and are very catabolic. They are great for reducing weight, for clearing toxins from the system, and resting the organs temporarily. Animal based whole food diets are very building and anabolic, and promote the growth of the body’s tissues. Increasing the quantity of high quality animal protein and fat in the diet is critical for rebuilding the body after long cleanses.”
Myth #2: Pure, filtered water is best.
Like the first “myth” this one hasn’t come out of nowhere, but has been strategically ingrained into our minds through advertising and videos like this one. And I guess in makes sense. Pure water that’s been stripped to an elemental level…that’s been sent through a complex reverse-osmosis filtration system and is free of all contaminants would be ideal.
Right? Am I right???
Umm…no. You’re wrong.
In fact, even the World Health Organization agrees that overly filtered, demineralized water is dangerous overtime because it strips our bodies of minerals and may lead to health problems like heart disease, anemia, ulcers and growth disorders. In their report they go on to say…“Possibly none of the commonly used ways of re-mineralization could be considered optimum since the water does not contain all of its beneficial components. Current methods of stabilization are primarily intended to decrease the corrosive effects of demineralized water.”
Now I’ve already written an in-depth article about water, but I’ll revisit the important points here:
- The water you drink, though given little attention by health “gurus,” is fundamental to health. Almost more so than the food you eat.
- Tap water is chlorinated, fluoridated and littered with pollutants. And bottled (or filtered) water has been treated to the point where, yeah, it is “shelf stable”…but it’s also devoid of all essential minerals and living energy. It’s been cooked. It’s dead.
- The best water, in my opinion, comes from natural cold water springs. This water is 100% free of contaminants AND still retains it’s minerals and powerful “living energy” (I realize that sounds pretty out there, but if you’ve ever drank directly from a spring you’ll understand what I mean). As I wrote in my flagship post, “by drinking spring water you can make 70 percent of your body out of the purest substance that exists anywhere.”
Myth #3: Everyone Should Be Eating Grains
Grains are at the tippy-top (well, actually the bottom) of the food pyramid, which means, they are the food group that you should be consuming THE MOST. But again…who is it that designs the food pyramid? Big business agriculturists??
Anyways…while most people believe they should be plowing through plates of “heart healthy whole grains” every day, I’d like to argue that most of us would do a lot better without any grains whatsoever. In fact, I’d like to take this a step further and say that GRAINS…not saturated fat…kill people.
Now, if you’re a “paleo” person, this won’t come as a big surprise.
And you’ll know the argument for eliminating grains like the back of your hand: Our bodies are unadapted to this foreign, post-agriculture food group that’s been further refined in modern times, stripped of virtually all nutrients and is really just a bland substance that’s high in calories, high in insulin-spiking sugar and low in nutrients. Except the harmful, anti-nutrients. Because it’s a GREAT source of those!
So, yeah. Regardless of what it says on your box of Wheat Thins or Pop Tarts (give me a break), grains aren’t everything you probably think they are, and have little place in any “balanced diet”…especially the delusional kind that’s propagated on T.V. and in the supermarket. Just read any of Mark Sisson’s material and you’ll be convinced that grains are the worst thing since sliced bread.
No wait! They ARE sliced bread!
But…that’s not to say that all grains are terrible or that they have no place in your life whatsoever. Because that’s too dualistic for me. And also because we now understand that indigenous people DID consume some grains (and legumes, by the way), but certainly did not consume them in the refined, bleached and overly-processed form they’re in today.
So…what’s my advice?
If you don’t LOVE grains, eliminate them. Cut them out of your diet completely. If you do love them, drastically reduce the amount you consume, and go for unadulterated grains like wild rice, quinoa (not technically a grain) and steel cut oats. Oh, and for a really interesting debate on this topic, go read this article.
Now that I think about it, this post isn’t really about diet.
Yeah, you’ll see increased health by acting on your new understanding of these three “myths.” But that’s just the beginning. On a much deeper level…I’m trying to instill in you the belief, the practice, of not taking things at face value. Of looking BEYOND the obvious and questioning your beliefs, concepts and values. Even those you’ve held for countless years. And ESPECIALLY those that are regarded as “common knowledge” by the general public.
Because, as George Bernard Shaw once put it, “the minority is sometimes right; the majority always wrong.”
So keep your mind open. Avoid dogmatism. Experiment. And come to your own conclusions. I’m gradually coming to mine…and I’m honored to be able to share them with you, as they develop, here on this blog.
WHAT’S YOUR OPINION ON THESE HEALTH “MYTHS?” ARE THEY MYTHS? OR ARE THERE OTHER ONES THAT WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT? LEAVE A COMMENT!!
P.S. Starting now, I’m adopting a new posting schedule. Every Monday and Thursday I plan to publish a new article on the blog. So if you aren’t on my email list, now is a great time to join. Because the content is going to start coming fast and furiously.
P.P.S. Lately, I’ve been OBSESSED with Chinese tonic herbalism. I’ve been tearing through this course…and I just received a bundle of powerful herbs including: Goji berries, Schizandra berries, Astragalus, Gynostema tea, Colostrum powder, Moringa etc. To say I’m excited just doesn’t cut it. I’m SO pumped. Here’s a picture of my boxes of goodies…
In my last post, I mentioned that as part of my daily ritual I take COLD SHOWERS. That sparked peoples interest. And it unleashed a firestorm of emails from people asking “why the hell…would I do such a thing??”
And to be honest, I understand why. I get it. In fact, when I was first introduced to the concept, I had the EXACT same response. I could not comprehend why anyone would inflict this mild form of “torture” on themselves…on purpose! I mean, come on people!
But, as I followed this “rabbit hole” deeper, my skepticism gradually dropped away. To be replaced by intrigue. And finally, when Joel gave his challenge, commitment. I figured, “Hell, what do I have to lose?” “If it’s self-flagellating nonsense, then I will have spent five minutes being uncomfortable. But if it’s not…maybe it’ll change my life.”
So I tried it.
That same day, I entered the shower, turned the water to icy cold, and stepped in. IMMEDIATELY, my body resisted. Erupting in spasms of shivers. My mind freaked out. Within seconds of touching the “curtain of ice,” it unleashed an ONSLAUGHT of thought-bombs telling me…
“This is stupid.”
“You’re an idiot.”
“That guy on the internet is a crazy lunatic.”
“OMG this is so FREAKING cold!!”
And lemme tell you:
The water in Maine is so. freaking. cold.
It’s not like “a little bit cold,” or “somewhat chilly,” but mind numbingly cold. It feels like you’re being pelted with tiny balls of fire. And during that first cold shower…there were times where I almost quit. I almost got out, toweled off and called the experiment a failure…
…but I didn’t. I stayed in the water until my five minute timer sounded. And then I got out, swear words flying from my lips, and snatched my towel of its hanger like a drowning man reaching for a life vest.
But you know what?
30 seconds later, I was 100% fine.
The cold was gone. And I moved on to something else…almost forgetting I’d even taken a cold shower. Almost. That is, until the next day rolled around, and I screamed like a little girl as glacial rain pelted my shivering skin.
Fast forward to today.
After completing step 3 of my daily ritual, I casually undressed, turned the water to cold….and stepped in. Without hesitation. And while the water was STILL COLD, I marveled at how my reaction has changed. On a physical level, I no longer shiver. I’m pretty relaxed actually. And mentally, I’m an entirely new person. What once made me completely FREAK OUT and panic…now evokes a “meh response.”
Like, yeah. It’s cold. But meh. What of it?
OK. So you can take a cold shower without shivering or tearing yourself to pieces from the inside. Great. But that still doesn’t explain WHY we should do the same. And, after that story, if “better resistance to cold” is the only benefit, I’ll tell you straight up: It is NOT worth it.
Jeez…chill out. I’m getting to it.
Here’s what I’ll say: As I’ve learned more and more about cold showers, I’ve come to realize that “better resistance to cold” is just the beginning. In fact, it doesn’t even scratch the surface. And while I can’t give you a detailed break down of each benefit in THIS post…here are 10 of the most powerful:
- Improved immune system function.
- Improved circulation.
- Increased fat loss.
- A stronger nervous system.
- Decreased inflammation.
- Healthy skin and hair.
- Better sleep.
- Improved fertility in men.
- Relief from the symptoms of depression.
- Increased energy.
But, bar none, the BIGGEST benefit I’ve experienced is this: The ability to adapt seamlessly to difficult situations. To not get freaked out. And to do things…even if they’re uncomfortable.
Whether this means getting up early to complete my morning ritual, working for 12 hours straight on a new product or striking up a conversation with a stranger…taking cold showers has infused me with newfound COURAGE. Courage I did not even know I had.
Plus, as proponents of an “undomesticated lifestyle,” we know that true health doesn’t come from ease and comfort. But rather from challenge, struggle, sweat, and (positive) hardships.
Like, say, cold showers :-)
WILL YOU “TAKE THE PLUNGE” AND TRY ONE COLD SHOWER? IF YOU DO, LEAVE A COMMENT AND TELL ME HOW IT GOES! IF YOU WON’T, TELL ME WHY NOT!
P.S. If you’re interested in learning more about cold showers, I highly recommend you do two things: (1) Watch this TED talk, and (2) check out this “round-up page” that’ll show you everything you could EVER want to know about the practice. Both of these resources were created by Joel Runyon: the guy who introduced me to this stuff, and someone who’s doing really cool work.
P.P.S. He’s also got a video of himself actually taking a cold shower. Which is pretty funny.
P.P.P.S. If you’re looking to take this practice to the next level, and experience a rush of aliveness, try experimenting with “cold plunges” in natural bodies of water.
How’s that for a title, eh?
But I’m serious. In this article you’ll learn how to get high. As a kite. Like “over the rainbow and back” high.
And it doesn’t require you to snort, huff, inject or smoke anything (you will have to drink something though…but more about that later).
It’s a replicable “formula” that anyone can follow.
…because there’s no side-effects or long-term repercussions. Actually there’s long term BENEFITS. And if you want to live forever, “getting high” it something you’ll want to do.
But enough talk. Let’s get high.
25,000 Mornings And The One Thing That Has Improved My Life The Most
OK. So I’ll cut to the chase.
“Getting high” is my (cute) little way of saying “performing my morning ritual.” And this post isn’t about snorting 8 balls or laying on the couch stuffing your face with Cheetos between giggles as unicorns dance gayly across your vision. Sorry to kill your dreams.
In fact, it’s about the OPPOSITE of that.
…But it yields many of the same effects.
And, yes, giggles.
It’s about “hacking” your brain to create motivation and positive feelings….by performing a simple-sequence of actions. It’s about setting yourself up for victory by mastering your habits. And starting each day with a “bang.”
But let’s back up.
Before I show you my personal morning ritual (the one that get’s me high as a satellite), I first want to establish two concepts. Maybe you’ve heard of them. Maybe not. But either way, they’re hugely important.
1. What you do immediately after waking up is what you’ll do for the entire day. It’s been proven that starting the day with one positive action leads to a “chain reaction” of awesome. And a negative one leads to a chain reaction of SUCK. You know this is true. If you start the day by waking up at ten, eating a Pop Tart and watching “Bob’s Burgers” on your laptop….you’ll say “Shit. I’m being a loser. But I’ve already lost the battle today. So I’ll just keep on sucking and try again tomorrow.”
2. How you feel is in YOUR hands. Despite what the drug companies want you to think, you don’t need a pill to feel happy. You can feel happy right now. Or if not RIGHT now…soon. Real soon. And you can control how you feel with two things: (1) your thoughts and (2) your actions.
If you live an average lifespan (80ish years), you’ll experience 25,000 (ish) mornings. You’ll open your eyes, roll out of bed and face the day 25,000 times. Depending on your age, the number is probably lower. Dropping every day. And how you choose to spend those mornings can literally write YOUR DESTINY.
My Morning Ritual (Do This And Get High)
My morning ritual has five steps.
It’s not foolproof.
There are probably better ones. But if you’re an uncreative nitwit who’s looking for something to copy (just kidding), this should work. It works for me. It works damn well for me.
1) I drink a tall glass of water upon rising. Alarm goes off. Boom. I’m awake. And the first thing I do is hobble to the sink (or my bottle of spring water) — still half asleep — and guzzle a glass of water. This re-hydrates me after eight hours of fasting. It also prepares me for the next step…
2) Move naturally for 30-45 minutes. Next I head to the woods. Or a field. Or a playground….and move naturally, wildly. I don’t follow a strict training schedule. And, to be honest, my training varies A LOT depending on the weather and how I feel. Sometimes I’ll go for a run. Other times I’ll climb trees. Or a playground. Or I’ll swim. Or maybe I’ll do a gentle yoga practice. As long as I’m outside and having fun, it really doesn’t matter.
3) Meditate for 10 minutes. Yeah, I meditate. And I find that “sitting” after working out allows me to become WAY more centerred (and get WAY more high). Here’s a basic meditation technique.
4) Take a COLD shower. This is something I’ve been playing around with recently. And, mostly, I like them. But just mostly. Because, here in Maine, the water is so flipping cold! Even in the summer. And it’s REALLY HARD to endure a five minute shower. But it enlivens me and builds powerful momentum, so it’s worth it. For now. (If you are unable to fathom a single reason why anyone would do such a thing, watch this video).
5) Make (and drink) an elixir. And finally, I whip out the blender. And concoct a “potion” of the healthiest food I can find. I’m not picky. And I’ve been told that some of my smoothies look like “swamp juice” (I’m still working on getting the COLOR down. Apparently brown isn’t the most appealing). But anyways, drinking an elixir puts me over the edge. Buzzing with energy. And, as I transition into my work day, I’m five times more productive. Probably more. If you’re looking for smoothie recipes, do not ask me. Instead, go check out this site.
And that’s it. That’s how I start virtually every day.
While it may seem hard or like a lot of work, I’ll tell you this: It’s not. Not at all. Yes, there was some resistance in the beginning. But after a few weeks I reached “escape velocity”…. and any struggle fell away. Now it’s a habit. It’s just “what I do.” And if people like Jack LaLanne serve as an example, this small effort will have incredible payoffs over the long-term.
Plus…who doesn’t like getting high everyday? (-:
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P.S. I’ve received some emails from people asking when the Wild Movement Guide is coming. And while it’s taking a bit longer than I thought, it IS COMING. I promise. If you’re excited for the launch and want to make sure you’re the first to know when it’s released, go hop on the “priority list” here.
P.S.S. You’ll notice that I’ve re-designed the site. I hope you dig it.