Daily Ramblings – Motivation Monday – You Don’t Need Motivation to do What You Love

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Happy Monday!

What do you have planned this week? I had a great conversation with my wife yesterday. She just placed 2nd and 5th in two different bodybuilding categories at a competition in Las Vegas. I asked her what she did to get into the shape she got into for the competition. Here’s a bit.

Two workout sessions each day in the final 8 weeks. She does 1 hour of cardio (treadmill) followed by 45 minutes in the Sauna. She eats only chicken, rice, oatmeal (dry), protein shake, and egg whites. In the last 4 days, prior to the competition, she ate only chicken with ¼ cup of rice in the evening. Her weight training sessions are an hour to an hour and a half after a long day of work (she’s a special education teacher). She eats about 1.5 lbs of chicken each day. The only thing she can drink is water. No coffee, no tea, no soda, no protein shakes, nothing.

Sounds tough right? Not if you are driven, dedicated, and motivated and love what you are doing. My wife loves exercise and lifting and competing. To her this is not that big of a deal. She inspires me.

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The picture above is in Las Vegas this last Saturday. So proud of my wife!!!

So what do you want to do, but can’t seem to get yourself to do? Take a measure of your motivation. Do you really want to do this? Is there something else you would rather do? Find something that really motivates you. Maybe your drives lead you to writing a book, starting a business, learning a new language, traveling, or something else. Find that thing. Find the thing you can dedicate your time to without breaking yourself against your own willpower.

We all need to exercise and eat right. These are a given, but we don’t need to put ourselves into a situation like my wife does. She does it because she loves it. Find that thing that you need to put a little effort into, but is really effortless. We all have that one or two things that we are excited about.

Here are the things I enjoy every day. I love exercising, reading, writing, meditating, and learning. I also love video games, movies, and music. I exercise every day. I read every day. I write every day. I meditate every day (twice), and I love learning (I’m learning computer programming via Codecademy). Initially, I had to figure out how to get all these things into my day. Once I figured out how to get all of these things into my day, I moved to tracking them by putting them on a to-do list that repeats indefinitely. I used Google tasks for this process. Google tasks is available in your Gmail account, can be displayed to the right of Google calendar, and is an app you can download to your phone. Since most of my work is on my computer, I keep track of what I’ve done and what I haven’t done on my computer using the task list in Google Calendar.

Start small, especially if you are trying something new. When I built my reading habit, it was literally reading just a few pages each day. Now I’m up to a chapter a day. I read a few pages in my Bible and then I read a chapter.

What about scheduling you ask? Well, that depends on your life. I’m retired so my schedule is a little more dynamic. I tend to just tackle what I need to in no specific order. My exercise routine used to be first thing in the morning, but that’s tough when either my Mom or I have to be home to take care of my Dad. He has “episodes” where he literally passes out and someone must be here every day with him to make sure we are around to revive him if this happens. So, I have to work around my Mom’s errands and such so one of us can be with Dad. No problem. I can exercise with my exercise bands, I can use one of my exercise apps. The rest is all at my computer, so not a big deal.

You may be working, so you’ll have to look at what you want to do daily and physically schedule this stuff in on your calendar at specific times. Find out what you are truly passionate about and get to work.

Here’s my plan for the upcoming week:

  • Read 1 chapter daily
  • Write one section in my book daily
  • Read my Bible daily
  • Exercise – Cardio and Weights, Bands, or Calisthenics daily
  • Meditate 2x daily
  • Complete one lesson on Codecademy daily

I hope each of you has a great week!

Until next time…

Dave

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Daily Ramblings – Workout Routine – Chest and Back

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Workout:

Superset 1

Incline Press 1×40; 1×30; 1×20; 1×10; 1×5; 1×5

Leverage Row 1×40; 1×30; 1×20; 1×10; 1×5; 1×5

Incline Press 1×5; 1×5; 1×10; 1×20; 1×30; 1×40

Leverage Row 1×5; 1×5; 1×10; 1×20; 1×30; 1×40

See you at the finish line!

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Spiritual Saturday – Happiness

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So many people seek happiness. They seek it in the shopping malls. They seek it on trips. They seek it in the mirror. They seek it in a bottle. They look for happiness everywhere but where it is–inside. Happiness is not something you find or gain or win. Happiness is an attitude.

Happiness, like gratitude is cultivated within. You are happy or you are not. Happiness is not a consistent thing, we must cultivate it daily. We all wake up on the wrong side of the bed sometimes. It is these days that we have to work a little harder on our happiness.

I have found that being happy is pretty easy, once you learn that it isn’t out there. It is always inside of you. It is a feeling of satisfaction and security. It is a knowingness that everything is alright with the world. Happiness doesn’t depend on other people or things–it is the way you approach the world.

Gratitude is the primary contributor to happiness. If you are satisfied with what you have, what else is there? Gratitude doesn’t grasp. It doesn’t need to. It has all it needs. It is a wonderful place to wake up and be satisfied. No striving. No pushing. No reaching. Why? Being grateful is happiness right now.

Are you unhappy? Why? Is it because someone made you unhappy? Is it because you don’t have a nice car? Is it because you haven’t been on a trip in a while? Is it because you are stressed out at work? Is it because you haven’t had a drink yet? Is it because you are not happy with what you see in the mirror? Take a moment today and think about what makes you happy. Then rethink happiness. Nothing makes you unhappy or happy. You make that decision. You react. You create it.

Choose happiness.

I hope all of you have a terrific Saturday!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Thankful Thursday

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Today’s Thankful Thursday starts with a big thank you to all of you who have followed me this week. I really appreciate it. It’s nice to see a new follower in my Inbox. I hope all of you continue to enjoy my writings. For those of you who are new, here is my weekly schedule for postings:

  • Motivation Monday
  • Ted Talk Tuesday
  • Wisdom Wednesday
  • Thankful Thursday
  • Funny Friday
  • Spiritual Saturday

I am also grateful for my wife. She is a daily inspiration to me. She recently went to a bodybuilding competition in Las Vegas and placed 2nd and 5th in two different categories. I am so proud of her and all the hard work she put into this. The dieting, the brutal exercise routines her coach put her through, and all the rest. Way to go dear!

I am also grateful for the opportunity I have to be with my parents in their senior years. Few people can do this. My ability to retire early allowed me to be home and help and enjoy my Mom and Dad before they leave this Earth. It is a real privilege to do this.

When I look at my life, there are so many things to be thankful for. I seek new things that I am grateful for every day. When you sit back and look at your life, it is a great thing to see the good in it, to see the things that bring you joy and make you feel warm inside.

I hope all of you have a great Thursday! One more day to the weekend!!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Wisdom Wednesday – Treatment of Others

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“The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.” ― Abigail Van Buren

Have you ever been in a restaurant and watched someone treats a waiter or waitress with disrespect? Have you seen someone taunt a homeless person?

I have learned that the adage ‘actions speak louder than words’ is true. I’ve learned that people say a lot of things. They say them to make themselves feel better about themselves. Then you watch them act and in some cases it is exactly opposite. This is wisdom. It will help you negotiate who your friends are, who you do business with, and protect you from the people who lie to you and themselves all the time.

Wondering if you should go out with that guy or gal? Wondering if you should be friends with this person or that person? Watch them. Listen to them. If they walk their talk consistently, you’ve probably made a good choice. If not—run!

Let’s say you like a guy or gal. You set a date with them to go out. At the last minute, they bail. Then you set another date with them to go out and they do it again. This is probably someone you should avoid going forward. You can be friends or acquaintances, but they have shown you they don’t care about your time or you. Cross them off your list.

Let’s say your “friend” starts talking about another one of your friends behind their back. Again, another character issue. If they talk about your friends behind their back, what do they talk about behind your back? Cross them off your list.

Let’s say your friend commits to helping you out on one of your projects. They commit to doing something that is crucial to your project’s completion. They drop the ball and avoid you for weeks. Cross them off your list.

Actions speak louder than words. You want to know someone? Stop listening to what they say and begin watching what they do. You’ll soon learn who your true friends are.

Have a great Wednesday everyone!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Ted Talk Tuesday – Adaptability

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Think about how many things have changed throughout your life. It’s interesting. I retired early to move back home and help out my folks, who are both in their senior years, particularly my Dad who is suffering from Dementia. When I see a VCR player in their basement, I realize how important it is for all of us to remain prepared for change. How many of you still use a VCR or even a DVD player? I realize that DVDs are still going to be with us for a while, but most of us stream our content. My recent laptop has no DVD player, because of this recent change in how we consume content–streaming. Manufacturers are building out laptops for streaming content only. I still have an external DVD drive, which was really cheap (about $29) to play DVDs when I need to, but the trend is that DVDs, CDs, and the like are more than likely on their way out at some point in the future.

Watch this short Ted Talk, which discusses how a tech investor evaluates the founders she may give her capital to. She doesn’t look for IQ or EQ. She looks for AQ. You’ll have to watch this Ted Talk to find out what AQ means.

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Workout Routine – Delts and Traps

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Here’s yesterday’s workout:

Superset:

Behind the Neck Press 1×50; 1×40; 1×30; 1×20; 1×10

Upright Row 1×50; 1×40; 1×30; 1×20; 1×10

Superset 2:

Arnold Shoulder Press 1×10; 1×20; 1×30; 1×40; 1×50

Shrugs 1×10; 1×20; 1×30; 1×40; 1×50

My shoulders were screaming at the end of this workout.

See you at the finish line!

Dave