Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Weight Loss Terrorists: The Struggle Eternal

Life is a wheel. Sometimes the rudders slow down, speed up, or burn at us. The main point is that as long as time is linear, there is constant motion. That can be a great thing, for our failures can seem like a poison diluted in the ocean of time. The only problem is that our successes and victories become watered with time as well.

We tend to take this personally, like the forces are against us, and maybe in some sense they are. But, we need to understand that this happens to all of us and that the restart button is a part of life. It can seem to be constantly against you if what you work on washes away like it never existed.

You find work hard, and you have nothing to show for it, because turmoil happens again and people forget what you have contributed. This is the root of most stress.

Lack of gratitude. It's the cause of what we find most unfair in society.

"Kim Kardashian makes all this money, while airline pilots struggle to feed their kids. All the injustice in the world!"

When results don't match effort, we feel used. That gets to us. Occupational burnout comes from the feeling that our work is never done, because in reality, it never is.

It can happen when we work on a project by ourselves or when we pursue something as a team effort. Whether we blame ourselves or external factors, something is not working.

It is at this moment where we are tested, where the men are separated from the boys, where the "posers" leave and the "crazy ones" (as Steve Jobs called them) get their moment to shine. It is at this time that champions are made.

I can talk about this all day, and Nike, Gatorade, and whatever fitness company can market a thousand ads about this concept, but when you come into contact with this is when you will find out whether you can do this or not.

For most people, they find that they will fold on the first couple of tries, more out of fear than anything else. It will take a while to go all the way, but it can be done.

It will be difficult, but possible. And when you do it once, you know you can do it again.

Bite the bullet and deal with the douche-chills, cause it's going to happen. All the incidents of drug addiction that have occurred between entertainers are an example of the insecurity that happens when we undergo a new journey. You don't have to partake in such self-destructive behavior, but understand that the agony is something everyone goes through.

Mediocre culture is the product of people who valued persistence over talent. There are a lot of people out there who are gifted and talented, but they don't believe in themselves or they are waiting for some mandate from heaven that will never come.

The road to success is extremely uncomfortable. It's uncomfortable for a bunch of different reasons, reasons that can only be found when you walk barefoot in the hot desert sun. Artistic hyperbole aside, there are obstacles on any worthwhile journey, but with time and dedication, it will happen.

Take pride in hardship. It's the best way to deal with it. If you find yourself battling addiction while trying to lose weight and struggling in debt, write a book about it. There might be a spot in Oprah's Book Club for you.

Think of it like brushing your teeth. There's no endgame to brushing your teeth. We all do it and accept it. Your goals should be approached in a similar fashion. It's not about the fifteen mile hike you took a week ago. It's about the little walks you take everyday.

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