This is hard, but it's supposed to be.
At least, that's what I keep telling myself.
It's a mind game. It's all mental. Whether it's working on a project, developing a relationship, figuring out what to do, finding your way. There are days are clarity and days of doubt.
"Some of the greatest battles will be fought within the silent chambers of your own soul." - Ezra Taft Benson
I have found that one of the best ways to combat those inner battles is through relentless doing. And when I say relentless doing, I consider slowing down, taking the time to meditate, having a conversation, taking a vacation, and learning just as much as an activity as working on projects and doing real work. The time you take to sharpen the saw is just as important as the act of cutting the wood.
My week consisted of calls, writing, recording, watching soccer games, and buying Hamilton tickets. But the highlight was getting back on the mountain bike and riding some single-track trails. It's been a while since I've ridden a mountain bike. I'm more of a road rider. I'm not very skilled when it comes to the technical stuff. But with the encouragement of a good friend, I finally went. It was sketchy, at least for me it was. But when we were done, I felt a feeling that I had just overcome some of my fears, and I was looking forward to going again.
I think that's why riding a bike is one of life's great metaphors.
"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving." - Albert Einstein
It's one of the reasons I have loved riding so much. It helps me learn vital lessons to equip my mind with strategies for fighting those inner battles. It's mind over matter. And, some mornings, mind over mattress.
Life is like riding a bicycle. There will be good days and bad. Just keep peddling. If you fall down or veer off the path, get back on it. Never give up. It won't ever get easier, you'll only get better. Sometimes you have to ride alone, but it's always better to ride with a friend.
Moral of the story: wake up early, write, ride (or walk, or run), read. Your life will drastically improve.
Final thought, I’ve been thinking about tracking my goals and publishing them as part of my weekly reflection. I've usually used a spreadsheet for this kind of thing, but I thought it might be fun to make them public—record my goals for the week and write about how I did in relation to the goals I had set. Maybe that would be too much? Maybe it would be helpful? I'm not sure. Maybe I'll try it next week and see how it goes and go from there.