Introspection – Creative Synthesis at Sunrise

On the down side, my travels result in jet lag and whack circadian rhythm. My sleeping pattern is erratic, though I do get sufficient rest and recovery times.

On the plus side, I wake up at 4 AM or earlier. This quiet time is phenomenal for creative synthesis.

No one is awake. The house is quiet. You can hear the wind blow. The light is conducive to productive work.

I love it.

I can accomplish more between the window of 4 AM to 6 AM than the sum of the rest of the day. I have been able to hammer out more thoughtful writing, more creative material, and more insightful, incisive ideas.

Some people work better during times of silence. Some people work better with classical music. A select few can work during noisy chaos.

My advice: try working during the wee hours of the morning.

Your Battle

We as humans have a tendency to look toward the future, to what can be. To what we WANT. We wonder what it will be like to get there. Maybe it’s a beautiful body. Maybe it’s a degree. Maybe it’s a new job. Maybe it’s to finish a book. Maybe to play the guitar. Whatever it is, we fantasize about that moment when the battle is finished and we can enjoy what our hard work has wrought.

But here’s one thing about that success. We also have a tendency to think that the true challenge lies just around the next corner.

Once you’ve lost a few pounds of fat, then you can start adding muscle. Once you’ve gotten into the habit of writing, then you can start on that epic novel. Once you’ve built up the callouses, then you can learn guitar properly. Once you’ve got your internal clock sorted, then you’ll apply for more jobs.

We think of the truly hard part as being in the future, some moment where our “preparation” will have led to our being ready to smash the demons that stand in our way and achieve success. We think of what we’re facing today, right now, as a step along the way, toward that success, toward that state of being that we so desperately want.

But it’s not a step. Today is all there is. Right now is all there is. This is your great battle. There is no moment in your mission that will be more challenging than the one right in front of you. It’s all you need to deal with. What you’re thinking of, right now – that’s it. That’s your great battle.

If you’re looking to lose weight and you’re having a craving for a candy bar, this is your great battle.

If you’re looking for a job and staying up late instead of getting up early, this is your great battle.

If you’re looking for more than friendship but are having trouble telling that person how you feel, this is your great battle.

The stories of our culture revolve around grand deeds. Slaying dragons, defeating tyranny, overcoming unspeakable odds. Those are great battles too. Take your inspiration from them. They are the exact same as your great battle. It’s standing right in front of you, right now.

“Once more into the fray. Into the greatest battle you’ll ever know. We live and die on this day. We live and die on this day.”

There will never be a greater moment than the one you’re about to live. Conquer it. Your success lies in simply fighting the great battle, every single day of your life.


Stop Your Brain from Fantasizing

Trying to make improvements to your life? Trying to lose weight or accomplish a new goal?

Read this post from Lifehacker about how your brain impedes you from accomplishing your goal.


Your brain can hurt your goals by fantasizing too much

Would you believe that fantasizing is the #1 way your brain unintentionally ruins your goals? It seems unlikely, right? The thing is, the proof is in the pudding (or in this case, the research): psychologists have found that while positive thinking about the future is broadly beneficial, too much fantasy can have disastrous results on achieving goals. Researchers tracked the progress of how people cope with four different types of challenges.

Why I Succeed

Thought of the day:

Why do I succeed?

I succeed because I am willing to do the things you are not.
I will fight against the odds.
I will sacrifice.
I am not shackled by fear, insecurity or doubt.
I feel those emotions—drink them in and then swallow them away to the blackness of hell.
I am motivated by accomplishment, not pride.
Pride consumes the weak—kills their heart from within.
If I fall, I will get up. If I am beaten, I will return.
I will never stop getting better. I will never give up, ever.
That is why I succeed