It’s All About Energy

Do you ever dream about what it would feel like to max out as a human being? Use yourself up completely?

I wonder about that a lot.

I am fascinated with people like Tim Ferris of The 4-Hour Workweek and Richard Branson of Virgin Airlines. Those guys seem to be living so much larger than I am.

And even though I don’t want to live their lives, I do want to have as much passion and enthusiasm and discipline and moxie for my own interests as they do for theirs.

It’s all about energy. And having a ton of it. When you have energy (are rested and well fed) you can move your projects forward. You feel like a world beater.

When you’re tired and exhausted, or worse, bored, you can’t do squat.

Healthy, active, vital people are the only ones who can make things happen in their own lives, and in the world. Healthy people are the only ones who can move their lives and their projects forward.

They don’t call in sick. They are reliable. They get the job done. And for that reason they are extremely valuable to everyone around them.

Don’t you want to be like that?

To be healthy you have to move your body. There’s no two ways about it.

Walk. Log 10K steps on your Fitbit. Do yoga. Every day. Rain or shine.

Find a body practice you like to do that is not dependent on other people, the weather, or fancy equipment, and do it most days. No tennis, no golf, no swimming. Those are all too complicated. Fun, yes, but not for a daily body practice.  Find something simple with no built-in excuses for why you can’t do it.

Also: watch your fuel. Make sure you put mostly high octane in your tank. If you’ve gotten off-track with your food, get back on track. Hire a health coach for a few months if you have to, and get back to healthy eating. Eat green things every day. And move.

I’m a yoga teacher, so I have a bias towards yoga as the perfect body practice, so let me give you my argument for why yoga should be your daily body thing.

You can do it by yourself, or in a class with others.

You can find free classes and instruction on YouTube.

You don’t need any fancy equipment.

You can start at any age and at any level of fitness.

You don’t have to be bendy or flexible (it will create that in time.)

You will stretch and strengthen your body, and focus your  mind.

In 20 minutes a day.

I am also a huge fan of walking. Get a FitBit or a VivoFit or some gadget you can wear on your wrist and start logging steps. There is a latin saying, solvitur ambulando. It means, walking solves everything.

If you have a problem, take your problem for a walk. Walk long enough and you will solve your problem. Having problems with someone at work? Schedule a “walk and talk.” So much more productive than an office meeting.

Fresh oxygen to the brain cures lethargy and promotes creativity and problem-solving.

Find a body practice and commit to it today. It is key for project development.

Why Tim Ferriss Is Both A Genius And An Asswipe

I really want to like Tim Ferris (author of The 4-Hour Workweek), but I don’t.

I kinda think he’s an asswipe.

But he’s also a genius, and a lot of things in this book are so cool!  So inspiring!  So right on!

I’m going to tell you about 4 things I read (so far) that I love.  (I’m reading the Kindle edition so I can’t give you a page number, but I can tell you I am 43% finished.)

He says the opposite of love isn’t hate; the opposite of love is indifference.  When I read that, I went: “Oh god, yes.  Of course.  Indifference IS the opposite of love.  As soon as indifference moves into the neighborhood, all the love houses go up for sale.  And then, as they say, “There goes the neighborhood!”

The opposite of happiness isn’t sadness.  No.  The opposite of happiness is boredom.  Again, “Oh god. Bingo.”  I mean, not all the time, but most of the time it’s the truth.  How many times have I found myself unhappy, but not particularly sad either? (Many.) And the root cause of my unhappiness?  Boredom.

He says instead of asking yourself: “What do I want?” or “What are my goals?” ask, “What would excite me?” and then just go and pursue that.  Brilliant.

        It makes it so much easier to clarify things.  So I did it.  I asked myself: What would make me excited?  Answer: To publish a really kickass piece of writing that would help people feel more alive and enthusiastic about their own lives and make them want to share their gifts with others.

        What else would excite me?  To be able to talk about what I’ve found out about how to find one’s life’s work and how to do what you were put on this earth for (since I’ve managed to actually DO that.)

        Anything else?  Yeah.  To be in high demand as a change agent for this message. (i.e. get paid for it.)

        (That’s what I came up with in the first 5 minutes of asking myself that question.  Had I asked myself: “What are my goals?” I would probably be cruising the kitchen right now, looking for something salty and crunchy.)

        And the fourth thing I really liked is when he said that most people suffer from Adult Onset ADD: Adventure Deficit Disorder.  I got all gangsta at this point and started fist pumping the air, going, “Right on, Brotha!”  We DO have Adventure Deficit Disorder, and we need to fix that.  NOW.

          But here is why I don’t like Tim Ferriss:

          He wants to automate and outsource, and cut out meetings, and email, and face-to-face interactions, and still make a bundle. And he does it. But then what does he do with all this time he’s freed up, all this bundle he’s made?

          He goes and lives the most idiotic, pointless, stupid life imaginable. He enters tango competitions, and cheats his way to a boxing championship, and buys expensive shit, and travels to exotic places and spends his time rubbing coconut oil on his belly.

          I want to scream: “Dude! No!  Make a difference! Help somebody!  Team up with Greg Mortensen of Three Cups of Tea and figure out how to stop the collective insanity of this world, one little village at time!

          Or something.

          My only hope is that this book will land in the hands of someone who will actually use the time he or she saves by eliminating pointless activities, to do something truly honorable and helpful.

          Maybe someone like me?