Then why not create the most beautiful story for yourself?

“If you can see yourself as an artist, and you can see that your life is your own creation, then why not create the most beautiful story for yourself?” – Don Miguel Ruiz

As kids we’re free, we draw, we create, we sing and dance… Life is fun…Life is art

But

As social creatures, we are drawn towards tribes and we want the tribe to accept us, so we conform to how the tribe acts, we do as they do because their opinion matters to us.

We start to fear rejection.

So the things we used to do for joy and fun we stop.

We don’t start the things we want to do because,

We fear being laughed at, Not being liked and rejected…

So the art we want remains a thought in our head,

Whilst we conform to the system of the tribe’s beliefs…

Is that the life you want…
:// Side note – Its why it doesn’t bother me when people comment on my grammar, If they commented on it, they read it, which means I did the work and put it out there to be criticized – No art is perfect

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Being an artist isn’t enough

Being an artist isn’t enough, You have to become disciplined the science that allows you to practice your craft…

Back in my Personal Training days, I would study whenever I can, Blog posts, Books, Courses… Nutrition Coaching, Level 4 (Whatever that means) in Dealing with Obese people, Hormones anything that related to my ‘Art’

But I didn’t learn the science,

The science of how to get clients, how to market, how to do business…

So my art never saw the light of day… It stayed in the storage room, whilst the other artists got to showcase their work…

Don’t be a Roy.

Learn the science, So your art sees the light of day.

“The Pain of Discipline is far less than the pain of regret.”

“The Pain of Discipline is far less than the pain of regret.”

The side effect conundrum…

If you hate exercising and you stop, You will probably have a better day

If you hate saving money, you will most likely have a better day when you spend that money on something that makes you feel better…

If instead of following your diet plan you binge out on sweets and whatever you will most likely feel better…

Feel better In the short run, Until the side effects kick in.

And suddenly the doctors told us we have a heart problem, or we need some money but we spent it all on some crap we don’t need…

Then we wonder ‘If only I dealt with the side effects of a little discipline’

When it all could have been avoided by going through an hour a day of discomfort, 10-20% of your wages stashed away… Whatever it is…

Put up with the short term side effects of discipline
Or live with the long term effects of being undisciplined

Watch Your Own Lane

The flight had just landed,

After a 40 minute delay we were eager to get out of the airport and get to our hotel..

As we’re rushing to the exit, We’re faced with lots of downward slopes and those floor escalators…

The race was on…

Overtaking all the slow people, weving in and out of suitecases like mariokart airport edition…

we come off the second to last speed boost, round a corner and there was the finish line in sight…

With two speed boosts next to each other…

We’re now neck and neck

Staring at each other untill suddenly Robyn smirks…

I Glance forward to find a large group blocking my speed boost, like there on a leasierly cruise…

Robyn took the lead and I lost the race…

Why, Because I was too busy trying to win I didn’t plan ahead,

The large group would have been visible before I chose that lane but I wasn’t looking

And brought my progress to a standstill.

This happens all the time in life,

We’re to busy trying to get a result, trying to keep up with the Jones’s

We miss the obvious obstruction ahead…

Crash dieting – Rapid weight gain
Over training – Injury
Keeping up with the jones’s – Redunency, market crash, intrest rate raises…

The moral is to focus on your own lane, Check the details and plan for the long game…

Not the quick win

Do not pray for an easy life

Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one. Bruce Lee

They say it gets easier the more you carry on, The harder you try,

They lied,

It doesn’t get easier

You either progress and your challenges get harder,

Or you stay the same and your problems compound and get harder…

Get stronger dealing with harder challenges, or get weaker hiding from your problems…

It never gets easier though.