Balance physique, mentality, emotion, and spirit to sharpen the saw
Classic Sawer Story and Car Tire Analogy:
There are two men in a sawing challenge. The one that takes time to sharpen his saw finishes faster than the man that goes full force and doesn’t take time to replenish. We all know the better way.
The other analogy is when one car tire (aspect in your life) becomes blown it affect the performance in the rest of your life. It is all about balance. Moderation in all things, all things in moderation.
Exercise can do so much for you. Sometimes activity clears our minds and releases stress, causing is to rejuvenate and rethink. Forrest Gump just felt like running, and he did until he thought his life through.
Self-conscious about self-image. More about feeling good than looking good. Looks can be deceiving, so don’t dwell on not looking your best because the truth is sometimes even deeper than that. Looks can be deceiving
Addiction is harder to quit then you think.
Refusal skills: ask questions, name the trouble, state consequences, suggest alternatives, or take-off. Keep that win-win attitude.
Nothing in life comes easy. (Socrates almost drowns man and states, “When you want to learn as badly as you wanted air just now, come to me again.”)
Develop an educated mind to succeed. READ BOOKS as much as you can.
Build upon what you enjoy to do and read in order to strengthen your mind. Reading is to the mind as exercise is to the body.
The world is your campus. Try different things and discover more about yourself that you may never have thought possible. Go out and do more than just watch and read though. plant a garden, travel, watch TED videos, read the newspaper, play board games, debate, play chess, attend concerts, watch the news, and MUCH MORE.
Grades are important, but becoming educated is more important. Why do you go to school anyway? To learn, get inspired, try different things, establish a work ethic, etc. It’s basic training for life. Make mistakes and learn as fast as you can. Your opportunities are plentiful, so take advantage!
OMG. Read this, please, even if you aren’t an athlete: http://books.google.com/books?id=jEazeIS0tgYC&pg=PA221&lpg=PA221&dq=sean+covey+-+a+letter+to+an+unknown+athlete&source=bl&ots=OO_9hftnMv&sig=u6QO96od1JNK0AieDNsSe682iA0&hl=en#v=onepage&q=sean%20covey%20-%20a%20letter%20to%20an%20unknown%20athlete&f=false
My favorite line: Since when does liking something determine whether or not you should do it? Sometimes you just have to discipline yourself to do things you don’t feel like doing because of what ou hope to gain from it.
You know what companies look at most when they hire people? LIFE SKILLS. SOUND MIND. They look at DESIRE, TESTS SCORES, EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, LETTER of REC, GPA, and COMMUNICATION SKILLS.
Ironically, as I say, mental barriers: screen-time, the nerd syndrome, and pressure.
COME ON! Take pride in mental abilities and being smart! Nerdfighters for the WIN! Be proud of being who you are and not having a lack of neurons in your area of expertise.
The Desire to Learn:
If you want to be successful, you need to be a LEARNER. You need to want to improve or else you lose track and kind of “sleepwalk” through life. Life can drive you around for all you care.
- building relationships nourishes the heart. Think RBA and PBA.
- Laugh often and at yourself (Not convincing enough? The average adult laughs seventeen times a day. Kindergartner? 300 times…..)
- Laugher reduces stress, helps us cope, lowers heart rate and blood pressure, connects us with other people, releases endorphins, and so much more.
- Keep funny jokes, stories, movies, and people on your mind. When strange things happen to you personally, laugh at yourself a little. We’re all human
- source of values, purpose, meaning, and pure loneliness. Self-leadership occurs here.
- feed your soul in ways that make you feel inspired: writing, reading, listening to uplifting music, serving others, drawing, praying, thinking deeply, etc.
- selfless selfishness exists here because when you help others, you help yourself feel better. Wait. That’s a WIN-WIN!!! HUZZZZZAH!
- find places that you can relax and think - silence in some part of your day is crucial
- I suggest keeping a journal just to write in about stuff. IT’S FUN!
- Great principle for feeding yourself emotional fuel - GIGO - garbage in or garbage out. You decide.
- Addictions create short term pleasure, make you obsessed, eliminate pain temporarily, gives artificial sense of control and worth, and worsens feelings of problem you want relief from. Recognize symtoms of this to change or EASILY PREVENT it first.
- Analogy: a frog doesn’t recognize temperature change from cool to hot when it’s in the water from the start. The key is not starting in the first place. Things can sneak up on you.
Lastly, life is complex and never simple, so expect different circumstances. Achieve balance and healthy lifestyle as much as possible and only go tough on yourself temporarily when necessary.
EVERYTHING YOU DO sharpens your mind in some way, whether teaching you a mistake or good life lesson, or rewarding you for good effort. It may not appear at first, but it’s there.
Make time for yourself. As Ralph Emerson says, “Make the most of yourself, because that’s all there is of YOU.