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One Thing at a Time

Shami's Progress
Shami's Progress
What’s good y'all? Cheers to a new week! Can’t believe September is on Wednesday. Where did 2021 go?

Goals for the week
  1. Focus on just one thing and stick with it. For me, it’s running and working out consistently without missing no more than two days (thanks Matt D'Avella). To be more specific, I am going to run 1.5 miles Mon, Wed & Fri and work out Tues, Thurs, & Sat with Sunday as a rest day. If I don’t get anything else done fine but I NEED to focus on getting my runs and workouts in. A lot of the time, when we just focus on one thing, a lot of other things fall into place. For example, working out consistently, will (hopefully) help you think about what you eat on a daily basis or when you go to bed at night. The same can be applied to other things we are passionate about. If you sing on a consistent basis, you want to keep your voice healthy so drinking enough water and limiting smoking are just some things you’d when you’re focused on singing.
  2. Attend a mediation session. I’ve been scared to attend the weekly mediation sessions at my local Zendo because of various thoughts I’ve been having. “I don’t have enough time, I need to go to bed soon”. Well, that’s bull because I usually don’t go to bed until 10 or 10:30 and the mediation is from 7:15 to 8, so that isn’t the problem. Simply put, I just don’t feel like it sometimes. Mediation is hard, especially when you are doing it for long periods of time. In Steven Pressfield’s book, The War of Art, he talks about a great force called resistance. In my case, resistance always wins the battle when I set out to run, work out or meditate.
  3. Reflect at the end of the day. In the app called Notion, I keep a general journal of how it’s going. There have been some months where I barely journaled and there have been some months like January and June where I only missed 3-5 days. Overall, I’ve journaled for 163 days which is INSANE because I never thought that I would take journaling that seriously and I can actually call it a habit. I always journal in the morning when I can. Now it’s time to journal in the morning and in the evening just to reflect on the day and figure out what I can do better tomorrow.
Reflection on David Goggins
I’ve been on David Goggins kick recently. I’m so inspired by his story. I went through a series of different emotions reading his book. He came from nothing and went through so much suffering to be who he is. The thing that really struck me was when he said that he doesn’t idolize anyone. I admire David Goggins so much but I don’t idolize him because he’s human too. I have just as much untapped potential as he did when he started his journey towards being the hardest motherfucker on this planet. I always play the victim when I see people I look up to doing really big things and I am down here just trying to survive haha! “Oh, they didn’t have a broken home or didn’t go through what I did”. I’m going to stop making excuses for all the shit I want to accomplish in this world because I do not want to leave the Earth knowing I could’ve been x,y, and z. I know there is an inherent privilege that comes when I say all this but starting somewhere is better than not starting at all. “Stay hard”, y'all.
Book: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Podcast: How do we make work fun? by Ali & Taimur Abdaal
Music: Donda album by Kanye West (I will admit, I haven’t listened to the whole album yet but Kanye is a very intriguing man. I also just like his music).
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