Motivational Reads! New Year Edition!

Posted: January 2, 2013 by cmrodgers100 in General

turning pro and the war of art

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Robert Frost

And miles to go before I sleep. And miles to go before I sleep. How true. Today, January 1, 2013, marks a fresh start, a clean slate, an opprotunity to feed the person you know is inside you and you truly want to be.

This week you will surely…

-Hear people talk about a new workout program they are starting. Vow to treat training as a lifestyle that you will embody until death.

-Hear people talk about a new diet that they will use to try and lose weight. Vow to treat your food as fuel for the machine that will carry you through the awesome life that you will have.

-Hear people talk about how much money they want to make this year. Vow to do what you love each and every day, knowing that money is just a byproduct of the amazing difference you are making in the world.

-Hear people talk about relationships they wish to rekindle with their family, friends, or significant others. Vow to reach out to someone close to you whom you havent spoken with each day. But also vow to invest in yourself, making those around you proud of the man or woman you are becoming.

Time is ticking, as we learned from the Memento Mori. It’s time to start living and stop going through the motions.

Here are some motivational and inspirational pieces that should get your mind right!

1.) Overcome Procrastination- Steven Pressfield’s top 12 tips- The books at the top of the page are written by the amazing Steven Pressfield. Along with some incredible fiction works like Gates of Fire, Steven also has some non-fiction works that have really helped me get more shit done. He calls “resistance” the evil force in all of us that keeps us from being who we are capable of being. His book The War of Art has really been a game changer for me. It has helped me understand that resistance to excellence exists, but is vulnerable when we sit down and do the work we need to do.

2.) What If Money Were No Object- Chad Howse posted this to his blog earlier this week. Very hard-hitting stuff.


3.) How Forrest Gump Will Help You Make 2013 A Success by Chad Howse- Even though this is a fiction movie, imagine if you could really master some of Forrest’s qualities like kindness, focus, and simple living. Well the good news is we can. You just can’t simply snap your fingers and improve though, you must work…hard. Just like an amazing body, amazing traits are created through persistence of kicking the crap out of your bad ones.

4. On Living Well. My Own Way By My Own Rules by Jonathan Goodman- Nobody should have the same goals, guidelines to live by, value system, or habits. We can, however, learn from what others are doing well to create a plan for ourselves. Jon lists some “musts” for each area of his life. Take a look and see what you can learn from and apply for yourself.

The bottom line is we must not hope for this year to be great, we must make this year great. Great things won’t just fall on your lap, you must work for what you truly want.

Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account. – Oscar Wilde

The work we must put in is worth it. We will face crippling resistance at times, as Pressfield describes, but we must do the work. The stars won’t align, there will be no perfect day for you to start working toward your ideal life. You must start now, and never..ever…stop.

Here’s to a fantastic 2013 and becoming who we know we are capable of becoming!


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