Improvement

5 mental shifts

Over the past few months I’ve really tried hard to believe in myself. As a parent I know it’s the hardest thing to be simultaneously telling your children they can do anything but saying “NO” to every little request they ask. As a kid that would happen to me all […]

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Planning, Execution, and Accountability

Planning, Execution, and Accountability

I’ve been listening to a lot of audio books lately looking for some motivation to achieve my goals and to be and do better. A common thread that has run through a lot of them is three things: Planning, Execution, and Accountability. Seems simple enough but rarely do I think […]

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Waking up early sucks. Here’s why to do it.

Waking up early sucks. Here’s why to do it.

Once again I’m writing a blog post late at night with the looming Beeminder deadline hanging over me. I also have to wake up in 5 hours to keep with my goal of waking up early. And, well, as the title says: waking up early sucks. The alternative, however, is […]

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Get up and don’t ever give up

I have been going through the grind to grow this last year or so. The problem is that the more I seem to push myself inevitably the more myself pushes back. Motivation has been a real conundrum. An object at rest tends to stay at rest so I’ve had to […]

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Trying some new things to push me to do more – part 2

So last week I wrote about Beeminder, which is awesome. Already a few new goals have been added which to keep me in line with the kind of things I want to be doing. This week I’m sharing something that has kicked it off to a whole new level. Like […]

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Trying some new things to push me to do more

Recently I found a cool site called Beeminder.com where they have “reminders with a sting”. For years I’ve been just using google tasks and an app called GTasks on my phone to remind me to do things. Their reoccurring reminders failed me because I could easily clear them and have […]

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We fear what we don’t know

Often times I catch myself not agreeing with someone because whatever reason. When I look inside myself, what I find myself really doing is just not liking them because they’re different. Differences are something we fear naturally. We gravitate to people we are similar to with similar thinking. If we […]

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Path to Ninja Warrior

So a few years ago I got into watching this show called American Ninja Warrior. It essentially is an INTENSE obstacle course based on a show from Japan (all awesome shows come from Japan!) and from the first episode I was hooked. At first it was fun to watch the […]

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Another New Year's Resolution

I have done it for years on end since coming home from Japan but I really want to master the language. It’s hard not living in Japan to try and master Japanese but from a lot of blogs out there (ajatt.com in particular) opinions’… it’s possible. So I’m going to […]

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Working out the details of Working out

So it’s been a decade since I graduated high school and that decade hasn’t been kind to my midsection. I wasn’t an Adonis but was fit enough where my belly didn’t hang over my belt when I sat down. I’m not saying I’m a lardo now but… we can all […]

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