Day (241) – Seeing You
Posted on July 15, 2012
I woke up revitalized this morning…a surplus of energy for sure. I want to talk about something that is pretty interesting this morning. Motivation as we know it, is a depleting resource. It is something that over time, diminishes. I usually use the reference of a day as what it takes for motivation to diminish. Why is this? Well, when we wake up, we have all the energy in the world. Think of yourself as a battery. You are charged to whatever percentage you are, and from that point you are only withdrawing energy (I will get into naps later). But most of the time, we only have the time to really go after everything we can and not rest. So how do you get everything you need to get done in a day. You start with the most important things. A lot of the time, for me (at least right now) that involves probably the most taxing items on my punch list. Lifting, and writing. When I go to the gym, I leave drenched. In fact, I don’t leave until I am. It’s the only sign i pushed myself hard enough…and it takes a gigantic percentage of that battery. It’s like leaving WiFi and Location Services on your phone while running 3 apps…that puppy is going to drain.
But rather use that large chunk of motivation and battery life for something that is going to achieve my goals than sitting around and really doing nothing. So I argue that do everything that is incredibly important right at the beginning of the day rather than towards the end. I can’t tell you how many times I have skipped something and put it off till tomorrow because it was 11pm. My recent rule states “If it’s on the list, it’s on the list…no excuses.”
I love this song. I love it for many many reasons. I think that remembering people in the best light possible only warms our hearts. I choose to remember people this way anyways. Sometimes, things just get complicated. I try my best to keep them simple, but the funny thing about life is it has its own way to really throw you some curveballs. You have to roll with it. Like any hitter, sometimes you get out on your front foot trying to hit the pitch still. Sometimes you can pull it off, but the percentages show that a vast majority don’t. So what do you do? Take the pitch. Sit back…and swing on your good pitch.
Baseball taught me a lot about what I know. Being a baseball player basically my whole entire life, I was taught things that are probably unique to the sport itself and that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Towards the end of my career, the mental aspect of being a pitcher really stuck with me. I think the biggest part of what I learned comes down to two things. The first, is having a short memory. When you are on the mound and things are not going your way, the game can really speed up on you if you let it. You start throwing balls, and you will throw more and more if you don’t reset yourself. You have to take a step back, take a deep breath, and see the situation for what it is. Then, you have to start working yourself out of a jam. Ever since I was 5 my dad has called me “Ice Man” because I am cool as ice under pressure. I really do love those high pressure situations. Everything on the line…I want to be the guy with the ball. What I also learned from baseball is focus and preparation. Focus on the things that really matter. My coach used to always tell me the 5 P’s. Poor Preparation leads to Piss Poor Performance. As ridiculous as it sounds, it really is a good piece of advice. I am not longer in sports, but I am still an athlete. I think that you only stop being an athlete when you think in your mind that you are. Bodybuilding and triathlon are my sports of choice now…and to be good at them, it’s going to take a lot of mental preparation. (I found out that I probably have a gluten allergy, thank god, I now know why my body was going nuts over the past couple months).
You can always leave something the way you want to leave it. Never end on a bad note with anyone. Because then you will carry that with you for the rest of your life until you clean it up again. People are inherently good, I believe this. It’s situations that cause a little bit of murkiness. It is your job to clear the air though and make your best pitch. Because in the end, that pitch, is all you got.