The past two weeks we discussed Goggins’ first two challenges. Both of them involved digging in your emotional dirt. The point was to identify what’s stopping you from becoming who you want to be.
In Goggins’ telling, it is necessary to callous your mind. For those who find that too harsh or extreme, think of it as building both emotional and mental resilience.
Now, it’s time to get on with it. Challenge #3 (from his book) is this:
The first step on the journey toward a calloused mind is stepping outside your comfort zone on a regular basis. Dig out your journal again and write down all the things you don’t like to do or that make you uncomfortable. Especially those things you know are good for you.
Now go do one of them, and do it again.
The past two weeks I asked you to keep what you wrote to yourself. This week I’m asking you to share. I’ll go first.
I don’t like getting up early. I mean I really don’t like getting up early. So, this week I will be getting up Monday through Friday at 4:30 A.M. to work out. I have done this before, and the transition is rough. But, I know how absolutely necessary it is for me. When I do this, I get my workouts in all week. When I get my workouts in all week, no matter what other shit life throws at me, and it always does, I have a bedrock of having worked out. I took control over one thing, and no one can take it from me. It is a keystone habit for me. I don’t want to drag this off-topic, so I’ll leave it there.
Alright Gliberati, what one thing are you going to do this week to callous your mind?
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I’m not entirely sure why this story, this story, and this story got under my skin more than any other of the recent outrages, but they did. I think it is the forced conformity, suppression of speech and independent thinking, and the gaslighting. I expect it from the CCP even as I loathe it. When it comes from the US government and a respected institution, I just want to grab my torch and pitchfork.
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I don’t know which one of you this is but I’m certain this week’s music is the theme song for at least one of you.