It was a great day overall. Everyday is a great day really, all things considered.
My ability to maintain daily happiness is proportional to the challenges and responsibilities that stimulate me.
It’s that sense of purpose: my actions are intentionally and meaningfully progressing me toward my ideals and visions.
When my mind is fully engaged, and focused on a goal, I am happy. Always. No matter what the circumstances. No obstacle or setback gets me down.
When I lose this, this focus, this sense of purpose, this sense of stimulation and engagement, my mental energies began wandering toward trivialities, and dwell on insignificant matters, which end up self sabotaging my sense of well being.
My mind is far too active to be left alone.
I need challenges. I need responsibilities that give me that urgent sense of purpose to plan, to act, to complete.
When I don’t have challenges, I’ve learned to create challenges by shifting my focus. Become more educated in matters I know nothing about, become more competent in skills I admire, find the hard thing and do it until it becomes effortless.
Work stimulates me. Everyday I wake up with a sense of purpose. Work never feels like a chore. It feels like a challenge. A challenge to be overcome. And when I struggle, it’s a reminder that I am not my best self yet, that I have much room to improve, and it only hardens my resolve.
Beyond work, there is not much else that gives me the same satisfaction. I sometimes ask myself if this is healthy, or what the repercussions may be. But then I consider the alternatives.
What else would I prefer doing? Not much else.
I want to develop myself by being consistently on my A-game. I don’t want any days off. This is my attitude for all things I value, all goals I cherish.
There are no days off when you want to achieve your dream.
There is nothing I wouldn’t sacrifice for the things I want most.
And life is a game of patience. Consistent action over time. Persistence. Energy and time conquer all things.
Distractions serve momentary gratifications. They are not investments in my future.
Every extra effort I put into being my best sharpens the blade.
It’s an investment, and the returns compound. At first, imperceptibly. But if you are patient, these efforts to self invest begin to increase exponentially.
You need to start before you can finish. You are always bad before you are good. Patience.
Knowing that the first 100 books you read are only the warm up. The first 1,000 workouts are laying the foundations. The first million words you write are just the beginning of articulating the imagination. The first few years of sales calls and presentations is practice for when you’re on the world’s stage.
Once these habits are ingrained and take root, they begin to blossom, and bear the best fruit that sustains you for a lifetime. You must sow before you reap.
The best way to spend your time is not to spend it at all. It’s to invest it.
In time, your time will become ever more valuable to the world, because you will be more valuable to the world, due to these daily investment habits in yourself.