A New Chapter.
I sit here eating asparagus and chicken… for breakfast. No fancy coffee and no belly warming carbs. At least they’re grilled. It’s the first meal of only 4 exactly like this. The chicken is a bit dry, and unfortunately I only get a 1/2 gallon of water today to wash it down with. My first Figure Competition is tomorrow morning!!! Now don’t get me wrong… I’m not starved. In fact I get to carb load tonight like a mad man depending on my physique. It’s just the fact that there’s no choice in the matter. It’s just listening to orders… measuring, preparing, time managment, routine, discipline and acceptance of food for what it really is…. all of this is a phase. Not a lifestyle. This phase is almost over!!! I wouldn’t have traded it for anything.
Life in phases: Who you are today is not who you’ll be 6 months from now, and certainly not years from now. You’ll learn so much from here until then and the synergy of those things learned will morph you into a more well-rounded person. As we move along this timeline, a lot of times we catch ourselves doing the same thing, at the same time, every single week. Routine is great… but it’s the ever evolving routine that keeps us growing and progressing through time. If not evolving we may very well then always be the same person. How lame!
We have choices: Everywhere you look, we have them. They poke at us through our technology, through our relationships, through receiving new information. But sometimes we get stuck in a comfort zone which keeps us from making a choice which will pull us from that comfort. In nearing the end of this “Phase” of my life, I can’t help but be so excited about what may come next! I have enjoyed this journey and challenge and have learned a TON from it! Next up… who knows? But certainly there is a whole world of choices to be made!
If you’re like me, you may struggle with having too many choices. I tend to start all of them at once and barely chip away at them. This figure competition stuff has reminded me that sometimes in order to achieve that goal, you may have to put those other “fun” things on the back burner.
I once heard (and unfortunately can’t remember the source!) that in order to help yourself decide on the next “phase” or goal, you simply ask yourself these questions:
Which would you see yourself actually finishing?
What’s the easiest one to finish?
Which one gives you the most reward?
The trick is to make a list of things that interest you and then begin placing them into the catagory. If one falls into multiple/all catagories, that’s the one you should tackle! If there is more than one that lands in all three… Well, shoot, there’s a choice you’ll have to make. Haha. I guess we just can’t get away from it!
My Next Phase
I would like my default state to be reading. I have a ton of nonfiction books I would like to read but haven’t had the time to read them. I think this is going to to be my next phase! Of course I’ll slip some fiction in there because I’m currently on the fifth book in the Harry Potter Series and I’m told it’s a sin to not read them. <— I must agree now that I’m addicted. lol. Hmm maybe I’ll list those nonfiction books here. Don’t make fun. This is where I push up my nerdy glasses in nervousness. Forgive me if I just have the titles jotted down! I’m pulling them from a list on my phone which I update usually in a rush from place to place! lol
1. Sex at Dawn.
2. The Go Giver.
3. Financial Early Retirement.
4. Random Walk Down Wallstreet.
5. 4 Pillars of Investing.
6. The Success Factors.
7. 4 Hour Work Week – Tim Ferriss
8. How to Win Friends and Influence People.
9. The Carpenter.
10. The Autoimmune Solution – Amy Myers
11. The Heroes Journey – Campbell
12. The Language of God – Francis Collins
13. Vagabonding – Rolf Potts
14. The Art of Learning – Josh
15. A town Called Alice.
16. Daily Rituals.
17. The Hormone Reset Diet.
18. 100 Countries or an SUV.
19. Alan Turing: The Enigma
20. The Millionaire Next Door.
21. Your Mind or Your Life.
22. Rich Debt Poor Debt.
23. 10 Day MBA.
24. The Power of Full Engagement.
25. Start With Why – Simon.
26. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
27. Influence – Robert.
28. The Compound Effect – Hardy.
29. Love Does.
30. Radical Acceptance.
31. Super Better.
32. How to Travel the World on $50 a day.
33. Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon
34. Black Swan (NOT THE MOVIE).
35. Mom Inventors Handbook.
36. The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion.
37. Rich Dad Poor Dad.
38. Impact: Four Phases of Financial Impact.
——> Looks like this Christmas I may need to ask for Kindle bucks. =)
——> Can you tell I love finance, self betterment and entrepreneurship and traveling?… and Lists?
——> Holy cow, I have a lot of choices to make, haha! I had no clue there were that many on my list!
This is a short one and really not much substance, but I hope you may have been inspired to pick up something new today and focus on finishing it. I know I’m excited for the next chapter of my “book.”
If you have any suggested nonfiction reading material please add it in the comments! I’d love to add it to my never ending list!