According to me making money online is not as much a job as it is a lifestyle and thanks to it personal development has become a big part of my life.
Recently a Swedish channel named TV6 started advertising about their new decision to resend the popular TV series Seinfeld from the beginning and in this commercial I saw this clip and got to think about the purpose of life.
Video from Seinfeld
Kramer: (disgusted) Look at you.
George: Aw, Kramer, don’t start.
Kramer: You’re wasting you’re life.
George: I am not! What you call wasting, I call living! I’m living my life.
Kramer: Okay, like what? No, tell me! Do you have a job?
Kramer: You got money?
Kramer: Do you have a woman?
Kramer: Do you have any prospects?
Kramer: Do you have any action at all?
Kramer: Do you have any conceivable reason for even getting up in the morning?
George: I like to get the Daily News.
Think about it
As you can see George thought he lived life but truth to be told he were miserable without knowing why. The reason is that he had no purpose.
I can go on for hours speaking about finding your purpose, and I will, but for now I would want to hear more from you. Do you have any conceivable reason for even getting up in the morning?
I’m continuing my thread on personal development and today I will share my secret on how I manage to exercise every day without getting tired.
My first attempt
A few years ago I was foolish to believe that I would exercise every day if I only had the equipment I needed. Instead of having to take the bus to my closest gym I could simply go out in my garage and exercise there.
Because of this I decided to buy an exercise bike on a outlet. I placed it in my garage and used it a few times. After a few weeks I stopped using it and ended up donating it to the same place where I bought it.
I quickly found out that even though you have the equipment at home you need to take yourself time to exercise. In this case I got literally bored when I was cycling in my old garage.
In the beginning of 2009 I thought I would give it a new try and placed the bicycle in my living room so I could watch TV while working out. This did not work because I got bored when watching commercials. Every hour of TV consists of 20 minutes of commercials and this did not work for me.
After a while the solution finally came to me. I love to play football and when I get all exited about it I forget everything else. So I started to play football games on my Playstation 2 while working out and now I spend 30-60 minutes every day on my bicycle without getting tired.
The secret on how to exercise without getting tired is simply to get your mind on something else. Watching TV did not work for me because I got bored, but when I was getting constantly new action I never got tired.
Take a minute and think about it. What do you get all exited about? Try to find some way to exercise while doing what you love.
I have never had any of the usual addictions as smoking, gambling, alcoholism, etc. For this I’m glad, but I have always been weak for unhealthy food as candy, sweets, soda, etc. During the last few years I have tried a numerous of things to stop this habit, but there have always been bad excuses for me or sometimes I couldn’t say no when I was on a dinner party.
Just before my operation last month I remembered an old comic where one of the characters marked an X in his calendar every day to count down for the weekend. I thought about it and decided to implement it for my life.
How the system works
I found the calendar you can see above online and printed it. Then I hung it on my bedroom door resulting in me staring at it every morning and evening.
Every evening just before I’m going to bed I think back on the day. If I managed a whole day without eating any unhealthy snacks, cookies, soda, etc. I mark the date with a red X.
During the day when I feel the urge to eat something unhealthy I simply think about my calendar and decide to not eat it because I want a clean sheet.
Use it to everything
People usually says it takes about 30 days to create a new habit and in this case I will go on using this for at least two months, then I will evaluate and see if the urge is still there. If not I can easily adapt my method to any new habit I would like to implement into my life. At the moment I’m thinking about taking a bracing walk every day.
Discussion: What are your good or bad habits and what do you do to keep them or try to break them?
This far I have written a lot about how to make money and how to create a better blog. Now it’s time to open up a new section on personal development.
About three years ago I decided to work out in a gym together with two friends of mine who worked out regularly. The first thing that struck me when I walked in were all the posters on one of the walls. On workplaces I’m used to see calendars with half naked women, but in this case I had a gym with almost only guys and posters of half naked men hanging on the walls.
Later on I realised what a boost this was. During every workout you ended up there staring on what you wanted to accomplish and thanks to this you could get some extra energy to accomplish your goals.
Add music to your images
Somehow I figured out that music also works great when it comes to motivating yourself and I ended up looking for photos in motion. The key is to find a video with inspiration for your specific goal. If you want to climb a mountain, find a video with someone climbing a mountain. If you want to get back with your beloved one, find a video with a couple who fall in love again.
When it comes to motivating myself to working out, my favourite video is without doubt the intro for the popular TV series Baywatch. There is something about the positive music together with everyone being fit.
Now I would love to hear which music you use to motivate yourself.