Challenge Yourself Everyday
In the past few weeks, I haven't felt as alive as I had in the months previous. My life had a routine to it and as comforting as that might be for some, it was incredibly dull for me. So I decided to discipline myself in different ways and see what it did for my life.
Discipline motivates and with motivation comes inspiration, if you're open enough to receive it.
Here's what I did...
- MY WORKOUT
On both iOS and Android devices there is a health app that comes downloaded onto your phone (if it's not there, it's free on the App Store (Health) or Google Play (Google Fit)) On that app, you are able to count the steps you take each day. It's recommended that the average person should take 10,000 steps a day. This isn't always the easiest thing for people to do as so many people work in sedantary environments for work, set a goal for 7,000-10k steps. I'm at a point where I try to get 10,000 steps a day but once that was become a daily achievement, I now try to get to atlas half before 12-1pm. That usually involves me getting my ass up to run farther and faster than I did the day before. If you are a runner, change your route! It helps more than you think. If you run on the treadmill, get off of it. I run on the treadmill occasionally but running on a treadmill is a bit easier than running on the road or a trail. Lift heavier weights, do an extra push-up, these changes make the difference! If you keep adding on to your challenge each week or so, you'll become more and more proud of yourself too.
Since graduating, I've felt a lull in my life in this area. I've been trying to find the happiness I felt while in school. As good as it is to see and read plays, to work on monologues and scenes, it lacks a certain intensity as I had in school. I pushed myself to take a class to keep up on my techniques and skills, to keep them disciplined. I had already felt a little rusty going into it but now I feel fresh and ready to keep at it. I also meet up with a friend at least once a week to collaborate on our own project. Both of these activities help ignite my creativity as well as bring other people into the mix. I think a majority of us don't like to let people down so when there are people depending on our attendance, input and effort, we do put in the effort to do all of that! Friends are your friends for a reason, have them hold you accountable for your commitments!
3. UP AND AT 'EM!
My second semester of my final year at school was jam-packed with class and rehearsal. I was doing 9-5 everyday like most humans are doing right now. But here's the thing-- I LOVED IT. It definitely helped that what I was doing from 9-5 everyday was something I absolutely adored but it also gave me a discipline that I have not had... like ever. High school was a joke for me in many ways but mostly in terms of discipline which was non-existent. During my time at the American Academy, the idea and importance of 'rigor' was ingrained in my brain. In my two years there, I missed one 2 hour class and was late only once and by 5 mins (MAX) because of the goddamn L train. And I am quite proud of that. Especially since there was a girl who said she was going to a funeral and was to miss a few days of rehearsal but ended up going to Coachella. ANYWAY-- I like to give myself plenty of time in the morning to prep for the fresh hell that the day will bring.
I get up 3 hours before the official start to my day. Let's say that work starts at 9, I will get up at 6. At 6 a.m. I will get up, have a snack and workout because I know that I will be too tired to after work. At 7, I make myself breakfast and chill for as long as I can. Then at 8, I'll get on my way. Knowing how inconsistent and often, unpredictable NYC traffic can be, an hour should be ample time to get anywhere in Brooklyn or the city.
4. IT GOES A LONG WAY
It is soooooo easy to be an asshole. Probably the easiest thing one can do, is to just be 100% bitch 100% of the time. I'd like to kindly ask you to find a time to be kind, today and everyday. Open the door for someone, carry a stroller down the subway stairs, swipe your MetroCard for someone, buy someones coffee, actually smile at someone on the street. Think of something.
There are all sorts of things you can do to improve your life for yourself and those around you. What are some of your ideas?