Habit Update: Gym and Exercise

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Habits are seriously hard to build. Truth be told, I wanted to scrap this post because I don’t have anything insightful to say about it.

I tried to build the habit of working out because I’d like to get healthier and be comfortable with myself. It’s a lot harder than I would have imagined. I signed up for the gym and for a personal trainer, but you still have to deal with all the real life stuff. My trainer was sick all week so I had to try not to take it personally about how I’m doomed to fail and get myself to keep working on things even when it’s difficult. I’ve been sucking at working out.

The hardest part of trying to lose weight is the mental part. The idea that you’re not supposed to change because of all the ramifications. Your family is going to judge you and your friends will complain that you used to be more fun when you went with them to McDonald’s at 1 in the morning.

I keep trying to find someone who cares enough about me to help mentor me and help me make a difference for myself. I don’t have the money to hire a life coach and I certainly don’t have the money to pay for a personal trainer I had to call 10 times before getting a response.

I’ve already been building up the habit of writing. This is the 8th week in a row so that has to count for something. The working out and eating right is just going to take longer apparently.

New goal is to workout doing something every day even if it’s only 5 minutes. It can be something simple like walking to the subway station that’s further away or running up and down the stairs in my building. I’ll check back in a month.

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Book Review: Tribes

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Tribes is another one of those books that everyone on the internet references like Outliers so I assumed it was overhyped. Once again I was wrong. I thought this book was just going to talk about how great Twitter is now that everyone can shout at each other. Finding followers is the only thing that matters otherwise you don’t exist in the internet community. Yet the book was far from this. The main thing Godin writes about is being helpful and providing value to your community. Leadership is almost an afterthought because a real leader isn’t threatened by other people or innovative ideas. When I usually think of a boss, I picture Ricky Gervais or Steve Carrell in the Office. Every manager I’ve met is so similar to that characature. All the employees wonder how on earth they got to be in charge. The middle manager is actually much different than a real leader. All they do is follow the rules. They’re not really above anyone else. If anything it’s probably a worse job because you would have to enforce the rules no matter what you think or what is actually the right thing to do. The concept of leadership presented in the book is closer to mentorship or teaching. He says that a leader really does lead the members of the tribe to new places, new ides, better work, and broader horizons. That’s something I can believe in. Even though he does argue about the value of Twitter, which I don’t understand, the main points I tend to agree with. When he talks about fear of being the “heretic” that’s something I definitely can relate to. The town that I grew up in was small minded and conservative. At Church, if someone got divorced then all of a sudden a flood of gossip would wash over the congregation. Before they were a pillar of the community and after they might feel like an outcast. Godin says that this fear isn’t the worst thing that can happen and i would have to agree. Would you really care what the community thinks if they’re shunning you? What if you had a whole new community of supporters? Fear is a powerful motivator. Lately I’ve been way more afraid of being afraid. If the “only thing we have to fear is fear itself” then inaction is much worse than action. Fear paralyzes, but the world will keep moving so you have to adapt and change with it.

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