This is a Lesson in Discipline

Speech prep for the Impact Equation speech. #impacteq The decision to commit to three books for an entire year is a challenge to all your thoughts and beliefs. It’s a challenge to your sense of discipline. It’s a challenge to all the excuses you (and I) make.

When we overload ourselves with anything, we allow for distraction. If we attempt 100 tasks and fail 80 of them, we think about how amazing it is that we accomplished 20 tasks. But that’s a small percentage of success. Failing by most standards, depending on what the goals were.

To commit to three books for a year is to say that you’re going to really work on three areas of your life, three areas of interest to you, three passions, and see what you can do with them.

What are your passions and how are they reflected in these books? What will you do to improve your commitment, your discipline, your ability to accomplish your goals? How has this challenge changed your view of yourself? What are you surprised about already?

10 Keys to Being Resilient

The ten keys for resilient living are as follows:
1. Changing the words of life: rewriting your negative scripts
2. Choosing the path to become stress hardy rather than stressed out
3. Viewing life through the eyes of others
4. Communicating effectively
5. Accepting oneself and others
6. Making connections and displaying compassion
7. Dealing effectively with mistakes
8. Dealing well with success in building islands of competence
9. Developing self-discipline and self-control
10. The lessons of resilience: maintaining a resilient lifestyle

Brooks, Robert, & Goldstein, Sam (2004-09-12). The Power of Resilience : Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life (Kindle Locations 297-305). McGraw-Hill. Kindle Edition.

Know what’s a dumb idea?

Not only did I commit to three books for an entire year, I launched a fitness regimen. Holy cats. Today I learned that my left leg is MUCH more balanced than my right. I was doing something called a one-legged Romanian deadlift.

RDL

But I just saw about 100 pictures of that exercise and realize I was doing it wrong. Hahahah!

I picked up the audiobook on Resilience by Dr Brooks (read by one of those annoying pro voice talents) and will use that on my walk.

Anyone here? Say hi.

I’m reading You Are Your Own Gym, by Mark Lauren, and it’s a fitness program. Day one has only four exercises, but it’s done such that no matter what level you’re at, you’re aiming at your own breaking point.

Observations:

  1. I’m starting very weak, but I’m excited.
  2. My body LOVES working out more than I do.
  3. Ladders is such a brilliant workout, because if YOU can only do 3 or 4 of something, fine. That’s where you are. If I can do 9 of something, great. That’s where I am. But we’re doing the same workout.
  4. Getting up earlier is going to be the key. I had a late night webinar last night (Hello, Australia!), so I had trouble waking up. It’ll work better when I’m on my own schedule.

Found the audiobook for The Power of Resilience so I’m going to listen to it while I’m out doing my morning brisk walk. Wish Pema Chodron would release one, too. She has such a beautiful voice and reads her own work so lovely. Oh well.

What? You didn’t know you could use audiobooks?

3BD Day One

This is just my little scratch blog to myself to keep notes about the Three Book Diet. I encourage you to do the same, if you’re part of the process, even if you don’t want to share it with others.

Just for the record, the three books I chose are:

Living Beautifully With Uncertainty and Change – For spirit. I’m a big fan of Pema Chodron.

You Are Your Own Gym: The Bible of Bodyweight Exercises – For my committed efforts in fitness. I’m doing other work, too, but this is something I want to try all year.

The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life. I’m really looking forward to how this will boost ALL areas of my life.

I start tomorrow.

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    Chris Brogan is a business designer and CEO of Human Business Works. He is a New York Times bestselling author, sought-after keynote speaker, and publisher. Learn more about Chris at his primary blog, [chrisbrogan.com]