Today was the first day of my "P3" project-- Personal Potential Project.
For those of you that missed the earlier blog, this project was inspired by my voracious hunger to "fix" stuff- stuff that didn't even belong to me. I've focused most of my past on criticizing (sometimes constructively, sometimes not), cheerleading, plotting and dreaming on behalf of those that don't want to dream for themselves, or who do, but run out of mojo.
Today, Day 1, I had a few goals:
-Get through my to-do list at work
-Compliment a stranger
-Start reading a book my mom had recommended (E Squared)
So let's start at the top:
Mission: Get Through to-do List
Achieved? Nope. Unfortunately my to-do list was many pages long, and as soon as I crossed off one milestone, another mission took its place. This may be less of a "goal", and more of a focus- just something to be aware of, rather than conquer. Hey- reframing is a good thing :)
Mission: Compliment a Stranger
Achieved? This is inexcusable, but...no. How did I miss this? I didn't make it a priority, sadly. That means I have double-karma to make up for tomorrow!
Mission: Eat Clean
Achieved? Yes indeed. Here's how it broke down:
I fast until lunchtime (which is 11:30). There's a lot of science that I've read about, but can't fully articulate that supports the idea of IF (intermittent fasting). The last time I eat is dinner time, and then I sleep all night, wake up, and consume only (black) coffee and copious amounts of water until lunch.
At lunch, I ate a salad with LOTS of greens, siracha, rosemary garlic dressing, and a chicken breast.
So nutritionally, here's how my day broke down:
I feel pretty good about how today went.. I feel fueled and strong, and like good choices were made.
Mission: Crossfit Hard
Achieved? My abs sure think so. Here's what our workout looked like:
First of all... how much do you love that our coach welcomes us "home"? It IS a home away from home, I'll tell ya, and it feels like a family. Second of all, apparently we're athletes. That's pretty freaking awesome.
For those of you that don't speak Crossfit, this workout consisted of a warm up, some strength training doing 5 sets of 3 squats (heavy as you can) and then a set of doing as many squats as possible at 80% of the maximum weight you squatted. I got up to 213 lbs at my max-- past my previous max of 205! I only got 11 squats at my 80% (165) which wasn't surprising because 213 was HEAVY, so 165 didn't feel like much of a vacation.
Our "workout of the day" (WOD) was 10 thrusters (Youtube it) and 30 situps each set, for FIVE rounds. Real situps. Not crunches. My abs are really, in all honesty, still seizing. Ouch.
I've said it before, and I will likely say it everyday, but I've never been a part of such an amazing community of friends during workouts. For me, it's the difference between phoning it in, and bringing it on. If you're looking for a place like that, click here and email Coach Aaron. He's the best at what he does and will bring the best out in you.
So that leaves one more mission:
Mission: Start reading E Squared
Achieved? Yes! I'm excited about this book. Let me preface it with this: If you're not a fan of "The Secret", or have any belief in the Law of Attraction whatsoever, it probably won't be your jam. That's ok- to each his own.
My mom has been talking about this book for a few weeks now, and for whatever reason, I hadn't taken the initiative to download it on my Kindle. But today I did and tonight I started reading it. Lightbulbs and fireworks started going off, and it's as if someone plugged my cord into an outlet.
I've been (clearly) spending lots of time in my own head lately. But I have spent very little time having faith in anything. I've thought things to flipping death. I've analyzed relationships beyond the point of recognition. I've read into tiny, probably meaningless details, meanwhile missing the BIG, flashing billboards life has been soft-balling my way. Holy. Crap.
I have been pointing the finger at everyone and everything in my life about why whatever isn't working, isn't working. But I forgot the role I played in it... More than that, I forgot the role faith plays in it.
Last night, I went to see comedian Dane Cook at the Ryman auditorium. He had an amazing set (so did comedian Robert Kelly), and at the end, he came out for an "encore" of sorts, but really just talked about his journey. He spoke about being a young 20-something in Boston, and being offered a 3:00 am set in New York City at a comedy club in the village. Having no money, Dane traveled to NY in the middle of the night, only to plan on returning right after. But the comedy club owner loved him and asked him to come back the following night...at 2:45 am this time. Dane slept in his car that night, and on the way to his gig the following night, walked by Madison Square Garden. He stopped, looked at the Marquis, and said "I'm going to play you, one day". In 2007, Dane became only the second comic EVER to sell-out Madison Square Garden.
Listen, I'm not saying "The Secret" is that you dream stuff up and wait for it to happen. I'm saying... You have to see your Madison Square Garden. And I'm admitting, until today, I had just kind of forgotten that.
If you don't see whatever YOUR personal definition of ultimate, limitless, success as a possibility, it just won't work. No one who aims to work a 9 to 5 job making $13 an hour is hand picked to be the CEO. No one who only ever sings in their shower or on the car on their way to work would have the opportunity to be heard on a grander scale, win Grammys, etc. Maybe believing in your Madison Square Garden won't guarantee you'll get there... but not believing in it, knowing it, feeling it, and working for it will definitely NOT get you there. Faith and hard work and dedication might not get you to your ultimate perfect everything... but it will sure get you a LOT further than if you decide to go without it.
Thoughts on Today:
I'm excited about this journey, and sharing it with you all. I don't know where it will lead. I'm starting to reshape and rebuild MY Madison Square Garden-- taking the blame, and the power, out of the hands of others, and trusting in myself, my faith and my abilities.
I hope this inspires you to start thinking about dreaming dreams, and feeling entitled to achieve them through actionable, repeatable activity...And ultimately that you get to witness the results of this "experiment" of sorts that I'm embarking on with you, so you'll be more apt to get off the couch and do something awesome for yourself!!
By the way- I'm going to share a lot more of the in-depth details of this journey via newsletter. I hope you'll sign up and join me on the ride :)