What does a better life mean to you?
More time with your family? More money to live comfortably while also paying for your daughter’s college education? Or perhaps greater health and vitality would enable you to do more of just about everything.
Stop for a second and figure out what one change, more than any other, would enable you to live a much fuller life.
For me, it’s a no-brainer: better living starts with my health. Suffice it to say my health struggle has been the single biggest factor holding me back from doing the things I’ve wanted to do in life.
For years I lacked the willpower to truly commit to fixing my health; I would fail and fail (and fail again). That finally changed this year, and this post details how it happened. Interestingly, it wasn’t my willpower that improved, but the system I built around my goals that helped me finally succeed.
This post is a thorough one, and you’ll see firsthand the power of two tools that have changed my life (and can change yours):
- The right kind of data (hint: actionable)
- Support systems (especially in moments of weakness)
These two tools alone can significantly improve your ability to hit the goals you know are crucial for a better life. And I want to teach you how to use them through a very personal case study on how I fought to rebuild my health.
Sound good? Let’s do this. Continue Reading…
It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.
My friends like to joke that I have a second home at Philz Coffee in San Francisco. Three or four days a week, they would see an automated social media check-in at Philz as a result of me connecting to their wi-fi.
There’s a reason I go there so often: I’m happiest when lounging in coffee shops. A quote from my post on tracking my happiness for 30 days says it all:
The top three activities that make me happy: conversation, listening to music, and working on passion projects … considering that people typically do these activities in coffee shops, this may help explain [why I’m at my happiest there].
As you can see, coffee shops are a winner in my book.
Unfortunately, drinking coffee was also sabotaging me. I’ve been struggling with certain health-related goals for years, and deep down I knew coffee was to blame (more on this shortly). But like so many others, the thought of giving up coffee horrified me.
How I thought every morning would be if I gave up coffee.
Three months ago, I put my foot down and finally took coffee out of my life. It sucked, big time, but it was absolutely worth it. And that’s what this post is about: giving up things you really enjoy because they’re holding you back.
Is it painful to give up things you love? Yes. Is it worth the struggle in order to continue growing as a person? Hell yes. And the rest of this post explains why. Continue Reading…