Frederick Douglass once said about slavery and ultimately his escape to freedom:
“I prayed for 20 years, but received no answer, until I prayed with my legs.”
Never before had I read in such touching brevity the secret to personal freedom. Both for him then and for us now.
Civility doesn’t exist in nature. Stare out into a wilderness long enough and you’ll notice that mercy and privilege are absent. Bribes don’t work in this system and God doesn’t favor the thoughts of a conscious thinker. Frederick experienced that stark reality for 20 years until he took it upon himself to change the brutality of his circumstances when he prayed with his legs.
Only action and indomitable will is respected in nature and life. Hope in one hand and shit in the other and you’ll see which one fills up first.
When I hated the weight around my belly and how it hung on my face – I prayed with my legs. When I tackled the ferocious bourbon beast I had fed for so long – I prayed with my legs. When I wanted more control over my energy and emotional joy in life – I prayed with my legs. All I did was start running several times a week, in Texas 107 degree heat, wearing a 25lb weighted vest. I PRAYED WITH MY LEGS.
The only thing my knuckle-dragging brain deeply understood was that hard work and struggle had to be experienced first before any type of relief or salvation was going to emerge. Seemed simple enough. Start suffering now so that I don't have to suffer later.
I didn’t have a well thought out plan. There was no road map with key objectives to let me know I was on the right path. I just started putting in miles. I wasn’t exactly sure how they were going to help me or when I would see legitimate improvement in my life. That spreadsheet thinker could go fuck himself for all I cared. I sided with the knuckle-dragger and put in the goddamn miles.
I wasted 10 years because I couldn’t see how easy the playbook was. It really only has one rule: Take Action.
Action is the most valuable currency in life and you have to invest that currency in a way that builds you and makes you better. Your circumstance(s): physical, financial, and emotional have been constructed by your decisions. They’ve accumulated over time like coins dropped in a glass jar.
Neglect is an ugly vile thing. Nothing remarkable even has to happen for it to develop. You literally have to do nothing and it will emerge.
Take Action Today. Start fixing the things that need fixing and plan to do this for the next 50 years.
Boredom can be a deadly adversary to you and the goals emerging in your life.
New goal(s) feel like a rocket priming for launch. You’ve finally decided you’re going to do something and the prospect of change, the excitement for change, is intoxicating. In fact, it’s hard for anyone to bear another moment without taking action and getting started.
The pleasure center of the brain is in full flex mode at this point. You get drunk on your ideas and feel invincible. Your vision is most clear in this state. You can visualize how you look or feel after you achieve this great big thing looming vividly in the distance.
Then overnight, boredom quietly slips into your mind and the plan you so exuberantly hatched a few days before is ordinary now. It somehow transformed. It was a cutting edge idea, but turned into a dull and basic routine after a few days of thawing out. It’s not just ordinary now – you’re ordinary too. What were you thinking?
This is how boredom begins to poison your ideas and original plan. It will turn your volume down and it will weaken the primed vision you once had. It can make anything remarkable seem average and not worth your time and energy.
Your new diet was exciting, until you had to actually follow your food and shake plan. Your new ab routine was exciting, until it’s just you laying on the foam mat struggling to breathe.
"Ordinary” is not ---> “average”.
"Ordinary” is ---> “simple”.
Simple is GOOD. Simple is remarkable.
Simple is central to your plan and essential to your goals. Simple is sticking to your routine. Simple is remaining disciplined. You don’t have to do anything remarkable – just simply stick to your routine and give it a chance to bake at the right temperature for the right amount of time.
Keep it simple. Be patient. Don’t let boredom convince you that you’re ordinary.