“I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Last month, I took a hard look at myself, my habits and the life they produced. Rather than let that die on the vine, I’ve immediately gotten to work. Some changes I’ve made have been:
- Becoming single threaded on my hobbies – (1 book at a time, 1 project, etc.)
- Prioritizing meal planning and making healthier choices – I think I’ve had one or two fast food meals in the past month.
One thing that I can’t let slide is ‘Identifying meaningful fitness goals and finding ways to test them.’ I need data on where I’m at and goals I want to reach before I can actually put any kind of a plan together. One thing that’s helped me spend more time on this was the 12-week Boot Camp at The Strenuous Life, which I finished last week.
‘The Strenuous Life‘ (over at Art of Manliness) offers an experience that I’d call, “Scouts or Freemasonry for the Digital Age.” For me, it’s offered a framework of one-off, daily and weekly challenges to see where I’m at and help me learn where I’d like to be. And since membership is for life, I intend for it to continue to be a rewarding and challenging experience.
Since the program values the initiatory appeal of keeping the details of its challenges private, I won’t be sharing much of the details other than to list off some of the goals I’ve identified for the coming year:
- Join a martial arts gym and rediscover my love for fighting
- Continue to encourage my family’s participation in team sports by volunteering as a coach or official for their programs
- Grow stronger and more competent physically
Still a wireframe, but I think this is good foundation to build on. We’ll see how it goes.
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