Have you ever had that feeling where you read a book and it seems like time slows down? The color of the words seem to intensify.
I was blown away the first time I read Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.
There was a specific passage that really touched me:
“Begin the morning by saying to thyself, I shall meet today with busy-body, the ungrateful, arrogant, deceitful, unsocial. All of these things happen to them by reason of their ignorance of what is good and evil.” -Marcus Aurelius
I immediately connected with what Aurelius was saying. I wrote this passage down and memorized it.
I repeated it to myself every morning.
As time went on, I realized there were two meanings in the passage:
- There were the ungrateful, arrogant, unsocial etc in other people that I should meet with gusto everyday
- There was the ungrateful, arrogant, unsocial etc within myself that I wanted to address everyday.
All of those things happened by reason of ignorance both within the people that I cross paths with on a daily basis and within myself.
I don’t know, it really hit me hard.
- There are days I don’t want to talk to people.
- There are days I’m an asshole.
- There are days I try to be clever.
- There are days I lie.
I think as humans, we all do.
For me, this takes way less than ten minutes a day to repeat this mantra to myself.
The important part, however, is not the 10 minutes but rather the everyday.
Sometimes I have to say it to myself just once for it to sink in. Other days It takes 5 or maybe 10 times to feel the effect of getting off my ass and doing the work I need to do- everyday.
I write everyday.
I need to.
It helps me both understand myself and make me feel I am putting in the work consistent with the muses that speak to me.
In doing this in just a matter of 5 months I have gone from absolutely zero voice and zero views to over 2 million views and the creation of a prosperous community of thinkers, doers and general badasses.
Best selling author, Steven Pressfield illustrates the necessity of doing the work everyday in his book, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles,
“The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.”
Writing everyday has absolutely changed my life.
What everyday ritual can change you life?
- Doing 10 minutes of exercise everyday?
- Doing 10 minutes of yoga?
- Doing 10 minutes of idea generation?
- Doing 10 minutes of meditation?
- Doing 10 minutes of writing?
It's common knowledge that it took Thomas Edison over a thousand attempts to create the light bulb. He didn't change his life over the course of a few days, a few weeks or even a few months. He put in the daily life pursuit over the span of years, knowing the hard work that would be needed to create something spectacular.
These same principles apply to your life.
Over the span of a week, perhaps you won’t notice much at first. Maybe even after a month, you won’t be able to see a change. Over the span of 3 months, I bet you’ll start to see something in your life. 6 months pass and you’ll start to get better, healthier, more focused etc.
After 1 year you’ll be a completely different person.
At that point you look to the future.
You start defining bigger goals and grander desires.
The myth of the overnight celebrity is just that- a myth.
It isn’t real.
Building something great takes time. It takes effort.
It takes putting in the work.
Every. Damn. Day.