What kind of person do you want to be?
This is a question I’ve given a lot of thought to in my own life, especially over the past few years.
We are not destined to be the same person for the rest of our lives. We can — and will — change, so we might as well be intentional about it.
For example, we can choose to get healthier, fitter, or learn new things. We can build our self-discipline and get better at relationships. We can even change our personalities if we want to.
As William Zinsser writes in On Writing Well:
“Decide what you want to do. Then decide to do it. Then do it.”
It’s that hard — and that simple.
What I’m reading (book) —
Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole by Susan Cain
Heartache makes us whole. That’s the basis of this book — that the state of bittersweet can help us transcend our personal and collective pain, ultimately leading to more joyful, meaningful lives.
What I’m listening to —
Rick Hanson: How to Reach the Upper Echelons of Human Potential / Into the Magic Shop
I have to admit the title of this podcast was the main draw of listening — I’m obsessed with the idea of human potential. But I’m glad I did. Hanson and Doty talk about the importance of emotional balance, self-compassion, and mindfulness to help bring forth the highest version of ourselves.
One quote that stuck with me from the podcast:
“When I changed how I saw the world, the world changed how it saw me.”
A quote that inspires me —
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” — Harriet Tubman
What I’m training —
Recently, I’ve been working on improving my sprint speed and explosiveness. Here are three sprint drills I’ve been doing.
Three new workouts —
Shadow Box + Sweat HIIT Workout (12 minute, equipment-free)
HIIT It 12-Minute Medicine Ball Workout (12 minute, medicine ball)
174 Rep Kettlebell Challenge Workout (Time challenge, kettlebell
You can get these and all future workouts right in the 12 Minute Athlete app when you subscribe as a Super Athlete.
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