The Weekly Grind Newsletter
The Weekly Grind #1 - Read Time: 3 Minutes
Espresso Shots of Wisdom
“The most pernicious aspect of procrastination is that it can become a habit. We don't just put off our lives today; we put them off till our deathbed."
In the pursuit of perfection we plan, strategise and contemplate our dream life - but most of us fail to act. This quote hit me like a punch in the face from Mike Tyson and is the reason you’re reading this Newsletter.
The only impossible journey is the one you never begin!
"Keep ignoring feedback and life will keep teaching you the same lesson.”
To keep making progress towards your goals feedback must be immediate, clear and concrete.
Looking to start a business, are you working on it daily?
Looking to lose some weight, are you stepping on the scales regularly?
Looking to be fluent in a second language, are you turning up to class?
Create systems that have immediate feedback loops and watch the magic of accountability!
“HALF OF THE TROUBLES OF THIS LIFE CAN BE TRACED TO SAYING YES TOO QUICKLY AND not saying no soon enough.”
Saying yes to something means saying to no to everything else. People will happily fill your time with their agendas if you let them - it’s time to consciously decide how you spend you time.
In the words of Derek Sivers ‘if it’s not a HELL YES, it’s a no!’
A friend and mentor sent me this speech during the week - it had been a long time since I had watched it.
It not only lit a fire under my belly but forced me to contemplate ‘My Standard’.
Am I an honest rugby player?
Do I wake up in the morning daring to become better and better?
Do I blame peripheral conditions instead of taking ultimate accountability?
If I were being followed by a film crew, would I be proud of how I spend my time?
I imagine after watching this you’ll spend the rest of your weekend contemplating your own ‘Standard’.
Jame Humphrey and Damian Hughes speak with Owen O’Kane.
Owen O’Kane is a psychotherapist, who worked as Mental Health Lead in the NHS, before working with some of the biggest performers in the world.
He shares his life story, growing up during the Troubles, his struggle with his sexuality as a gay man - and even his trip to Lourdes in an attempt to be ‘healed’ of his homosexuality.
His own story and varied careers, from training to be a priest, to working in palliative care give him a unique perspective on life and what it means to be happy.
In this episode Owen gives us the tools to deal with adulthood and how to manage thoughts and difficult emotions as opposed to push them away. He provides a plan to move towards being ‘as happy as you can be’.
I’ve just order his new book ‘How to Be Your Own Therapist’. When I get the chance to check it out, I’ll review it for you.
Americano And Chill
With the weekend upon us I am looking forward to an Americano and Chill and the following content:
5 time Fittest Man on Earth, Mat Fraser, sits down with James Smith for an interview away from the world of Crossfit to discuss the trials and tribulations of his career.
Have an absolutely great weekend!
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