What Are You Going to Do Otherwise?


A huge passion of mine is ninjutsu, which I do three times a week. On Monday I felt a bit resistant towards going. Throughout the day leading up to the hour-long drive to class, I fought against it – and then the best question ever came into my mind!

“What are you gonna do otherwise?”

My answer was, “Probably play on my computer or something.”

I said back to myself, “Is that going to make you a better ninja?”

I smirked and replied, “No….”

Very effective. Next time you are resistant to something you know you WANT to do (not should do), ask yourself that question.

Don’t wanna go to the gym? What would you be doing instead? Watching TV? Is that going to get you the body you want? Are Ross and Rachel gonna rip your abs and blast your fat? Nuh uh.

Don’t feel like working on your novel? What are you gonna do? Read Cracked and Buzzfeed? Are you insane? Open your flipping MS Word and type, bitch!

Don’t feel like practicing your oboe? Let me guess…you’d rather check out what OTHER people are doing on Facebook.

Sitting around and wishing for stuff is gonna get you nowhere. We have limited time on this plane of existence. You need take whatever steps possible to get you to where you want to be. Enjoy each step. Just because steps are small do not mean you should brush them off and fill up your time with meaningless junk. You can do that if you want, but do the important things FIRST. The more little steps you take, the closer you will be, the better you will be, the more you will be making of your life. Everything large is made of something small.

Tonight I’m going to class again. I usually want to go, but I always go regardless of how I feel, and I am ALWAYS glad I do. You will be glad you take your steps, too. But DO them.

Recommended Reading:

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work
Do the Work

The Time-Sucks – Keeping Us Down

It just sort of hit me a minute ago.

I’m watching some dumb show, and WHAM! Epiphany.

You read it and hear it all the time – that media and everything out there is a distraction – to keep you down. To lead you off in another direction, instead of going toward the things you could do, or contribute, or accomplish.

How many nights do I spend reading blogs, looking through pictures, getting “inspiration,” or watching some random show? I say I don’t watch TV – well, I sure watch documentaries, movies, youtube – and the occasional show.

But how often do I spend my time on working towards my goals? Very little, especially in contrast to all the other things. It really hit me just now because I noticed the time, and what did I do with the few hours of my evening? Sweet fuck-all.

So, from now on, I am going to spend my extra time doing those things – working on this blog, working on my novel, working on my other book – all the things that have been dancing in my head for months or even years – where is the output?

It’s there, but the little white flag of “Hey, check THIS out!” has caught my brain’s attention, and before I know it, it’s time to go to bed and get up for work, where I spend all day warming myself upĀ  and yearning to do awesome things in my free time, or on the weekend. Not to mention my goal is to work for myself and do work that can be done from anywhere.

Well that ain’t gonna happen while watching youtube or looking at pinterest. It just ain’t. All those minutes add up, like pennies to millions. I am not missing anything, and neither are you. Ever notice that when you watch youtube, for instance, there is a huge amount of other things on the side of the screen you might be interested in? And suddenly hours have gone by? What happened? You may have learned something (depends on what you watch) but really all you have REALLY done is sit in your chair for a long time staring at a screen. Those extras are there to DISTRACT you – at least if you are doing this, LEARN something!

So yeah, stop reading my blog and go do some shit you wanna DO. Take one step, then take another tomorrow. Just a reminder!

Cures for Chronic Distractions

(Photo by Yellowbird)

Do you love dancing shows? – Go out and dance.

Do you love reality shows? – Go and have your own experience.

Do you love action movies? – Go learn to survive in the wild.

Do you love talk shows? – Go talk to your friends and family. Meet some new people and engage them in meaningful conversations.

Do you love singing competitions? – Go to a concert. Start a band.

Do you love video games? – Create yourself an obstacle course or go to a shooting range.

Do you love looking at photos online? – Pick up your camera and go seeking.

Do you love watching cute animal videos? – Go play with your pet or volunteer at a shelter.

Do you love celebrity gossip? – Go read a biography of someone amazing.

Do you love trashy novels? – Go read a beautiful novel, or write one yourself.

Do you love fast food? Eat lots of fruit – nothing is faster, or healthier.

Do you love sitting on your butt watching television? Picture yourself about to die – what will you wish you’d done instead? Do that, and do that every time you turn on the TV.

Do you love the news? Become a skeptic and question everything you see or hear.

Do you love the internet? Go old-school and peruse the library. Practice book-scanning – go from section to section, pick something you would never normally look at, and read a page. If it interests you, write down the title or sign it out. Go home and turn off your computer for the entire day and read those books instead.

Do you love blogs? Start one yourself about whatever you are interested in, or whatever you know a lot about. Engage in dialogue with other writers. Make long-lasting bonds with similar people.

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For every distracting habit, there is an equal good habit you could replace it with. Question everything. These are simplistic alternatives – but who says anything has to be complicated? Sometimes common sense is overlooked.

Most media outlets out there are pushed upon you to distract you from your amazing potential, to create an unhealthy culture – unhealthy, distracted people are easy to control.

Some of these things are fine in moderation, or to use as inspiration. It is when it takes up the bulk of your time that you need to reevaluate.

Fight the system and seek the truth. Spend your life the way you truly wish you could – you can.