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

Life is Too Short


Life is too short

for boring kisses
for television
for gossip
for bad relationships
for unhealthy habits (you want to make life even shorter??)
for killing time
for endless Facebooking or Twitter
for being stagnant
for talking down to yourself
for ignoring your passions
for halting your progress
for blaming everyone else
for video games
for staying inside
for excuses
for harming other beings
for a job you loathe
for excessive cleaning
for anxiety
for saying no to things you really want
for saying yes to shit you have no interest in
for lying
for denying you are fucking amazing
for junk food
for not questioning your beliefs
for not questioning “authority”
for indifference
for not speaking up
for passivity
for weakness
for inertia and ennui
for suicide by inactivity

Everything has it’s place, and there is room for moderation – just don’t waste your life. There is so much to do, see, love.

Drink it up, and don’t sip – guzzle it down and drown in your very existence.

Do you have any other suggestions for the list? Please leave them in the comments!

Recommended Reading:

Do the Work
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles


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