I spent my early 20’s in pure chaos. I had no discipline, and no vision for my future. Instead of striving to realize my potential, I was sliding backwards in a dangerous way.
I ignored the many warning signs that I was in a tailspin, headed straight for the hard, unforgiving ground. Instead of sorting myself out, I chose to close my eyes and expect things to work out on their own.
Well, life doesn’t work that way, and as I crashed into the concrete I was thrust, unwillingly, into a sequence of events that would not only change my life, but change who I am.
The events that followed were so perfectly ordered, so timely, I couldn’t have designed it better if I tried. Looking back, it’s almost as if it were organized by something other than myself. Something that knows better. I wasn’t dictating the flow of events. I was tied to the car, and the car was going to drive, whether or not I chose to run.
Only after years of reflection could I could see how perfectly this formula was laid out. It was the ideal road map from directionless chaos to realizing my potential.
Do you need to self destruct completely, like I did, for this formula to work? Does your life need to burn to the ground before you can rise like the Phoenix?
No, not at all. All you have to do is be a little smarter than I was (I didn’t set the bar very high, so I think you’re good).
If you can look at yourself objectively, and realize you need to pull your shit together in order to become the greatest version of yourself, then you can apply this formula.
Oh, and congratulations. By acknowledging this, you’ve taken the first step out of chaos, and towards your highest potential.
Let’s take a look at the formula: Chaos, Order, and Contemplation.
Why does chasing goals come with so much pain and frustration?
Why do so many people start, become disillusioned and stop, only to start again and repeat the process?
Why is every great spike of inspiration followed by an equally great valley of despair?
The real question is, why do we chase mirages and expect to catch them?
I'm sure by now you've noticed that getting in great shape is hard.
In fact, making any major self-improvement is hard, whether that be quitting smoking, losing unwanted fat, or picking up a meditation practice.
It's as if your actions don't match up with your desired results, no matter how determined you get.
It's confusing, it's frustrating, and it's the reason so many people never achieve the body they want.
This is what's up:
In January of 1487, 84,000 people were sacrificed in the span of 4 days to consecrate the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlan (modern day Mexico City).
The Aztecs are renowned for their practice of human sacrifice, and the volume of their offerings is staggering.
But it wasn’t the death of the human they believed would appease their war god, Huitzilopochtli. It was their blood.
You're laying on a cloud, being mauled by kittens, when you're interrupted by the alarm on your phone.
Well, now you're running late.
You rip the covers off, and go from 0-100 in 0.4 seconds.
You whip through your morning routine, grab a coffee, and head out the door.
You maintain this pace through the rest of your day- reacting to whatever's thrown at you, eating whatever's easiest, and staying on high alert, since you don't know what fresh hell is coming around the corner.
It's 6:00 pm, your brain is fried, and your body's exhausted.
As you drive by the gym you're reminded of your own goals.
It would be nice to have the time and energy to workout and eat better.
After all, you don't want your current situation to be your 'forever' situation.
One day, you'd like to get your lean, healthy body back. It would be nice to feel powerful and energetic as you move through your day, rock your most stylish clothes, and feel confident in your relationship.