Stop Taking Your Thoughts Seriously

ThoughtBecoming a stronger version of yourself requires discipline and a lot of hard fucking work.

If you want to achieve success you’re going to have to push yourself beyond your limits.

You’re going to get very, very tired and you will have to learn to push through that tiredness and just keep going. Being tired becomes a very common state when you’re hustling every day.

Sleep as much as you want, but there are still only 24 hours in a day whether you sleep 5 or 12.

Results don’t make concessions because you were tired, they only care if you’ve done the work.

When you start to hustle hard and push yourself to the limit, you’re going to get a lot of bullshit thoughts that will try to rationalize taking it easy.

Your brain can be your biggest enemy, because all it wants to do on a primal level it keep you alive and be as comfortable as possible.

Thus, you’re probably going to get thoughts popping up like “I guess I can go out and drink with my friends just for tonight, after all we need to relax don’t we?”

Or,

“Oh well skipping this workout won’t matter that much, plus I didn’t sleep that well last night so I’ll probably stress my body out too much, i’ll make more progress if I skip training today.”

These thoughts can fuck up your entire life, as they can rationalize away pretty much action coming from your higher self  until you become a depressed sloth who is working a shitty 9-5 for a boss you hate and you can literally see no way out.

What you need to do is realize that thought is not personal, it is simply a happening, a natural occurrence of the mind. When you have a thought, it is a happening just as much as the wind blows and the sun rises.

You have no control over your thoughts, but you do have control over them controlling you.

When you learn to dis-identify from thought, you may even start laughing at yourself and your bitchy, whiny little excuses for not doing what needs to be done.

When I’m standing in front of the barbell getting ready to squat 4 reps at 90% of my max for set number six, I get all sorts of bullshit little thoughts in my head.

They say:

“Just go down 10 kilos for this last set, you don’t want to hurt yourself.”

“Other people want to use the rack, cutting out the last set is okay when other people are waiting.”

“You’ve been up for 14 hours and you’ve had 5 hours sleep, you’re too tired”.

All of these excuses seem logical and reasonable and typically most people will listen to them, when I’m standing in front of that bar my mind presents me with these plus more super-convincing, logical rationalizations for me to choose from.

I laugh at myself and trust my gut, my gut is what is telling me to get under that bar.

So I get under it and squat til my eyes are bloodshot to shit and I feel like I’m about to pass out.

Then when I re-rack that last set, I can’t help but walk away with a huge fucking grin on my face. Because I have just overcome resistance, and that’s one of the best feelings in the world.

 

Practical Application:

When you have a negative/whiny thought, just observe it and don’t take it seriously. Realize that it is not you producing that thought, it’s just a happening. It’s a programmed response to your environment.

Realize that thoughts appear in the same way as the wind blows, as a happening.

That thought is going to be there, but you don’t have to take it seriously.

Once you do this, it becomes so much easier to actually listen to your gut and ignore that shitty voice in your head that wants you to watch How I Met Your Mother all night instead of going to the fucking gym and then working on building an income so you can escape your shitty job.

Remember, your brain just wants to keep you alive with the least amount of effort possible. your thoughts will commonly reflect this.

Stop taking your thoughts seriously – they are like a child throwing a tantrum. Learn to watch them indifferently, smile and move on.

 

Ryan Kuchel

 

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Ryan Kuchel is an entrepreneur and founder of AggressiveEvolution.com.

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Chase Power - March 26, 2015 Reply

I like this article, you and I definitely have some similar ideas.

Bookmarked.

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