Week 5

This summary of the fifth week of 2022 is coming right on my own schedule. I am still dealing with some lingering symptoms of my upper respiratory situation, but it seems to be nearing its end, thankfully. It’s mostly an annoying cough and I seem to get fatigued more quickly than I usually would. But, it seems like it’s coming to an end, so I’m looking forward to getting more back to normal.

Looking back on the past week, I am feeling some healthy pride in myself again like last week, but I think for different reasons. Of course, I still have room for improvement in several (or even most) areas, I made a very conscious choice in the fifth week to rest and allow myself to relax mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and physically. This was especially needed in light of some MAJOR stress at work. And for the most critical things (to me) I was able to still move forward.

Core Focus of the Week: Plus one, plus one, plus one.

During the fifth week, I continued to remind myself that each day is part of a process of making 2022 my best year ever (hat tip, Hal Elrod). It is NOT about perfection. It IS about progress. And it IS about my perception of the year, the month, the week, the day, the hour, and the moment. As I have heard Brian Johnson say, several times, in various Optimize.me pieces, “Plus one, plus one, plus one.” Similarly, another thought I have been keeping in mind is the Buddha’s “drop by drop, the bucket is filled.”

I consciously relaxed on my predetermined processes this week, choosing not to try to force anything into a spare moment. Instead, I tried to be more mindful of each choice and WHY I would choose one option over another.

I continued working on optimizing my “process step stacking” that I started in the previous week. For example, listening to an Optimize.me content module on Stoicism, Buddhism, and one of the “Conquer” modules (typically anxiety or depression or procrastination) while I am making my first bathroom visit, doing a weigh-in, drinking my 8-ounce water, and making the bed. So far, I am liking the stack.

Drop by drop, the bucket is filled…” – the Buddha.

This week, I continued working on being mindful of every drop I can add to the bucket, every “plus one” I can add to my best version of myself. Even with a conscious choice to minimize during the week to rest and relax a bit more, my drop-by-drop helped me be a better version of myself by the end of the week.

But this year, I am reflecting on results, which is why I am doing these summary posts. If my only two options in this world are to grow or to wither away, I continue to choose to grow. Even if that means I am only growing by a 5-minute walk around my condo, or one new idea, or by two minutes of meditation practice, or by 15 minutes of reading.

In the fifth week…

  • I brought my bodyweight back below my starting point. Yes, on paper, this is embarrassing. But I am fighting 5 decades of bad habits and creating a new me, so I understand this will take time.
  • I continued to drink more water than I did prior to 2022 and I am resolved to continue adding more throughout the day.
  • I made better food choices, more often than not.
  • I continued intentional walking, totaling another 3 hours worth.
  • I added another $10 to my savings balance.
  • I added another $100+ to my investment balance.
  • I continued investigating side hustle ideas, ruling out several more ideas already.
  • I continued to deepen and strengthen my relationship with my wife.
  • I consistently did my Miracle Morning SAVERS each day, and enjoyed Hal’s app for the 30-day challenge.
  • I read from 12 Rules for Life and Illusions.
  • I continued to engage with high-quality content about Stoicism, Buddhism, and conquering my anxiety, depression, and procrastination, learning about practices that will make me a better version of myself each day.
  • I enjoyed some additional Jim Rohn content, taking advantage of Jim’s proven mindset and philosophy towards life, to begin refining my own philosophy and mindset.
  • I laughed each day, but on reflection, it was not nearly as much because I gave the stress from work more attention than I probably should have. And focusing more on the stressful parts of the day took away my enjoyment of the rest of the day.
  • I continued learning about Buddhist teachings and taking time to deeply reflect on the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path.
  • I continued learning about Stoic philosophy.
  • I engaged with Psalms, Proverbs, and the Tao Te Ching, filling my mind with ancient, but timeless, wisdom. I missed a couple of days, but otherwise have been on track.
  • I continued the Bite Size Wise podcast episode series on the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. Also set up a Facebook page for the podcast and shared it with a very selected group of 20 people. Kira was the first to like…literally within 2 minutes. At the end of week 5, I was up to 13 unique listeners.
  • I re-launched my Illusions podcast on a whole new platform and released the first actual episode and also a bonus episode. It’s been fun watching the download count go up with almost no actual promotion.
  • I played guitar at church and very much enjoyed the weekend of playing, especially with the group on platform with me.
  • I continued to refine my podcast subscriptions, trying to focus on shows that are edifying in one way or another.

I simply continue to trust my daily predetermined processes, do periodic check-ins to get feedback, and continue to make gains.

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