How to Find Extra Motivation To Keep Going

July 7, 2014

Someone said something racist to me today.
I keep forgetting I’m not white!

I was driving home & pulled up to this old pickup truck with a couple of white dudes. As the light turned green, I think one of the dudes leaned out the window and said something to me, about being Indian.

I’m not 100% sure. I was already in a frazzled state. It was hot. I had worked out all day. And blood sugar was low.

For a moment, I thought how cool it would be if real life was like Grand Theft Auto. I could ram his car, and whoop his ass with a baseball bat. And nothing bad would happen to me.

But I didn’t.

And to be honest, I didn’t even get mad. Maybe it’s all the meditation & stoic self training.

The rest of the drive, I tried to reframe my negative thoughts.
I don’t have to care what people say.
Just because someone said something doesn’t mean I have to feel a certain way.

I remembered the old stoic story.
Someone spit on Socrates. Later the guy came back and apologized. Socrates said he wasn’t even offended. No need to apologize.

Stoics don’t care what anyone else does. You can spit on them, hit them, make fun of them, imprison them, kill them – even on their death bed, they are unaffected by externals.

So I talked to myself this way until I got home.
Took a nap.

Woke up and ate some low fat cottage cheese with sunflower seeds.
Good protein & good fat.

I eat every three hours now. It keeps me energized. And my blood sugar stable. I no longer have food comas or mood swings. Everything is even keeled.

Then I listened to some music.
And felt better.

Surprisingly, I started smiling.

I realized what happened today was exactly what I needed.
The Universe blessed me with a rare gift.
A chunk of motivational coal to continue fueling my fire.

The best thing that can happen to you is someone calling you fat, ugly, stupid, or telling you that you can’t do it.

Motivation is the procrastination killer.
With the right motivational fire, anything is possible.

This fire keeps Dwayne Johnson in the gym, busting his ass.

A roaring fire kept Michael Jordan hungry, to work hard, to win.

He says in his hall of fame speech that once you reach the top, it becomes that much harder to stay motivated.

So he looked for every little piece of motivational coal he could find.

Jeff Van Gundy, coach of the Knicks, once said Mike was two faced:

“He said I conned the players, I befriended them and then I attacked them on the basketball court. Where did that come from? I just so happen to be a friendly guy. I get along with everybody, but at the same time when the light comes on I’m just as competitive as anybody you know. So you guys I have to say thank you very much for that motivation that I desperately needed.”

Done. Game over. Van Gundy mistakenly awoke the beast.

Well, I’m no Michael Jordan.
But some dude accidentally gave me a piece of precious coal to keep me alive. I’m going to use that coal to keep eating clean, work out, & do what I need to do. Procrastination, killed.

Look around.
Let the Universe serve you up some free coal today.
Figure out a way to detach negative emotions from the event.
And open a can of whoopass.

Be like Mike.