Today was an okay day. I took care of some chores in the morning, didn’t bother with other chores in the afternoon, and I lay down and took a nap to catch myself up on this past week. I’m really glad that week is over. It was killer. Monday I’ve got another big day. Actually all next week is going to be pretty heavy, as I’m pulling triple-duty for two colleagues who are traveling out of town. Should be interesting.
Minute by minute, hour by hour… that’s how things get done.
I recently came across an interesting set of videos featuring Giavanni Ruffin and Eric Thomas, two gentlemen whose mission is to inspire others and motivate them to greatness, excellence and amazing accomplishments.
Here are the videos I’ve been watching — and watching some more.
The cornerstone of their message, from what I can tell, is hard work. Lots of it. And they believe in Taking No Days Off. In other words, keep going, never stop, never give yourself a moment to rest, because you may miss the opportunity you’ve been looking for. Always keep moving, always keep growing, always keep getting stronger and faster than the day before. Never backtrack, never let up. Just keep moving, to crush the competition. Do whatever it takes. But do it.
Now, I don’t know about you, but that’s how I lived for years. It was pretty much how I rolled, no matter when, no matter what. And that Type A drive that Never Surrendered, Never Gave Up, but kept pushing and pushing and pushing past barriers and hurdles and obstacles… well, eventually it just wore me down and wiped me out and I ended up hurt. Repeatedly.
I’ve never been one to sit on the sidelines for long, and I’ve always pushed myself — often harder than was wise or necessary. But I had to do it. I just had to. Something in me just drove me on. And I could totally relate to the message. At the same time, however, I paid a price — in terms of TBI and other injuries that have dogged me through the years. I know the hazards of over-training and not giving yourself enough chance to rest and recover. Sometimes, you do have to take a day off — although it’s not really taking a day “off” because the body is still working to recover and you’re still making gains, even though you feel like you’re idle.
That’s probably been the biggest thing I’ve struggled with over the recent years — learning to back off and take it easy on myself, not drive myself into the ground, and not completely wreck myself with fatigue and overwork. I can totally relate to what Messrs Ruffin and Thomas are saying above. At the same time, however, using good judgment and prudence in terms of balance and recovery… well, that just makes sense.
Speaking of which, it’s late. Time for bed.