Ep 12: Change is Hard and I’m Being a Baby About It

"When we believe the obstacle more than the goal, which will inevitably triumph?" - Ryan Holiday

Change is hard…duh, right? 

But when you’re trying to change a lot at the same time, I think it’s easy to get down on yourself for not seeing progress in all areas instantaneously. Even as a relatively sane and independent thinker, I think I’m subconsciously persuaded by all the marketing that I should have succeeded by now. I haven’t. Not by a long shot.

I want 6 minute abs…but it isn’t going to happen. Damn. So now what?

In this episode, Traver joins me and we talk about why change is hard, and what my obstacles to overcoming them. As I listened back to this episode, so many at first glance seem external. Meaning, I can’t control these factors, things like shift work, physical exhaustion from working in this current heat wave, cognitive fatigue from long shifts…I could go on.

However, I’m realizing that even those are somewhat self-imposed. We also talk about how, as a parent, my social circle accepts and even encourages a lack of fitness. We all understand each other and we’re tired, so no one is whopping my ass out of bed to hit the gym. That’s why we all need a coach, and though he’s not hovering over my pillow barking at me at 0600 to get my ass up, he’s as close as I’ll get to that motivation.

In this episode we discuss:

  • My experience this week with responding to my first “11-99 Officer Down” call.
  • The obstacles to change and why it’s hard.
  • The importance of treating yourself like a high-level CEO
  • Using schedules to maximize your efficiency and effectiveness
  • Basic home WOD’s for people who don’t have time to get to the gym.

In this episode, I reference an excellent book called “The Obstacle is the Way” by Ryan Holiday. It’s an excellent book on overcoming adversity, and a good primer on Stoic philosophy, something I’ve talked about before. Another excellent read is Resilience by Eric Greitens, a former US Navy Seal, Rhodes Scholar, Humanitarian and current candidate for Governor of Missouri.

Take care of each other and stay safe.

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