I spent most of my career stressed and frustrated, thinking ahead to the day when I could quit my job and feel “free.”
Well, when I quit my job, it didn’t work that way.
Jumping from the bonfire into the forest fire, doing what I wanted was way harder than anything I had ever done on Wall Street, and my mind simply wasn’t up for the task.
I wanted to write a book. In my head, it sounded easy, almost a bit indulgent. It turned out to be the hardest thing I’d ever done.
For days, weeks, months, and eventually years, my stress and frustration went far beyond my ability to manage it.
Those were by far the hardest years of my life. Unwilling to let the overwhelming task beat me, I “forced” my mind to find a way through.
For the first time in my life, I was feeling “unhappy,” “depressed,” “anxious,” “fearful.”
Taking Control Of Your Thoughts
I simply wanted to feel amazing every day.
Already thinking I was an “expert” on getting what you want, I realized that I was missing a big piece of the puzzle.
How do you keep taking powerful actions when your mind isn’t up for the task? How do you train yourself to feel great when those things around you (e.g. your life) keep dragging you back down?
So many of us are victims to our minds. The thoughts in our heads constantly turning, few of us feel how we want to feel each day. Tired, we use our daily upper, caffeine. Stressed, we bring ourselves back down with alcohol. Unable to stop that damn machine at night, we put out the lights with sleeping aids.
This is the best our society teaches us to do, but we can do better.
The fact is, you can take control of your mind and thoughts. It’s not easy. In fact it’s damn hard.
It’s taken me years of daily practice, and I’m still far from perfect at it. But having gone deeper on the mind than is “reasonable” (e.g. hours a day of training) I’ve found enough of the map that I can see the rest of the territory.