Interrogate Your Excuses

It’s easy to look at No Excuses memes and think you gotta be that person. And you tell yourself you will, you will be hardcore starting tomorrow or after the laundry or whatever. All the time I see people’s plan riding on the fact that they’re going to be perfect later.

Procrastination and excusing are perfectionism, it’s weird but it’s true. We’re putting things off because we feel we can’t do them well enough if we do them right now. We’ll suck, and we don’t want to suck.

At the root of every excuse is a feeling that we’re not good enough at the task at hand. But, somehow, usually when we’ve bought something specific, we will be good enough later.

That’s why most of the time when people procrastinate they do something they feel a sense of mastery over, something with skills and knowledge they already have. No one procrastinates on a work out by going sky diving.

My problem is that I know that. So the weakness had to find yet another way around it which became doing something that feels like nothing. If there’s something I’m supposed to do and I know I’m not doing it I won’t let myself do something else – especially something enjoyable – so instead I wind up losing hours on the internet with a YouTube video in the background of my Twitter feed and I feel nothing.

I’m not telling myself a comforting lie like I can’t do important things until I have the right clothes or the weather is good – I’ve circumvented the impulse to make excuses because the comfort never really works and we all know it. Yet I wind up not doing things anyway.

It works for a second when you talk to others and they let you off the hook, like when you’re explaining that you didn’t go to the gym because of a documentary on elephants even though nobody asked, no one says that’s clearly a dumb excuse, friend even though you’re both thinking it.

Letting people slide with dumb excuses seems like an act of grace but that’s an excuse too. So many friendships are built on if I called you on your shit then I’d have to call myself on mine.

But when you’re alone, you know. You know you excused and procrastinated and now you need to block out those feelings too. So it’s back to anything where you don’t need to feel humble – maybe it’s the arrogance of needing to be seen doing something you’re good at or telling others you have it all figured out, or maybe it’s invisibility and feeling no one can judge you if you don’t remind them you exist. But either way it’s not humility – the willingness to be seen as you actually are.

Videos I Liked This Week

“I have good ideas but trouble executing” My first reaction is: how do you know they’re good ideas?

If you think you look good in a shirt but never wear it in public does it matter that you think you look good in it? If you just want to look in the mirror and see someone with good ideas you can do that, but what it really means is you’re not confident they’re truly good and would stand up to scrutiny.

 

Man, barbecue lighters are fucking neat.

 

And this is how I discovered that hombre’s channel:

 

This is why I watch Todd. In a video for a song I’d never heard he gives a shocking history lesson about how we almost didn’t have to put up with Justin Bieber.

 

Just a neat video about Japan

 

I have been desperate to try a salmon ladder since I first saw one

 

Z Press. I love finding simple ways to make lighter weights more effective since I’m working out at home.

 

And we’ll end with some good old Earth Is Dying.

 

From Couch To Spartan Sprint – Exercise 10.3

Thou Shall RUN.

Running is the most important part of Spartan and often the most neglected.

Lots people hate running just because they’re bad at it but you know what? You’re probably pretty bad at sex too and it’s not stoppin’ ya. Or at least stopping you from trying.

 

I’m writing this on the fourth day of Fall which means that winter is upon us in Canada, and I’m headed indoors to my beloved treadmill.

This wraps up another 2 week segment of Spartan Training Videos. I like to leave big gaps between the segments so I’m not putting an overwhelming amount of ideas out there. Like, if someone says here’s 10 suggestions 5 might stick, if someone says here’s 50 none will stick.

So if and when I get another handful of ideas I’ll do this again in a while. Til then, Stay Strong Spartan and Leave No Doubt.

 

 

From Couch To Spartan Sprint – Exercise 8.3

Thou Shall Pull…

All the other motions that aren’t up.

If I had any foresight when I started this serious I wouldn’t have ended up with 10 things. I did everything excitedly off-the-top-of-my-head and then just had to live with it, like everything I do.

Pull ups and Pulling All The Other Directions are not that different, but in Spartan they will serve different purposes, like the difference between monkey bars and sled drags.

Plus it’s a good opportunity to move explosively and train the fast twitch muscle fibers.

 

From Couch To Spartan Sprint – Exercise 6.3

Thou Shall Grip.

And rather than just train the strongest part of your grip to be stronger, train the weaker parts of your grip SO THERE ARE NO WEAKER PARTS!!

 

Also, seriously, people have an unaware habit of hooking things in their fingers and letting gravity do the work – that’s poor grip strength and leads to forearm problems down the road.

Make sure to grip things by rolling them deep into your palm. Then play around with which fingers you can lift and for how long.

Videos I Liked This Week

It’s so weird and fascinating to me that a likeable Newfoundlander who films himself playing video games is so personally and culturally influential. Maybe if technology weren’t isolating us we wouldn’t be here but… it’s still neat that we are here.

 

The term “Emotional Labour” has been loosed from interesting academia to misinterpretation and over use by pseudo-intellectual twats and because of that I’ve seen a lot of people labeling basic friendship and partnership and co-workership as “Emotional Labour”

Which is what this video is playing on.

 

People strawman Marxism? Say it ain’t so!

 

This channel is just so fucking good.

 

He did the trolley experiment! IRL!

 

Excuses become barriers.

 

And the subtle, secret intelligence of Dom Mazzetti