EXCELLENT exercise for a lot of you out there. Performance prompts, which was featured in Brendan Burchard’s High-Performance Habits, is something that everyone needs to consider. This had given me ample clarity on what I was and wasn’t doing, and with my story down below, you’ll see just that. There are four basic prompts to follow everyday….
The activities that I currently do that bring me the most meaning are
Podcasting. That’s to say the very least. After I’m done doing a podcast, I feel like I elevate my level of energy and bring myself a sense of fulfillment. This is very important and also one of the performance shower prompts (next blog coming soon). Working out, and with the mental discipline I have now, I’m able to push myself much further than before the pandemic had started, further bringing me results in my health and satisfaction. Collaborations, interviewees, teaching business, etc…..everything I do in a typical day brings me a significant amount of meaning.
The projects that I should stop doing are….
Now, referring back to a part-time job I used to have for years, although mistreated and devalued significantly. While living in upcountry, I was not happy. Mira, who I’ve made blogs about before, knew that when she was life-coaching me through the process. From the moment I woke up, going to the gym was great. Buying food was wonderful. However, when it hit about 8am, I was like “ughhhh, now I have to speak Thai to these teachers who really don’t give a shit about English.” I went to a job, entered the workplace, and none of the 6 women would say good morning….to be honest, they would either complain or state the obvious (you need to speak Thai) for their own personal enjoyment. The students would then come to class, unenthusiastically, and gossip about how the women downstairs (the bitches is what I call them) are trying to cheat them of their money.
I really felt bad for them and I asked myself, “Arsenio, could you keep work for people who can potentially destroy your relationship?” I sensed a burnout coming for sure. I counted the days staying there for 10….counting them one-by-one because I hated being there so much. When I came back to BKK, I was happier than ever.
Fortunately, I quit the job and terminated the relationship not only because I hated my apartment, noise, poor area, horrible people, being cheated but also because I had core values and principles. I didn’t like being there but I was so focused on the money….dumb me. How happy am I now? I thank myself for establishing that inner-child and faced the music with him. He now has a significant voice.
If I was going to add new activities to bring me more meaning would be…
Do the things that I’m passionate about and give me life. Seriously. We have a tendency of putting other people first but never put yourself first. I’m not sure about you guys, but I wake up every morning with that burning desire to inspire people. Messages and ideas come to me that I need to jot down that could be made into something bigger. Strolls in nature would be phenomenal, and fortunate enough, I live in BKK….a place where I see squirrels running across power-lines, snails strolling slowly across the pavement, cats purring at the base of my condo, frogs leaping around plants, and birds saying “hello” in the morning on my balcony. Upcountry, it was far different with a wider-range of animals, insects, reptiles….but I embrace what this planet has to offer.
Maybe you should add strolls in nature to your daily routine.
When a Negative Thought Comes to Mind, I Will……
Details in my podcast….