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Carpe Diem: your 100 things to do list

This week, Dave Freeman, the man who co-wrote the book “100 things to do before you die” has died after falling in his home. Though he was just 47, he reportedly had done everything that he had written about in the book. It’s a great reminder to seize the day and not put off what’s most important to you until “someday” because that someday may never come.

According to this list I’m doing pretty well for my young age – about halfway complete. Of course, this is not my own list, and there are some things I want to do that aren’t on it. Actually, I haven’t thought about my list in quite a while… I think it’s time to update it. I’ll publish in a future post.

What are among your 100 things? And are you actively working on completing your own list?

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Visualizing Your Success

Watching the Olympics last night, I noticed something that I had never noticed before. Many of the women about to compete in the hurdles competition were swinging their arms and seemed to be talking to themselves while they gazed down the track. What they were most likely doing was visualizing their race – running it in their minds before they physically ran it. And by doing so, they were seeing themselves winning by projecting success in their minds before the race.

Visualizing success this way is not new. Sports coaches do this regularly when they are coaching their teams. In one of his many interviews, Michael Phelps mentioned that his coach “taught him to use his imagination” – probably starting when he suggested to Phelps at age 11 that one day he would be on the Olympic swim team.

Many health, career and life coaches also teach their clients to imagine succeeding to make success a reality.  Self-improvement gurus often tell clients to “act as if” what they want to happen has already happened. The Secret is built on this premise – that by keeping a thought in your mind, you will attract that wish into your life.

Anyone can use this to succeed at whatever they want. The question is, why doesn’t everyone use visualization to attract everything that makes life delicious? Instead, so many of us project things that we don’t want – worrying about the future, or living in the past.

But it’s easy to turn things around – just start today by visualizing something that you really want and seeing yourself getting it. Imagine your new job in the most ideal work environment, surrounded by people that you like and appreciate. Imagine finding that significant other, and how wonderful and beautiful they are and how they make you feel. Imagine yourself in the best shape of your life and enjoying your strong, healthy body. The clearer your picture is of your goal, the more likely the chances you will achieve it. If you can see it, and stay focused on how you can achieve it, you will find and seize it when the opportunity arrives.

Olympic Diet

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh

I’m not really into sports, but I love watching the Olympics. The stamina, dedication and nearly flawless performances of these elite athletes is astonishing.  I’m inspired to work harder and take better care of myself watching their amazingly strong bodies compete in what looks like effortless competitions.

How do Olympians keep their energy up? Most of them follow regular healthy diets and get to sleep as early as they can to recharge. You can’t get into amazing shape and be able to compete at your best if you’re not taking good care of yourself. Here’s a great slideshow about the training and diet regimens of many of the top U.S. Olympians: How to get an Olympic body.

Michael Phelps’ regimen, on the other hand, isn’t necessarily the healthiest – he’s more focused on bulking up his caloric load to make sure that he has the energy to keep winning the gold metals.

Most healthy men consume about 2,000 calories a day; upping consumption to 12,000 calories a day would make any ordinary man obese. But for Phelps, he needs this staggering amount of calories just so that he can perform.

And another article about Phelps’ diet is here: Pasta and Pizza? That’s Phelps’ Gold Metal Secret?

Potlucks, Not Protests

From Beliefnet‘s Buddhist Wisdom e-mail today:

Wars arise from a failure to understand one another’s humanness. Instead of summit meetings, why not have families meet for a picnic and get to know each other while the children play together?

-His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Music: Curtis Eller

Music doesn’t really belong on this site, but I include occasional postings about bands that move me because as I explained in an earlier post, music is one of my primary foods.

I saw Curtis Eller perform at Banjo Jim’s in the East Village on Wednesday night. According to his bio, he is “New York City’s angriest yodeling banjo player,” and that is a pretty accurate description. Maybe you’re thinking, who cares about a banjo player? But he’s one of the most dynamic performers I’ve seen in a while. You have to go see him. He’s playing at the Brooklyn Lyceum on Sunday at 7 pm. Go see him.

Coincidentally, I missed seeing a former colleague play at the very same venue that night. He was on earlier in the evening, and I didn’t even know he was playing until I looked at the chalkboard outside when I was leaving. Oh well, next time.

Stuart Wilde

I recently reloaded my iPod with some new music and audiobooks. I usually listen to it on shuffle as I work out or on my commute to and from work. This morning, it started playing Stuart Wilde’s book “Silent Power” – a book that I had started listening to about a year ago and then forgot about.

It’s a quirky little book that talks about consciousness, going within, and learning how to cultivate this silent power that we all possess. Through meditation, fasting, taking time for yourself away from your usual daily activities, you can learn how to become more grounded and centered. Eventually, if you work at it long enough, you can learn how to read people, have silent conversations with others, and increase your psychic ability. I’m mostly interested in becoming more centered, but I have to admit that cultivating psychic ability is somewhat appealing. Not that I have a need for it, or would know what to do with it if I was able to develop it, but it’s interesting.

One Step

“A journey of 1000 miles begins with one step.”

-Tao Te Ching

I started reading The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play yesterday. I am a life-long procrastinator. I have turned around the negativity of being one by saying, “I work very well under pressure.” It’s true, I do work well under pressure. But why work under pressure if you don’t have to? It just causes more stress and takes away from time you could spend relaxing.

So, today I’m making lists of when I procrastinate and what I’m thinking when I do it. It’s very interesting to see what makes me want to slack off and to hear what I say to try to motivate myself (I have to do this or I must finish) to confront the task at hand. I haven’t stopped procrastinating yet, but at least I’m becoming aware of my habits. One step at a time.

What about you? What’s the one step you’re going to take today?