Recent musings about happiness and making the most of life.

Arnold Love

Imagine being a little kid and dreaming of what you want to do with your life. You pick up a random muscle magazine and decide to give the muscle building thing a try.

You do it.

You like it. You decide it is the ticket you’re looking for to expand your life and eventually move to America (you’re a poor kid living in Austria). So naturally, you realize you need to become the best at it.  

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This One “trick” Will Transform Your Appetite

Just admit it, your appetite is more powerful than you are.

Remember all the times you set out to control it? All the New Years resolutions? All the moments of having a belly completely packed with chocolate cake; feeling like shit and filled with regret? Another failure under ‘the belt.’

Yeah, me too. Because I’m a control freak, like you. And like you, I’ve also done nothing but fail at this attempt. Over and over again.  

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Quitting Law School and Creating Something Special (5 years later)

It was another day in the law library. Our first big legal project had been assigned and fall break consisted of researching cases and weeding through stupid amounts of legal writing.

I had put in so much effort to be where I was. Five years of college, a summer dedicated to studying for the LSAT, 16 law school applications, and over a year of waiting. Now I was here — and I hated it.

I didn’t know what to do. I remember looking at myself in a library bathroom mirror “this isn’t what I want my life to be. I don’t know what ‘it’ is, but not this.”  

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Working Out is Only Natural

Here’s a new paradigm that may help someone one out there with health/fitness New Year’s resolutions:

It’s natural to do physically demanding things. It’s part of being a human. Or at least it’s supposed to be part of being a human.

All of human history people have done physical work on a daily basis. Hunting, gathering, building stuff, playing, whatever. It’s only in the last 100 years, and mostly the last 20 or 30 years that people have been increasingly living sedentary lives with no physical demand placed on their body whatsoever.  

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New Year’s Resolutions

I have 1 very simple resolution this year: engage fully with no self-deceit.

I already know the things I value in life. Now it’s time to take the experience to a higher level by eradicating the blockades holding me back.

So here’s what this means to me.  

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The Secret to Feeling 100% Content

Do what you can do.

There’s the secret.

Nothing more, nothing less.

  • If you’re trying to build a business, do what you can do.
  • If you’re trying to get an A on your next test, do what you can do.
  • If you want to be the best parent you can be, do what you can do.
  • If you’re trying reach you body’s athletic potential, do what you can do.

 

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Words

Imagine this scenario: someone has never drank water. Ever. They have no personal experience with what it’s like to drink water.

You use words to explain it to them. You attempt to explain what it’s like to drink water.

Does it get across? Does the person have any idea what it’s like to drink water now that they’ve heard your words?  

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Today, I’m 30

Today is my birthday. I’m 30 years old.

I’m grateful. I’m peaceful. I’m at ease. I’m happy.

Is it because I’m at the beach? On a cruise? In Europe? Is it because I’m a millionaire or have a new Porsche sitting in my mansion garage? Or is it because I’ve found the perfect cocktail of prescription meds?

No.  

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It Didn’t Work

I’ve come to realize that my entire teenage and adult life I’ve been ‘doing’ things in pursuit of happiness/pleasure/joy….whatever you want to call it.

Have you? It seems to be the popular thing in western culture. “Do what makes you happy” right?

Yet when I step back and get honest with myself, none of it has worked. Maybe temporarily, but never lasting. It’s all been like candy; tastes good for about 10 seconds, then it’s over.
 

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How To Live In The Moment

This article ended up being long, but it’s worth your time, I promise you that. You see, you want to live in the moment, but something is keeping you from it. Why? And what is it? This article covers these questions.

So here’s the good news: you’re already in the moment so you can quit worrying about living in it.

Aren’t you in the moment already?  

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