23 April, 2014

THE INTERLINKING OF EFFORT, DISCIPLINE, PERSISTENCE AND SUCCESS

PSA: This post is stupid.

The title is boring. I know. But this methodology is something that inspires me – even if only for a few hours a day – and I thought I'd share it with my few readers.

As I’ve mentioned numerous times before, I have various projects in mind for the summer – losing weight, learning Danish, writing fifteen chapters of An Anarchy of Dreams – but sadly, I’ve not done very well on any of them. No success. I haven’t exactly tried, granted, but wouldn’t everybody love to come out of a certain mission feeling victorious?

Unfortunately, the preamble to success is a vicious, draining and yet highly-rewarding cycle. For success, you need persistence; for persistence, you need discipline, and for discipline, you need effort.

Effort. Putting in effort is what matters.

Let us assume that you, the reader, are trying to drop a few pounds. Let’s start with Step One of the cycle: effort. You’ve finished the first day of your workout – abs, strength training, cardio, the works. But Day Two is what matters the most – day two is when you’ll need to put in extra effort, because you already know how hard Day One was on you.

This is where discipline comes in. Your thoughts are a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you keep telling yourself that you won’t be able to lose that butt-chin, that is ultimately what will happen. Hardwire yourself into discipline. Tell your self not that you can do it, but that you will. Willpower is as strong a factor of success as discipline is, and is also the root of discipline. Tell yourself that you will act methodologically and that you will eat a bowl of vegetables a day, that you will not skip the last ten push-ups, that you will wake up at six in the morning everyday to go for a run.

Now that I think I’ve used the word “discipline” too much, let’s move on to persistence. With discipline comes persistence. You don’t even have to think about persistence, it becomes a force of habit once you’ve disciplined yourself. You will learn to do things regularly without having to persuade your unmotivated mind – because you will no longer have an unmotivated mind. Discipline makes you look at the top of the mountain and how it will feel to be there – not how long it will take to get there.

After you’ve mastered discipline and persistence has become a routine, you need to remind yourself that results do not come overnight. It takes time. You can’t write a novel overnight, you can’t master the Danish language in three hours, and you can’t lose ten kilograms in a week.

Take your time, but do not ever skip out on your disciple/persistence routine. Make it a necessary part of your life – like brushing your teeth or taking a bath.

Time heals everything. Give it time, and you will ultimately look down upon the world from the top of your very own mountain.

I’ve found that a great way to maintain discipline is to go public with your routine. Make a blog, Tweet your progress or talk to your friends and family about it – everyday. For example, I have a Tumblr maintained exclusively for my weight loss routine. Check it out! It’s called Phil Anselmo’s Shaved Head.

09 April, 2014

THE LEIBSTER BLOG AWARD

I was super-hyped a few days ago when Alyssa Carlier (Insanity Inc.) nominated me for the Leibster Blog Award, because I basically never get awards, not even for the littlest things. Thanks so much, Alyssa! :D

The rules:
  • Each nominee must link back to the person that nominated them!
  • Answer the ten questions given to you by the nominator!
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers who have less than 200 followers!
  • Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer!
  • Let the nominees know you have nominated them by going to their website and notifying them!
 So here are the questions Alyssa made for me to answer:

1. Favorite villain?

Um. There are so many! Am I allowed to list more than one? I have to say… Cthulhu. He’s one creepy BAMF. I just love the way Lovecraft describes him, with the tentacles and the slime and everything. (I was actually so obsessed once I made a post about Cthulhu in my old blog.)

Or maybe I should go with Dave Mustaine.

Moving on.

2. Favorite word?

I’ve never actually thought about this until now. I don’t have a favorite word, per se (though I do overuse “also”, “perhaps” and “dude”) but now that I think about it, it’s probably “motherfuck”. Not in the literal sense, mind you. Just because it sounds ominous and I usually say it when I’m amazed or irritated. (It usually comes out as “mo-tha-fock”, with the Danish accent and everything, but I won’t bore you with the details.)

3. What oxymoron/paradox describes you best?

“Don’t ask what you can do for your country; ask what your country can do for you.” (While it probably doesn’t describe me, it means a lot to me. Courtesy of Take No Prisoners.) But I suppose “chaotic silence” describes me best—I’m almost always very quiet: I don’t interact much, I just try to make conversation (ends up as an epic fail) and laugh like a madman. I don’t talk much either (unless it’s with a fellow metalhead, in which case the words come out in a rush, stumbling after one another) but my thoughts are just pandemonium. The worst thing is just that they all reside in my head, and I know shit’s starting to hit the fan when I start talking to myself and referring to myself in the second person.

4. What do you do when procrastinating?

(You know what, I’d like to change the answer to the first question: procrastination is probably my favorite villain.) I listen to a lot of music—mostly Pantera, because they make me happy and when I listen to them I just get the feeling that nothing’s wrong in the world and that my homework isn’t waiting in some deep, dark recess of my desk. I air-drum on the day before an exam instead of studying because it calms me down. Also, the Internet has spoiled me, especially Tumblr and Figment. I also watch TV when I’m procrastinating—usually Whose Line is it Anyway?

5. Dark, milk or white chocolate?

Milk, though I don’t have anything against dark chocolate either. I’m not a huge fan of white chocolate because it makes my throat feel bad.

6. What are you currently reading?

Stephen King’s The Stand and Inkheart by Cornelia Funke… both at the same time.

7. What’s the one thing you would never change about yourself?

My appreciation of metal music, the way it makes me talk aloud to myself, and the way it makes me more independent when it comes to thoughts and actions. (And yes, I define that as one thing.)

8. Trig or log? (If you’re clueless, I congratulate you on your fortunate life.)

I’ve never done log, so I suppose I’m partially fortunate. I almost destroyed my math textbook in rage over the stove (true story) because trig was cracking my head open gradually from the first time I’d learn what sin and cos meant, but I’ll never take it up in school again and I’ve had it seeping out my sanity for only an unfortunate time of nine months. So, my selection is neither.

9. What foreign language would you want to learn?

Danish. Well, I’m in the process of learning it (and I haven’t made much progress except for being able to ask where the toilet is and saying “goddamn it”) but I’d love to learn it completely and be able to talk fluently. The accent is also infiltrating my English and I’m proud of it. After I’m done with Danish, I’d like to learn two other Scandinavian languages—Swedish and Norwegian. Icelandic and Finnish will result in my disability to speak English. (I also just realized I have a favorite band from every Scandinavian country except Iceland—Gasolin’, Children of Bodom, Tantara and ABBA.)

10. What is your ideal method of death?

Quick, painless, and without even knowing in advance that I’m going to die.

Here are the questions I made up! I apologize in advance if most of them are heavily musically-oriented.

1. What are your three favorite bands/musicians?
2. What’s a pet peeve of yours?
3. If there was one instrument you’d like to learn, which one would it be and why?
4. What do you do before you nod off to sleep?
5. What’s a word/phrase you keep repeating throughout the day because you’re used to doing so?
6. Do you like anything even remotely related to the 1980s? (Please don’t answer Ronald Reagan.) Better yet, were you born in the 1980s?
7. Are you a feminist? Why/why not?
8. Opinions on heavy metal (or really any genre of metal you’ve listened to)?
9. What’s a weird quirk about you?
10. State your life philosophy. (P.S. Yes, you’re allowed to mock life, lemons, lemonade and anything even distantly tied with life.)

Nominees—I’m assuming you guys have less that 200 followers!
Sheridan @ Sher'an My World
Keerthana @ Thoughts Trickle
Skylar @ metallica1698