3 Physical and Mental Band-Aids that Restored My Damaged Ego

The pandemic has affected everyone differently. For me, it caused that “man in the mirror” moment. The world was seemingly falling apart at the seams, and I was failing to rise to the occasion.  

There was a painful realization that I was overweight, disengaged both at work and home, and likely depressed. I suddenly remembered from reading the “Power of Full Engagement” in business school that our physical energy drives everything else. That settled it.

Time to get off my ass.

I got back into running. It was awful at first, as anyone who’s been out of shape can attest to. In the beginning, every “run” is like the worst thing that’s ever happened to you. After pushing through that initial discomfort, I’ve been smarter about training than ever before. As a result, I’m running injury-free for the first time in over a decade.

Few things restore your confidence like the feeling of strength returning to your body.

The second was writing. It the ultimate pandering cliché to write about writing, but it’s true. Writing every day gave new meaning and perspective to my time and how I spent it.

At no point in my life have I ever more clear about my goals, ambitions, and priorities. I can now say without question that this clarity is an absolute superpower.

In a world of distraction, ruthless prioritization towards our most compelling goals is no longer a luxury but rather a crucial necessity.

The last change I made was less scientific. I simply added resolve to going after what mattered to me. I decided to stop quitting when things got hard.

I decided to never let go of the rope again when it came to my health. I decided to become the best father and husband I could be, because that’s where legacy truly lies. And I decided to see if I had what it takes to become a writer.

Today is Day 240 of Ship30for30.

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