3 Simple Mental and Physical Band-Aids to Restore a Bruised Ego and Get Back to Living On Your Terms

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 and unhealthy, disengaged both at work and home, and doing absolutely nothing about it.

Have you ever realized you’ve become what you swore you never would?

I hope you haven’t, but if you have here are three strategies for getting back to living on your own terms.

  1. Get off your ass

For me, 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.

  1. Write shit down (every day)

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.

  1. Stop quitting like a bitch

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 my 456th straight day of writing and publishing online.

At least I answered one.

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