Someone said to me, “Doesn’t that video go against your message and what you preach to others?”
What she was referring to was a video I made of my best friends and I drinking and smoking weed at a sunday football party we threw at a buddy’s place, which contradicts my overall message about staying healthy to produce best results in life.
So here’s the thing… it’s not one or the other, and there’s a time and a place.
We have this magical ability to control the choices we make in life, and although I agree (and preach) that being 100% sober, eating super healthy food (aka REAL FOOD), and getting some form of exercise, will dramatically increase the quality of your life…
(because your mind and body will be healthier, which will lead to better mood, energy, and decision-making, which will lead to a better life)
…it doesn’t mean that it’s not good for you to go off the rails from time to time.
In my opinion, I enjoy going off the rails and not giving a fuck about anything.
I enjoy the change of pace and scenery.
I enjoy being “self-destructive”.
Not always, but sometimes.
For example, I enjoy using weed to shut off my incredibly active (and annoying) brain, ordering in pizzas, and binge watching TV series for a week straight.
I enjoy going out every night of the week (for a short period) and getting hammered with friends while we laugh the night away from our total and utter stupidity.
But I don’t live the greater part of my life that way because I believe, overall, it’s a waste of time, destroys my ability to think clearly and create for others, and ultimately, won’t lead to a fulfilling life.
I’m not perfect. I’m just a human being. But more than anything, I’m fucking weird! And being weird comes with weird rituals.
I’ll work sunup to sundown, completely obsessed with achieving my goal, and get 5 hours of sleep every night for 3 months straight! And then, to give my mind and body rest from thinking non-stop and getting little sleep, I’ll flip it and party for two weeks straight until I can’t remember my name.
Is that balanced and the most sustainable way to live? I don’t know. Probably not.
But honestly, I don’t care.
Because that’s who I am and that’s what works for me (at least for now).
So I’m cool with it.
The truth is, I’m not good at moderation. I’m an extremist.
I’m either all-in or all-out.
Now, take my sister. She doesn’t live her life like that and maintains a fairy balanced life.
That works for her, and that’s awesome. Seriously.
But that’s not me.
You have to figure out what works for you and what doesn’t.
There’s no one path. There are many paths.
But the biggest issue I’ve personally found with being an extremist whose habits are weird as fuck, is the judgement.
Not from others—but from myself.
When I’m not working and laser focused on achieving my long-term goals, or I do something ridiculously stupid because my mind isn’t 100% sharp from partying or being super lazy, I bash the shit out of myself.
Well…. I used to.
I don’t do that anymore. I’ve learned to accept myself, weird rituals and all.
You’ve gotta learn what works for you and what doesn’t, and sometimes doing the “wrong thing”, is actually the right thing, because it works for you.
It may not work for many others, or even the rest of the world, but if it works for you, that my friend, is all that matters.
Wanna learn more about weird and crazy habits/rituals by the most successful people in the world? (Like how Sigmund Freud used cocaine elixirs to “stimulate” his work or Benjamin Franklin taking “air showers” (sat outside naked) every morning.)
Check out this audiobook: Daily Rituals: How Artists Work
QUESTION OF THE DAY: Do you have any weird habits? If so, what are they and how do you feel about them? (Answer in the comment section below)