Meditated after a long time.
Last night I broke 234 day long meditation streak in Calm.com.
While it is unfortunate that I could not find even ten minutes to mediate yesterday, there is a bright side. I engrossed in something important and lost track of time. That’s mindfulness, isn’t it?
By the time I realized, it was six minutes to twelve in the night. I could have meditated two minutes – my usual is ten minutes – just to keep the streak alive, but I saw no point.
Although I need to start from square one, I think progress matters more than streak and perfection. So I am not feeling too bad.
I learned three great ideas from Derek Sivers over the last couple of months. I am very grateful to Derek for the following ideas.
- Hell yeah or no.
- /now page.
- Mastering self and helping others.
Hell yeah or no
I came across Derek’s “Hell yeah or no” idea via Leo Babauta’s tweet.
I instantly liked it and started saying no to anything that is less than hell yeah. It has helped me focus on my priorities and say no to everything else.
Being part of Derek’s /now page movement and writing my /now page has helped me think what is important to me and write how I am spending my time. I read my /now page regularly to make sure I am spending my time on my priorities.
Mastering self and helping others
Derek recently shared this idea in this second episode of The Tim Ferriss Show. I strongly recommend you listen to it. I enjoyed the two-hour long first episode as well but if you have only little time, just listen to the second.
He shared this idea at 28:03 of the second follow-up episode when someone asked him how does he define success.
I am amazed by how most of the things I do – which you will find on my /now page – perfectly aligns to this philosophy.
Exercising, doing push ups, running are to master my body and be in shape. Meditating, playing Elevate, and eating healthy helps me master my mind.
I am here first to help and take care of my family. Thankfully they don’t take much of my time or help but I don’t think twice to drop everything else if they ever need me that much. Then, my day job and Chaitanya 3.0 project are too about helping people, learning new things, and solving others problems.
Thanks a lot Derek. Your ideas are some of the best I learned in 2015. I am super excited to continue living them in 2016 and be more useful to others.
It is raining milestones this week.
I hit 100 day streak in meditation. I started meditating this January but failed rather quickly. I say with experience that trying to start meditation with twenty-minute sessions is a sure shot way to stumble. So I started again in May with Calm app. I started with their beginner program and eventually realized ten minutes a day is more manageable. I have been regular since June. If I didn’t forget to look at Lift on that tiring day in July, my streak would have been 50% longer. Anyhow, I don’t wish things were different.
I completed the third level of push up challenge with 37 push ups in a row. I struggled a bit to move past 35 but my trainer gave me some tips to move forward. The challenge is complete but the practice continues.
All these tiny habits added up to 5000 check-ins since I discovered Lift in July 2013. I don’t like this app’s new name, Coach.me. Lift and Lifter sounds cooler than Coach.Me. So I will continue to call it Lift. Had I not read this post titled Two Tips for Deliberate Practice on Medium back in 2013, I would have missed this app and the Tiny Habits method it advocates. Reading can change life positively.
As I can already squat 32 KGs and do 37 continuous push ups, I felt it would be great to round off this year with rounding off those numbers as well. So I aim to squat 40 KGs and do 50 push ups by end of 2015. It shouldn’t be difficult as I just need to continue the momentum. But it is easy to set goals than to actually do them. So fingers crossed.