Getting the Eye of the Tiger Back

The Eye of the Tiger is a song from the Rocky movies. I hope you know what those are as they are some of the most classic boxing movies of all time with Sylvester Stallone. In particular, Rocky III, Rocky loses the boxing championship to Clubber Lang. He lost because he became complacent – he lost his edge. Getting that edge and maintaining it is one of the topics I am thinking about right now. This video helps to set the tone for what getting that edge back looks like:

I love life – all of it – the laughter, the learning, the good times, and the hard times. I have to confess though, that I haven’t been putting in maximum effort in the things in my life. This includes my kids, my job, my side projects, and my friendships and relationships with people. I spend a lot of time in quiet reflection, which is good, but not enough time in giving my all to things. As I ask myself, “What does giving my all look like?” These things come to mind.

Retire Early, Arise Early

I don’t like set schedules. But in this case, it’s important. And the primary reason is discipline. The discipline to function in an organized and intentional way. Going to bed whenever I want and getting up whenever I want feels complacent to me. Don’t get me wrong, I love sleep, but not being disciplined here affects my entire day, from work to my interactions with others, to the exercise I get.

Eat In a Balanced Way

I very much just buy whatever I feel like from the grocery store when I go get food. This usually includes avocados, watermelon, salads, toppings for the salad, milk, blueberries, strawberries, supplements, and cereal. I can do better at getting more of the food groups I need for my body to be healthy. In particular, fish and meats are lacking in my diet.

Exercise Religiously

I exercise 3-5 times a week on average with it being a combination of walking, hiking, strength training, basketball, and running. I like fitness. But I don’t do it in a disciplined way. Fitness should happen first thing in the morning. By taking care of my body right away, I set myself up for success the next day.

Courageously Go For It

I have fears, just like anyone else. I fail in many areas. In fact, just last night, I wasn’t able to achieve something I wanted to and I kind of beat myself up for it. But failures are a part of life. Sometimes things won’t work how you expect and you should learn from it and do your best to correct it for the future.

If I want something, sometimes I won’t go for it due to fear. I think we’re all trying to master this. But I’m getting better :).

Passionately Create

I haven’t created much beyond my articles here on this website for a while. I feel so much more engaged in life when I’m creating and building something, whether it’s a mobile phone app, book, or game. I’m going to passionately create something starting today and put my whole heart and soul into it.

Be Completely Authentic

Being completely authentic isn’t always easy. Especially if there’s a high probability that the person you are being authentic with doesn’t value what you have to say. However, what I realize is that there will come a time where the right person will value the authenticity you bring and see it as a strength. That time will come for me, I believe, and so being authentic and honest is at the top of my list of things to do.

Now, go get that eye of the tiger back. This is how I’m going to do it – how about you?

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