Sunday, February 2, 2014

Welcome to the Grind

Don’t we all do this, where we treat the alarm clock as our mortal enemy and pretend that the snooze button is our very own personal savior… forgetting almost every time that we were the ones who set that alarm in the first place with some purpose in mind.

But I don’t hit the snooze button! I’m a lazy step ahead. So sure that I’m not going to wake up, I go ahead and turn the damn thing completely off so that it doesn't rouse me again in 10 minutes as I’m trying to fall asleep thinking about the last dream I was having.

And I do this every single time!

Recently, disgusted with my habit I vowed to do every damn thing possible to make sure I wake up the moment my finger touches the alarm clock app. And I remembered this motivational video that someone had shared on my Facebook page a long time back. I went back, searched for it and downloaded the video.

But when I listened to it again, I couldn't stop… and I listened to it over and over again till my ears were buzzing and my body raring to go. For each new line is more inspirational than the last. And I stopped and wrote down the whole thing like it was some sacred text I was going to preserve and chant every morning like a prayer.

Which by the way, is exactly what I’m going to do. I’m going to watch this video every morning till I can know it like the back of my hand, till I can quote it back to whoever tries to bring me down, which most of the times is ME!

I've got it, and I’m sharing it here… with the video! I know it will do to you exactly what it did to me, if you are searching for a little inspiration.

Rise and Shine…

6 am and your hand can’t make it to the alarm clock before the voices in your head start to tell you that it’s too early, too dark and too cold to get out of bed. Aching muscles lie still in rebellion pretending not to hear your brain commanding them to move. Legions of voices are shouting their unanimous permission for you to hit the snooze button and go back to dreamland. But you dint ask their opinion. The voice you’ve chosen is the one of defiance – voice that says that there was a reason you set that alarm in the first place. So sit up, put your feet on the floor and don’t look back because we’ve got work to do.

Welcome to the grind!

For what is each day but a series of conflicts between the right way and the easy way. Ten thousand streams fan out like a river delta before you promising the path of least resistance; thing is… you’re headed upstream. And when you make that choice, when you decide to turn your back on what’s comfortable, safe and what someone called common sense... well that’s day one. From there it only gets tougher. So make sure this is something you want. Because the easy way out will always be there, ready to wash you away. All you have to do is pick up your feet.

But you aren’t going to, are you?

With each step comes the decision to take another. You are on your way now, but this no time to dwell on how far you’ve come. You’re in a fight against an opponent you can’t see but oh you can feel him on your heels, cant you? Feel him breathing down your neck. You know what that is? That is you! Your fears, doubts and insecurities, all lined up like a firing squad ready to shoot you out of the sky. But don’t lose heart. They are not easily defeated but they are far from invincible. Remember this is the grind, the battle royale between you and your mind, the body and the devil on your shoulders telling you that this is just a game, this is just a waste of time, your opponents are stronger than you. Drown out the voice of uncertainty with the sound of your own heartbeat. Burn away the self doubt with the fire lit beneath you.

Remember what you're fighting for and never forget that momentum is a cruel mistress.  She can turn on a dime or the smallest mistake.  She is ever searching for the weak place in your armour, that one tiny thing you forgot to prepare for.  So as long as the devil is hiding the details, the question remains, is that all you got?  Are you sure? 

When that answer is yes, when you've done all you can to prepare yourself for battle, then it's time to go forth and boldly face your enemy – The enemy within.  Only now you must take that fight into the open, into hostile territory.  You're a lion in a field of lions, all hunting the same elusive prey with a desperate starvation that says, "Victory is the only thing that can keep you alive."  So believe that voice that says you CAN run a little faster, and you CAN throw a little harder, that for YOU, the laws of physics are merely a suggestion.  LUCK is the last dying wish of those who want to believe that winning can happen by accident. SWEAT on the other hand is for those who know it’s a choice. So decide now because DESTINY waits for no man. And when your time comes and a thousand different voices are trying to tell you that you’re not ready for it, listen instead to that lone voice of  ascent that says you are ready, you are prepared, that it’s all up to you now!

So Rise and Shine.

And with that note, I'm heading for Chadar trek, Ladakh in 3 days!
A sneak peak here...

Image borrowed from here!