Friday, 31 March 2017

30 Day Cowlean Challenge, Day Twelve: Going It Alone

Hi guys,

Weigh-in: 205 lbs
Calories: 3700

Same weight as yesterday, which is fine; in fact, if you’re getting stronger over time and your weight is staying the same that’s great. That means you’re losing fat and building muscle.

Today I want to go over “going it alone”. This is the post which contradicts Day 9, where I spoke about why losing weight as part of a group is beneficial.

Doing anything alone is better suited for the lone wolves out there. These are some characteristic traits that you might have (and I have these myself):
  • A willingness to obsess
  • Stubbornness
  • A thick skin
  • Vanity and high levels of ego
  • Introspection

A willingness to accept obsession is vital: to succeed on your own to need to be able to shift mountains and turn all of your energies towards one goal. Every unoccupied thought becomes filled with schemes to move you closer to the ultimate prize.

Stubbornness and a thick skin comes next because you will have detractors. Subconsciously, people hate it when you say or act in a manner which is incongruent to their beliefs. You’re sub-communicating that they’re wrong. You’ll see it in the way they frame you as “crazy” or “wasting your time”.

Having vanity and expressing your ego is important as well. By going it alone you’re effectively saying “everyone else will slow me down”, and that you want all of your results to be because of your own efforts.

The last trait is introspection, because you’ve chosen to eschew sounding boards and be your own critic. You need to be able to look at yourself, analyse what you’ve achieved, and see what needs to be changed.

Before signing off, I want to tell you that the person described above is not undesirable. This is a person who gets the job done. Putting this person in a circle singing hymns is not going to make them happy. This is a person who’s pro-active; they see what they want and they take it. Life’s too short to wait for someone to give it to you.

Until tomorrow,

Cowlean

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