Viewing entries tagged
taking action

So long, Somedays

Sometimes you have to stop saying "someday" and actually get off your keester and do the thing you want to do. I've recently had a couple of "somedays" become "todays," when I finally got tired enough of getting nowhere to actually step up and take action.

The first Someday got its walking papers about 30 days ago. I went to the doctor for a checkup, the same doctor who was the first and only one to spot my bradycardia a year ago, and was told that my blood pressure was too high.

"It's always high when I come to the doctor," I said. "White coat syndrome."

"It's been consistently high too many times in a row. It's time to get it under control."

What could I say? She saved my life once. Was it inconceivable that she would do it again?

So, starting that day, I had to go on blood pressure meds. This was a wakeup call.

My grandparents had been on this stuff. And though they were far from disabled or incapable of having a life, I did see the abject misery and discomfort and unhappiness that being overweight brought them. And for years, it's brought the same to me. Being overweight is like being in prison. Once you're there for so long, you tend to forget what freedom is like. You become "institutionalized." You stop trying to dig your way out (unless the exit happens to be at the bottom of a big bowl of mashed potatoes).

For the past ten years or so I have been hideously overweight, and I knew it. I could blame it on my heart, and I'd probably be right. But what was my excuse now that I had the pacemaker? What reason or justification did I have, now that my heart worked properly and I was all healed up from the surgery?

It was time to face facts. Eating fried chicken three meals a day, drinking gallons of sweetened something-or-other, eating piles upon piles of candy bars and fries and cookies and whatever else I could cram into my gullet and refer to as "food"-- it all had to stop. It was ridiculous, what I'd been doing to myself. I was wasting my second chance, among other stupidities.

So, as of the day I started the blood pressure meds I started changing my lifestyle. I changed what I eat, going for lots of fruits and vegetables, cutting out all fried foods, cutting out sugar and salt, limiting my calorie intake each day. And I changed my level of exercise, going for three-mile walks each day, doing resistance training (starting to -- working on consistency with that), taking the stairs more, even jogging a little. I started keeping a food journal, to help keep me honest. And I started learning everything I could about creating a clean diet and lifestyle. I don't smoke, and I don't drink, so that wasn't an issue. But food was. And now it's not.

For thirty days I have done this, and I have lost nearly a pound a day since it started.

Yeah -- it's true. I started at 278 (stop gasping!), and as of yesterday morning I weighed 250. I look trimmer and I feel better. And like everyone else who finally says "enough is enough" and changes their lifestyle, I'm wondering, "Why the hell didn't I do this sooner?" [NOTE: I foolishly wrote these weights as "178" and "150" the first time around. Thanks to my sister-in-law, Heather, I now feel much heavier, and am far less impressive. But also, I appreciate her pointing out the goof.]

Easy? Sort of. Not "difficult" anyway. I eat like a king, actually. Any worries about being deprived of food are just ridiculous. I just choose better food.

So that's one Someday I changed this month. The other was YouTube.

For months I have considered starting a vlog. Actually, it was more like years. I have thought about it since vloggers started appearing online. I have even filmed a few "episodes" from time to time, but never posted them, because they never felt "right." But a few days ago I decided I'd had enough. If I really wanted to have a presence on YouTube, I would just have to do it. And do it now.

So I started vlogging. Just like that. I got my iPhone rolling and just spewed a lot of randomness onto YouTube.

Is it clean and polished? No. I could produce something better. I could write sketches, do some editing, use my really expensive equipment and lights. But the problem is, I've had that stuff all of this time, and I've plotted and planned and prepared all this time, and yet I have never actually followed through.

So, I used my iPhone.

Now I've started. And that s all it takes. Will I do more polished videos later? Sure. I think so. I mean, why wouldn't I? Will I still do these iPhone videos? Yeah. I think so. I mean, why wouldn't I?

The point, really, is to start something, and to build momentum. If I do this often, then I have momentum. There's no reason I can't improve what I'm doing. Or, if people seem to like it (and many seem to, so far) then why change it? I can throw in some polished pieces from time to time and just do it for the fun of it. I can put up anything I want, after all. It's my channel.

If there's a point to be taken from this, I'd say it is this: Start now.

I have a lot of Somedays, and you probably do, too. But what makes them "somedays?" Why are they even there? What's the point? A someday is always going to be imaginary. Today is real. So if you're holding back on something you want to do "someday," just do it. It really is that easy. If you fail, you fail. But you won't fail. You'll succeed in starting, and that's usually all it takes.

Check out my new YouTube videos in this playlist: http://bit.ly/eM27TB

Here's one to get you started! Enjoy:


Like what you're reading? Consider tipping the author!

Tip in any amount you like, safely and securely via PayPal (no PayPal account requred). And thank you in advance for your generosity!


____________________________________________________________
Kevin Tumlinson is the author of numerous novels, novellas, and non-fiction books, and the host of the Wordslinger Podcast. Try three of his best books for free when you download his starter library at kevintumlinson.com/starterlibrary.
____________________________________________________________

BECOME A SLINGER

Get updates on new books, new posts, and new podcasts, plus be the first to hear about special offers and giveways. And pants jokes. Lots and lots of pants jokes.








Warren Buffett's balls

In 1952, when Warren Buffett was 20 years old, he discovered that one of his personal heroes, Benjamin Graham (author of "The Intelligent Investor") was on the board of GEICO insurance. He took a Saturday train to GEICO's headquarters in Washington, DC, and banged on the door until a janitor let him in. Once inside, he met Lorimer Davidson, GEICO's Vice Presdient, and the two of them talked about the insurance industry for a few hours.
 
This was not Buffett's first foray into the business world, of course, but to me it shows a point of character that a lot of people should cultivate. Buffett learned something, allowed himself to get excited about it, then jumped into action. And because of that, he ended up making a strong connection with someone that could help him with his goals. And now Warren Buffett is consistently ranked as one of the top three richest men on the planet.
 
This story brought to mind the story of Steven Spielberg, who snuck onto the lot of Universal Studios dressed in a suit and carrying a briefcase, both on loan from his father (the briefcase, by the way, contained his lunch). Spielberg had been to the lot hundreds of times, usually taking the tram tour. The guards had begun to recognize him. And so, with his suit and briefcase in hand, he simply waved to the guards as he walked through the gate, and no one ever questioned why he was there. He located an empty trailer and posted a hand-written sign on the door that read, "Steven Spielberg - Producer."
 
The point is, people who want incredible things often take incredible measures to get them. It's the guy with the balls to walk onto a studio lot or into the offices of one of the nation's biggest insurance companies who gets the breaks. The guy who asks for exactly what he wants, or steps into the role of who he wants to be as if he's always been entitled to it, that's the guy who becomes a legend.
 
Doing things the "accpeted" way ... when has that ever gotten anyone the title of "third richest man in the world," or "multiple award-winning producer and director?" Is it the guy who "plays ball" who ends up being a Tom Hanks or Warren Buffett or Steven Spielberg or Richard Branson? None of these guys was born into what he became. Each made his place in the world by taking risks, being audacious, and picking up again and again to try over and over.
 
Today, right now, decide what you want to do. Write a letter to your heroes, and ask them to give you personal and pointed advice about becoming who and what you want to be. Get in your car (or on a train or a plane) and go knock on the door of someone you admire, just to ask them how they did it, and how you can do it too. Go bang on the door of a company you've always wanted to work for and ask them what you can do to start working for them RIGHT NOW.
 
If you get a rejection, what did you lose? You didn't have the advice, the job, the opportunity, the contract before you took the risk. So you don't have it after ... so what?
 
But if you get accepted? If you win? If you get the job? If you make a powerful new friend? If you get the client or the role or the opporutnity you were after?
 
You've risked nothing and gained everything. Anyone who knows anything will tell you that's a good deal. Warren Buffet would tell you it's the secret to an incredible life.


Like what you're reading? Consider tipping the author!

Tip in any amount you like, safely and securely via PayPal (no PayPal account requred). And thank you in advance for your generosity!


____________________________________________________________
Kevin Tumlinson is the author of numerous novels, novellas, and non-fiction books, and the host of the Wordslinger Podcast. Try three of his best books for free when you download his starter library at kevintumlinson.com/starterlibrary.
____________________________________________________________

BECOME A SLINGER

Get updates on new books, new posts, and new podcasts, plus be the first to hear about special offers and giveways. And pants jokes. Lots and lots of pants jokes.