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Level Up Your Life: How to Unlock Adventure and Happiness by Becoming the Hero of Your Own Story by Steve Kamb

Level Up Your Life: How to Unlock Adventure and Happiness by Becoming the Hero of Your Own Story by Steve Kamb

Author:Steve Kamb [Kamb, Steve]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Rodale Books
Published: 2016-01-11T23:00:00+00:00


Remember, the goal here is to commit to doing just a little bit each day. Make it something you can measure, but something you commit to! Something you can cross off a list and say: “I did this today.” The benefits or results of this one activity might not make itself apparent after a day or so, or maybe even a week. After all, we’re asking you to pick the smallest change possible so you have no choice but to complete it. You might even be looking at this and saying, “Steve this is too simple, I’m capable of doing more than this.”

That’s the point!

The benefits of a single day spent working on your current quest pale in comparison to the bigger reason why you’re doing this: to prove to yourself that you can make progress, and that working on a quest daily can become a new habit for you—a new normal. You are taking steps to proving to yourself that the destiny you laid out for yourself earlier in the book is possible to realize; that life at Level 50 can and will happen with enough forward progress. It’s these tiny incremental steps, mini boss battles, and small victories on our quests that give us a chance to actually succeed on a larger scale.

UPGRADE YOUR BATCAVE

You know how I said we are creatures of habit? It turns out we are products of our environment as well.

The locations where you live, work, and play influence your behavior far more than you probably realize. Your brain is constantly taking stock of what’s around you and reacting to what you see. Depending on how you have acted in the past, if you visit Facebook.com, your brain might think, “I get Likes and fun and happiness when I log on to Facebook.” When you see your comfy couch and giant TV, your brain might say, “I get hours of entertainment here.” Reactions like these have been reinforced through hundreds of repetitions. Just as driving a car has become, through repetition, something you can do without much thought, so too are all the things your brain thinks when you complete the previous activities. Every time you restrain yourself from doing those things—or you choose instead to do something healthier, better, or more adventurous—you have to use willpower and brainpower to make things happen. And then, over time, those deliberate actions become automatic habits. Think about it this way:

If you want to go for a run when you get home from work (after you’ve already used up all your willpower and decision-making brainpower during the workday), you need to walk past that comfy couch, your video game systems, and your refrigerator (FOOD! HAPPY!). Then you have to walk into your bedroom, change into your workout clothes, lace up your shoes, and walk past all of those amazing distractions all over again on your way out the door.

If you want to become more productive at work, you have to force yourself to stop checking Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, ESPN, Gmail, and other addictive sites and apps 100+ times a day.



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