Ever since I started running, my friends encouraged me to participate in competitions. Exactly two years ago, on 9th of April 2016, I did precisely that. Just a 5k run across one of the largest local parks. How hard could it be?
That depends. Continue reading “Bliss of Failure”
Yesterday, I participated in a half-marathon. Many of my friends, relatives, and close ones wished me luck. With all the best intentions they had, their approach was wrong.
Never wish luck to anyone.
It is external. By definition, it’s outside of control of individual counting on it. It’s almost as pointless as hope, with hoping for luck being the ultimate recipe for disappointment.
What to wish to someone about to set sails on a challenging voyage?
Wish them grind, because only when you pay the price, you appreciate the prize.
Wish them perseverance, because the way out is always deceptively easy.
Wish them resilience, because the bigger their challenge is, the more often they will fall.
All of these are within control of every single person, whether they realize it or not.
Grind, perseverance, and resilience allowed me to shave eleven minutes of my previous personal record yesterday.
Are you feeling lucky this Monday morning? Or ready to push forward?
There’s something amazing about Mondays. It’s the only weekday when virtually everyone allows themselves to grumble, whether they like their jobs or not. Today’s Monday is by several degrees of magnitude more demotivating. Not only does it follow Friday the 13th, it’s also said to be the most depressing day of the year.
But why? Continue reading “Blue Monday or Irrational Priming”