Saturday School Episode 22 – How to get Ahead

I just wanted to take the time to summarize what I got out of this episode. I’ve included the full video here in case you would like to watch it.

A little background here is that I’ve decided to pick some people who are going to act like champions for me in 2021. They are the people whose advice I want to take a little more seriously and actually act on it.

I’ve followed Mark Bell on Instagram for a while (and now recently on twitter) and I enjoy his content. I feel as if he’s open and honest with what he’s got going on and what’s been working for him.

I’ve tried to dabble in the Carnivore diet before but always fell off pretty fast. Sugar addiction and all that. Anyway, long story short – I’m trying to do it again and I’m going to follow this guy to try and get my fitness back on point.

In this episode, Mark is discussing how to get ahead and how not to fall behind. Mark says that a violent attack today is better than a well executed plan tomorrow; however, he also says the best thing to have is a plan that you’re attacking daily.

If you have a plan, you’re scientifically more likely to do something if you plan for it and pick a specific date AND time to do it. I don’t have a source for this aside from the video but I think everyone just knows that this is true. Even if it isn’t true. If you act like it is, make a plan and then execute – I’m sure you’ll see results.

If you don’t prep your schedule, your meals or anything else you’ve been telling yourself you’re going to do, then you probably are not going to do it. Guilty. In fact, today, I took some time off work to get some stuff like this started. I pissed away most of the morning doing nothing. I did do what I said I was going to though: wake up at 6, exercise, eat and meditate. I didn’t have a plan after that though.

What Mark recommends is build in a little more accountability for what you’re going to do. Tell some people what you’re doing. Don’t go crazy though. Make sure that you have some balance – you can’t expect everything from yourself all at once. Daily action in manageable chunks is going to get you where you need to go.

You also need to take some time to figure out what makes you happy. It helps you set a target and if you know what you’re aiming at, it’s easier to hit it. Mark says he wants to live an “I told you so life without having to say a word.” A man of action. He says the only way you can be something is to do something. In your doing though, don’t overstretch or you might snap.

On the topic of multitasking – you can present and multitask if you’ve chosen to be. You can enjoy your walk and podcast together as part of a package. A plan helps you know what you’re focusing on and staying present.

Only fuck and sleep in the bedroom. Leave the phone somewhere else. It’s not helping you at all. If you delay your sleep because you’re distracted then you’re not only fucking up today’s sleep but tomorrows schedule too. Even if you get up at the same time, you’re starting it with less than a full tank of gas.

The first step is always the most important, that’s what gets you going. So find the root cause of whatever is causing you problems and attack it.

  • People are not in your way –you are in your own way.
  • Stop rushing your kids out the door
  • Stop having no idea when you are going to be able to do something.

Have a plan. You are plastic – you can be molded into whatever you need to be. Choose to be an eagle. Why? Eagles are the birds that have the highest altitude. They are literally on top. If you’re an eagle, you’re with the best of the best. Don’t be down on the ground with the other birds. You can do better.

JUNK FOOD IS NOT A REWARD. It will not help you. It never has. It never will. If your goal is weight loss, junk food should never be a reward. You should never reward yourself with a step backwards. Drop the sugar, you don’t need it. You can do it, put your ass into it.

Here is the most actionable advice from the whole episode, in my opinion. If you have a question about one of your goals, pull out your camera, record you asking the question and then put the video away for a day. The next day, watch the video of the question being asked. Now, write down any answer that comes to mind. There you go, listen to your own answers and take action.

Chances are, if it’s something that you know is important, you already have thought about it long enough to have a solution (or at least a path forward.)