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The title to this piece may seem to fly in the face of street sense and even hard-thought wisdom, but allow me to elaborate.

For now, let’s set aside the “Master Your Mind” part of the equation.

Many guys, including those whom I consider to be among my most respected and well-loved friends, readily grasp that getting the girl cannot be had without stepping up. That is to say, they understand you can’t have something for nothing.  You want the princess?  Go become the prince.

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So I had a conversation with a good friend last night.  I shared that I had been going to the gym consistently for the past 2 months.  He asked me how I got myself to do that.  I thought about my reward system of coffee and manga, about how I wanted to remain attractive to my girlfriend, about my health and longevity.  But really, I told him, I think it’s because I tell myself that if I just show up at the gym, I consider that a success.  Inevitably, I get in a good workout anyway, but that’s not what I tell myself in the morning when I’m tired and hating life.

He then shared that he had done his trampoline workout 112 days in a row.

“Today was your one hundred and twelfth day?!” I asked.

“Yup, 112 days,” he said.

“How did you do that?

“Same as you.  I just tell myself all I have to do is crawl out of bed and onto the trampoline.  Then just stand up.  Of course, I’ll start bouncing a few times and then I’ll go for longer.”

So there you go, dear reader.  Like your work–creative or otherwise–all you have to do, no matter how lousy you feel, is just show up.

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nintendo NES

When I wrote The Vortex, I was of half a mind. The piece felt somehow incomplete–as day without night, protein without carbs, or winning without trying. Some people misunderstood, believing that I espoused a frantic, self-abnegating life. So today, I write this piece with the other half of my mind.

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a vortex

Let’s say… you’re a writer.  You’ve done a lot of reading, but you’ve never come across the book you want to write.  There’s a unique emptiness out there that needs to be filled.  You know you have the talent, the intellect, the creativity to fill this emptiness.  You also secretly fear that if you don’t fill it, eventually someone else will.  And yet, you idle.

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an acorn

Understanding something is quite different from knowing it–not unlike the difference between studying horticulture and cultivating your own garden. Knowing means thoughts are inessential to induce you to act; actions erupt from you spontaneously like oak from acorn.

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stained glass crown

Integrity means lining up your walk with your talk. It means doing what you envision; turning ‘I’ll try’ into ‘I’ll do it.’ And it begins with intent.

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an open cookie jar

People are constantly on the lookout for shortcuts–memory tricks and secret societies and wheat grass shots–things that may, by some hitherto unknown mechanism, bring them unbridled intelligence, perfect test scores, and scores of unbridled women. I certainly have been guilty of this kind of thinking a couple of times, ok maybe even a few times, but that’s not the point. The point is that sometimes I too, despite my Shaolin Monk-like mental discipline, wish to have everything I’ve ever wanted, instantaneously, at the snap of my fingers. I’ve worked harder and persevered longer than other people I know, I might tell myself, but I haven’t been quite as lucky! This kind of thinking is poison.

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