|Right now (and for the foreseeable future), things are probably gonna feel ridiculously overwhelming.
That’s OK. Feel the feelings and let them go… because for now is not forever.
Badass of the Week
Joe Polish. In case you haven’t heard of him, he’s a business building genius and all-around good dude.
I was looking through my notes for someone to feature here this week and realized I didn’t read all that many good news stories last week (I’ll be fixing that mistake this week since positive stories help with that anxious mindset!).
And in those notes I stumbled across a line he shared with a small dinner group I attended, back in November:
You can’t punish the pain out of people.
No amount of making people (including yourself) feel like shit is gonna suddenly inspire them to get it together and do better. Sure, there’s a certain subset of “I’ll show you” types (including myself) that use anger as motivation to prove people wrong.
But that channeling of anger doesn’t do anything to address the root problem… the pain that made them want to prove people wrong to begin with.
So let’s make a pact – stop shaming people. It’s not helping anyone. Stop beating yourself up. It’s not doing the world any good.
On Repeat This Week
If you’ve met me, odds are you’ve noticed the massive, colorful tattoos on my arms. On my right arm I’ve got a lot of words surrounded by a night sky in the forest… and a lot of people tease me about having a sales letter tattoo.
It’s actually the lyrics to this song… Planet Caravan by Pantera. I call it my “insta-relax” song. It’s a long story for another day, but suffice it to say when you’re stressed as hell, there’s nothing quite like sitting near a campfire with a beer, watching the stars while this song plays int he background.
It’s Monday y’all… get out there and kick some ass (while practicing social distancing).