Thank you for reading this week’s Operation Melt update.
Operation Melt started as a blog to share my personal transformation and weight loss story. After achieving success with that goal, Operation Melt has evolved into a platform to help inspire, motivate and equip people to achieve their own personal and professional goals so they can live their best lives.
I am trying to build a world where no goal ever dies of loneliness.
This week I am just going to share a few random thoughts that may or may not be related. They also may or may not be useful to you but I hope they are.
One Month Done
Today is the last day of January, which means we are already a full month into 2021. How are your new years resolutions holding up? Have you made progress with your goals?
So far I am just doing ok with my Cs Every Day strategy for 2021. I am focused on my 9 daily practices but I have also still been a little too results-focused. That will just take some time. I have done well with some practices and not as well with others.
One of my Cs for 2021 that I have spent a bit of time on is Control. My goal for this practice is to manage my brain to give myself the moods, feelings and confidence that I want. I have done lots of research and tried some things and they have been good.
I have started, sporadically, working through my own version of meditation. My style so far is just silence. I sit in silence, eyes closed, breathing deeply for at least five minutes every few days. I try to clear my mind and just be aware of my body. When thoughts pop into my mind I take note of them and put them aside. It has really been helpful and I am going to work on doing it more in February for sure.
I have also created a list of affirmations that I read every day, but I still need to refine this list because there are too many. I started creating playlists of music based on how I want to feel, the first one is called “Be Fierce.”
And, maybe most importantly, I have significantly reduced but not eliminated my cable news consumption. That helps a lot because it just gives me frustration and anxiety.
Magic of the Human Brain
As I have been focusing on Control I have been working to manage my brain. At the same time, I have been working a little bit, admittedly not as much as I want, on another C, Construct. The goal of this C is to build new skills, knowledge and abilities every day.
I have been taking lots of Construct steps, but three have been more prevalent than the others: I listen to about an hour of podcasts per day, I read (or listen to eBooks) and I am working through the online courses for a second coaching certification (more to come on that later).
The management of my brain and this week’s books, podcasts and courses have all highlighted a major theme. The human brain is incredibly powerful! If you learn to manage your brain you are absolutely unstoppable.
Here are two quick examples, a positive and a negative.
Before I went to the gym, I visualized my workout, I set some mini goals and I fed my brain with music intended to influence my mood and thoughts before and during the workout. I ended up having a fantastic workout! I felt strong and accomplished after the workout. I felt happier and that lasted all day. I felt more confident in the work meetings that I had after the workout. Plus I actually felt more attractive when I looked in the mirror.
All of this positive energy came from proactively managing my brain and deliberately giving myself the moods, feelings and confidence that I wanted to have. It was like magic! But it isn’t always this way.
On a different day over the past two weeks, I made different choices. I got up late. I decided just to brew coffee at home and get started with my work day instead of having any morning exercise. As I checked email, sipped coffee and ate breakfast at my desk, I had cable news on in the background.
I noticed that I was more unsettled and anxious through the morning. I performed poorly in a couple of meetings that I should have nailed. That led to negative self-talk and feelings of imposter syndrome. I was distracted and couldn’t focus. My heart rate was elevated. My mood sucked. I generally didn’t feel like myself.
I reacted quickly to this. I turned off the news and turned on my “Be Fierce” playlist. I did a quick ten-minute weight training workout at home. Then I spent five minutes sitting in silence. It made a world of difference and I felt refocused. All because I spent fifteen minutes focused on managing my brain.
As I have learned more about the subconscious mind, visualization, affirmations and various other mind management techniques, I have been skeptical. But I can tell you first hand that these things work!
Investing just a little energy in managing your brain pays huge dividends.
Two Days of Rest
My final point for today is related to something I did for the first time in a long time. I had (well, am currently having) two consecutive rest days.
On Thursday and Friday, I walked nearly twenty total miles. I did this in shoes that were well past their prime and that caused a problem. I started feeling the beginning of the familiar pain associated with shin splints. Fortunately, I caught it early.
I decided to take it a bit easy on Saturday to ensure that I stopped the pain before it got worse. This was easier because I had a morning meeting and an afternoon get-together with friends for a socially distanced lunch. So I walked a little bit in the morning, less than 3 miles, and that was the extent of my exercise. I burned 500 total calories in exercise and ultimately went over my net calorie goal for the day. But I was ok with it.
On Sunday, today, Columbus got snow. Real snow. Level two snow emergency snow. So I am definitely not going out running in that. I am not walking either. And I am not getting in my car and driving to the gym. I will get a little bit of exercise shoveling snow later and may or may not have a brief afternoon walk, but it is going to be a second rest day.
I am going to invest time in other things today. I am going to work through a few more lessons in my coaching class. I will do some writing. I will spend some quality time with my wife. I will do some housework and pay some bills. Plus I am going to feed my brain with some quality content – currently, that is Beethoven.
I have talked many times in my blog about the value of rest but I am really bad at having real rest days. This weekend is definitely out of character for me and I love it. Now, let’s just hope that my body agrees with this plan and I don’t see negative results on the scale!
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