Rise + Rebel!

In my mid 30s, I committed to Julia Cameron’s simple concept of Morning Pageshand-writing 3 pages of random thoughts each morning.  It doesn’t matter what goes on those pages, what’s important for me is just getting some of the noise out of my mind so I can tackle the day with some focus.  Like most creatives, my brain feels like an explosion around the clock.  This is one of the things that makes my business partnership with Ange so hilarious – unlike most people with the good sense to team up with their opposite, we share this affliction that feels a lot like living with Pop Rocks inside your skull. For me, journalling is non-negotiable when it comes to keeping my sanity. And for the record, I wouldn’t trade our dual Pop Rock brains for anything.

Morning Pages are tough, because mornings are bananas. For most people, the start of the day is filled with other people’s needs and a race with the clock, so finding time to sit for 15 minutes of journalling can seem self-indulgent and full-on impossible.  Lately, I’ve been using Tim Ferris’ book Tools of Titans to help me sit long enough to focus on my journalling.  I read a couple pages, then grab my pen.

Tools of Titans is filled with success tips from zillions of brilliant super-champs Ferris has interviewed, along with his own reflections and gems. This morning my random flip opened the book to Super Size Me director Morgan Spurlock’s feature, where he mentions a t-shirt given to him at an Avatar event.  The James Cameron quote on the shirt stopped me in my tracks as we get ready for our 8 Week Rebellion Challenge:

Hope is not a strategy.
Luck is not a factor.
Fear is not an option.

This simple 3-liner sums up everything we need to know going into this next challenge, which we’ve dubbed the Total Crush.  

  1. We can’t hang around hoping for shit to happen. All the faith in the world is nothing without the balls to step – even an inch at a time – closer to the outcomes we hope for.  The only one who can do the stepping is us, so there’s nothing and no one to wait for and the moment to go for it is this one.
  2. As for luck, it doesn’t matter how many horseshoes and lucky shamrocks you’ve got socked away, magic is not at the helm of badassery.  Have we ever heard the world’s most successful people raving about how lucky they’ve been on their journey to crushing? There’s a reason most success stories start in the gutter.  Making shit happen is about climbing out of the muck 99% of the time. Sometimes the muck is a pretty little rain puddle, other times it’s a huge pile of buffalo doo-doo.  Crushers know how to climb.
  3. Fear? This one’s a given.  While it’s good to be frightened of legit terrors like zombies, centipedes, and the current state of politics, we can’t be afraid of initiative. We know what we want for ourselves, but the journey to get there is tough. Morning pages – or whatever our start-of-day rituals are – can help us define and face our fears so we can keep our eye on the prize.

We don’t want to create the illusion that every morning starts strong – you’re not the only one who leaves the house covered in spilled coffee, cat fur and F-bombs. But the Rebellion is about setting ourselves up for success the best we can, and committing to our A-Game.  Ferris says the most successful people he’s interviewed start their days with everything from meditation to their favourite songs on repeat.  We thought we’d share what has been easiest and most realistic for us:

Work out.  

A morning band-sesh is a killer way to start the day, but not everyone can hit up a class first thing. During the Rebellion, consider shooting for more morning workouts, even if it’s only on weekends.  Studies show that those who start the day with fitness are more likely to stick to their fitness goals (the benefit of routine), experience improved metabolism and make more conscious food choices throughout the day. They sleep better, perform better on the job, and even display fewer instances of depression.  If you’re a night owl like me, think about simply stretching in the morning for a couple minutes while your coffee brews…get that blood flowing superstar!  Who cares if your family looks at you funny in those side-bends, they probably thought you were weird already anyway 😉

Eat clean.

A rockstar of a day simply doesn’t start with throwing a bunch of crap down the hatch. Similar in concept to a morning workout, research proves that healthy food choices in the morning are more likely to result in smart eating all day long. We love starting our day with lemon water and sometimes a green juice while we journal, then a protein and veggie packed breakfast to kick off the day’s crushing.  Skipping breakfast?  Makes no sense to us when you’re planning on renegading all day long!

Live fully.

It’s no secret that the most successful people have morning rituals.  I love my morning pages, and Ange is a huge fan of writing down and looking at goals and gratitudes.  When we look at our goals and visualize achievements, we’re way more likely to conquer. Truth! Whatever your morning looks like, we think it’s important to take even one minute to frame the day in a positive way. The Rebellion gives us loads of tips to practice this on the regular.

The final day to register for this Spring’s Revkor Rebellion is May 1st.  Lock it down here.

XO

Big E