The Cultured Warrior #035
So, you posted a selfie with a #throwback picture your phone auto-generated and tagged it #10yearchallenge. But, did you actually do anything challenging?
I'm chugging my way through Michael Easter's "The Comfort Crisis" which is everything you'd expect and has given me a lot to think about already.
In a recent training article I talked about "1% Gains and Winning", and wanted to list a few times "I'd been a 1%-er." The prompt at the end of Tim Grover's "Winning" was for just that, except he simply called them "wins", nothing special about being a 1%-er.
An enduring concept in The Comfort Crisis is misogi – a ritualistic, self-initiated, trial-by-fire utilizing the physical body / elements to transform spiritually. The are are a few "rules and guidelines" per Easter.
- Rule 1: It has to be really f*ing hard: There should be at least a 50% chance of failure.
- Rule 2: Don't die. Self explanatory.
- Guideline 1: It should be quirky or unusual. This helps in 2 areas. It reduces your ability to train for the event and keeps the failure odds high. It also reduces the urge to "comparison shop" – e.g. my friend John bear crawled 5 miles, so I'll do 6.
- Guideline 2: Don't publicize it. A livestream defeats the purpose of solitude and creates an external rather than internal focus. Perhaps documenting or recalling the process afterwards is a bit different especially if the emphasis is on encouraging others to, again, search inside themselves by way of physical challenges, rather than "one-up" your recent or their last endeavor. If you're doing these every week, they're not hard enough.
Okay, so some "wins" or misoges I've had:
- 2006: Eagle Scout
- 2010: First generation (male) college graduate
- 2011: First MMA Fight
- 2015: First generation (male) master's degree, won the annual award named after the department's founder
- 2018: 3 of 6 traditional climbing pitches at 5.10 or harder and redpoint or better
- 2020: Bought a house 3 years after being homeless, completed LPC residency, started competing in BJJ again at age 32
- 2021: BJJ Brown Belt
Do hard things,