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Do What You Love: Lifestyle Practice

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The next Whole Life Challenge starts in:

Every Day Do Something You Love

Simple Instructions:

  • Take at least 10 minutes each day to do something you love.
  • It does not need to have any practical purpose. You can do it simply because you love it.
  • You can choose something different each day.

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Why Is This Practice Important?

When we grow up, we learn that there needs to be a reason for the things we do. The common wisdom: if there’s no purpose to a pursuit, it should be shelved, or at least put on the back burner until the “important” things are done.

What if you stopped thinking this way? What if you stopped needing to justify the things that make you happy? After all, your life doesn’t belong to anyone else—it’s yours alone. Certainly, happiness could take a larger role.

Taking the time you need to make yourself happy is no less important than serving other people. We are conditioned to think that obligations to others come prior to any obligations we have to ourselves—particularly if the obligation to ourselves is to “relax” or “play.” Perhaps your joy is as valid a consideration as your service to others.

For more observations on this week’s Lifestyle Practice, check out the video on this page with Andy and Michael.

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Michael Stanwyck
Michael Stanwyck is the co-founder of The Whole Life Challenge, an idea that developed during his seven years as a coach and gym manager at CrossFit Los Angeles.

He graduated from UCLA with a BA in philosophy as well as a degree from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, and feels food is one of the most important parts of a life - it can nourish, heal, and bring people together.

Michael believes health and well-being are as much a state of mind as they are a state of the body, and when it comes to fitness, food, and life in general, he thinks slow is much better than fast (most of the time). Stopping regularly to examine things is the surest way to put down roots and grow.

He knows he will never be done with his own work, and believes the best thing you can do for your well-being starts with loving and working from what you’ve got right now.