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Wanting vs. Doing

By September 30, 2014Self-Improvement
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The next Whole Life Challenge starts in:

I want the pizza. I eat the chicken.

I want the bread. I eat the sweet potatoes.

I want the cupcake. I eat the apple.

This may have become a familiar pattern over the last couple of weeks. You have started to see that you can want something, and that wanting has nothing to do with what you do. That might be a brand new experience for some of you.

You may have noticed that when you do say “no,” the worst moment is at that moment. The worst moment is the moment you say “no.” From there it actually gets better. You feel stronger. You know yourself as just a little more powerful. You appreciate what you’ve done for yourself.

You may also have noticed that when you say “yes,” the best moment is at that moment. The best moment is the fleeting moment it passes your lips and hovers in your mouth. From there, it usually only gets worse. Physical consequences, like upset stomach or overall feeling of unease, or emotional ones, like regret or disappointment. Unless you really prepare for a “yes” that thing rarely shows up like it did in your imagination.

You don’t need to be able to want, believe, trust, have faith, or know in order to do anything. You don’t need the threat of punishment and you don’t need the promise of reward.

You only need you. And that you’ve got. Go get ’em, tiger.

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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.