Invest Your Time & Energy For Maximum Effectiveness

 

  Like it or not, we all have limited amounts of time and energy, guys.

 

Nobody, not even the richest man in the world, has an unlimited source of either. Every day the clock is ticking, and every day you are constantly expending energy while you are engaged in the activities of living.

 

The question is, what are you investing these two precious resources in?

 

Are you wasting either of them?

 

Are you investing them in skills, activities and habits that get you any closer to where you want to go?

 

If not, why are you complaining that you aren’t where you want to be? Change it and take action instead!

 

Realizing What Is Going To Get You Where You Want To Be

A guy I know recently complained to me that he was sick of his job and being overweight.

 

I asked him how much time he spent developing the skills he needed to get a new job, and how much time a week he spent at the gym?

 

He actually got offended by my questions and started rambling about lucky breaks, not having time, his kids eating up his time and money and the system and all its’ flaws!

 

Needless to say, I just switched off and changed the station. I don’t have time for people who have a victim mentality and don’t want to find solutions to their problems. Investing my time and energy in these people has no return for me, so I don’t do it.

 

The first step to getting where you want to be is realizing where that is. I can attest to this as for years I travelled around with no real goals other than to have an adventure. It was fun, interesting and full of learning, but I ultimately didn’t get anywhere meaningful.

 

Since then I’ve changed. I made a few decisions about where I wanted to be in life, such as:

 

I wanted to get out of my deadbeat job and generate at least 100k per year of income and reach financial independence aged 35.

 

I wanted to start my own business and learn the skills associated with being an entrepreneur.

 

I wanted to gain lean muscle and stop feeling weak and skinny.

 

I wanted to find a good-hearted, family oriented woman to build a life with.

 

Once I had identified those things and knew they were what I wanted (your gut will tell you if you are lying to yourself), I then started working backwards and figuring out what causes I needed to put in place, or what activities I needed to engage in, to bring about the effects I desired.

 

There were really no excuses. I simply wasn’t where I wanted to be because I had made no real effort to get there.

 

I then decided to change that. Owning up to that and taking responsibility isn’t easy, but the sooner you get there the better. Once you realize the outcome is largely in your hands you are empowered to change things.

 

The First Part Is Always The Hardest – Skill Building & Developing Positive Habits

When you figure out what it is you want and write it down, that is the easy part.

 

The first part really begins when you begin your journey on these various paths. There is a tendency to spread yourself thin and concentrate on too many projects at once, but if you do that nothing will ever get off the ground.

 

To be really effective I’d say have a maximum of one goal in all the major areas of your life: Wealth, Fitness, Love, Education and Social.

 

You may or may not have already been making efforts to achieve goals in these areas. If you haven’t really spent much time working on them yet, then the first part is going to be hard because you need to develop the skills that will actually lead you to the results you desire.

 

Developing new skills isn’t easy to begin. Take bodybuilding for example. It took me years to really get good at it, learning what foods I needed to eat, how much to rest, what exercises I needed to do in order to maximize my results, how to integrate it into my lifestyle, etc.

 

I’ve been trying at this lifestyle for over three years, yet 90% of my gains have come in the last year. That’s what happens when you finally get it right and all the parts click together.

 

Also with writing you can look back at my first posts and have a good giggle. I honestly thought I was a great writer, yet I was like a kid with a coloured pencil learning how to draw stick men.

 

The point is your skills will develop the more you practice them consistently. It just won’t be easy in the beginning. As NASA know, the rocket uses more fuel getting out of the earths atmosphere and into space than the rest of the journey to the moon. It’s that first part which involved breaking out of resistance that’s most difficult.

 

Make Sure Your Skills Are Relevant

One of the other big mistakes people make are developing irrelevant skills and expecting results that simply will not follow.

 

For example, if you want to generate huge amounts of income you need to find ways to deliver huge amounts of value to people. You can’t just do what you enjoy doing if it creates no value for others and expect to be paid a lot of money. Others need to benefit from it, and preferably on a large-scale, if you want to be paid for it.

 

Don’t get me wrong though. It does help that you actually enjoy what you are trying to learn how to do. This will provide you with the momentum and fuel you need to keep going long enough to actually get good at it. There’s nothing worse than doing something you hate just for the payoff, although lots of people do actually live that way.

 

As always the law of cause and effect reigns supreme. You need to put the correct causes in place for the desired effects to follow. You can’t sit and play video games all day developing Fifa skills and expect people to pay you, and you can’t engage in a lifelong Pilates practice and expect to look like Phil Heath. You can’t just sit there and engage in wishful thinking like The Secret teaches and expect the universe to re-arrange itself and deliver your dreams to you.

 

Those are actions (causes) which just won’t lead to the desired outcomes (effects), and then there are actions that will.

 

If you are going to spend time developing skills, do a little research first and make sure it is relevant and worth it. You could even pick someone who has already succeeded and achieved the results you want and “model” them.

 

For example, I recently started studying again and picked a diploma which is highly relevant to the career I have chosen. I can see the direct link between getting this diploma and massive opportunity for myself in the near future.

 

That’s what you’re aiming for. Relevance. When you can see the direct benefit you will get as a result of a course of action you will find that motivation to do it unlimited.

 

Stop Making Excuses

I was browsing youtube recently and saw a video about a French homeless bodybuilder. The guy lives on the streets of Paris yet he is in better shape that most wealthy people who have access to gyms, supplements and the best of nutrition.

 

You know what I saw underneath in the comments section? Excuses!

 

Easy to get in shape when you have nothing else to do all day”….

 


“If he had kids he wouldn’t have the time to work out so much”….

 

If he had an actual job and contributed to society he wouldn’t have the energy to do 100 pullups a day”….

 

Trolls and their excuses! Never mind the fact that this man has spent years developing a specific skill before attaining the great results he has and has also a hard life into the bargain.

 

Yet this is what most people are actually like. This is how they think and then they wonder why their lives suck!

 

Here’s the deal. If you live in a free country, which can be classified as any nation with an education system, basic political rights and access to the internet and other utilities, you can become anything you want. If you have those three things you have all the tools at your disposal, probably at a very low-cost, to become anything you want to be in this life.

 

With them you can:

 

Get Into Stellar Shape

Hit the gym for an hour four times a week and stop stuffing your face full of health destroying, sugar based foods. Don’t know about nutrition? Get a library card or get online and study. Start here.

 

Become Wealthy

Go back to school at a community college, get a trade, start working and start your own business. Work 18 hours a day at it. Alternatively use your skills to market yourself online and build up a good reputation as being the best at what you do. Create the value and the money will follow. You have a global market at your fingertips.

 

Learn Anything You Want

If you want to get an education there are endless options these days. With the internet you can work full-time and study too. You have no reason not to upskill given the mass amount of cheap, self paced education options these days. Do your research and find out what is needed in the market, or what you want to learn about and find the finances.

 

There are no excuses anymore. Fifty years ago maybe, but not anymore.

 

The world is your oyster. All you have to do is stop making excuses, figure out what you want, discover and develop the necessary skills to take you there and just put in the time and energy, every single day, to just doing it.

 

Only invest your precious time and energy in the things that will help you get where you want to go. The rest is just a waste of time. Try this for a few months and see how far you get in that short space of time.

 

The results you see will give you the drive to keep going and will help you realize how much you’ve been wasting your most precious commodities all these years!

 

Desire. Decide. Persist.

 

G-Freedom

8 Comments

  1. Hello G,
    I admire your writing and more importantly your audacity. Very inspiring to me seeming we close in age. I would like to say to younger men in the early to mid twenties even for teens that are reading Selfhood. Stay the course! If your in highschool do vocational and tech studies if possible. If your into sports do only one and master it! Combative sports like wrestling,boxing,judo will carry you through life. Work as early as you can and save to invest. Cut grass,clean carpet,do manual labor early in life it will create a toughness and roughness that can’t be faked. Girls agh girls,if your in highschool know this they are fickle nothing wrong with having one but don’t get attached they will mess you up early in life if you let them. There is only two men I know that came out on top with highschool girls one is my best friend and he postponed marriage to get his masters in structural engineering and ive got to say he’s got his marriage on lockdown in the best way possible the other would be Reggie Brown who ended up going to UGA then to the NFL despite his ex purposely getting pregnant by him by saying she was on the pill, hint use condoms.
    Read young men and put down the video games and ban tv. Go against the grain and don’t worry what your classmates think you won’t hardly ever see them ever again after highschool anyways and if and when you do they usually are nothing but shells of their former selves. Learn the power of saying no and don’t cave. Force yourself to become a man as early as you can and don’t waver.

    G I could keep going and going. I would like to know what postions there are on oil rigs for someone like me thats been in maintenance for twelve years. I can weld stick and mig very well, trouble shoot electric and electronic equipment, hydraulic and pneumatic equipment, robotics.

    Thanks and have a blessed day.
    Nick

    P.S. 100
    pullups is a day is a easy goal even when working and limited amount of time if you do them throughout the day

    • Good advice for the young guys, Nick!

      Going against the grain and not worrying about other peoples approval is something I have always done, but I wish I had done more forcefully, sooner.

      Based on your description of your work experience you should have ZERO problems getting work on a rig. Just start off by contacting some labour agencies and let them know what you want to do. Once you go offshore or even on a land rig for a few months and get some experience, apply to bigger companies like Halliburton for entry level positions, then work your way up from there.

      100 pullups a day is indeed easy spread out. All at once however, hell, I’m not even sure it’s possible hah

      Thanks for the comment…

      • Thanks G for the advice! I just started looking for those jobs in and around Brazil. Going to finish this structural remodel going on with my house then hand it over to my dad so hes got a nice place to live.

        I have alot to say for younger men. They are now a lost group in America. No controlled aggression just rage. Currently im mentoring my next door neighbors grandson two to three times a week. Smart kid just really soft. Got him on a routine to harden him. His routine is to do as many pushups and body squats upon waking and write down the number so ill know if hes cheating himself, at night hes got to jump rope for ten minutes. On the days he trains with me he goes through a kettlebell routine and sprints. When he’s winded i make him standup straight with good posture and practice eye contact while talking. Next adding pullups. This week is going to be great for him he will learn what work is by hauling of construction trash before his training and maybe pick up a hammer. Next it will be time to feed his mind starting with provebs, the prince, the constitution and bill of rights. He comes from a home were his mom and her butch have raised him and during his talks with me he really says how he hates how he has been raised by two women and how his dad is a weakling, and how he would love to have a petite gf. Once im out to wherever im going hes mentoring will continue with my dad.

  2. Hello G,
    I admire your writing and more importantly your audacity. Very inspiring to me seeming we close in age. I would like to say to younger men in the early to mid twenties even for teens that are reading Selfhood. Stay the course! If your in highschool do vocational and tech studies if possible. If your into sports do only one and master it! Combative sports like wrestling,boxing,judo will carry you through life. Work as early as you can and save to invest. Cut grass,clean carpet,do manual labor early in life it will create a toughness and roughness that can’t be faked. Girls agh girls,if your in highschool know this they are fickle nothing wrong with having one but don’t get attached they will mess you up early in life if you let them. There is only two men I know that came out on top with highschool girls one is my best friend and he postponed marriage to get his masters in structural engineering and ive got to say he’s got his marriage on lockdown in the best way possible the other would be Reggie Brown who ended up going to UGA then to the NFL despite his ex purposely getting pregnant by him by saying she was on the pill, hint use condoms.
    Read young men and put down the video games and ban tv. Go against the grain and don’t worry what your classmates think you won’t hardly ever see them ever again after highschool anyways and if and when you do they usually are nothing but shells of their former selves. Learn the power of saying no and don’t cave. Force yourself to become a man as early as you can and don’t waver.

    G I could keep going and going. I would like to know what postions there are on oil rigs for someone like me thats been in maintenance for twelve years. I can weld stick and mig very well, trouble shoot electric and electronic equipment, hydraulic and pneumatic equipment, robotics.

    Thanks and have a blessed day.
    Nick

    P.S. 100
    pullups is a day is a easy goal even when working and limited amount of time if you do them throughout the day

    • Good advice for the young guys, Nick!

      Going against the grain and not worrying about other peoples approval is something I have always done, but I wish I had done more forcefully, sooner.

      Based on your description of your work experience you should have ZERO problems getting work on a rig. Just start off by contacting some labour agencies and let them know what you want to do. Once you go offshore or even on a land rig for a few months and get some experience, apply to bigger companies like Halliburton for entry level positions, then work your way up from there.

      100 pullups a day is indeed easy spread out. All at once however, hell, I’m not even sure it’s possible hah

      Thanks for the comment…

      • Thanks G for the advice! I just started looking for those jobs in and around Brazil. Going to finish this structural remodel going on with my house then hand it over to my dad so hes got a nice place to live.

        I have alot to say for younger men. They are now a lost group in America. No controlled aggression just rage. Currently im mentoring my next door neighbors grandson two to three times a week. Smart kid just really soft. Got him on a routine to harden him. His routine is to do as many pushups and body squats upon waking and write down the number so ill know if hes cheating himself, at night hes got to jump rope for ten minutes. On the days he trains with me he goes through a kettlebell routine and sprints. When he’s winded i make him standup straight with good posture and practice eye contact while talking. Next adding pullups. This week is going to be great for him he will learn what work is by hauling of construction trash before his training and maybe pick up a hammer. Next it will be time to feed his mind starting with provebs, the prince, the constitution and bill of rights. He comes from a home were his mom and her butch have raised him and during his talks with me he really says how he hates how he has been raised by two women and how his dad is a weakling, and how he would love to have a petite gf. Once im out to wherever im going hes mentoring will continue with my dad.

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