Back Against the Wall

We all have at least one superpower: our survival instincts. But by living in a comfortable environment, where we have emotional and financial safety, we risk living the average life without giving ourselves credit that we are capable of doing more.

This might not work for everyone, but I’ve decided to turn on my personal countdown and give myself until 17 September 2021 to complete some of the projects that I’ve been working on. To increase the stakes, I will share my journey with you here and on my new YouTube channel called The Andreea Project, where I actually need to show face and I will be accountable by the whole internet.

Join me in my journey to creating new healthy habits. My first challenge is to wake-up at 4AM everyday, do a work-out, meditate and write a blog and have it publish by 5.30AM UK time! You can follow my progress on YouTube by clicking the button below. Thank you so much for your support!

Day 3 – Take 2 – Shift Your Focus

Just like money kept under the mattress, energy preserved for ‘what if’ drops in strength and meaning. Human generated energy is such a volatile concept that it almost escapes our understanding.

Let’s look at what we know. If we put our head on the pillow at night and our mind is running us over, our body is fidgety and we’re starting to feel frustrated, we probably did not do a very good job at moving our energy into the right direction throughout the day and we are left with resources that drain us, just like a bump in the mattress, instead of making us feel better. Feeling depleted, on the other hand, means that you’ve spent the energy you had. We can perceive the feeling as being a sign that we have moved things forward, or we can mistake it as a lack.

Today I’ve learnt that emptiness gives room to possibility.

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Day 2 – Take 2 – Measuring Success Against Failure

Today I experienced time differently. After a rough morning of battling my mind for 35 minutes I’ve managed to push myself to follow through. It wasn’t until almost 18 hours later that I can look back and appreciate that what in the early hours felt like a major failure, when measured against how the rest of the day went, becomes insignificant.

There is value in being able to focus on the success in order to keep on building.

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Day 1 – Take 2 – The Work Continues

Admitting failure can be challenging. My 4AM challenge was short-lived. Why? Mainly because I had willpower (that only lasts this much) but not so much of a system or a vision of how I would approach things. Today I’m back to Day 1 and its’ been a great learning experience. I took time for myself. Time to enjoy the day, to meditate, read, work and slow down.

The 4AM challenge means more to me than a ridiculously early wake-up time. It’s the type of thing that I would look up to people for being able to pull it off and I want to have that feeling of pride when I look at my reflection in the mirror. Sure, it’s challenging, but it’s about building momentum and adding a feeling of urgency to things.

So, my friend, what is one thing that you want to achieve and maybe you haven’t yet even tried it or gave up on it? Can you start by envisioning yourself as being the person who can achieve your greatest dream?

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Day 9: Being Happy Can Only Happen Now

The energy cycles that we are experiencing are not limited to the nature’s seasons. We can have days or weeks when we need to give ourselves the time to re-center. This doesn’t mean doing nothing, but doing things that bring us joy. I used to think that putting my head on the pillow at night and thinking of what I achieved was enough, but I’ve added the thought of ‘What did I enjoy doing today?’ as an equally important success measure for the day.

I haven’t mentioned 4AM in my posts lately because I am far from succeeding at this challenge. But taking on this responsibility helped me identify things that I need to improve on my day to day life. This includes introducing joyful activities as a must on my schedule. What can you do today to be happy?

Day 8: No Technology Day

My 4AM challenge has fallen apart, but what I am trying to learn day on day is how to use my time more effectively. Something that helped me yesterday was doing a technology detox. I haven’t been on my phone or laptop yesterday for a good 12 hours and here are some of the things that I’ve noticed:

  • I felt like I have time
  • I had more energy to be active
  • I enjoyed my time more
  • I got to do things that I wouldn’t normally do (repotting plants, get on top of cleaning, read a new book)

Overall, limiting tech access for the bulk of the day helped me rediscover the things that I love doing. I will definitely incorporate no tech hours within my daily activities and push myself to use my laptop and phone only when it is absolutely necessary.

Day 7: Taking One Day at a Time

Yes, every day is special. But we all have time cycles, that can vary in length, when we lack energy. And although there is enough information out there for us to know that it all starts with changing the way we use our body, exercise, posture etc it’s okay to take time and recover.

Are there any do’s and don’t’s? What might be helpful to elevate you from a low mood, energy lacking state is to surround yourself with stimuli that will help get you there. For instance, reading a book that can help you with processing your emotions, meditating, journaling, are all useful methods to get you out of the slump.