The Power of Mini Habit

I’ll just suck it up and admit it. I have no other choice. I am a life long learner. Whether it is a new restaurant, a new programming language, or a new data visualization tool, I am a sponge and want to know all about it. Maybe it is an addiction, maybe it is just curiosity, but either way, it is my passion.

How do I do it? Well, with baby steps. You never want to bite off more than you can chew. This is where the power of the mini habit comes in. Taking a small amount of time every day to focus on one thing even for a few minutes leads to profound productivity in the long run.

The idea is to spend about 10 minutes every day learning something new. You could learn how to paint, you could read a white paper, or you could even write a novel. Yes you can write a novel in 10 minutes a day! Whatever your goal may be many habits can lead to profound returns.

Some of my daily habits include;

1) do. 15 push-ups

2) read one white paper or 10 pages

3) write for 10 minutes

4) sketch, paint or draw

5) walk or drive down a new street

If you are creative with your mini habits, they will easily compound into achieving your goals. If you practiced the piano for 10 minutes every day and then in one year you will be a respectable piano player.

So start compounding those mini habits today. Write out your long-term goals and think about different things you can do every day to work towards those goals. Don’t forget to have a little bit of fun. Don’t forget about creativity. And don’t forget that it’s OK to be a lifelong learner.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

It is with great pleasure that I say farewell to 2010 and greet 2011 with open arms.

2010 was a very exciting year for me:

1) I finished 5 sprint triathlons! Read more at http://aricintraining.com

2) I set the foundation for my triathlon training dashboard. More to come later.

3) I survived a near death experience thanks to being stung by a bee while riding my bike!

4) I am the author of one of the top not for profit flight simulator blogs in the world. Check it out: http://arealityofmyown.wordpress.com

5) I learned the value of what it means to be honest and sincere in a good friendship.

6) I was able to help a leading cloud computing company understand their business better with some creative analytics and visualizations.

7) learned that I still have a lot to learn.

8) Universal Studios Hollywood is a much smaller park than I expected.

9) I learned how wonderful it feels to have someone by your side through thick and thin.

10) I know that for all the wonderful changes that occurred during 2010, I know 2011 will have many more to come.

11) Learned that there is never a perfect answer to anything.

Overall, I think 2010 was a year of challenges that truly tested my devotion to achieving my goals. I know that I will only achieve them if I am consistent with my perseverance.

Cheers to an awesome 2011!

Attitude Makes the Life

Apologies, this is going to be more of a rant than a tradition blog post.  

I had the pleasure of speaking with someone this evening that had the worst attitude of anyone I have ever met.  For the sake of brevity, let’s boil the conversation down to this simple exchange:

Person: “But who is going to pay me to travel the world and hike?” 

Me: “The people that are interested in your adventure, blog about it and tell your story.”

Person: “Everyone blogs about their adventure, no way.”

Me: “Yes everyone blogs about their adventure, but you have to speak with a unique voice and from your heart and they will follow you.”

Person: “I don’t want them to follow me.  Don’t they have better things to do than read my hiking blog?”

Me: “Let’s back up… you want to hike the world and have someone pay you for it? You have lots of options…”

Person: “Right now, I need a better job…  ” and the conversation continues.

With everyone of my explanations, this person had a negative reason why they couldn’t do it.  They already failed at their dream within two sentences.  

Dreams are goals and attitude gets you to those goals.  Are you willing to work toward your goals/dreams?   Is life half empty or half full? 

Its your life, you decide what is important when you speak.  

Triathlons, Kayakers, Runners, and 2010

2009 was such an awesome year for my fitness goals. 

I finished three triathlons, half dozen running events, and found inspiration where I never thought I would. 

With my recent completion of the UCSB Triathlon, I am looking toward 2010 with more motivation than ever.  That sense of competition, meeting people and hearing their fitness stories, sharing tips, pushing myself to the next big milestone, and enjoying the wonderful outdoors all make my 2010 fitness goals that much more alluring. 

With one down, what’s next?  Morro Bay triathlon, a very unique race, including a 3 mile kayak of the Morro Bay Harbor.   I have never kayaked before, which makes this that much more challenging.   Time to start kayak lessons! The bike and run will be great as well, but the kayak is the icing on the cake. 

After Morro Bay, let’s PR (personal record) at the Ventura Triathlon Sprint, my first triathlon of my fitness career.  This year they are taking the venue to the harbor, with a challenging swim, an awesome bike, and run around the harbor.  Last year I did well, finishing it in 1:38:00, but this year will be even better!

Of course, the biggest goal this year is the Santa Barbara Triathlon Long Course.   This will be the longest triathlon I have ever done to date.  While I may not do it fast, finishing is going to be sweeter than finishing the recent UCSB Triathlon course.

In addition, I plan to carry forward with many running events in 2010, I already have done two, the Boney Mtn Trail Run, the Resolutions 5k.  Coming up in April is my first 10-mile run, the Chardonnay 5k/10 fun run.    I will also be putting my FiveFingers to use and using them in more events, on and off the road. Barefoot running is the wave of the future.

Looking at this brief list, I am amazed at the challenges ahead.  As dauting as they appear, meeting each one head on and putting them into the history books is going to rock!

Cheers!

The Challenging, Beautiful and Fun Triathlon

On September 27th, I completed the Carpinteria Triathlon sprint course.  This was my third triathlon since I began my journey from office potato to triathlete.

If there are three words that I can use to describe the experience, they are challenging, beautiful fun.

The Swim

The morning of the triathlon, Carpinteria was fogged in.  There were rumors that the start was to be delayed.  However, I still took the opportunity to get in a practice swim and I got a surprise.  The water was cooler than expected, the swell impressive, the surf a little scary, and the fog disorienting.  Swimming back toward shore during my practice swim, something happened and I got turned around.  When I looked up to sight shore, all I saw was buoy.  I panicked momentarily was I swung a 360 to figure out where I was. The fog and swell hid the shore, testing my ability to stay calm. Luckily, I got back on track, but then realized how strong the current was carrying me toward the start line.  The swim portion was going to be interesting.

You can read more over at my training blog: Aric In Training

Going With the Flow

Found out today that the school I was going to attend for the my personal training certification no longer offers the program at my local campus.  I am a little taken aback by the discovery as I had researched the program, talked to many favorable people, and made the decision to move forward.  

However, I will let this stop my desire to help others with fitness goals.  I see this as a sign to make sure this is what I want to do with my future.  I will go back to the drawing board, find new programs to explore and listen intently to those that inspire me.   The future is mine and no matter what, it will be insipirational.