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I'm Signing Off From The Modern World (not clickbait)

get lean Sep 12, 2022

Read time: Less than 4 minutes

I'm entering a period of intense focus in my life and business.

It started with giving up marijuana early in the year. While I wasn't a "pothead" I would indulge on occasion.

It continued with giving up alcohol at the beginning of September. Again, I wasn't an alcoholic but I would indulge from time to time.

So I'm entering a period known as Monk Mode.

It's a time when I'm going to completely focus on myself, my family & my business.

Complete focus means that I'm getting rid of things that will distract me off the path.

There are a few reasons why I'm doing this:

1. I'm going to finish off 2022 strong and use that momentum to set me up for a successful start to 2023.

2. I was using some of the distractions mentioned above as a way to numb myself from things I was feeling or thinking about.

The only way I can take care of what's going on inside of me is through awareness and courage to face them head-on.

Whether you like it or not habits put our lives on autopilot. For better or worse, the things we do on a regular basis become who we are at our core.

While the things I was doing were "socially acceptable" they were not in line with the person I was trying to be or the goals I was achieving.

This is where Monk Mode comes into play.

Monk mode is a term popularized by the online self-improvement community.

Monk mode is a time of increased discipline, focus, productivity, living with intent, and committing yourself to a goal.

How does it work?

It starts with picking 1-3 goals you're determined to achieve by the end of the period.

Choose only 3 because this is meant to be about focus and simplicity.

You then choose a system of measurement and tracking.

If you have a financial goal you track income, conversion rates, etc..

If you have a weight loss goal you track your weight, measurements, body fat, etc..

You need to make your goals SMART: Specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (aka. give it a deadline).

You then create habits because systems are the path to achieving those goals.

Here's what I'm doing:
- Eliminating weed & alcohol
- Eliminating processed sugars
- Meditating for 13 minutes every day
- Reading one chapter or more every day
- Doing some form of exercise at least 30 minutes a day
- Working on my business for 8-10 hours M-F & spending the rest of that time with my family

I've amplified this by joining a YouTube growth coaching program as well as various masterminds to help achieve the targets I've set.

Discipline is about commitment.

I'm not saying that this is for everyone nor am I telling you that you should do this.

What I wanted to do was introduce you to the concept.

Maybe it's something you want to do now. Maybe it's something you want to do for later.

Either way, it's a tool to be used when the time is right.

As Socrates once said,

"Do everything in moderation. Including moderation"

My next period is one of growth and focus. What about you?

- Dan

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