Adversity. Life’s full of adversity. It’s a fools errand to attempt to avoid it; it is a wise man who attempts to utilize it for his benefit. 

Picture in Truckee, CA… it has really nothing to do with this blog but I liked the picture…


Well, woke up late again. Didn’t managed to get  up until a little after 6 AM. While I want to kick my own ass, I’m also empathetic because it wasn’t too long ago that I wasn’t even able to get up before 7:30. And that’s gaining 2 hours coming to the Alaskan Time Zone. 

So, before I completely berate myself, I must understand that it is progress. And like I’ve said before, most things worthwhile take time. 

Perhaps, 3:59 is just too early? Or am I just being straigt up lazy? Hard for me to believe the later as I’m walking on the treadmill and writing this post. 

Im trying to make up some time because I didn’t get shit done last night. In an effort to make up for the lack of sleep the night before, I went to bed incredibly early last night. I used some assistance because two bad nights of sleep in a row was out of the question. 

I mean there’s no reason for not being able to sleep. I don’t have a nagging girlfriend telling me to be realistic. I have no kids. My job and side work isn’t stressful; mentally taxing perhaps but not stressful. 

The only thing I have to worry about is not screwing up my diet. Which I have been for probably the last year or more. Yeah, my hedonism has been quite difficult to contain over these last few months. Not sure why.

One hypothesis comes to mind is that I’ve burnt out all of my will-power by the age of 25. I use to be incredibly disciplined or at least that’s what I tell myself now. 

Come to think of it, even back then I had slip ups. I suppose their frequency has just increased as of late. My training back then was more intense and athletic based, which I’m trying to get back to!

Boy, do I feel like a has been though. My freakin’ knees and ankles are tender after a squat session. I can barely do agility drills. Not sure what’s up with that honestly. I’m hoping if I ease back into that style of training I can get back to being the relentless nick. 

Actually, strike that! I’m gonna be better than that guy! Much better, much stronger, and much more wiser, that’s for sure!

Yeah, so those are the problems I deal with. Good problems in the grand scheme of things, I suppose. Now, don’t be naive and think I don’t deal with other things. That’s just flat out wrong but I would say that I don’t let it affect me quite like some of you sensitive peeps (I wanted to say MFers here but I refrained) out there. 

I’m the luckiest guy on the planet; if I can’t sleep something’s up! 

Well, I slept great last night, probably too good. But, nonetheless I’m in the gym, writing the blog, and getting shit done.

Punch line: just because you have a perfectly laid out plan doesn’t mean it’s all going to run smoothly! 

“Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth!”
– Mike Tyson

The previous two mornings I’ve been punched in the mouth but I’ve spit out the blood, wipped my mouth, and told Murph to go fuck himself. 

Most people would still be laying in bed, already throwing in the towel because one little thing didn’t go according to plan. 

It’s those moments where character is revealed and you learn a lot about yourself and how bad you want things. 

And don’t get me wrong, if you don’t want things bad enough just admit that to yourself and go after what you want! 

Just because half of Bowie county wanted me to pursue acting didn’t mean I had to do it! I didn’t want it so I turned that shit down along with a couple of other dream jobs (most would consider). 

They weren’t me. They weren’t what I was about. They didn’t make me happy. So chase others approval if you wish just know that in doing so nobody wins. 

Strive after progress not perfection.

1% better every single day. 

Over the course of time, you’ll see the fruits of your labor!

Kick some ass this day and every day! 

  – Nick

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