We’re Going to Mars

At the time I’m writing this, a little less than 119,000 people have viewed Elon Musk’s presentation on making humans a multi-planetary species on YouTube.

I’m puzzled as to understand why there aren’t more noise about this. No one seems to care that we’re finally going to Mars.

Is it out of disbelief? I mean, the guy who wants to send us to Mars is the founder of X.com which merged into PayPal… And he made electric cars possible with Tesla. With such a great CV, I trust he will succeed in sending humans to Mars.

I admit, I do have fears for the faith of humanity about this project. Are we going to send our best humans to Mars, making Earth dumber, like the movie “Idiocracy” so brilliantly demonstrated.

Is the Mars colony going to revolt and declare World War III, or should I say Interplanetary War I?

And my greatest fear of all… Will my son want to go live on Mars? Arg!

On a brighter side, I do have great expectations, and even dreams for this mission. As a Star Trek fan, I can’t help but dream that we’ll get over our selfish self, and because we can explore the universe, boldly go where no one has gone before, we’ll lose our drive for money, work to make humanity awesome, and to better ourselves.

By living on another planet, we’d start to care about people, and by really caring, we’d find cures for sick children, stop poisoning our food and our minds with junk and mindless entertainment.

Being aware of such incredible possibilities, I regret not having followed my deepest interests. I regret that I haven’t stayed true to my nerd nature. Instead of doing porn, my mind is rambling about how I could have helped build the spaceship to go to Mars. Okay, maybe not build the spaceship, but do other meaningful things to help humanity.

Instead, I’m just a porn star trying to make people interested in making themselves a better version of who they are through weekly blog posts. I share my contagious smile through pictures everyday in the hope of making people a little happier. And I rant about how amazing the big rocket is, and nobody except for a few nerds seem to care…

Do you believe we’re going to send the first humans on Mars around 2025?

Feeling Empty and Disconnected

There’s so much to learn, so much to do, so much to talk about, and so much to write, but sometimes, the mind feels empty, disconnected. It doesn’t want to put ideas into words, and chaos scrambles all communication between the conscious and unconscious.

When this state hits me, I want to push through, and still do, think, and create. It doesn’t work, and altho the pattern has been there for always, it’s only today that I understand its message. My mind, and my body are telling me to rest, to do nothing but fun, and easy things. To replenish my body by giving it good food, exercise, and sleep.

I spend too much time in front of my computer, driven by a “mysterious force”, an obsession to work, work, and work more without taking a break. It’s been a belief, a conditioning, that I’m unable to put into words. I know what it is, but I can’t describe it, and I hate it. It’s pulling me, gluing my butt on the chair, even though I crave going outside, breathing fresh air, and moving.

So how to get out of this devilish state when there’s always more to do? How to tell my mind to stop, and believe I’ve done enough for today? How to break the cycle when I recognize the first symptoms?

Read. Meditate. Cook. Walk. Get outside. Go see people you love, and trust.

Did you ever have to deal with emptiness and the feeling of being disconnected?

 

 

 

 

Lessons from the Rally Crush Canada

Last Friday and Saturday, I participated in the Rally Crush Canada. It’s a navigation rally held in La Tuque, where you ride your motorcycle off-road for either two or three days. You wake up at 4 o’clock in the morning, and come back around six at night.

Some trails are just amazingly beautiful, and easy to ride. Others are commonly referred to as Vietnam. I don’t know many riders who haven’t fallen, except perhaps Chris Birch, who was the special guest of the rally. At the end of day three, Chris rode a Trial course with his KTM 1190. He was unbelievably graceful.

Here’s the lessons I’ve learned from the rally. You can use those lessons in your day-to-day life.

First, before doing this kind of event, you need preparation. Your mind, your body, your motorbike, and your stuff for the rally has to be ready. Unfortunately, one bike wasn’t so ready. And then, there was the question, “What am I going to wear?”.

For everything that’s not ready, your energy level drops. For every choice you have to make, your energy level drops again. Having many options isn’t always better. In fact, it’s a waste of time and energy. Although all my stuff was ready, I felt the energy drain from my team’s un-readiness and choices from their too many options. When you know it will be a tough run, be ready… Prepare, prepare, prepare and eliminate your options!

The second lesson, I learned it in the hard trail. It was the hardest trail I’ve ever ridden. And I complained about it. I said things like, “This is hard!”, and “I have no more energy!”. Instead, I could have replenished my energy with thoughts of courage and victory, and use my body to feel invincible. I bet it would have been much easier!

The third lesson is simple. Tough patches last for a brief moment. Because you’ve just lived hell, even if the rest of the road is rough, it will seem easy compared to what has just passed.

I’ve learned those lessons the hard way on Saturday. I’ve fallen many, many times, and my legs are full of bruises, some being deep dark purple. It was a test of character, and I’m proud to say that I’ve passed. I love off-road motorcycle not just because of the thrill, but for the life lessons it teaches me.

~ Photo credit: my best co-rider girl friend ever!

How to Make Progress

Measure Where You Are

We’ve all heard the quote, “What gets measured gets managed”. I’m confident that the first step to progress is to measure what you want to improve. Whether it be a bad habit, your finances, your health, or something related to your business, you simply can’t progress if you don’t know where you are at. And if it’s not at the level that you want it, then it’s wrong, and it needs to be changed.

Measuring will give you the basis from where you are now, to where we want to go. Imagine how confusing it would be if runners didn’t know where to start or finish a race or a marathon! That’s why you need to be clear on what you want to change, and how much you want to change it.

You might find out that you thought something was going really bad, but by measuring it, you realize that everything is fine.

Change Your Mind

You cannot make progress if you do not change, and people who won’t change their minds, can’t change anything.

Changing is hard. That’s why you need to practice changing. Fool your mind into thinking that changing is easy, and fun!

Chunking, aka doing one thing at a time, and momentum will help tremendously. I like to use the word momentum instead of discipline, because most people hate discipline, even if it creates freedom and power.

When you find out that something is not at the level that you want it, it can be very disturbing, which is good! Being disturbed creates the drive to make changes. You might want to try to make yourself feel good without making a change, but if you do that, you train yourself to accept mediocrity. Don’t.

Get a reminder

I’m busy, you’re busy, we’re all busy. That’s why you need to get a daily reminder about what you want, and why you want it.

It goes without saying that the reason why you want something needs to be personal. If you try to make a change for your spouse, for your boss, for your neighbour, you won’t be able to keep at it to see real changes. You will have waste valuable time and energy that could’ve been used to make a real difference in your life.

Get a System to See Your Progress

There are many ways you can visualize your progress. You can use an app, you can create graphics, or you can write an “x” on a calendar. Whatever you use, make sure it gives you a sense of reward.

Do you have a system to make progress in your life?