555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 103

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 103.
Time Awake: Almost 8:30 a.m.
It’s easy to get caught up in one’s stresses, the things that bother us. It’s easy to get stuck in our heads and thought processes. That’s where others come in.
Throughout this year, I’ve learned the value of talking to people during these times. Talking to others helps to gain perspective that I would not have found on my own. Just the act of talking aloud helps my brain process words differently than just thinking them.
I spoke to a friend today and one topic that came up was money, my personal woes relating to it, and my continued quest to develop a healthier relationship with it. I mentioned certain things that I don’t have the money for and received in response: “You’re too smart for that.”
My talents and gifts were pointed out and the reality that all of them can be monetized to make for secondary income. In today’s society, having multiple funnels for income is important and makes sense.
My day job is wonderful. I am blessed to have it. The people who work there have been very good to me. The job itself is consistent and continues to be relevant to society and long lasting.
But multiple funnels of income are prudent and doable. I shall work on this.

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 102

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 102.
Time Awake: 9-something a.m.
The things in Life that matter, the ones that lead to growth, change and improvement, all of them are not simple. They’re not easy. They take time. Effort.
Nobody can do the things for you. And if they offer to, decline. You have to do things for yourself, to build a foundation of understanding. Doing it yourself will allow to learn and take that information forward. Accepting advice is fine, but the actions have to be done yourself.
I have a lot of not easy things going on. The elephant in the room that I still cannot speak about. Talking about issues that were either not addressed or were left unresolved. My weight loss.
And others. For each item, I am working regularly. I have lists, and cross off things as they are accomplished.
I’m building Mike 2.0, don’t you know? That takes work, which is worth my time. The changes are already staggering. Onward.

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 100

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 100
Time Awake: 7:30ish
It’s the 100th installment of this project! Exciting. I’ve noticed in just 100 days changes in myself. Some physical, others in perspective and mindset. I’ve also started talking to people I wouldn’t have previously in order to gain perspective about myself.
Someone I know was concerned that I am putting too much of myself into these videos. That I’m showing all my cards and indulging in too much emotion. I don’t think that’s the case. Emotion is good and the topics I address are important to me.
The topics aren’t minutia or random emotions like being “hangry.” Those things don’t seem productive to speak about and won’t serve a purpose.
This project is a good reference for myself to look back on. Hopefully something I say will be useful for my niece and nephew someday. Maybe something will be helpful for a viewer who is not a relative.
With 100 days done, I look forward to the next 445.


555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 99

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 99.
Time Awake: 8-something a.m.
I haven’t posted in about two weeks. I’d taken a brief hiatus from the project to do some introspection, coupled with talking to external people with whom I wouldn’t ordinarily.
A few things came up, but of great importance to me is the realization that despite what I am doing to better myself I have been using the path of least resistance.
Very little gets accomplished properly when using the path of least resistance.
Ahhh yet another outdated mindset.
But now I know. (And knowing is half the battle.)
Taking this knowledge and continuing forward.


555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 98

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 98.
Time Awake: 7:00 a.m.
Not every step on this journey will be easy. Not every step on this journey will be comfortable.
Sometimes I will slip and fall back to less than best.
Sometimes that happens and I notice. Sometimes others notice as well.
That’s okay. With this knowledge, I seek out the appropriate resources and put myself back on the proper path with full utilized focus and attention.
Thank you for noticing and saying something.

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 97

555 Days Towards Level 9000: Day 97.
Time Awake: Various times between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Rain, rain go away. Come again some other day. Maybe.
The rain does sap my energy, but I maintain my focus. My focus on this day. Focus on days ahead. And focus on maintaining and improving myself.
One part of my improvement has been the shedding of things: books, clothes, other things that no longer serve me. I thought I had already done a pretty good job of removing items that I don’t need.
Recently, it came to my attention during some self-reflection that I haven’t done enough. The items I still have contain a deeper influence than I’d realized. Items from the past contain a subconscious reminder of mindsets, actions and ways of being that are outdated.
So clothes that I’ve had for 15 years because they’re resilient and don’t have holes may be holding on to parts of myself that are outdated. A mattress that I’ve used for 11 years. Books or collectibles that seemed nice to hold onto. They are all subconsciously reinforcing parts of myself that no longer apply.
The shedding process continues. This time, more mindfully about how the items mesh with my modern version of self.
Constantly growing and improving.