Episode #97
In it for the long haul

What happens when you shift your thinking from thinking short term, to being in it for the long haul?

Music and links from this episode

  1. L’acrobate by Monplaisir feat Southman
  2. I Knew a Guy by Kevin MacLeod
  3. Dances and Dames also by Kevin MacLeod
  4. Little Lily Swing by Tri-Tachyon

Line-by-line notes

  1. INTRO
  2. I started lifting weights seriously just over a year ago
  3. Ive been what some people might call a fitness nut for longer
  4. I’m interested in nutrition, and optimising my body to get the most from it
  5. But before that, I’d never really got into lifting weights as much as I did last year.
  6. The reason I mention all this is because lifting weights
  7. When it’s just you, some weights and a barbell
  8. Teaches you lots of things about life
  9. One of the biggest lessons it’s taught me
  10. Is to be in it for the long haul
  11. This is AADA, and I’m Craig Burgess
  13. Let me elaborate
  14. My revelation about long haul thinking came at the same time I started lifting weights over a year ago
  15. I’d stopped doing all my other exercise
  16. I used to run a lot
  17. Do crossfit type workouts
  18. And lots of other stuff
  19. I’d stopped all that because I’d picked up a back injury
  20. That completely knocked me out for about 3 months
  21. Because of that, I put on a bit of weight
  22. Around 20 kilos, about 44 pounds
  23. It was quite a lot of weight, but I know I could lose because I had before
  24. I’d shifted my thinking a little bit though
  25. I decided to think in terms of years
  26. Rather than months
  27. Instead of thinking to myself:
  28. I need to lose 20 pounds in 2 months
  29. And absolutely killing myself to do it
  30. I set myself a goal to lose the full 44 pounds in a year
  31. I’d need to lose just less than a pound a week
  32. Which is a really healthy weight loss rate
  33. This was the first time I’d really discovered long term thinking
  34. And instead of thinking over days weeks or months
  35. I thought in years
  36. I then applied this same thinking to my weight lifting
  37. The way I looked at lifting weights
  38. And actually everything else in my life
  39. Was that I want to be doing this in 50 years time
  40. I want to still be lifting weights
  41. Still be at a healthy weight
  42. And still designing stuff
  43. In 50 years time
  44. So to achieve that
  45. I need to take things easy, and slowly progress
  46. Rather than burning myself out trying to learn something really quickly…
  47. I’d say, well, I’ve got the rest of life to learn that
  48. There’s lots of things I still want to do as a designer
  49. I want to be a better typographer
  50. I want to be able to draw my own type and make my own typeface
  51. I want to be able to draw better, and actually draw things
  52. I also want to make my own video game
  53. There’s lots of things I still want to achieve
  54. But because I know I’ve got the rest of my life to do it
  55. And because I tell myself that
  56. It actually helps me to feel less stressed
  57. I know I won’t get to do all those things I just listed above this year
  58. I might not even get to do any of them, with doing this podcast
  59. But I know next year I’ll get to focus on one of them
  60. And maybe the year after I can focus on another one
  61. Reminding yourself you’re in it for the long haul
  62. Is a really powerful mentality
  63. Stop putting yourself under pressure to do everything and learn everything now
  64. You’ve got the rest of your life for that
  65. It’s not procrastination
  66. It’s just sense
  67. OUTRO 
  68. This was AADA. I’m Craig Burgess.
  69. Music featured in this episode was L’acrobate by Monplaisir feat Southman, I Knew a Guy by Kevin MacLeod, Dances and Dames also by Kevin MacLeod, Little Lily Swing by Tri-Tachyon
  70. For a line-by-line run down of this episode, go to askadesignernaything.com/ep97
  71. I’m back tomorrow for another episode of Ask a Designer Anything

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