Hello monkiis and welcome to the 10th episode of the Live Wild or Die Podcast. One of my goals for 2019 was to record and publish 12 podcast episodes. There are still 2 more to go, but I'm feeling the top of the mountain is near and I plan to far exceed that initial goal. I have been at fault of setting goals that are too high, ambitious, or drastic that never even stood a chance. All too often I believe that we feel that a change or new venture must be immediate and drastic. However, this is exactly what leads to the ultimate demise of our original vision. Instead, if you set a goal or make a change that is small, you are way more likely to actually stick to it and you become an immediate success. You then repeat this process over an extended period of time and that is what will ultimately lead to a much greater outcome.
I was emailing a buddy of mine recently and I wrote this line as the first sentence: "I honestly think the whole 'kid-thing' is all about your state of mind. We definitely got lucky with an easy baby, but still, I think you can almost decide to make it stressful or not. Or maybe I'm just insane!". I have a 6.5 month-old daughter and she is an absolute blessing. However, I feel like my whole life leading up to becoming a parent the 'mass market' perception was that having a kid means no more fun, lots of stress, tension and the figurative end of your life as you know it. I have found it to be the opposite. There have certainly been peaks and valleys as well as challenging times. But overall, I can honestly say, "it's not that bad". I really believe that our attitude and preconceived notions going into anything will significantly effect our reality and experience. If you have a negative attitude, you are going to make your reality negative. While having a positive attitude, even during times that are not so positive, will allow you to push through the storm and keep putting one foot in front of the other. So when challenging times are confronted just remember, "it's not that bad.".
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