“Help! I’m stuck in a rut!” Said no pirate, ever.
Living on the high seas (or, wherever you live) has its ups and downs. The daring life of a pirate ninja isn’t easy.
The great news is that it’s an incredibly rewarding lifestyle.
You may feel like your life is stuck. Frozen in place. You dug a trench and now you’re throwing grenades at anything new coming your way. It’s too dangerous out there, right?
WRONG. As a reader of these words, you are an honorary pirate ninja for the duration of this article and you’re going to listen very carefully to what I have to say.
Don’t be afraid to live your own life.
The great part of being a pirate ninja is that we know where our priorities lie.
- Our honor is in living freely.
- Our success lies in learning obsessively.
- Our happiness lies in loving our work.
It’s a simple life, but that doesn’t make it easy. The hard part is getting over the fear of living our own lives. It’s all too easy to be paralyzed by the world around us.
The world around us is daunting. There are a lot of ways for us to fail. There are a lot of expectations placed on us by our friends, family, and the general society.
If I were a liar, this is the part where I’d tell you that I can make that all go away. Your problems, your responsibilities — all gone.
I’m not a liar. I am, however, a problem solver. (Just like you’re about to be.)
Why are you stuck? It’s simple: Because you stopped moving.
For one reason or another, you’ve stopped moving.
That’s okay. It happens to the best of us. That doesn’t mean you should stop making progress forever.
As an honorary pirate ninja, you’ve made a temporary commitment to our Code.
Our Code states that you never settle for living in a box, and that there is never a good time for anything (and therefore, there is no time like the present to make your move).
What better time to make a commitment to yourself to keep making progress?
You can’t just walk onto our ship without taking at least one step up the boarding ramp. A tiny baby step today will get you closer by sunrise tomorrow. If you make one small step every day, you’ll have boarded by the time we set sail on our next adventure.
It’s time to figure out what your next step is going to be.
How to unstick yourself? Set a goal.
Take a look at every pirate and ninja in the history books. What do they all have in common?
Damn straight: They all had a very specific purpose in life.
Question: Is life confusing if you have a singular purpose that gives direction to each of your decisions? (That was rhetorical.) If you remember to keep your purpose at all times, the little stuff goes right in its place. Right into perspective.
When the big picture is forgotten, all the little stuff starts feeling like a really big deal. Forgetting the right pair of shoes for work spins you into disaster mode. Eating an extra cookie spirals you into depression.
On the contrary, when you’re confident and know what your purpose is, things suddenly start falling into place. There’s a certain peace that comes with knowing how to pick one thing over the other. You learn how to focus on what’s important, instead of spazzing out over the things that don’t matter.
Where to find a goal? Your impossible life dreams.
Your dreams and childhood imagination are a great place to start when you’re cooking up goals.
In fact, your new directive is to pick out 2 goals to work towards over the next month. It is your duty as a pirate ninja to strive towards these goals.
How to choose your goals:
Your first goal will be based in our primary way of life: Learning obsessively.
For Goal #1, you will pick one thing you always wanted to learn (or relearn), but keep procrastinating on getting around to.
Write down a 4-5 week plan on how you will find the resources and time to dedicate learning it this month. Breaking it down into weekly goals will make the next step easier for you.
Your second goal will be based in the idea that we live life on our own terms. It can be anything that gets your life back on track.
Whether you’ve been trying to eat healthier, wanting to write a book, build better relationships, or needing to clean the house more often… pick one specific thing to work on over the next month.
You will write another 4-5 week plan on what you need to accomplish in order to succeed at your goal. Don’t make it too complicated. Keep it simple, or you won’t stick to it.
You will only commit to one month of progress.
A lifetime of progress may feel intimidating, so your directive is to make the next 30 days of your life really count.
30 days: No more, no less.
This is your pirate ninja initiation. Only those who are serious about living on their own terms can join the crew. Further pirate training is available (along with access to the Pirate Ninja Code) at the bottom of the post, for those of you who would like the extra assistance.
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What if you forget? Remind yourself daily.
It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day rush of responsibilities.
That’s why it’s so important to take the first 5 minutes of your day to review what your mission for the day is. That mission will consist of a few “mini-goals” that you will accomplish to bring you closer to your goal before the sun sets (or whenever you go to bed).
You can’t let yourself forget your goals or your purpose.
By dedicating the first waking moments of your day to reviewing your game plan, you’re setting the tone for the day. You’re proactively taking steps towards the life you want rather than passively settling for the life you have.
Make a video as a record of your intentions.
If you have a smartphone, you can easily film a 2 minute video of yourself. The first minute should be dedicated to reviewing your successes and failures from yesterday, and the second minute should be dedicated to your goals for the day.
Tracking your intentions on video accomplishes a few critical things.
- You are creating a permanent record of your goals.
By creating a video, you’re making a log of your progress and daily status. This is something you can always look back on to see how far you’ve come. It’s great for encouragement when you feel like you never accomplished anything.
- Stating your intentions make you more likely to follow them through.
If you take enough time to think about your mission for the day to actually put it on camera, it means your mission will be in your head the rest of the day. Your day will have a clear mission, and life will feel a little less confusing.
- Summing up your mission in less than a minute means that it’s concise enough.
The minute deadline is important. If you can’t sum up your goals for the day in under a minute, it probably means you’re trying to do too many things.
- You can share your video with accountability partners.
A short daily video is easy to share with your accountability partners. Declaring your goals on video and then sharing it means that not only have you thought your day through, you are committing it people who will help you stay on track.
Why video? Not all of us have the time to sit and write our goals down every day. Taking a video is less time and effort. You don’t even have to sit up in bed.
How to ensure success? Make yourself accountable.
You may or may not know that accountability is a huge part of being successful when you’re working on your goals. Fortunately, the crew is getting ready to become a network of accountability to each other in a 30-day challenge that starts November 1st.
It’s called the Life On My Terms: Video Challenge, and we’ll be following the above steps all month long, in a massive video-sharing event using YouTube.
If you’re interested in learning more, take a couple of minutes to watch this video. (Long story short, it’s an event to help you change your life and help 999 other people do the same. Prizes may be involved if we reach our goal of 1,000 lives changed.)
Interested in joining? Leave a comment below with the YouTube channel you’ll be uploading your videos to, and subscribe to the Without Boxes YouTube channel, where I’ll be uploading my challenge videos.
I’ll see you there.
Captain of the Pirate Ninjas
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