April 13, 2016
I love experiments. They are a fun way to try something new and to challenge yourself.
For any experiment I begin by setting the start and end date or milestone. So either I hit the date or the milestone and only then I am done. The reason for that is if you don’t decide how much or how long you are going to be doing something it’s easy to quit. Way too easy to quit. If you quit early you will never truly know if you liked it or not.
Let’s take running as an example. When you first start seriously running it’s horrible. Your legs and feet hurt. Your body spends half the time you run telling you to either stop or to at least please god slow down before your joints explode. You often only feel better when you are done running. What’s worse yet is the next day after a long run. You wake up and you can feel yourself stretching and using muscles in your legs, ass and back that you don’t remember even having. To quote the great Rich Piana you will be “sore as fuck”. :)
Then after a week or so you find yourself getting dramatically quicker. You go for a run and stop hating every minute. Midway you sometimes even feel good and relatively light on your feet. After a month you suddenly find yourself looking forward to your runs. You casually mention to your family and friends that you woke up the other day at 5:30 to get in a quick 3 mile run before work. Only now have you completed the experiment you cocky bastard. Only now you are in a position to decide if you want to continue running or if you want to move on to the next challenge.
Experiments I am Considering