What’s the one thing that’s going to take me to the next level in my entrepreneurial career? Changing my mindset. I need to learn to love the process. Carol Dwek talks about this in her book, Mindset. It’s pretty great, and the more podcasts I listen to, the more I’m convinced that’s what it takes to get me to where I want to go.
I’ve realized something interesting though. This sort of mindset requires a lot of focus. I also believe in the idea of deep work, Cal Newport’s catch phrase. I think that’s where exercise comes in. At least CrossFit. I think if I use CrossFit training as actually a way to practice focus and discipline, I can see how that will help me be a better entrepreneur. Because going for the sake of physical health is not really doing it for me. I can be doing a lot of things that are not as intense as CrossFit, and not as demanding.
I have realized that greatness lies in the pushing of intellectual boundaries. For example, right when I want to stop researching smart metering contracts, that’s when I want to push on for another hour. That’s where the magic happens. Because then I discover interesting things and have insights I never had before. And that requires focus, and discipline.
So one of the habits I want to cultivate is to go to CrossFit 3 days a week. Learn to not only be ok with the pain, but love it. And really be present, focus, and get through that hour like a champ. I’m going to do that for the next 3 months, see what happens.