When chasing low levels of body fat, two things are for certain: 1) a low calorie intake, and 2) high levels of activity. There’s no other way to get into very lean condition. What this means though is at some point, and typically in the final three to four weeks before you reach your first Transformation checkpoint, you will experience high levels of hunger and fatigue with drastic dips in energy.
- What should I really spend my time doing?
- What do I want to do with my limited energy?
- Who should I spend my limited time and energy on / with?
Identifying Your Flow
In becoming an essentialist, you start debating some of life’s most difficult questions. Specifically, you begin to ask the questions that you’ve been putting off, struggling with, or afraid to know the real answer of. During the depths of my Grind phase, the questions I kept asking myself were:
- What do I really want out of my life, my relationships, my business?
- How do I want to live my day to day?
- Am I willing to make the sacrifices in specific areas of life to push in other areas of life?
- What truly drives me?
- What do I really enjoy doing, and what do I hate?
- Personal health and well-being (eating well & training hard)
- Close relationships (family & friends)
- Building the business (writing & coaching)
- Solitude and introspection (journalling & walking)
Building Character, Confidence & Emotional Resilience
While the Grind breaks down your emotional barriers and walls, it also builds new ones. It challenges you to be able to build emotional resilience and mental toughness. As you’re depleted, low in body fat, and you know life must go on, you’re forced to answer whether you can master your emotions and challenges that are being thrown at you.
- What should I dump, delegate or automate?
- Who do we need to hire?
- What’s the one thing I can do to help move the needle forward for everyone in the business?
The goal of this particular Grind was accomplished. I brought myself back to number one again, confronted my biggest internal challenges, and came out the other side a better person. But I’ve not yet arrived. I need to continue to stay sharp, and I know that another challenge that forces introspection and the process of questioning everything is needed.