THE WHY BEHIND THE INITIATIVE
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The ‘what’ is just the tool to achieve an outcome, the means to a result.
As to ‘why’ I’m doing this? I believe that is the most important part.
Much like somebody running a marathon or shaving their head for cancer. The initiative itself, which undoubtedly has real time positive effects, is actually just an attention grabber. Something just crazy enough to get people’s attention so we can ultimately talk about the underlying themes. A conversation starter so we can get to the more important ‘why’ and challenge the mindset of the status quo.
Although the change on the outside may or may not be noticeable, this undertaking will be shifting the tectonic plates of who I am inside, altering the pillars of what I truly value.
I get envious of movie characters that get hit in the face with a life changing epiphany. One that will solve all of their problems. One inspiration music montage later they've transformed into exactly who they were meant to be along. Real life isnt that poetic.
I've also seen people that've had extenuating circumstances thrust upon their lives, but rise above it, and subsequently become a strong person. These stories inspired me so much.
Although I don't envy their hardships, I do envy their new found perspective. That’s when it dawned on me. I can't wait around forever for fate to deliver me my scripted challenge for me to conquer on a silver platter. It was up to me. I had to make a conscious choice. And all the power I need to do so is in my very hands. Like any person in history that has made an impact, all any of get is a heartbeat and 24 hours in a day.
A WEB OF REASONS
As for the my motivation and what drove me to do this, there are so many. A multifaceted web of reasons why all interlinked. Not all of them life changing alone. But like twine, when combined, had the strength of a rope.
- Charitable minimalism. Learning to live off less, not just for the sake of it, but so I am able to give more.
I believe we’re the sum addition of all our actions. I didn't want to leave this planet with nothing but ‘good intentions’ but never have had the courage to actualise them.
I believe true inner growth can only come from struggle and pain.. then growing into someone strong enough to overcome it. So I decided to initiate my own character building process. My own life challenge.
One of my biggest fears is to squander the greatest gift I have. My passion for people and the desire to help. I do not want to look back one day and regret not using this for good.
Like an 8 week challenge, but for internal Alex. A diet from a life of over excess and objects with the strengthening of my mind, soul and spirit.
The age old, “go live your dreams”. I cant think of anything more fulfilling than doing something that you believe in so deeply. Getting to wake up everyday with the fire in your heart.
In the absence of material possessions and a financial flexibility I will be compelled to find value in other, more meaningful things such as family, community and connection.
It’s no secret that the older we get the harder it is to change. I wanted to prove to myself that I’m in control of who I end up being. I'm still behind the wheel. And it's never too late to re-invent yourself.
A major key to finding happiness and purpose is being part of something bigger than yourself, belonging to something greater. All personal obstacles are put into perspective when you see yourself as one part in a larger picture.
I want to prove that us as a society measure ‘success’ wrong. All the emphasis on what we are on the outside and what we own, not who we are on the inside and how we treat others.
Although most people know the more lighthearted outgoing side of me who loves a beer, I wanted to nurture the other more conscientious and sincere side of me who wants to change the world.
I wanted to break free from the power money has in my life. Form a healthier relationship with it while gaining a new appreciation for the role it plays serving me, not me serving it.
There’s an over saturation of people dedicating their lives to inspire your with fitness and how you look on the outside. There’s a massive need for people to look up to when it comes to investing internally and making this world a better place.
I want to get off this ‘hamster wheel’ trap of money where we’ve let the tools designed to find happiness become it’s biggest killer. Trying to satisfy the unquenchable thirst of always wanting more.
Actions promote beliefs, which foster actions, that promote beliefs and so on. I want to kick start a positive loop in my life.
Following stories of people doing amazing, inspiring things wishing I had what it took to do the same, then realising I do. We all do. It just comes down to making that choice.
If you've made it this far I'm proud of you. I hope you enjoyed the voyage into my mind. Let me know if you get something out of it or it resonated with you on any level.