Today I watched DDP’s, “Living Life at 90%” video. In the video DDP explains how life is 10% of what happens to a person and 90% is how the person reacts to it. It is a simple concept to understand, however, to achieve this mindset takes hard work and dedication daily. The steps for living life at 90% are:
4. Take Action
In the video DDP explains how it took till he was thirty years old to get a diagnosis of ADHD and Dyslexia. When DDP was thirty-one he made the decision that he was going to read his first book from beginning to end. He did this by reading one page a day and by the time he was thirty- two DDP had read his first book. Ten years later he wrote his first book, “Positively Page, The Diamond Dallas Page Journey”. For DDP to achieve this goal he had to change how he reacts to the idea of reading so that it no longer scared him.
Living life at 90% is something we can all do. For DDP it not only helped him with his wrestling career, it has also helped him turn DDP Yoga into a multimillion-dollar business which has helped millions of people to improve their lives.
How can we apply this to our own lives? Firstly, we need to set out what our goals are. Then we need to write them down so that we don’t forget them. Once we have done that, we then need to write down a plan for how we are going to achieve them and by when. Once we have done that, we then need to put that plan into action and we also need to review our progress on a regular basis. All this work makes up the 10%. The other 90% is how we react when things go wrong. Let’s say that you went for a promotion at work and it went to somebody else. You could react by becoming angry, quitting your job and spending the rest of the day in the pub. This would not help the situation and could possibly lead to you making even worse decisions. On the other hand, you could ask your Manager for a feedback meeting to find out what it was that the other person did better so that you can take the required actions to get the promotion next time. It might very well be that you were in fact the better candidate however the person who got the promotion was able to sell themselves better. In these situations, the person who got the job over you will quickly be found out as not being as capable of doing the job as they said they were. This will then give you the chance to show your Manager that you should have gotten the job in the first place by being professional and continuing to do your job to the best of your ability.
Training your body and mind to live at 90% will take daily work, however if you are able to achieve this goal you will find that it becomes as easy as breathing.
Have you ever had days when you feel that you have done nothing productive? One way to avoid this is to make a, “To Do List”. All you need to do is think about everything you want to do on your day’s off, write them down then put them in a list with the most important task at the top. Once you have completed that task you simply tick it off then move onto the next one. At the end of your day you will see just how productive your day has been. Any tasks that you could not complete that day for any reason will be at the top of your next day’s list. It really is that simple. As an example, you list could be:
1. Go to the gym for an hour
2. Clean car
3. Food shopping
4. Attend evening class
Depending on what you do for work you may find that you are doing this for your working day but not on your days off. If you work in Management or run your own business you will be making to do lists each day, it could be responding to customer comment forms, planning meetings or budgets. In my job my, “To Do List” is my daily booking sheet. It will tell me when I have inductions, fitness classes and fitness programmes. It will tell me how many people I have booked onto each class so that I can ensure I plan enough exercises. It will also have the cleaning schedule so that I can see what needs to be prioritised that day.
By planning your day this way, you will ensure that you make the most of each day.
Not mine but worth sharing
In two week’s time I will begin the next stage of my career in the fitness industry as a Duty Manager. As I think about my new challenge, I also reflect on the last eighteen months. In that time not only did I return to the fitness industry after an unplanned career break, I also had the opportunity to get my confidence back as a Fitness Instructor. I am grateful for the fact that I was able to once again work in the industry that I love, instead of taking any job I could simply for a wage. I am fully aware that some people never get one opportunity to live their dream, let alone two. Some people spend their entire working life going from job to job, never really knowing what they want to do with their lives. If that makes them happy then that is fine. For me I need to be doing what I enjoy, not just for my mental health but for my personal satisfaction.
What is the meaning of life? For me it is finding your passion and then to share it with the world.
I have had my first week in my new place. It might not be very big; however, it feels so nice to have a place of my own again after two and a half years of living in shared accommodation. The last two weeks of my life have been a bit up and down. A customer at work had a cardiac arrest and we had to use the defibrillator on him and carry out CPR while we were waiting for the paramedics to arrive. The member is recovering well though and it looks like he will make a full recovery. Later that same day I was offered and accepted a promotion. I am now in the limbo period of knowing I have the job; I’m simply waiting for the required paperwork to be completed and a start date set. Once this has been completed it will begin to feel real. My new job will be as a Duty Manager in a small leisure centre. It will be a great place to start my Management journey as the team that are already working at the centre are friendly and helpful.
I am also fortunate that friends and family donated items to me such as a bed, pots, pans and plates for my new place. It came with a cooker, washing machine and fridge-freezer already installed, however it is an unfurnished property, so the donations were greatly appreciated.
On Saturday I went to my hometown to visit my best friend, his wife and my amazing God sons. They have recently bought their first house and it is looking really nice. It might not quite be exactly how they want it, but it will be soon. Saturday was a warm and sunny day, so the paddling pool came out and the boys had a great time splashing around and turned their garden slide into a water slide. It was the first time this year I was able to get through. I found it hard to believe how big all three of my friend’s boys have grown since I last saw them. What didn’t surprise me was how much energy they have. Like most young children they seemed to get more energetic as the day went on. In the evening we went to my friends Dad’s house and all had a catch up. I have known the Tebay family for thirty years so to see my friends Dad again was great. Both myself and my friend’s Dad like to lift weights so whenever we meet up the conversation soon leads to gym training. It was a great way to end my first week in my new home.
June 2019 will be the point where I stop thinking about who I want Michael Patterson to be and how he will be different to Michael Mckellar. From June 2019 forward I will focus on turning who I want Michael Patterson to be into who I actually am.
1. Michael Patterson will be a lot more confident. In time I will learn to think less about what other people think of me and more about how I can improve my life. I will learn to be brave enough to follow my own path.
2. Michael Patterson will make the most of each day. Once I finally get an official diagnosis, I will learn to turn my mental health issues into a driving force instead of allowing them to hold me back.
3. Michael Patterson will not be taken advantage of. I have frequently been told that I am too nice or too humble. One of the reasons I was given for being made redundant by the Meridian Leisure Centre was that I was too humble. I personally feel that humility is a strength. I know that I am one of the best Fitness Instructors the Link Centre, Meridian Leisure Centre and City of York Council has/ will ever have. I do not need to tell everybody how good I am.
4. Michael Patterson will stick to the recovery plan. Every three months I will learn something new, visit somewhere new and try something new.
5. Michael Patterson will be more positive. I will reduce my exposer to negative situations/ people as much as possible.
6. Michael Patterson will only ever have a Plan A. If something doesn’t work I will learn the lessons needed and apply them to Plan A before trying again.
I am two weeks into my DDP Yoga journey. In that time, I have lost 1kg in weight and feel a bit more positive about how my life is going. Part of this will be because I will be moving into my own place in five days. Part of this will be the DDP Yoga programme itself. At the end of each workout I feel really calm which is great for my mental health. As well as providing motivational workouts the DDP Yoga programme also provides nutrition advice, motivational video’s, an easy to use mobile app which I am using and the option to buy the programme in DVD format. I also like the fact that throughout the workouts DDP reminds you to make the workout your own, meaning you can modify some of the exercises to match your ability.
Although I am following the DDP Yoga plan I am continuing my weight training. I am using the DDP Yoga plan to enhance my mobility, core stability and strength. Each DDP Yoga workout I have completed has been twenty to thirty minutes long. This suits me well as I like to keep my weight training and cardio sessions short and intense, usually between thirty to forty-five minutes long. Before I started DDP Yoga I would usually spend twenty minutes stretching after each workout, so by turning that time into a yoga workout my overall workout time is broadly the same.
I intend to update everybody reading every three months on my progress. In time I am sure that I will soon see the physical benefits as well as the mental ones.