The Little Things

I was driving to my grandma’s house.  It had been a week since I cut the grass there, and because she’s getting too old to push the lawn mower I help her with the yard work.

She keeps her yard looking respectable to the neighbors and I’m paid to help.  It’s a win-win situation.

Normally this ends up being a relatively uneventful trip.  I say hi, spend an hour in a walking meditation, and then visit for a bit before collecting my paycheck and heading out.

Today was different.  During the drive to her house I found a box of tic-tacs in my car, and my gut was filled with absolute certainty that I shouldn’t eat any.  But I did.

I had just freshened my breathe with a piece of gum, so the only reason for me to eat them was to fulfill my body’s craving for the little spike of dopamine the consumption of refined sugars and artificial sweeteners would bring.

Later, when I got to her house my grandma was watching another one of her game shows, and instead of getting straight to work on the lawn I watched the first round of her show.

While I was mowing the lawn I missed a row of grass and justified skipping it because it was on the side of her house and she would be unlikely to see it.

It would only take an extra 15 seconds to cut and I knew it was the right thing to do, but I didn’t do it.  At least initially.

I went back and cut it a few minutes later because I realized something.

If I can’t control the temptation to pass on a tic-tac or spend an extra 15 seconds of easy work doing something I know I should be doing, how can I expect myself to put in the work required to become the greatest motivational speaker this world has ever seen?

Safe to say, I’ll be passing on the tic-tacs tomorrow.

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Cameron Chardukian’s 2013 UGHS Variety Show Performance

Cameron ChardukianAs promised, here’s a video of my first public juggling performance. The performance was a lot of fun and a great experience. I’d like to thank you guys for helping hold me accountable, and without further ado, here’s the video proving I actually got myself on stage.

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Public Acountability

In less than 24 hours I’ll be on stage performing my juggling act in front of hundreds of people. I have no prior performance experience aside from a brief volunteer show at a local nursing home, yet I’m not nervous. I’m excited.

In the past I’ve had lots of opportunities, but failed to capitalize on them. Too often I’ve backed away from things that would be a great opportunity for growth simply because I feared their unfamiliarity.

No longer will that be the case. I’ve told everyone I know about my performance to prevent myself from trying to back out at the last minute. It’s easy to cheat yourself when nobody’s looking, but when you have a whole world watching you, it becomes a lot easier to do the right thing.

Anyway, I’m not sure of the theatre’s policy on recording acts, but I’ll have someone in the audience filming me. If all goes well I’ll have my performance on youtube this weekend and will post a link to it on here as well.

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It’s been a hectic week so I apologize for not posting much recently. After this variety show I’ll return to 4-5 posts per week.

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My Worst vs Your Best

It’s been a rough day.  I’m tired, grouchy, and disappointed in myself.  I feel unmotivated. I can’t think straight and I’m emotionally numb.  I feel like things are never going to change and that nothing has a purpose.

Logically I know this mood will pass, but in the moment it seems as if it will last all of eternity.  Whether I’m at the top of my game or in a slump my mind tends to act as if my current state is how I’ll feel the rest of my life.

It’s days like these where I don’t feel like doing anything except mindlessly browsing the internet.  I know it’s not in my best interest to do so, but it’s almost as if my brain shuts off and I don’t realize how long I’ve been on the computer until the day’s half over.

It’s easy to be productive when I’m at the top of my game.  Anyone can do work while they feel motivated.

The thing is, if I’m going to be truly great I need to be able to produce great value to the world even when I don’t feel like it.

I’ve only been working on my personal development for two years, so some may argue I’m being too tough on myself, but if I want to be the best motivational speaker this world has ever seen I need to be willing to go farther than anybody else is willing to go.

Writing this article when it’s the last thing I want to do is a good first step towards that, but I still have a long way to go.  If I want to be great, my worst has to be better than everyone else’s best.

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Why I Blog

I’ve only been blogging for about three months, but I absolutely love it.  It’s the most fulfilling work I’ve ever done and I couldn’t see myself ever quitting.  Here’s a few reasons why.

Blogging Holds Me Accountable

Whenever I want to make a change in my life there needs to be a why.  There has to be a reason for why I do what I do.

Blogging helps motivate me because I’m no longer makes changes simply for my own benefit.  I’m a public figure and it’s my responsibility to inspire others to do their best.

It’s my responsibility to show others that regardless of how bad your circumstances may seem, it’s possible to overcome them.  If I did it you can do it.

Knowing that there’s a whole world out there watching everything I do is the ultimate motivator.  I couldn’t live with myself if I failed to use my power to positively influence others.

Self-introspection

Every time I write a blog post I’m examining my beliefs and the logic behind why I do the things I do.  Blogging helps me clarify my thoughts and delve deep into my subconscious.

It allows me to question beliefs I wouldn’t otherwise question and assists me in discovering the life values I consider truly important.

Connection

Although I’ve yet to attract a large audience to my blog, I’ve already met several interesting people through it.  These people have challenged me to think in ways I’ve never thought, as well as directed me to resources I wouldn’t have otherwise found.

I’m excited about the connections my blog will generate going forward.  The people who read my blog tend to be very unconventional thinkers.  I love talking to people with unique views of reality because they always seem to provide me with wonderful new experiences for personal growth.

In the future I could see clients finding me through my blog and booking me as a public speaker or performer through my blog.

Helping Others

I think the biggest reason I blog, however, is to help others.  I’m able to use my unique life experiences to help others think in ways they’ve never thought.

There’s nothing I find more rewarding than being able to inspire and motivate others to chase their dreams and do the things they’ve always wanted to do.

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Hidden Time

Lately I’ve been struggling to find time. Between school, juggling practice, blogging, lifting, and club soccer I’ve forgotten the definition of free time.

On an average day I’ll wake up, go to school, come home, eat a snack, practice juggling rings and clubs, head off to soccer, come home, practice juggling balls, and then attempt to squeeze in a blog post before bed.

In short, I have been, and am going to be extremely busy for another month or so until school lets out for the summer.

It sounds ironic, but the great thing about having a packed schedule is that I’m able to get a lot done. We tend to make our tasks take about as long as the time we’ve allotted for them so I haven’t been wasting much time recently.

Besides using my time more productively I’ve also learned to take naps while in the car, study spanish whenever I complete my classwork early, and read while eating.

Basically, I’ve been working to optimize the use of every second through out my day, and until yesterday I thought I’d done everything I could do to fit in all my daily work.

But I hadn’t. At first it seemed that I had accounted for every last minute and that I couldn’t possibly find more time to work on my goals, but I was wrong.

Then it hit me. I could skip lunch during school and simply eat during my classes.

I shied away from the idea at first, because by skipping lunch I would be breaking a school rule. But then I thought, who cares?

Even if I was caught skipping lunch to juggle, what’s the worst that could happen? A teacher telling me I need to quit juggling and head to lunch?

So, being the adventerous daredevil I am, I decided to skip lunch. Sure enough, within five minutes a teacher walking through the hallway saw me and said I needed to go to lunch.

I showed him what I was working on and he just laughed and continued on his way.

Several other teachers walked by and watched me for a couple minutes, but none of them bothered me.

Today, several people complimented my juggling, and none of them even mentioned the fact that I was supposed to be at lunch.

It’s crazy that I almost followed a rule that negatively affected me just because everyone else was conforming to it.

I’ve gotten some strange looks, but the response to my juggling has been overwhelmingly positive. More importantly, I’ve earned myself an extra 30 minutes per day.

Always be on the lookout for new ways to improve your life because regardless of how much lifestyle optimization work you’ve done, you’ll often find simple changes in the most obvious of places.

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