Anticipation! Embarking on the (altMBA) journey

[This is a cross post from the altMBA site.  Original can be found here].

In anticipation of a race the next morning, Running gear laid out. Shows layers of clothing - running shorts, t-shirts with race bib pinned on to the running clothes.

All set for the race!

This happens to me the night before each race…. I lay out my gear, double check that the bib (or decal, the runner number) is pinned on so that I can take off layers of my clothes along the route without losing the bib and so on…. Anticipation!

Right now, I’m going into the “Resources” section of the altMBA5 guide, resetting my forgotten password on Disqus, uploading my photos on to Gravatar and the Bio Book…. generally getting ready for the journey of ruckus.

Anticipation – the (good kind of) nervous energy. It fuels the positive vibes that then carry into the race.  Investing today in this prep work will be well worth the time as we begin this mad dash, this 30-day sprint in which we produce (“ship”) 12 projects.  Yes, I knew that when signing up for the altMBA workshop and am actually looking forward to this sprint.

It was an honor to be selected for this altMBA cohort #5.  As always, there is a cost to doing anything (doing nothing costs more).  The time, the money, the sleep, the juggling of priorities.

So, why am I doing this?  Primarily to get off my seat and get my mojo back.  Second, to invite new doers and ideas into my life.  Third, the wonder: to simply see where this journey will take me.  It’s definitely different from my other projects… and hey, Seth Godin – yes, the Seth Godin – is invested in this.  For these 30 days at least, we have a shared project – Ain’t that something!

Already, I have learned.  Of my Christmas day in April, I’ve devoured these three:  Steal Like an Artist by Austin KleonThe War of Art by Steven Pressfield and The Art of Possibility by Rosamund and Benjamin Zander.  Here are the rest:

A photograph of all the books in the suggested reading package of altMBA cohort 5 that the blog post author is anticipating reading.

Books R Us

The journey is where the fun is, I know.  But this getting ready part, this anticipation – there’s a special joy here.

OK, back to the suggested reading. Book #4 is calling me…


The Why in YMCA

This evening, we invested one of the best hours of this week in checking out the local Y.

Why the Y?

Mostly because I find that when it comes to exercise, I do enjoy working in a group, learning new skills and working toward measurable goals.  While the (ongoing) training toward a run/walk Marathon builds several muscle groups, core and strength training need work. Back when we were in Texas, this meant going to the gym plus the early morning Boot Camp sessions.  (Yes, I got to a stage where I enjoyed working out in the parking lot at 5 AM on cold days – no accounting for taste).

Over the past several months, core and strength training got relegated to the back burner.  I have access to the facilities at work, but figured I need the motivation of the group.  Plus, if its a shared experience with L, its a lot more fun.

Rachel, the enthusiastic Y employee that gave us a tour sold us on it when she actually logged into her own account and worked out on one for the exercise machines.  At the local Y, we found a combination of the old: lots of exercise gadgets + heated pool + classes (all 109 of them!) along with some intriguing new classes.

Early tomorrow, I’ll be riding a (stationary) bike along some interesting roads.  Looking forward to it.

[Yes, its a big expense, but we’re investing in our health, that’s priceless. Plus, its a non-profit, so supporting the Y has a halo effect].


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