Rule #5 Continued: Overcome

So yesterday's post was a bit off but there are bound to be off days in this process. I find that as the day goes on I tend to get more nihilistic. To top that off I was tired and decided to watch some TV. Strange enough watching a lot of TV has been found to lead to depression. My wife informing me of this article in passive conversation actually led me to start this process. I realized I was watching too much television and that I found myself too often lazy and depressed. It seems I made an important discovery yesterday. TV really does seem to be a major factor. It seems if I watch an episode of a show my mood is unaffected. But if I sit and watch 3-4 episodes I become nihilistic and lazy. It's a good discovery. Like my first post from Rule #5 I just took a step into identifying the real problem. I thought I was just undisciplined. While I'm not negating that idea I'm finding watching too much TV is clearly a factor that is making it more difficult to build and maintain discipline. As this directly affects my goal I think I'll need to make a sub-goal. Don't watch so much TV in one sitting. I think a good rule of thumb is to decide how long I'm going to watch before I turn it on. I will watch 1 episode of MASH on Netflix. Or one episode of NCIS. Then force myself to find another activity. If this isn't a perfect example of Rule #5 I don't know what is.

All that said I think it's worth exploring another concept of Rule #5. The first one I really heard. The actual phrase, Improvise, Adapt, Overcome, came from my 11th grade math teacher, Mr Kennedy. He was a fantastic teacher that was constantly teaching his students not just math but also values and life skills wherever possible. He loved that phrase. He used it in every lesson. Every time a student pointed out an issue he would repeat the phrase and show the student several solutions to their problem. At that time I primary heard the 3rd piece of the phrase, overcome. It's a fantastic word. To break through obstacles by sheer will and as I later attached to my definition by choice of attitude. Often the solution to the problem is simply to choose to keep going.

I have several financial goals that include paying off my collage loans. I going mostly Dave Ramsey style and setting aside large portions of my income to pay off the loans as quickly as possible. I have encountered several obstacles in this process. I had some medical bills pop-up. It nearly halted my ability to pay forward on my loans. But instead of giving up I chose to just add the loans to the snow ball and keep going. At Christmas my family needed some extra cash to buy presents for the extended family. We had to reduce our debt snowball for the month of November. But instead of letting it get me down or getting excited about the possibility of keeping those monthly funds for myself I immediately put the money right back towards the loans in December. Thanks to that discipline (much thanks to my accountability to my wife) I am 6 months from paying off a majority of my debt a chuck of loans that would have taken another 8 years had I been "on schedule". That is what it means to overcome. To overcome is less often about creative solutions and much more often about force of will. I hope to discuss adapt and overcome tomorrow.

Biblically it reminds me of David's journey to be king. He was anointed as a child. But did not become king for nearly 15 years. no creative solution would have changed this timeline. He needed to simply keep going [read about this in the book of first and second Samuel, pretty much the whole thing]. Joseph had nearly the same story. He was promised to be a ruler even over his brothers and parents. But nearly 15 years past before he was made ruler over Egypt [This story begins in Genesis 39]. 

But as it's Saturday, my Sabbath, I may have a more frivolous post.