Good morning, World 🙂

Here’s a riddle: what does ex-navy seal cum ultra-endurance runner David Goggins have in common with the Irish playwright Samuel Beckett?

They understand the value of finding your dark place, and plumbing those depths until there’s nothing left.

Now, don’t get me wrong, David Goggins tends to take things to… Let’s just say, to an unhealthy extreme. He’s the guy who did Hell week three times with taped up, broken feet. He’s the guy who ran 207 miles in less than two days, and nearly died in the process. He’s the guy who has a New York Times best-selling book out right now, entitled “Can’t Hurt Me,” and let me tell you, it is not for the faint of heart. I hope you enjoy swimming in a pool full of f-bombs.

But…

It cannot be denied, this guy gets shit done.

And when I was reading the book “Daily Rituals” by Mason Currey this morning, and came across the routine of Samuel Beckett, I couldn’t help but be reminded of this fellow, and his words on finding the dark place within yourself. I mean, come on, check out this excerpt:

On a late-night walk near Dublin harbor, Beckett found himself standing on the end of a pier in the midst of a winter storm. Amid the howling wind and churning water, he suddenly realized that the “dark he had struggled to keep under” in his life–and in his writing, which had until then failed to find an audience or meet his own aspirations–should, in fact, be the source of his creative inspiration. “I shall always be depressed,” Beckett concluded, “but what comforts me is the realization that I can now accept this dark side as the commanding side of my personality. In accepting it, I will make it work for me.”

Growth is not possible unless we seek out the darkest places in our hearts and minds. The next time you find yourself procrastinating on something, dig deeper, and ask yourself, why am I putting this off? What is scaring me away from completing this task?

Acknowledge the cause of your fear. Really let it settle in.

Embrace the darkness. Relish the fear and anxiety as signs that you are onto something.

Then conquer that shit.

xoxo Liv

P.S. I am on a never-ending quest to get reviews for my book, Warmth. If you would like to review this book, feel free to leave a comment, and I’ll send you a free copy! 🙂

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  1. Hello, Liv,

    Yes, I would say Goggins took things to a very unhealthy extreme. And I would have to wonder why he would do that. Was he punishing himself for a reason, or did he do those things just to be able to say he did them? I can think of no other reason. Even though I truly appreciate all they do for us, I realize the training and life of a Navy Seal can cause irreparable damage to one’s thought processes as opposed to the average person. The same is true for Army Recon Soldiers, Marine Special Forces and the like.

    I don’t believe we always procrastinate because we’re afraid of something. A lot of times we procrastinate because the task at hand seems menial or trivial compared to other tasks we have waiting. So, we tend to put those things off until later. Prioritizing IS how we get things done.

    I do, however, agree that the way to conquer your fears is to meet them head-on.

    I also agree that it’s OK to disagree!

    Have a great day,
    Bill

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  2. I think we need all sides of our life. We need to experience the light and the dark sides of our lives. No-one fully understand what another person is going through unless you have had some experience of it yourself. As a writer when you write from your heart not your mind others feel this in your writing. As a writer we can also seek those who have experienced what we have not and ask them if they would share their experiences with us so we do not get it wrong on the page. Writers can create needed change in the world even if that change is ‘I won’t be so extreme in my life as it hurts me and mine.’ Writer learn and share that learning with so many readers.

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    1. I totally agree! I think taking anything to an extreme is a bad idea. I admire determination, Grit, and perseverance as much as the next person, but breaking your feet apart to run over 200 miles seems… I don’t know, like a bad idea lol. thank you for the comment!

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