motivation

No more zero days

Many of my readers are heading into their second week of NaNoWriMo. For some, keeping up with the word count is easy like sunday morning, while others have fallen already behind. Some, however, are also considering to give up the fight, knowing they will never reach those 50.000 words within a month. They look at what they have written and whisper: “this can’t go anywhere. How am I supposed to finish this?”. Then, they stare at their word count, wondering how they will make the average of 1.667 words a day. With a frown on their face, they close their document or throw their papers around the room. They have given up.

If you are one of those people, I salute you and congratulate you on the balls to just screw it. However, I urge you to write on. Does that sound like a paradox? Well, here me out.

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Geek Jitsu – three songs to get you into overdrive

Warning: this week’s Geek Jitsu will be filled with what I consider tasteful music. Though I do listen some of the music the general public deems “good”, my workout playlist contains a few songs that you might find painful to hear. If folk rock and / or punk rock cause physical pain to you, you should steer clear of this list.

Alright, you still here? Well, then we have no time to lose! Every great workout needs great songs. I know that  can get that extra dose of adrenaline and general feeling of “RAWR!!!” from the right tracks. In the last years, I have gathered a few tracks in a workout playlist, and today, I want to share my three favourite ones with you

Avicii – Levels

Alright, let’s start with the odd one out of this trio. The kind of music made by Avicii is, generally, not my cup of tea. Electronic music just doesn’t cut it for me. However, “Levels” is a different story. I really love the upbeat tempo, the choice of “instruments” and composition of the track. Also, the calm part in the middle adds to the song, especially because it builds its tempo back up right after it. A perfect track for a steady pace while you’re out running!

Eluveitie – Helvetios

Yes, this is more my typical music! Eluveitie is a fantastic band, and the track “Helvetios” just makes my heart race. Listen to that refrain: don’t you want to scream along to that while finishing that set of push-ups or running ever faster? This music turns you into an ancient warrior, ready to fight anything in his path to glory. While some of the instruments might sound weird, they add to the motivating and medieval atmosphere created by these badasses from Switzerland. Helvetios!

Rise Against – Satellite

I’ve been a fan of Rise Against since my late high school years. Their tough, rebellious character is convincing, and their music is simply…raw. “Satellite” shows this so well, with lyrics that tell you why you keep going without ever stopping. Lines like “you can’t fill your cup until you empty all it has” are simply inspiring, and they keep me going whenever I think I can’t move another inch. Have this bad guy pump through your headphones while working out, and you will surely fly like a satellite over all your challenges!

That’s what’s playing when I break a sweat, but what about you? What gets you into beast mode, ready to go again? Feel free to share, I could use some new tunes!

Geek Jitsu – You will fail, but that’s okay

Not a really motivating title, right? After talking you through a change in diet, more physical exercise and focusing on your inner will, I’m telling you now that you will fail? “Chin, what’s up with that?” I can hear you ask. Well, I’m telling you what’s up with that. I’m telling you the truth: you WILL fail. It’s inevitable. Sooner or later, it will all come crashing down on you.

And that’s entirely alright. Why? Well, read on…

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