Back To Basics Day: 4 Simple Steps To Stabilize The Foundation

When I was studying karate on the East Coast, from time to time the Sensei would have a Back To Basics Day. He didn’t call them that, but that’s what they were. During these workouts we would focus entirely on the most basic, foundational techniques. Often we would stand in a large circle and count off, doing literally hundreds of punches, kicks, and blocks.

In the early days of my training, if I could get through the avalanche of thoughts streaming through my 20-something brain, most of them telling me I was “too advanced” to be wasting my time on this stuff, I might actually get some benefit from those workouts.

Years later, after reaching the level of Shodan or first-degree black belt, I came to truly enjoy these back to basics days. By then, my brain had become much more cooperative and quiet and I was able to be present with the workout. In that state it was always amazing to recognize how much I still had to learn from and about these seemingly basic techniques.

Now as you may recall, last week was one of THOSE weeks for me. And whether or not Mercury being retrograde had anything to do with it and regardless of how many other people may have been going through a similarly bumpy time, the way I choose to turn last week’s bumpiness into a benefit is by finding the lessons and opportunities hidden in the muck.

And while I was poking around in that muck, the phrase Back To Basics came flying into my head. So apparently one of the lessons for me is to get back to the basics.

It’s a good lesson since I definitely have a tendency to get caught up in the excitement of new ideas and projects. And when I do, it’s very easy for me to forget about the basics that form the solid, strong foundation upon which any successful project will be built.

When those basic, foundational elements are missing or shaky, whatever “advanced” techniques or projects I’m building upon those elements will be just as shaky.

Not good!

So today, I had a Back to Basics day to look at what basics I might need to get back to. And after coming up with quite an impressive list (that I’ll be working through over the next few weeks) I narrowed today’s back to basics list down to these four key steps:

Buy a weekly pill reminder case:

Yes, I realize this isn’t all that glamorous. But personal growth is not always fueled by mystical experiences and epiphanies!

When it comes to supplements, I fall into the “I know they’re good for me but I can’t really be bothered” camp. When I do take them on a consistent basis, I definitely feel more energized. And it’s likely that taking them on a daily basis would smooth out some of the bumps in the road.

I do make an effort to take them every morning, but our mornings are often a wee bit crazy getting Ella ready for pre-school. And, if it’s I’m not on the morning shift with Ella, I often leaven leave super early for a hike or run in the forest. So I often forget to take them. And by the time I get home, I can’t remember what I had for breakfast, let alone taking my supplements!

So the solution I came up with is to get one of those plastic pill cases with a separate compartment for each day of the week. Yeah, sure I felt a bit silly bringing it to the cashier at Rite Aid, – “It’s for my mom, really!” – but hey, if it works…

So tonight I’ll fill in all the little compartments with my supplements and put it right in front of the bathroom sink where I can’t miss it!

Buy a Stainless Steel Water Bottle:

I KNOW that I need to drink more water. I’ve been told by my personal trainer, my wife (who happens to be a Naturopathic Doctor) and I’ve read LOTS of articles explaining how a large percentage of our fatigue can be directly linked to mild dehydration.

I know it. I get it. I just don’t do it!

Part of the problem has been the conflicting information about plastic water bottles. A few months ago I bought one of those nice Polycarbonate bottles because I read that they leached toxic stuff less than the soft plastic. But recently I’ve begun hearing that the soft plastic is actually better. So now, when it comes to plastic, I’m totally confused!

And I must be feeling some hesitation about drinking out of plastic because I’ve been leaving my water bottle on the kitchen counter rather than taking it with me. And that means I’m not drinking as much as I should.

So, today I bought a nice stainless steel water bottle. More healthy, better on the environment (I think) and it should get me to drink more water throughout the day.

I went for the 1 liter stainless steel water bottle by New Wave Enviro. My wife has had the nice Sigg Lifestyle Loop Top Water Bottle for a while. But I like the fact that the New Wave bottle can fit in a water bottle cage on a bike.

Back to 5:00 Am:

Let’s face it: Life Happens!

And when life happens, as it does, things can start to slide if you’re not paying attention. Way back when, at the start of my work with the Holosync System and my 30-day 5:00 am trial (and for several months beyond it) I was consistently getting up at 5:00 and using that first hour to meditate with the Holosync.

Well, I’ve slipped a bit. Somehow, over the past few weeks, 5:00 am has turned into “around 5:00.” And when I get up at 5:30 or 6:00 that doesn’t leave me with a whole lot of time before my daughter wakes up between 6:00 and 7:00. So I usually skip the morning meditation and try to fit it in sometime later in the day. More often than not it doesn’t fit!

You know… Life!

So my next back to basics step is getting back to a 5:00 am wake up time and meditating with the Holosync System at least three mornings each week.

Use Simpleology Every Day:

I find it simply astonishing how easy it is for me to NOT do something that I know makes my life run so much smoother. Just as I’ve slowly slipped away from waking up at 5:00 am, I’ve also let the Simpleology Daily Target Praxis drop out of my regular routine.

Remember that 20-something mind chatter I mentioned above? “You don’t need this. You’re way too advanced for this!”

Yeah right!

When I use Simpleology I get more done. It’s that simple.

When I fool myself into thinking that I don’t need it, I spend much of the day running around in circles, chasing my tail and trying to figure out which way is up!

Not good!

So my fourth Back to Basics action is to return to using the Simpleology Daily Target Praxis every work day.


And there you have it. Those are my four back to basics actions. For the next few weeks, I’ll be focused on getting back into the groove with these basic elements and stabilizing my foundation.

What about you? Could it be time for a basics check up? Could your buildings use a bit of structural repair to the foundation?

Having a back to basics day can be a great way to catch any structural problems before they cause your entire building to collapse!

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      2. Adam Kayce : Monk At Work on October 29th, 2007 6:54 am

        This is great, Ed — I’ve been on something of a ‘back to basics’ kick myself; maybe it’s in the water (I’ve gotta get one of those stainless steel bottles, too).

        My question is this: how do you do the 5am routine? Or more specifically (’cause I’ve read Pavlina’s articles about it, too), how do you get to bed early enough to make it viable?

        I end up spending time with my wife in the evenings after the kids go to bed (she’s a night person), and it’s hard to disengage from her, or from a movie, before it gets prohibitively late. Suggestions?

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