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Cards, Dice, Art, and your WOD

Some people create stuff, and that takes guts.  Starch.  Balls.   Because when you create art, some people might not like it.  I’m always creating stuff, and I do so unafraid because I have to create.  To quote the late great John Lee Hooker’s Boogie Chillen’, “It’s in him, and it’s got to come out.”  So maybe creativity doesn’t take guts.  Maybe what it takes is enough creative urgency, effervescent desire, and volcanic drive to overcome the of fear of criticism and hit the LAUNCH button.

If people don’t like what I create, no bigs.  It’s okay not to like stuff.  I see stuff I don’t like all the time.   Usually I don’t say anything because I’m a creator myself, and I know that sometimes I put a ton of effort into creating things that nobody seems to dig.  So even if I think somebody’s creation is kinda crappy, I often respect the effort.  But I do appreciate constructive criticism. So when I do comment on stuff I don’t like, that’s what I usually offer.  Constructive criticism: an essential part of a nutritious breakfast.

This morning I created a video for today’s WOD.  Check it out.  If you don’t like it, do whatever you want.  Slam it, pan it, dis it, or if you’re in a Boogie Chillen’ kind of mood, just offer some constructive criticism.  Note: This workout is a variant of one of the workouts in my book The Calisthenics Codex.

Instructions: Take a deck of ordinary playing cards, remove the Jokers, and shuffle.  Put the deck on the floor and flip a card.  Black = Push-ups, Red = Squats.  Aces = 10, face cards = 12.  Complete reps as indicated.  Flip a card and repeat.  If you do the whole deck, you will have done 200 Push-ups and 200 Squats.  I got to 34 cards before I gassed.  Oh well, there’s always next time!

Stacking a Magic Deck for Success

imageMake a deck of cards and write on them things you want to do on a regular basis that you never seem to do enough.  Resolve to periodically pull one out and get it done that day. After you pull it out and do it, put it on the bottom of the deck.

Just make sure you put things on the cards that you can get done that very same day.  Include things that are personal, professional, or spiritual that are immediately achievable.  No projects, no long term goals, just mini-goals you can quickly and easily knock out of the park.  This is your deck, so you can pull one out on a certain day of each week, each month, or as often as you like.

Because my cards contain actions that will push me to be the person I want to be, I call this my Tarot of Success.  But you don’t have to call it that.  Call it your Paper Drill Sargent, Deck of Mindfulness, Pack of Propinquity, or Trumps of Timeliness.  Doesn’t matter.

I made 28 cards out of a cut up red file folder.  But you could just as easily take an old deck of playing cards and write on them with a permanent marker, or use the flip sides of old business cards.  They don’t have to be pretty.

But you could make them pretty if you wanted to.  You could decorate and embellish them with artwork.  You could turn down the lights and sit before a candle while you write them out, anoint them with oil and pray your God to make them holy, pass them through the smoke of incense, or wrap them in a scarf and sleep with them under your pillow to charge them with the power of your dreams.