Strenuous Life

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Dictionary Definition: stren-u-ous requiring or using great exertion.

Simplified Definition: Consistently make the "hard choices" instead of making the "easy choices".

Advanced Definition: The strenuous life is the one that exemplifies an unusual degree of consistent, ongoing personal sacrifice to accomplish an obligation or goal. "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;"- Col 3:23 KJV

Practical Definition: "Doing what needs to be done especially when I don't feel like doing it."

In practice we apply this idea through a focus on exercising discipline in our lives.

Habit is how we "automate" tasks and activites so we can continue to get their benefit but no longer have to strain to accomplish them (freeing that energy for use elsewhere).

When we bring discipline and habit together we begin to establish habits inside discipline domains thus freeing ourselves to pursue increasisng levels of excellence in our application of disciplines.

We continue to work towards accomplishing disciplines, not as self inflicted pain (although it may at times feel or appear that way) but rather to realize the great benefits that are the result of high levels of discipline.

It is the purpose of this site to explore ways and means of developing and strengthening discipline in our lives so that we can exert an ever increasing level of strenuousness. "So run that you may receive the prize" I Co 9:24-27

In building the content for this site I came to realize that it is all based on a set of pre-suppositions. I have documented these at Paradigm Academy as the first four paradigms of the model called "Operations".

If these ideas inspire you, we would be happy to have you join in this project. We feel that the following ideas are good matches for the long term goals of this project.

  1. Commitment to doing the right thing especially when it is hard (fighting laziness)
  2. Commitment to working on the hardest parts of life - starting with relationships (fighting isolation)
  3. Commitment to improving transparency and accountability with others (fighting deception)
  4. Commitment to finding and executing "hard things" that have a long term value (fighting frivolity)

To accomplish these ends we are focusing on adding incremental and beneficial habits to our lives, improving our baseline (foundation). Experience indicates that everything else will follow.

One of the most important aspects of taking risk and striving to move forward is having a safe environment to fail. Much research has proven that as humans we don't learn from our successes but do learn from our failures. It is our desire to encourage one another in taking risks, and failing so that we can move forward.

I have included here an excerpt from a speech by President Theodore Roosevelt. The quote below appears to have been slightly modified from the original but I feel conveys the key concepts better.

It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.The credit belongs to the man who's actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotion and spends himself in a worthy cause; who best knows at the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. - Theodore Roosevelt

Follow up: you can contact me through my personal website to discuss these ideas further.