What Energizes You Is Alpha

Working on your attractiveness / marriage / weight / business / finances / whatever it is that you’re up to…

…isn’t a sprint.

It’s a marathon.

It’s going to take a long time to get from here to there, and sometimes you have to stop whipping yourself to get there as fast as you can. Yeah a little taste of the whip is great to get you going, but after a while it’s nothing more than pain and blood loss.

Breathe. Take a day off, do something fun. All your crap will still be here tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow. Sometimes you gotta rest and recover.

One of the most attractive things to have is a high energy level. So after a certain point of effort, you actually stop making it better and start making it worse.

Half the reason I suggest exercise is so important is because it increases your energy level.

So what energizes you?


…$5 says that thing that energizes you is part of your Alpha.



  1. John Q Galt says:

    Thanks Athol. Rough couple of weeks.

  2. Cautiously Pessimistic says:

    A question occurs to me. Is being an introvert inherently beta? I ask, because I’m on the extreme end of the intro/extraversion scale, and what energizes me generally involves being alone to do my own thing (reading, researching, playing, etc). Being around other people just drains me, unless powerful pharmaceuticals are involved.

    Regardless, good thought. Marathon, not sprint.

  3. I have found that vigorous exercise or a hike in the woods really clears my mind and I am calmer and make more rational decisions in the face of adversity. I feel waaaay more Alpha after working up a good sweat and then of course I feel hornier too! Life is a marathon, but you need to live one day at a time and keeping your body in top physical condition will keep your mind sharp at the same time!

  4. I got an un-expected phone call from sf64 (from the forum) and he said this which stuck with me (and he quoted it from an author, but I don’t recall the name), I’m paraphrasing but you’ll get my drift. “Your goal is to get 1% better today than you were yesterday.” That’s not a lofty goal to achieve on a daily basis, but at the end of 1 year, you’re 365% better than you were.

    I thought about that all day yesterday. So I worked a little harder, I ate a little better, and I ran a little further. None of it killed me, and I really didn’t notice that much of a difference when it came right down to it, but I made progress in all of them. Today, I’m going to give it another 1% more than I did yesterday.

  5. A.B. Dada says:

    I prefer to do everything in life in the style of many sprints versus a marathon.

    In purely sports health terms, marathon running is very unhealthy, whereas sprinting is extremely healthy.

    It’s too easy to “get in the zone” when you do a real marathon — life is the same way. If you “get in the zone” in life, you don’t have the mental clarity to see what is failing you. All my goals are sprints: hard and fast and full on pumping until I reach my goal or fall short.

    I tried running life’s marathon and I failed miserably because I never caught notice of what was failing nor what other options were available. The goal in a marathon is to get to the finish line; that’s boring. With sprints, I can aim at ANY finish line I can see, pump my legs and arms with all my strength, and after reaching the goal of my choice, I can take a break and make a new goal in a few minutes or tomorrow or next week.

  6. That’s exactly what I needed to hear, Freeboro. The thing I struggle with the most is incremental change. You really inspired me.

  7. Few things energize me like Crossfit. If I don’t do it for a few days, I get very antsy.
    Yesterday, I deadlifted 455lbs. Felt so pumped after that.

  8. @freeboro and sf64: That’s some pretty excellent advice. Right on.

  9. @freeboro it’s better than you think. A one percent increase every day yields far more than 365% at the end of the year – percentages don’t add up like simple numbers.
    Call me a pedant if you like, but an optimistic one :)

  10. @Pegala, yes, I neglected to take into consideration the exponential increases, but 365% is nothing to sneeze at. LOL

  11. RedPillNewb says:

    I experienced exactly this last night, then got home to find my wife complaining about the time I spend on my energy-giving, Alpha activities. It’s frustrating to be undercut like that.

  12. Version3.0 says:

    My STBX complained once or twice that the guy she overheard on the conference call seemed very different than her husband

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