The Motivation Train

I didn’t really realize it before my accident, but I had spent years building up momentum on my motivation train. I had built many personal habits and systems that enabled me to get 7-10 hours of highly productive work in a day plus usually an hour of high intensity exercise. Even my leisure time was usually productive – reading, programming, or playing chess.

After my accident, I had to spend two weeks in the hospital and another week and a half at home so far. It seems that many of my habits have been derailed – like I have been watching lots of stupid Youtube videos or reading crappy online articles on my phone. I am unable to exercise much and my quad now looks like it is slumped in.

Habits I need to rebuild:

  • No phone in the bedroom
  • No food unless I am eating it at my desk working
  • When I first wake up, I need to go straight to my desk to work
  • Every day, do the best workout I can within my knee limitations.
  • Set goals that are small and achievable and begin to build momentum


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Joel Gross

Joel Gross is the CEO of Coalition Technologies.

2 thoughts on “The Motivation Train”

  1. Dude the exact same thing happened to me after I broke my arm in Thailand. My everyday routine got messed up and I got depressed, gained weight and had a tough time getting back into the gym. My arm took two years to heal to a point where I could work out again (I had two major surgeries on it). My advice would be too do a little bit of excercise everyday. Watch your calorie intake and slowly you’ll get back into it

    1. Ouch, two major surgeries and two years to heal! That is no fun at all. I am glad to hear you are better now though right?

      I have probably lost 5-10 pounds of muscle already and gained 15-20 pounds of fat. I am trying to eat healthier again now and exercise more. I am trying to go for a walk in the morning, then maybe play golf or do some exercises in the evening.

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