Got a Challenge? (The Ultimate Psych-up-Yell-at-Yourself-in-the-Mirror Song)

Via Waylon Lewis
on Feb 21, 2009
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The other night, I watched 30 Rock for the second time…and in the episode Alec Baldwin, the charming jerky boss is psyching himself up in the mirror before a public speaking gig in front of a bunch of his old pals and important colleagues. 30 Rock being a comedy, Alec doesn’t realize the mic he’s wearing is hot, and the whole assembly hears him shouting ‘You’re a Stallion!’ etc to himself. 

Six months ago, I saw the writing on the wall. The magazine I’d spent 6.5 years creating, and building into a national vehicle for the inspiration of personal and societal change wasn’t viable—if I wanted to maintain environmental integrity (as a magazine gets bigger, its sell-thru rate goes down from say 8/10 to 3/10, which is very bad for the environment & advertisers both). So I took on the unfunded, six month transition of elephant journal into—voluntarily leaving behind a steady revenue stream that, among other things, covered my mortgage. Now, I’ve got six days left to pay this month’s mortgage.

Time to yell “You can do it, Stallion!” to myself in the mirror. Time for the ultimate psych up song—Eminem’s Lose Yourself (in the Moment):


Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity 
To seize everything you ever wanted—One moment 
Would you capture it or just let it slip?

Snap back to reality, Oh there goes gravity 
Oh, there goes Rabbit, he choked 
He’s so mad, but he won’t give up that 
Easy, no 
He won’t have it , he knows his whole back’s to these ropes 
It don’t matter, he’s dope 
He knows that, but he’s broke 
He’s so stagnant that he knows 
When he goes back to his mobile home, that’s when it’s 
Back to the lab again yo 
This this whole rhapsody 
He better go capture this moment and hope it don’t pass him 

You better lose yourself in the music, the moment 
You own it, you better never let it go 
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow 
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo 

I’ve got to formulate a plot fore I end up in jail or shot 
Success is my only motherfucking option, failure’s not 
Mom, I love you, but this trailer’s got to go 
I cannot grow old in Salem’s lot 
So here I go is my shot. 
Feet fail me not cause maybe the only opportunity that I got 

You can do anything you set your mind to, man


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


3 Responses to “Got a Challenge? (The Ultimate Psych-up-Yell-at-Yourself-in-the-Mirror Song)”

  1. Joana Smith says:

    Abilene and I are dancing.

    It is raining really hard outside right now!

  2. It’s not just useful for a public speaking sych either – I use it in the gym, too! 🙂


  3. I wish I could afford a Boulder mortgage. I have trouble paying half the rent in a 2-bedroom. Best of luck, Way!