Access to the monasteries is limited, almost without exception, to members of the Orthodox religion. All visitors enter via the Aegean Sea and request permission to set foot on the autonomous land. Legend has it that, in a long ago time, a certain man made an annual trek across the steep mountain range, also known as Mount Athos, to a particular monastery. He remained in prayer for his entire stay, one week, then returned to his home. The trip came at great personal expense and inconvenience. When asked why he made the trip each year, the man said, “Because every time I return to my home, I return a better husband, a better father, and a better man.”
Find your equivalent. Journey somewhere for a time, even if only in your imagination. Once there, take a vow of great import to you and keep your promise for the duration. You might vow to work on a certain school project without ceasing or to study your football playbook without pause or to practice your concentration skills without relaxing, for instance. Whatever your mission, complete it to the best of your ability. Emerge a better student; a better athlete; a better man!
From December 2010, http://raising-a-man.tumblr.com