It was only until I came across a gem of a book called As a Man Thinketh did I get the mental equivalent of a 2×4 smack across the head.
That familiar “woooshing” sound when trying to connect to the Internet rings in my head like yesterday.
Twenty-ish years later, that time seems like the Paleolithic era.
Smartphones, watches, all sorts of doo-dads that connect to the Internet effortlessly are now par for the course.
As such, the rate of change has rapidly increased bringing with it a sense of a loss of control. More namely, a loss of self-esteem and self efficacy.
Not only is it becoming easier, but it is also becoming more rewarded as well.
You only need to remember how your social media news feeds were after the 2016 election.
I have never seen so many people become “political analysts”.
Keep in mind that these were people who had no interest in or even knowledge of politics before Election Night.
A good amount of these people probably didn’t even vote.
As the world becomes “sterilized”, this behavior will become even more commonplace. It sounds like it’s no big deal, but trust me:
As Joe Biden said, It’s a big fucking deal.
For the most prosperous nation on earth with rising quality of living indexes across the board, that’s a piss poor rating. Why the fuck isn’t everyone happy?
Here’s why: happiness goes where attention flows.
The quality of your attention will determine the joy you get out of life. Period.
I wrote this in response to a post from David at How to Beast. It’s a great post but I’m going to give it my own slant.
First, I want you to admit that you have a problem.
It’s ok. I had this problem myself for many years.
“What’s the problem?” I’ll tell you what it is:
Those words are cringeworthy to some, money in the bank to others, and twitch-inducing to many.
Self-help and self-development have been getting roasted in the public sphere for many decades…but the numbers don’t lie – it’s a 9.6 billion dollar industry. Yes, 9.6 BILLION. Andddddddd that number is getting bigger by the day. So, it ain’t going nowhere.
One of them is the myth about “Bigfoot” (he might be real, ya never know!).
Another myth is the infamous “Harvard goal study”.
(The above is a slightly shameless plug for my recent post on the best way to set goals *wink wink*)
But you know the most deadly myth of them all?
I’ve been told this tooooo many times to count and I’m sure you have too.
I wanna spill the beans on something real quick before we go on, though….
“Man is by nature a goal striving being…he is not happy unless he is functioning as he was made to function – as a goal striver.” – Maxwell Maltz, Psycho-Cybernetics
We human beings are easily one of the most incredible pieces of creation on this great, green Earth.
We have the ability to grasp objects with our hands and use them how we see fit.
We have the ability to contemplate our existence on this planet and in the larger universe.
We have the ability to strengthen ourselves and engage in self-improvement to assist our evolution.
Most importantly of all, we have the ability to project to the future and shape it to our choosing.