In a world where time seems to pass in the blink of an eye, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. We can easily lose track of our priorities and sense of presence.
This can lead to a constant worry about the future:
"How can I build more income on the side?"
"Can I afford to start a family?"
"When will I retire?"
Let your mind run wild for a second.
You'll find yourself thinking about anything AND everything. The human mind is tailored to gather and process information at an alarmingly fast rate. This is influenced by our presence in the information age. The internet makes everything available on demand.
The mind is wild.
Or is it?
Let's Compare a child's mind with an adult's mind.
Children have a total sense of immediacy.
- They want something. They want it now.
- They want to do something. They do it now.
- They think about something. They act on it.
All the while, not caring at all what other people might say or do.
Adults largely live in fear. They have allowed the compounding impressions of the media, society, and the status quo to limit freedom of action.
So, why did the switch get flipped?
Well, we have to go to school, get jobs, get married, have families... oh, and pay taxes. We are placed in this straight line where there is only one path to fulfillment.
Take it slow, put on the pause button for a second.
What do you want to do? You might not even know.
After all, the fixed mindset keeps you from thinking as such.
Here are some actionable steps:
Be clear with your priorities.
There are things society tells you to do. There are things you want to accomplish. Listen to YOUR voice:
- Those lingering thoughts as you're trying to fall sleep.
- Those goals you write down but never plan for.
- Those moments when you can tell something doesn't feel right.
Let those instances speak and listen to the information.
Focus on what is within your control.
You don't know what the weather is going to be like tomorrow. You don't know who is going to win the big game. You don't know who will win your country's next election.
Do NOT concern yourself with external events and outcomes. You are one individual living one life. You can only impact what is within your control: Your mind, your attitude, your actions.
Create consistency in your daily life.
What are the vital habits you can keep?
☑ Exercise, drink 3L of water, meditate, etc....
These vital habits will lock you into a system, YOUR system. Enable a sense of intent in everything that you do. Hold yourself to a certain standard of living.
Disregard pleasure, chase fulfillment
Nothing good comes easy or quickly. But, damnnnnn, dopamine is a hell of a drug.
The infinity streams of content on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter make it impossible to stop scrolling. You need to find the next post, tweet, and viral sensation to stay entertained.
You start believing that everything needs to happen now or it's not worth it. You develop a short fuse, a short attention span, and slowly lose interest in things you found interesting before. It all gets stale too quickly. Pleasure is a cheap drug, but it's still not worth it.
On the contrary,
Repetition fulfills, the rest is cheap thrills.
The fulfilment comes from slow, steady, compounding growth seen below. These repeated actions, improvements, efforts, will give you the lasting fulfilment that humans naturally chase.
Understand "the system" wants to keep you in a box, complacent, idle.
Take the time to slow down and listen to yourself, your thoughts, your environment. You will find a mass of untapped potential waiting to be unleashed.
Here's to everyone trying to navigate their own lane in an ever-changing world.
Remember to run your race at your own pace.
Thanks for reading!✌️