Pick your poison
A few weeks ago a weird thought occurred to me and I had to write it down.
I took my smartphone, fired up “Remember”, which is a native BlackBerry app for memos (I’m super alternative that way…) and wrote down:
Stop walking around like a made product and become a product in making.
This simple sentence, this seemingly “random and insignificant” thought turned out to be a huge fork in the road in my way of thinking.
I realised that a large part of my life was spent subconsciously comparing myself to others and societal norms of how a “successful” individual should or should not look like.
Have you ever succeeded at something but felt like you didn’t really deserve it?
Think about it.
Perhaps you were a very good student and you passed all exams with flying colors, but it was only because “the questions were far too easy, and you should have enrolled in a more competitive class anyway…”
Besides, you had supportive parents who raised you well and paid for your tuition. That’s an advantage most people don’t have, so it’s no wonder you did good. Right?
Or maybe you got into fitness and after a few years you got into the best shape of your life.
Let’s face it. Happiness is awesome. In fact, almost NOTHING compares to that blissful satisfying “knowing” that life is great and that everything’s gonna be alright.
Some even believe that happiness is the whole purpose of our lives.
I don’t really know if I agree with that, but life certainly does seem to feel a whole lot better when we’re happy. It’s no wonder we crave it so much.
Unfortunately, we often look for it in all the wrong places. As conspiracy-theory wackos love to say –“it’s an inside job, man!”
Turns out that biologically and neurologically speaking, humans aren’t wired to feel happy all the time.
Self help is dangerous. And it may ruin your outlook on life. Forever. Getting overly dramatic now. Gonna stop.
It is no secret that the entire industry is becoming increasingly saturated with bullshit. It is continuously reshaping its original ideas and principles to meet the demands of the people who are prepared to pay money for the information they want to hear, not the information they need to hear.
This is normal, it is how the economy works in any industry, demand drives the supply.
If you think it is a weird coincidence that the Kardashians repeatedly hit the front pages of the most popular news magazines in the world, think again.
We’re all familiar with the constant, never ending mental chatter that goes on in our heads day in and day out, and many people have unsurprisingly come to believe that this is how it should be if we want to survive (let alone thrive) in this fast changing, constantly evolving jungle of digital information and “experts” pretending to understand it.
However, what we fail to realise is that this type of “mental chatter” can often rob us of something far more precious than staying on top of the latest trends and newest information – our peace of mind.
I feel freaking GREAT! I think I may have finally found the perfect morning routine.
I’ve read a lot about different morning routines on the web, most of which included some type of exercise, breathing, meditation, affirmations, etc. I’ve tried most of them.
While it did make me feel good initially, after the novelty wore off, so did my motivation to continue…
I feel it is highly important to develop our own, original morning routine. Because once it’s our own, we value it a lot more and we’re much more likely to stick to it long term!