The Shortcut Economy

People want unrealistic shortcuts to success. They don’t care enough to embrace the process of hard work and self discovery.

This lends itself to bullshit answers being fed to bullshit people. Our culture thrives on pure bullshit.

Life is a dance you get better at by DOING. There is no “shortcut” “tip” or “tactic” to success.

Whatever advice somebody gives you is just what works for them. Use it as a guideline, but not ultimatum. Sure, guidelines are important (so is keeping an OPEN MIND and being able to receive feedback). But MANY things in life nobody has the answer to, and you will have to find that out yourself through reference experiences.

You are your own authority. The road is clear. Stop hiding. Go make what you care about happen. 

 

The Beauty of Neuroplasticity

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” “The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.” – Nikola Tesla

The amazing thing about the human body and mind is, the more you use it, the stronger it gets. Turns out, we’re far more resilient than any machine can ever be.

The experiences we have, the thoughts we think (or don’t think), the emotions we feel, the senses we perceive, the foods we eat, and the physical tasks we engage in — all have dramatic effect on how we perceive reality.

You can literally rewire your brain over time. We are shaping it every day, and writing the script in real time.

If you want to create change in your life, the first step is believing you can do so. A belief isn’t a whim. Beliefs are strong, driving forces full of vitality and energy.

Next, you’re going to have to be very self-aware and aware of the environment around you. Mindfulness meditation is highly recommended. Meditation will help ground your thoughts and feelings, bringing more clarity to them. And in turn, you will be more in control of yourself.  Feeling that you are in control of yourself and your actions is the most imperative precursor for motivation and productivity. 

The third step is actualization. Channel your energy and passion into motion. Love what you do, and do it. Embrace the ride and journey.

Just remember to check yourself before you wreck yourself.

Generate positivity: Cut voluntary exposure to negativity on social media (and everywhere else).

Social media. Ahh. What a concept.

The current age of technology allows us to be selective. We can cherrypick content to our liking.  Subjectivity is the new objectivity.

The issue with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, etc… is that they are all designed to make you feel bad until you use them again. It’s a modern control mechanism to encourage conformity.

Let’s be honest: The majority of the time we’re on these sites, we’re using them in an automated fashion that stems from the subconscious desire to…

a) boost and or maintain our egos

b) out of habitual addiction to see what’s going on

c) confirm our existing beliefs

Now, let’s be clear here: I don’t discourage social media. What I do encourage however, is the following:

  1. Stop following ALL negative people and pages. You are in control here, and should maximize  your mental capital by avoiding the melodrama and negativity. These people are toxic. They will only bring you down. On my Facebook, for instance, I tailored my feed so that the only people I see are family and close friends. The other people?–I just don’t care.
  2. Follow pages that are relevant to your passions. If you’re a musician, follow the local venue’s page to get a scoop on live events around you. If you’re a cook, look at the cooking magazines. If you’re into nature or photography, it’s fantastic to get a glimpse of the world around us though breathtaking pictures. Cultivate a feed that is exciting and relevant to you.
  3. Only post and share what is an expression of your happiness. It’s not to get likes, status, approval–it’s not to get anything. You are living your life and simply sharing that love. The internet is just a medium for sharing.

Once you’ve cleansed your feed, things will feel a bit different. A bit lighter. A bit happier. More inspiring. You might even be asking yourself, “Where did all of the bullshit go?!”.  

And that is perfectly normal, because we drastically underestimate the impact social conditioning has on our mental health.

It all stems from awareness. Say it with me: Awareness. Awareness. Awareness.

When we can step off the conveyor belt, assess our feelings, and take conscious control of ourselves, positive changes will blossom in our lives. We can reshape our thought patterns through engaging in healthier information.

Even the little things make a huge difference.

We Are Meant to Roam Wild: Break the Chains of the Modern Paradigm

Imagine if you were given two scoops of the same food, along with a big bowl of water, every day, for the rest of your life. And to make matters more frustrating, you couldn’t leave the house until someone let you–you were 100% dependent on your owners to do anything other than sleep all day…and watch them eat whatever they want and do as they please.

Wouldn’t you feel controlled? Wouldn’t you instinctively rebel to try to reclaim your freedom?

We can apply this analogy to our lives as well. We are all unique individuals and should go about our lives pursuing our passions and utilizing our talents to the highest degree. We should do this in the purest form of joy and happiness to be alive. Sometimes we get so caught up in the system; we feel compelled to follow orders and do as we are told. We believe that is our only way to be successful, otherwise we’re hopeless. Our potential is limited because someone told us to follow their model, not yours. Someone else’s (more powerful) will is controlling ours.

Imagine again you are that dog with shitty caregivers that walk over you. All you want to do is run off into the wild and be free. However, you no longer have a guarantee of anything. Nothing is predictable or entirely safe, but it’s not mundane anymore. You’re doing exactly what you always wanted to do and you’re paving your own path to greatness.

Are you willing to give up on everything that doesn’t 100% matter to you or enrich your life, ditch those surface level “friends”, and take a leap of faith   – for the sake of doing what you love? This is the hardest step for everyone. It IS risky and people don’t like uncertainty. We want guarantees, tips and tactics. Because we might fail. In fact, we will. But we might succeed. We can learn an incredible amount of lessons along the way and become stronger and wiser individuals every day. All while doing what we wholly love and care about.

I hope you will take the plunge, break out of the mold, and blossom into the unique person you have always meant to be. The ice is thin, but the other side of the river is calling you to your greatness.

Warm regards,

Seth

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The Motivation Paradox: “I want to do something I don’t want to do!”

Exposing the unnecessary insanity we put ourselves through.

We grow up where all of our belief patterns are shaped by our superiors. Our thoughts on right and wrong, discipline, etc, are GIVEN to us. They are not our own. Especially in western cultures, we constantly feel we are inherently more special from the moment we are born. Which can be a very frightening realization, because now you feel you need to do something magnificent before someone else does. And that goes on and on until you die.

What I see as a major problem to many people nowadays is that constant feeling of “not being enough” and hence, having a need to jump through so many loopholes just to feel adequate. People take themselves mega seriously, and spend years pretending to be someone they’re not. They play the game of life in such a tryhard fashion thinking their egos are the meaning of life. If you’re lucky, you’ll realize you’ve been fooling yourself and give up on that nonsense. But for some,  they are totally convinced they need to keep trying to act a certain way & think a certain way to get what they want.

This kind of mentality isn’t realistic. In fact, it’s delusional thinking. It stems from a sense of inadequacy & inferiority with the present moment. It’s not accepting yourself for who you are. It’s not loving yourself and the environment.

If you really, TRULY wanted to do something, wouldn’t you just do it? Wouldn’t you not need “motivation” to boost you?

You see, this is exactly the problem; it’s not intrinsic. It’s placing a need for happiness on external circumstances. And this kind of thinking can plague people for years. People can become neurotic and develop very unhealthy mentalities because they feel pressured to accomplish greater than what they already are.

The only person who will ultimately make that decision is you. Needing external motivation isn’t going to make you do anything. It’s “feel good” propaganda that gives us a reason to rationalize “we could do it–IF we wanted to”. All of these modern motivational tips and tactics are another way to hide. A better question to ask yourself is, “What is it for?”.

Change is important, however. Experiencing life in as many ways as possible is a necessary tool for growth. Sometimes we genuinely don’t know what we want until we have experienced something firsthand. And there is a lot of power in knowing what we don’t want.

As Alan Watts famously said, “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”

So with that being said, do things you are genuinely passionate about and love. There will always be obstacles that we will run into. Skills make us happy, and we need to have discipline to develop skills, as Alan Watts discusses. But be real with yourself, because it’s very possible the majority of things you feel obliged to do are things you’d be much happier not doing!