Exploring the future, life and making systems work and operate in our personal life that is line with our future, it's important to address things that come in the way of clear thinking. For instance, confirmation bias, sunk cost bias, and other biases that we have a natural inclination towards can possibly obscure our line of sight when making a clear decision. Heck, even our physical environment plays a large role in this. Here are a few things that I've considered as I define terms for clear thinking:
- Never be concerned with wastefulness (wasted time, resources, etc). Rather, consciously consider adjusting your lifeOS systems in your day to either eliminate problems and/or create opportunity. Both create space. When we focus on wastefulness, we tend to be past-oriented and this tends to cause more missed opportunities than create more value.
- When problems arise, address them and take the additional time to fix the cause of the problem. This separates the successful from the unsuccessful. Most people react to life circumstances, feel overwhelmed as they happen, but rarely take the time to take the additional step and time to fix the cause of the problem.
- You can stand out from the crowd by doing two things of noticeable human quality that are terribly simple, but most do not do: be dependable & consistent. Both of these can change everything for you. Dependability means a yes is yes and your no is no. Stop negotiating with yourself and you begin to take what you say more seriously. Consistency isn't as much about discipline as it is about trust. Build trust with yourself with consistency and do it with those around you.
- Wisdom is in part life experience and in another part deep reflection. It is not only experiencing life but also reflecting on life experiences that bring about deep wisdom.
- Your time shouldn't be sold. Your time is too valuable to be sold to another. Yet, it's the way we have created and settled for means of the modern work/life system. I believe you must sell your time in order to get to a point where you can stop selling your time, but in the back of my mind, I always keep it clear: My time is too valuable to trade it for dollars.
- Prov. 16:32: A warrior can conquer and master a whole city. But this verse argues that it's even better to be patient, self-controlling and knows how to conquer and master themself. So begin with the idea 'I am not here to fix others.' The hardest challenge for anyone is to first become clean before asking others to. In that, is where you give the most good.
- Do things that are limitless. Getting paid per hour isn't limitless. Learning on the job is. Helping one client on a project isn't limitless. Recording the content &/or they clients work stretches far and wide, that is limitless. Do as much as you can that is limitless.
- Go beyond 80% of all money that comes in to be cycled 3-6x in your system before it's released. What does that look like? If I make $1000 this month, it should go towards investments, equity in properties, business projects first before it goes to something like food/shelter or anything that releases money out of the system. It's part of the reason why I'm starting a non-profit by the end of the year. Consider investing in stock and then pulling out money against it. Or a Donor advisory fund. Or investing it in a business that pays your family.
- The hoax is that tomorrow is a better day to start. "Tomorrow, I will be more prepared, have more time, and be wiser to begin." This thinking will lead you to your grave. Don't follow the lie.
more to come soon...