The law of averages is one of my favourite laws in the entire universe. Of course there are many interesting built in laws that has been proven for thousands of years to work. This is my favourite. What does it mean?
It means that if you do something often enough eventually a pattern will emerge. And you can get detailed statistics on how much you need to do something to get a certain result.
But you need to gather a ton of data first. If you do something 100 times many times you can then from that calculate the success from that. And if you do that action another 100 times you will usually get a similar result. The more data you collect the more accurate stats you will get.
Of course it can differ a lot depending on season and timing and circumstances. But if you take a logical approach here then you will see that if you just keep taking action you will eventually get some kind of result from that. But this means that you cannot stop in the middle. You have to keep going forever. Faith that things will work out!
You also may have a bad run that last a long time. But the law of average tells that if you keep being persistent then eventually you will break through in whatever you do. It’s amazing how action taking actually solves 99% of the issues we have. And people do anything to avoid taking proper action that needs to be taken. People are always looking for some magic pill or magic shortcut.
There is none! Also do remember that you don’t want fast results and fast success. Because that will leave you just as fast. Slow progress is what you want. It is slow but it’s also real. It won’t leave you the next second you look away.
Do not try to beat this law. It’s a law for a reason. Just keep sowing. You will reap what you sow. Sometimes you will put in long hours and you will get 0 results from your work. Remember the law of averages.
Also don’t try to make this big thing that will change everything. It won’t. Keep the steady daily action just. You want to discipline your disappointment. Have low expectations. And trust me if you just keep taking action and sometimes adjust yourself for improvement by feedback you get then success is inevitable. The low expectations is awesome to keep in mind. Because even when you get a normal win you will be really satisfied.
Do not neglect things in your life. Take care of things that you want to keep in your life. Or it will go elsewhere. It’s easy to neglect proper care because there is no mega evolutionary pressure for us to care for things. Our body just want to keep us alive it doesn’t care about our dreams. So we have to put evolutionary pressure on to ourself!
There are many dangers as we step inside this new digital age. Even though we have access to more information than ever before what could start to happen is a internet filtering system that only feeds us same stuff all the same time instead of expanding our minds. This is something that already goes on with Facebook and YouTube. You don’t see all the latest updates that you want to see. The algorithm on these services decides what it thinks is best for you. The robot controls what you see. This is in a way very scary.
Because what happens is you can get a distorted view of reality. Always remember when you are on the internet that the people that for example comments on a post they are not the average person watching that content usually. The major majority is silent and do just consume. But we don’t many times think about these people. We mostly just think about the commenters as the ones who care about our work. But many times you have many that care but you will never know who they are because they usually never see a need to post a comment.
The whole idea in the beginning with the internet was that it would expand our minds. But what mostly seem to happen is that people stick to their groups and do not want to go beyond it. So you are having humans creating villages online. So internet can actually make many people more close-minded. This global access to all humans on earth is very new and strange. Humans don’t really know how they should use it.
We are living in big times of change. Which will confuse a lot of people when we go forward in the digital age. Most 40 year olds their life is in real world. Most 20 year olds their whole life is online. So you have two different worlds that is being created. Deep changes like this will register a lot of fear in people who do not like change. But remember that change is the only constant in the universe. Life is always shifting and moving around.
Many people shut down their potential these days out of fear. The internet is like this magical thing that could show you anything you want. You could either find amazing stuff on it or horrible. It’s up to you to learn to master this internet thing. There is more potential out there than ever before. People you can connect with that will create limitless opportunities. But it’s up to you to take action and start moving in that direction.
There is a lot of dangers with this time as well. Because a lot of distractions that exists on the internet. Everyone is fighting for your attention. One click online usually result in minutes or hours of your life just being swallowed up. The key for you is to learn to master Focus and Discipline. That’s how you can win in this Age of Distraction era that we live in. Every single extra second you can put on Focus will help you so much.
Also remember whenever you start to do something new the start is always the hard part. Once you are in flow it’s easy. It doesn’t require that much extra energy while you are already doing something. It’s usually called MOMENTUM. This is something you can take advantage of in work. Once you are in the flow of work get 5 things done fast instead of taking a break between each thing that you finish. Because every time you take a break you create a big block that can result in minutes or hours being wasted on nonsense.
Something that I have done on my phone is to disable all the notifications. It’s just a distraction. Another thing I have is to rarely use social media. Most of it is as well a distraction. We also live in the age of sharing other peoples content. So few people create their own original content these days! It’s a disaster. Especially when you consider you have the best tool in the whole world for creating unique original content. I am talking of course about your brain.
The limitless ideas you can create with your brain is just madness. It’s like it’s expanding like the universe the more knowledge and action you feed it. For every stone that you flip over you find three more stones below it! You just have to keep feeding your brain with new stimulation and take action. As long as you keep doing that you can keep creating anything.
We usually get into this block in our life when we take little action and get poor result because of it. So it creates a negative downward spiral. Most of these problems can be solved with the 10X rule. Take 10X as much action as everyone else. And you will surely see better results! And the better results you get the more you see it works and it creates an upward spiral o awesomeness in your life!
You see the thing that you are scared of is just getting into a habit of doing something regularly. Once you are in it you are really fine. Life is good. I have seen it takes 66 days to form a new habit. You have to re-wire your brain. And it doesn’t happen fast. Also don’t try to create multiple strong habits at the same time. Because that will usually make it so you won’t stick to anything eventually. Be modest and humble. And realise that the journey is what is the fun part. The destination is just there to give you a direction. But it’s the process that you will start to love. The process is your life.
The internet these days can become an even larger distraction than in the past because these days everyone is addicted to their phone. And phones are always closer to you than computers because most usually carries their phone in their hand or pocket. So it’s a potential constant distraction that you carry with you all the time. So turn off the notifications is a great idea.
Other things I highly recommend is to not consume without production. So this is a good rule. It’s perfectly fine to consume! But only consume after you have created something of value. Or else you will become a value leech. And nobody likes a person like that. Remember that generating value is not that hard. After some time your need to consume will go down. You will realise that it mostly just was a distraction away from your most important task in your life.
We humans have a great fear about realising how super limitless we actually are. We are afraid of what or social group or family might think. But I believe that if you feel a fire deep inside of you to do something then you are suppose to follow that path with heart! Because following your heart if you ask me must be the only true way forward.
But just consider this for a second. If you do become limitless and maybe your friends or family might think you are weird just imagine the amount of good you can do in the world. The amount of peoples life’s that you can touch. You can touch millions or even billions of peoples life’s by being 100% your fullest potential. You can actually make a massive difference in the world. I believe we need more people like this in the world. More amazing and unique people. Less vanity and more creativity. Less sheeps and more originals.
Also remember with the internet you can try stuff out with little risk of losing something. Many times you don’t even have to show your face. But can operate in a safer way. And fully express yourself. Back in the days you had to invest more energy and effort in the physical world to get stuff done. Now with the internet things have gotten way easier and there is potential for you to exploit it. To become a master in your field. If you can see pass all the vanity and see what truly matters. Knowledge and Truth.
When you observe the world and paying more attention to what is going on around you then you will see the most amazing things. Then you will truly see how amazing this new technology we have is. But you have to wake up first. And realise it. You can’t walk around sleepwalking the rest of your life. Will it be scary to wake up? Yes. But think about the rewards. Most people are stuck in distraction and sensory pleasure. This is causing them to walk around mostly in a zombie state derping. Instead of living their true potential and dreams. It’s a weird realisation when you discover you can have anything you want in the world. If you are willing to work for it.
Today I wanna talk about a major thing in life. Being engaged in doing work.
Most people walk around derping and are disengaged from the activity they are involved in. It’s so easy to make it into a habit to be unfocused and become disengaged. It’s so easy to lower your standards and not try harder.
So you need to take deep focus engagement very seriously if you wanna reach great goals in life. It’s important to be engaged because it translates into so many other areas of your life. Everything is all connected. Creating 1 strong habit many times lead to more good habits. Everything blends together. Letting a little bit of laziness creep into your life usually spreads fast to other areas of your life. Because in the modern world it’s so easy to just chill and relax and not remain super focused on the activity you are doing.
Life works in a Pyramid and to reach high in life in an area you like then it requires more and more focus the higher up you go. Because there are less at the top so you need to find something you love and have daily passion about and focus with intensity and engaging everyday on it to reach high.
Of course this is way easier when you know more clearly what makes you super excited everyday. And when you have sorted out your goals/dreams and vision statement in life. Because the majority is at the bottom of the Pyramid and it’s so easy to fall down to that level and maybe work for someone else your whole life. Which puts you into a limited position in what you can do in life.
The level of apathy that you get conditioned with everyday is at such an intense level that it will try to hammer you to not take action. People have many different agendas and goals.
If you are passive that serves other people’s interest that wants to make money on passive people consuming content. Be a creator and producer more then you are a consumer.
A good way to live life and take control over it in this phone age is don’t consume if you haven’t produced anything. If you want to consume fine. But at least produce something of value first. Mostly you will realise that you get way more joy out of producing than consuming. 2 people in this world: Takers and Givers. You wanna be on Giver side. Takers are too much value leechers. They train themselves to have to rely on others.
Your produce output should be so high in this abundant universe.
So you want to continue to focus to be against and fight against apathy and passivity. It’s because you are alive you should be active and moving and producing and creating stuff. It’s a way of life! An interesting way to put this and how to guide your life is that you care more than anybody and that you care less than anybody. Most engaged but least attached to an outcome.
There are some traps that could stop your progress and that is decision making fatigue, persona fatigue and self judgement fatigue. These 3 can mess you up a lot.
Decision making fatigue is when you sit and think a lot if you should do a certain task or not. It actually burns a ton of willpower energy. You would be better off just do anything in that moment. Than sit and burn energy on thinking about it. So just do it! You gain energy by doing faster decisions and can get into a momentum by doing it!
Persona fatigue is when you try to be someone that you are not. You won’t get as tired if you are just yourself.
Self judgement fatigue is when we constantly judge ourself instead of keep going. We burn ourself out by trying to do something perfect. When we should just ship the damn product as Seth Godin would say.
We are humans so we cannot make perfect stuff. Life is messy and making progress is messy. Also don’t be attached to how good the end result will be. Don’t panic so much about it because it will just burn energy. Just get the job done within the timeframe that you have.
The most enlightened thing you can do in life is to engage in life. And try to do it at maximum levels. Even down to maybe cleaning a room. While you do something always do it with maximum engaged level and this will require you to live your life so you can have lots of focus to do this task.
The reason why it’s important to detach from outcome is because we all will die one day, things are constantly changing and shifting in the universe. We think we can own something but all we have is just things we borrow for the moment while we are alive. Then it goes away to someone else in another time period. Also detaching makes you feel more free. That it doesn’t really matter that much what you do in life. If you succeed or not. Doesn’t really make any difference in a larger time period of the universe. Most things will be forgotten.
But while you are alive the nicest feeling is to be deeply present inside of an activity. We aren’t designed to be passive humans. We have a human consciousness so we can do things in life with a present awareness. Compared to animals who doesn’t have that ability.
Most of our thoughts we think are our own ones. But most of the time it’s just other peoples stuff they have put inside our heads and now we think it was our original thoughts. We humans are sponges very easily affected by people in our environment. And biological impulses that fires off inside of our brain.
Most of the moments in your life you will not remember. Your mind will only remember a few moments in your life the other things will be a blur. This is why attachment is so pointless in life because most things won’t be remembered anyway. So living in the present moment and be engaged is the thing that always is real and now. And what you want to strive towards. And the present moment you can always reach.
And if you think about not doing the 3 fatigues above then you will have an easier time to kick yourself into engaged mode. Of course you can go much deeper into this topic but here was just a few thoughts about this topic. Let me know if you want to hear more about this!
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Never in life beat yourself up for the result you get after taking a certain action. But beat yourself up for the process if you fail to execute on the process you know produces results. The end result of a certain days actions we have no idea what it will be. But the process that produces results we have full control over. And we need to learn how to master it.
What made you start to fail?
You have to find your built in habits that is causing failure in your life and making it harder to follow the process that produces results. Some of the common things that can have a massive change is diet, sleep and limit too much pleasure. To learn a new process and to implement it in your life it will require months of focus on that process to wire it into your brain. And then when it’s in there you could start working on another process you know produces results. Eventually you wanna have a full system of processes that you have found to be the best to produce results and stick to them everyday.
Life will continue to test you in every second you are trying to do something. You just gotta remember that the hard part with most processes is just the beginning. Actually be inside of the process is usually not that hard. It can be extremely enjoyable once you get into a FLOW state of it. That state puts you into the present moment with deep attention and focus.
The process of becoming a mature adult is a bit more painful but the rewards are so much bigger. But most are very lazy in this world and wanna take the easy way out. You wanna work hard and get what you deserve from that work. Many people do work hard but they work for someone else so in that position they are in a limited position. You have to work first to remove yourself from that limited position.
There is a great book out about this process activity how you can get more into a flow and a nice routine where your life just goes smooth and exactly in the direction you want it. The book is by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and it’s called Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. Here is quote from the book about what can be enjoyable:
Basically what it means and he’s saying now especially in the age of the internet is that to get into flow you have to concentrate and focus on the task. And not get distracted as easily by all the things we have around ourself. All the temptations that tells us it will give us flow and fun but won’t.
He also gave another great quote here and some good things to keep in mind when you wanna get into a nice flow state:
Many people do set goals but they are boring. So it doesn’t produce any excitement to actually start doing them if they think they will only improve life by 10%. But 1000% improvement goals now finally it brings motivation to start something new!
I will give you great book recommendations in the future on the topic of my top self improvement book list.
Knowledge is important. When someone is writing a book many times they are doing it when they are in their highest state. So they give you the pearls of their knowledge. That will help you save time and energy to go out and try things yourself. It saves time and energy to learn from someone smart what to do and what to avoid. By being a simulator of the future.
The Stoics said some very smart things. And they had this great trick that is working very nicely when you wanna get more of something in life. It works in the way that whatever you have right you now you practice yourself to be super grateful that you have what you have. So you get a feeling of being content. So you don’t feel a need for more.
The funny thing with this is it always gives you more from this sort of thinking. Because you come from a place of abundance. I have been reading more classical ancient knowledge lately and have found great books about ancient Greece and the Roman Empire.
Seneca also had a more scarier practice and that was to think about negative things that might be happening. Of course this one is a bit more scarier to do. Because it might bring up unpleasant thought or emotions:
Musonius had an even more extreme way to do this. I have tested this myself by staying away from pleasure and it for sure is an interesting thing to do. You really start to appreciate more what you have and the simple things in life:
So in a way by focusing more in life on the process than the results. It’s sort of like you want to see yourself as a robot when you are making yourself warm up to do the process. Stop using too much thoughts and emotions and just go into robot mode and do what you know produce results. After some minutes you usually start to enjoy something and you feel like a human again and your creativity starts to kick in and flow!
Results will follow of course when you are focusing on a process you know will produce result. Even when the results are low you know you can tweak the process to get better results. Because we are all humans with a brain that means if we master our mental side then we can become millionaires or even billionaires by using processes other successful people used to get to that point. We need to study their works and learn from it. And then apply it into our own lives.
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Taking action keeps taking you back into reality again and again. And you will bump into walls again. Walls of reality that gives you real helpful feedback. The walls will slowly bounce you back and forth but in a forward progress direction.
Not the result you want you actually want the feeling of doing progress. Taking that much action will give you lots of feedback. About what you need to work on. And you will also realise how connected everything is. Becoming more grounded in accurate sense of reality. And it will make you more humble for the journey.
Just like a lens on a camera you are removing the layers of delusion and comes closer to more accurate sense of reality by constantly shift the lens into sharper focus. Low level thinking paradigms and low level desires will be stripped away from your personality by going through pain.
The layers of delusion people get from not taking action scares people. People also get scared because they don’t actually have trained their action taking ability. Your brain will start to tell you lies if you go down the paths of delusion. You quickly need to correct and move into the right direction again. If you start believing your own lies you will build a foundation where more lies will be built on.
Where is reality going in the future? This is a good question because it does seem like we are moving into a more robotic world. With Virtual Reality headset’s like HTC Vive that now can simulate a world in your home that feels like real life. By taking advantage of your senses you can generate amazing things. But there is also a risk here that it can be used to manipulate reality more. You can also argue that we are already in a simulation of the world. Elon Musk said that was a high possibility.
After I tried out the HTC Vive I am getting more confident that people will be using “reality tweak” tools more in the future. We already see it happening with how much people are addicted to their phones. They can’t live without them! They have almost become a part of our bodies!
Will reality not matter anymore? If people can just live their whole life in their homes? It does seem in a new world like this that introverted people would benefit more than extroverted. Because it will create a world where people more communicate not in fast ways but in deeper ways away from each other. So they have more time to develop elegant ideas before they release them out into the universe. There is a great personality test out there if you wanna find out if you are Introvert or Extrovert more. Called the Myers Briggs test.
Taking action has a way to throw you into the present moment when you take action with consciousness. You are actually aware of what you are doing because you do it with great attention. Which makes you forget about thoughts and emotions. Which actually feels really good. Because most of the time our thoughts puts us into a weird loop that doesn’t get us anywhere. Usually the only thing we need to do to become awake again is that conscious action taking.
There are of course other ways you can do this and that is by just focus on sit still and be conscious. That will also put you into a mode where eventually you wanna go up and do stuff. Instead of just being still and passive. Many times we think that thoughts = being productive. But many time’s that’s not the case. Many times we would be way more effective by just starting the task. That is also the first habit in Coveys book: Be Proactive.
Why should you take action you may wonder when you can already get by just fine by relaxing? Well you should take action because we live in a time of intense changes. And in these times if you don’t become intelligent then it will be very easy to fall behind. Because earlier we only had competition that was close to us. Now in the world we live in global competition. Which means it will be even harder to get by if you are passive.
Make everything your own in life. You must strive towards ownership. When it’s your own you work harder and from a position of power. Take the leap away from safety. We are apes designed to be out in the wild. Living day to day! Remember. People are always trying to trap you in society. To play their games. This is a great time to invest in the internet because many people don’t take advantage of the insane opportunity that exists today. So you can really exploit it by working smart. Everyone wants to outsource all work to robots and cheap workers. You can exploit this by working with heart and soul. People will detect a true spirit person above robots and cheap workers. Why people don’t work hard is because the limited position they are in. Work to become an owner.
There is a great book about how the internet is changing our brains and how it changes action taking in this world which is moving at a faster rate. The book is by Nicholas Carr he wrote the book The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains. Which has many interesting information about how these constant new online links changes our brains. Here is a great quote from the book:
Basically what this means is with the internet there is no limit on who you can contact. So if you are creative you can build new business connections super fast. Just by contacting and engaging with more people and provide help for common problems. Wanna find a list of problems people have? Go to Quora.
Internet is a great place to both take action and to become an owner. Right now to start a website is very cheap. But it’s yours. You own it. And it’s extremely valuable when you want to get content out there into the world.
The problem I see with many people is they do take action but they are building their work on someone else service. Which just means you are selling yourself cheap. Also remember that when you are more the owner over your work then you will work harder and with more pride. Which will end up in better results. And you feel more in control and it will make you be in a responsible role.
What happens with these other services is it starts out great but slowly you will realise your room to move around and have control over your work is becoming more limited. That’s when it’s time to break free.
Your time is valuable so I recommend you set up rules for when you use social media or the internet. For example I have disabled notifications on my phone. And only open up stuff after I have created new content. So I’m not just a consumer. Thanks for reading!
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