|Sent on:||Friday, November 4, 2011 2:38 AM|
Hey it's Matt,
This might sound strange. It's kinda hard to explain but I'm gonna try my best. This is the one of the weirdest things I've ever wrote. I'm not even sure how it came to me, so perhaps it was divine. And I think it's critically important to anyone who's focus is thinking big and wanting anything like success, fame, business etc. I think you'll find it interesting and helpful...
It's sort of a thought exercise that goes like this....
Right now you're likely an ambitious and forward thinking type of person. You likely wouldn't be if you're an entrepreneur and into thinking big. The basic concept has to do with challenging your existing set of programming. Right now you're thinking in one direction. And your actions are following that direction. You're thinking big. You're wanting to perhaps broaden your horizons, and or think out of the box.
So think out of the box.... try this....
Instead of thinking big. Try just for a moment to think about your life in a completely opposite fashion. What might actually include "Thinking Small". So instead of letting your ambition always run wild and unchecked. Call it back into check. Test your existing programming. Try thinking for a little while in multiple directions, not just "thinking big" but actually thinking small for a change.
So map out each part of your life. The areas of:
Write out on a paper a short draft of what you believe, think, do, and are like in each of these areas of your life.
Now that you've done that....
Write down what the opposite of that is. So if you're always "striving to get ahead financially, and are a bit of a work a holic." ... Then what you want to write is that you will now "not strive, not work so hard, focus on getting by on less etc...". Physically if you always are obsessed about things like "eating specific food, vegetarian, working out like a navy seal etc." ... now you'll write down "You'll eat what you want, what you crave, and what you enjoy. You'll eat much more chocolate, pastries, steak, alcoholic drinks, and things you'd generally crave and indulge in".
So when you're done you'll have written down basically the opposite set of beliefs than those of which you have and adhere to right now. Now that you have those opposites you want to do two things. Think about them and maybe even try them on. If you're concious tells you "this is wrong then perhaps best not to do it", but maybe just at least think about it.
Other areas like when it comes to Physical, you would "do the opposite". So if you previously loved fitness, now you'd do the opposite you'd be a couch potato for a while, and eat some fatty treat and sweet stuff. If you were a work a holic. Then you'd now put down your work. You'd work less than 1 hr per day tops! You'd not thing about getting more but you'd exercise youre ability to give stuff away. So clean out your garage and get rid of all that old stuff you don't use, and just give it away don't sell it. Donate to charity, work less, go on a vacation, don't think about work at all. Think about relaxation, laziness, be bored and let that be okay. Now repeat with each area of your life....
Now you do this new pattern of thoughts and actions for a while. It should be for at least a week minimum. Following which you might just continue the pattern. As you're doing the new lifestyle pattern you analyze how it's changed your life.
What you're gonna discover is gonna shock you....
You're likely gonna discover areas of your life that you discover were thought processes that basically taken over and were dominating that area of your life. You were no longer in charge but perhaps these long established thought patterns were now running the show. You might discover areas that you had basically become a slave to that pattern of thinking and behavior. Which is NOT GOOD.
You want to be the one calling the shots, not your long established patterns. You want to now life and be free to be you. And not let your mind run and dictate your every step and fetch movement of your body and life.
So when you do try these new patterns of behavior you'll find some of them will be a much much much needed releif from what you were previously doing. And you'll feel it in your mind and body. You might notice your stress completely go away. You might notice some old physical problems like headaches, nervious tension, emotional instablity, pain etc go away completely. Even you might find stuff like you can sleep all night, you cure yourself of deceases or alements you had etc.
And of course some of the changes you try for a week might not sick. You might go back to your old routine, as you find it better. Or you might recalibrate from the position you use to hold in that area. So maybe you previously use to be book worm constantly in thought. Now you try "not thinking so much" and in the end maybe you strike a healthy balance of reading but just being and not thinking so heavily unnecessarily. Or if you use to work 12 hour days. now after not working hardly at all (under 1 hr a day) then after you strike a healthy balance of working 4 hours a day giving you freedom to play with your kids, spend time with your spouse, start living your dreams, start living a balanced life again.
And again all that balancing can cause dramatic things to happen in your life. Even taking a break from your routine and doing the opposite for 1 week could have a dramatic effect, even if you end up going back to the old routine. That's okay too but you'll give yourself the much needed stress releif you need that might have been building toward possibly catastrophic issues like a stroak or heart attack.
The main point of this again is to challenge what you do daily. To think in a different direction for a change. To tell your mind, "no I'm not your SLAVE!!!". I'm gonna be me, be free, do what I want for a change, try something new, have a paradigm shift and be okay with it. The point is almost like going on a diet or on a exercise kick but for your whole life and see how you feel after and what changes and beneficial patterns emerge. The areas that don't seem to get benefit well you can always readopt your old ways, but at least you gave that part of your life a healthy break while you were experimenting with trying out the opposite lifestyle pattern.
So lastly this is a way to test yourself. Are you free to be you or is your old long established patterns of thinking and behavior dictating ever step of your life and not allowing you to experience true freedom?? You'll find out soon enough if you try this exercise.
The reason I thought I'd mention this is that I found out things about my own life kinda by accident. I went on a trip to Europe last year where I had time to put down all business stuff for a month and to think about life. One thing lead to another and I discovered some absolutely shocking things about the way I previously thought about work, money, success and business. I discovered that I was basically a work a holic and basically a serial entrepreneur. That is a really delusional state to be in. It really is irrational and wasn't allowing me to fully discover my full potential. So just by random happenstance I freed myself from the obsessive thinking. I discovered the concept of "Less is more" and "small is the new big". I still do business of course just that "I control the business and work load" and it no longer "controls me" the way it use to. This is just one aspect of how this type of shift in thinking can actually balance out and benefit a persons life if they give it a chance.
Anyway, it's kinda an interesting idea to challenge yourself to try out at least for a week to see what happens. If you like certain new changes keep going with those new ways of thinking. Don't do anything that your concious is telling you is completely immoral, I'm not saying to do anything stupid. But I'm just saying to try challenging things within reason and moderation.
Anyway food for thought. Hope you give it a try. "Free your mind Neo". You be you now. Be free. Think outside the box. Out side of your long held beliefs. outside of your existing paradigm. Discover your true self. Discover who you really are. Challenge yourself to at last "let go". Stop trying to get and now just give. Just breath, have faith, and let go and let God. Turn off the tv for a while. Turn off the news completely. Let go of expectations. Let go of your ego. You don't need anything to be happy. You don't need to impress anyone or meet up to anyone's expectations. Meditate and see yourself fly outside the planet and through the universe. Meet the maker of the universe and align youself with them. Become your own best friend. Love yourself unconditionally no matter what. Like seriously challenge the way you've been thinking and behaving and watch incredible things start to happen in your life. ....ahhh okay I'm sounded like some kind of newager ha ha ;-p
Now go try this exercise okay. This week....!!! Think outside the box for a change!!!!
Also the Edmonton Entrepreneur meetup is Nov 21 at 7pm at the Starbucks in the strip mall right on the corner of 178 st and 69 ave. Right beside the Shoppers Drug Mart. (location changed just a block away from the old location)
Good luck, rsvp below ok. thanks.