A Torch in the Night
Waiting for something good to happen can be like waiting for the end of the earth.
One of my goals has been to find better ways to get what I want out of my time, relationships, and life as a whole. I don’t mean this in such a selfish way that I disregard someone’s wants.
I mean it the way that the pursuit of happiness means the right to refine your life, to go after what you want, and with hope, find success on your journey.
I’ve been one to refine my process to get more—and with less effort too. I want to work smarter and achieve more.
The funny thing is this—what I consider work, and worthy to work towards, others wouldn't think is important, or at least, they imply that.
Why is it that people talk about values, family, and friendships, but all that seems to matter is your bank account?
Not many people, if you corner them and ask them what they stand for, or what they’re working towards, could give you an answer, let alone a plan to achieve it...
I know that’s not you.
Have you ever had recurring thoughts that haunt your brain? They can be small ideas that appear trivial on the surface, but they are not. They push us towards certain actions that define who we are.
The only thing that you have to do is turn of the pop-up blocker in your browser—aka, your mind.
Over the last year, I’ve improved my process of getting things done. If I have a task that I want to finish, I have a rock-solid way of completing it which I talk about in my article, “Use Timed Intervals to Get Anything Done.”
This method will help you accomplish what you set out to do. The only issue I have with it is it doesn't account for the quality of items that you put on your list.
The quality of the list, for me, should be influenced by the thoughts that bubble up in your mind—the ones that come back, over and over, out of nowhere, unprompted, that pop up in the background almost like from a subconscious scheduling app.
How did these thoughts get programmed in the first place and why are they surfacing now?
It’s these mundane details about thoughts that shape and give meaning to what we do and should do. I’m starting to pay attention, because behind the triviality of a thought, my mind is leaving breadcrumbs of truth—a path to follow.
Here are a few things that keep coming up:
Learn something new and commit to it (Improve)
Read all the books in my library (Reflect)
Have something to look forward to (Anticipate)