Whenever I go to a movie I have to remind myself to suspend my disbelief.
When I catch myself thinking something like, "that would never happen," I stop. And remind myself that, if I could let go, and immerse myself in the moment, something may resonates with me.
If I allow this to happen, I might feel differently or think differently for a bit. Maybe I just have a really good laugh.
When I forget to let go, I miss out.
Too Quick To Judge
The same thing happens when I read something and am too quick to judge. I am not allowing myself to consider an alternative perspective. I miss the nuggets that the author has to offer.
For many with ADD, I'm sure that this sounds familiar. Your mind works quickly, perhaps too quickly. You sift through ideas, like thrasher. And when you do not pause to really consider the merits of someone else's perspective, however outrageous they may seem, you lose. I know that I do.
When I read Timothy Ferriss' book, The 4-Hour Workweek, my thoughts immediately turned to how unrealistic his suggestions were.
What is Possible?
Then I let my imagination take over. It was fun to imagine the possibilities.
Reality is merely an illusion,
albeit a very persistent one.
~ Albert Einstein
After all, I had already given up the illusion of security when I quit my full time job and became self-employed. I feel much more secure now that I have control over my future success and, yes, failure.
What struck me, while reading The 4 Hour Workweek, is that as efficient as I think I am, I could be more effective in choosing what work to do each day to ensure my success. I think these questions would help me do this:
- What is the most critical task I could do today?
- What could /should I delegate?
- What can only I do?
- If I do delegate, what is something else that only I could do that would help me to be more successful?
As Ferris points out, "Less is not laziness." Some of us measure our self self worth by how many hours we put in at the office. What if we strove to be as effective as possible with our time?
If you do work in an office and are not self-employed, this can apply to you, too.
Anyway, I am going back to reread his book with an open mind. I know that it will land a little differently this time.
What have you read, heard or seen lately that you could open your mind to and consider the possibilities?