Wisdom For Extraordinary Living
Why It’s Realistic To Be Unrealistic
“The fishing is best where the fewest go, and the collective insecurity of the world makes it easy for people to hit home runs while everyone else is aiming for base hits.” -Timothy Ferriss.
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Confession: I think i may have a man-crush on Tim Ferriss. True. The guy is a brilliant bad ass kick-boxing champ who can lay down the law in six languages. He is also the first American in history to hold a Guinness World Record in Tango. Why do i freely flaunt these fun facts? Simple: This dude lives one of the most extraordinary lives of anyone i know. Bonkers.
The fascinating freak-show-ish ideas that Ferris features in his fantastic Four Hour Work Week book, really rub me the right way. The book has a bunch of awesomely effective and super practical step-by-step solutions to “extraordinarifying” everyday life. In today’s quick episode of Everyday Epiphanies, i’m going to shine the spotlight on the idea of being “unrealistic” (you know, as in actually wanting to LIVE life) and how an alteration of perspective can result in a rewardingly priceless paradigm. Peep game:
1. Stop Overestimating the World.
People in this world don’t have some huge advantage over you. Really, people are not as confident, not as secure, nor focused, or determined as you think they are. In other words, stop sweating the “competition” and handle ya’ biz with passion, persistence, and perspective. Everyone is insecure about something. The difference between John Doe and Mr. Super Successful Person is that Mr. Successful feels the fear, recognizes it, and then moves through it anyway (often more energized and even driven by it too.) Reorient your relationship with fear. Powerful.
2. It’s Lonely At the Top.
Ninety-nine percent of people are convinced that they can’t achieve extraordinary things in life. So paradoxically these sorry souls (old self included) all aim to accomplish an above average mediocre existence, just like every other John Doe, making it a difficult target to nail.
3. Realistic Goals Are Really Restrictions.
Make your goals something meaningful to get giddy about, not just a new grande latte shaker maker. When you commit yourself to a big-dawg goal, it’s like taking a spiritual syringe and giving yourself a strong shot of enthusiasm laced with adrenaline right in your forehead. Who’s down to OD on summa’ dat’ dopeness!?! As tough Timothy says “I’m prepared to do battle for a dream that is worth dreaming!” Love that.
4. Well, Now Whatcha’ Want?
May i dare say: Sit down happiness, the spotlight has shifted. Tim talk’s about how everyone and their mother says that they wanna’ be happy, and as a result, happiness has become this elusive term overloaded with ambiguity. He says the opposite of happiness is boredom, yet the opposite of boredom is excitement. So whether we wanna’ call it our passion, our bliss, or our excitement, the essential idea is evident – identify and create a life that is based on doing what you love.
5. Correcting Your Course: Dreamlining.
Since Sensophy stands for more than strictly philosophizing, here are some steps you can take to become actionated in busting out some baby steps toward your big-dawg delicious dream. Tim suggests an exercise called Dreamlining for actualizing our dreams. Here are three things that the exercise entails:
- Evolving your ambiguous wants into definitive steps.
- Becoming “unrealistic” in order to be effective.
- Focusing on doing goals, not having them. (For more on that click here: Be Your Goals)
Here are all of the resources that you need to get this exercise going: Ideal Lifestyle Costing.
Now it’s time to DO YOU homeboy. Drop a note below and let’s make magic manifest!!
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