February 6, 2023

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Living My Authentic Self – Day 2 of 30: Hello Beastie

Day 2 of living my authentic self.

Depression is a beast. It’s a silent killer that saps you of your motivation to do just about anything. Getting up is a struggle. Living is a struggle. It’s a constant fight. Sometimes you win, other times you lose.

It helps to have a purpose. Purpose that’s bigger than simply getting up and brushing your teeth. Focusing on the minutaie helps in retrospect, but not when you’re looking forward. When your day is over, you could look back at all the tiny things you’ve accomplished. The fact that you’re still there, alive, is a great win. You won. Don’t look at the tiny details when you’re going forward. That’s overwhelming.

Selecting your purpose is not as easy as it sounds. Sure, you could define it as “going to work and accomplishing your tasks for the day”. And then you get laid off or retrenched because of downsizing. Whoops. That’s not going to work. Or you could define it as providing financial stability for your family. And then your partner leaves for whatever reasons, or your kids find some reason to rebel.

Grant Cordone, of 10x Rule fame, says, “The biggest mistake most people make in life is not setting goals high enough”. So whatever you’re dreaming of, multiply it by 10.

Elon Musk says “When something is important enough, you do it. Even if the odds are not in your favour.” This helps. Make your vision important. What is important? That’s a great question, we can explore that in detail in another post.

Cecilia Tham inspires that one problem with future-synthesis, a topic for another post, is that imagination is limited by what we have read, seen or experienced. In her domestika course, she talks about “thisable that”, a technique for expanding on ideas.

The larger your vision, the more fuel it generates for you.

Your vision is only as inspiring as the number of people it positively impacts.

So take your vision – and the number of people it positively impacts. And 10x it. That will get you started in the direction you want to go.

And then factor in what you’re good at, which may be nothing – but of course we know that’s a lie told to you by the beast (depression). Or by other people who’ve been influenced by the beast. Although if you’re really not good at something, and you want to be, then you should get good at it. it only takes 20 hours to learn a skill. [Josh Kaufman].

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