Hard work pays off over time. Laziness pays off right now!
Why put off till tomorrow that which you can avoid forever!
I’m too lazy to look up the quotations above and give them proper attribution.
Browse in a bookstore and the internet, and you find all sorts of advice on how to get things done, how to stop procrastinating, how make money, how to live, how to awaken, how to have relationships, how to be successful, how to manifest, how to get up early, how to network, and much more than I can list here, or that you feel like reading.
I read a piece on how to find your purpose in life by a popular self-development author. It has to do with writing down your passions and ideas, and some sort of cross section of what you are good at and what you enjoy and what you can market, and coming up with a “mission” plan. Should it be that hard to find your passion? Does passion need finding?
Really, should it be that hard to learn how to be a human being? Does a dog read books on how to be a dog?
All this is fine. You’ve probably tried many of productivity systems out there, GTD and effective habits, and the rest. You’ve read self-improvement books and blogs on “zen” habits and how get up early and how to stop procrastinating and so on. You might have learned about “how” to have relationships; parent-child, mars-venus stuff. If these have worked for you, that’s wonderful, and you don’t need to read further.
Here’s a question: When you have been passionate about something, whatever it is, has it been hard to achieve that? I have a friend who is passionate about traveling, and has little money, but still manages three or four trips abroad every year. I’m positive that you’ve been passionate about something in your life in the past, and I’m positive you were able to learn and do whatever was needed. When our intentions are clear, we don’t need to read about how to get up early or stop procrastinating or how to manifest.
You know where this is going. Clear intentions equals passion equals effortless productivity. So all these self-improvement and law-of-attraction gurus are really trying to tell us is how to pretend to be passionate about things we’re not passionate about. Can that work for long?
The ego lives in a world of fear and sadness. Self-improvement tells us how to negotiate life in a world of fear and sadness. There is nothing wrong with that. It’s just that it’s all upside-down. Do you want to learn how to negotiate your life in a world of fear and sadness? Doesn’t it make more sense to simply leave that world behind?
Leave fear behind. Awaken. And then, as Arjuna Ardagh points out, self-improvement and manifesting and their ilk will seem as insane as a billionaire peddling for loose change on the street.
A combination of releasing and awareness techniques works very well. Awareness is what we need to go beyond the world of thinking; releasing smooths away some of the emotional turmoil that will surface. Releasing is also wonderful, if you, like me, have had depression, anxiety or problems with addictions.
The message I want to convey is that Awakening is not difficult. It is a little delicate, because the ego will put up obstacles. But looking at some of the resources that are available today, one might get the idea that awakening requires spiritual knowledge or understanding. It doesn’t. One might get the idea that you have to meditate for decades. You don’t. One might get the idea that it’s something you do when you’re older and retires and have more time. Why wait? Happiness is Now. I say hurry up and awaken, it’s only the beginning, and there is a tidal wave of awakening happening across the globe!
Put Awakening on your GTD list.