Have you ever had one of those moments when all of a sudden, everything becomes clear? It’s sort of like you have been driving your car through a dense fog, not totally sure if you’re on the right road, or even on a road at all for that matter, and then all of a sudden you come out of it. The first thing one would do in this situation is quickly correct their steering wheel to put themselves on the right path.
I just had such a moment. Let me tell you what has happened:
I have been searching out information on how to be a more disciplined person lately. One of my biggest flaws is that of procrastination and laziness. I always put things off to the last minute, and most of the time I can’t complete a task that I begin. It’s embarrassing. Anyway, I was just watching a Youtube video on time management by a fellow called Bryan Ogilvie, and he said one simple thing that has resonated with me big time.
“Align your work with who you are. What get’s you out of bed in the morning? What are you passionate about?”
I’m sure you like me have noticed this. When you are doing something that you don’t like to do, something that you are not interested in, getting down to actually doing it is a drudgery. If you work a job that you hate or at least don’t see as meaningful, you will have a hard time getting out of bed to do it. Sure, you will do it because the pain and deprivation of not doing it out weighs the pain of doing it, but if you had the choice you know you wouldn’t be there. To contrast; people who actually love what they do and find fulfillment and meaning in it, like doctors, will put in way more time and energy than is requited. I know with myself, when I going to be doing a big hike or mountain bike expedition, I will stay up late planning it, getting my gear ready, and then get up earlier than necessary just because I’m excited about doing it.
My little epiphany is quiet simple: I am wasting my life on things that don’t matter, instead of pursuing what I am passionate about.
I am not passionate about warehousing work, maybe someone out there is, but I’m not. I am not passionate about making a lot of money, and keeping up with the Joneses.
I am passionate about making a difference in the world. I am passionate about solving problems. I am passionate about sustainable, open source, distributed technology. I am passionate about ending war, violence, sickness and hunger. I am passionate about nature, and preserving this wonderful planet for many, many generations to come. And, most of all, I am passionate about having time to enjoy my family, friends, and the things in this life that I call fun.
Now, the question is, how do I find my way out of the fog?