I journal every morning. Usually I never go back and read them, but today I did. This is what I wrote:
What to write about this morning? This whole idea of having plans, goals, and then as we move towards them sort of gauge how we are progressing. On a weekly basis, monthly, yearly… Seems like good intervals.
At the core of it all is self, which is connection. It has joy, peace, love, gratitude as part of it. Maybe there is a gentleness to it too. From there we branch into the egoic self with other values like health, commitment, mastery, progress, contribution, adventure. Oh, and of course living authentically with the self and being vulnerable with it.
From there is where we live the human experience. Get jostled around, make references, break some – new rules, old rules…
That’s where all the goals and striving and external stuff comes from. We manipulate life in such a way to make the experience how we want; to live with the self as much as possible.
In the industrial era people got this from jobs and machines and white picket fences and home loans. It provided enough adventure and growth and everything else people were seeking to give them what they wanted with minimal risks, so they took the bet.
Now we are making the same bet, but only a few are benefiting from it as much as before. Now we have the connection economy and the idea economy and the… decentralized economy.
Now our risks are different. Our options are different. Life that is meaningful is a little different than before, and that’s okay.
In this new economy we can go out on our own as freelancers and entrepreneurs to make our mark in the world without permission from the few. Its up to us.
With this new process comes responsibility and that means risk. So we are learning, not only to do business (since we weren’t taught that in school) but, to diversify our risk in a responsible way for our self not to be compromised.
It will take patience and hard work but c’est la vie (that’s life).
It just seemed like a good progression to our conversation lately.
Life has so much meaning, so much spunk, but we’re inclined to reduce it’s spectacularness to money.
Our fear of the uncertain (risk) is holding us back from the progression we seek.
The world is changing, are you?
P.S. This one has some years behind it, these are a few people who deserve credit: Eckhart Tolle, Tony Robbins, Seth Godin, James Altucher, Brené Brown, my wife Amy, Keith (the intern)… thanks everyone.