A week ago, I posed a challenge to give up two of your personal poisons. Were you able to follow through? Did you last an hour, a day, three days or the full week? Regardless of the answer, what do you know about yourself now?
If you caved:
Did you do so because of a particular set of circumstances?
Did you fold to pressure from peers or family?
Did you do it unconsciously (without thinking)?
How did you react to your “failure”?
Did you rebound afterward? Or did you succumb to more temptation because “eh, I already screwed up, why stop now?”
If you made it:
Can you keep it going?/Do you want to?
What positive effect did this subtraction have?
Was there any negative effect?
What other poison could you eliminate?
There are many ways to organize our world and one of those is Inputs and Outputs. By making deliberate and conscious choices about the things, people and circumstances that we allow into our lives, we can lead ourselves to better outputs. If we pay attention only to feeling good in the moment, then we are dopamine addicts who are slaves to every “shiny thing” that this world puts in front of us. I’ve seen the maxim that “ignorance is bliss” hold in many situations. So perhaps I am the foolish one for looking past the moment for something deeper.