I think one of the biggest challenges of the human condition is to harness and focus all the intellectual energy that is inherent to our nature into something productive. It’s like we’ve all been given a rocket ship with no explanation or instruction manual. Some will figure it out and make trips across the universe but the vast majority will mistake it for a toaster oven. They’ll sit around reheating leftovers and wondering why they can’t get it together to change their lives.
To this end, where and how we spend our time and energy is supremely critical. Consider that your time, your thoughts, and your energy are all fuel and the goal is to power the ship. Every time our attention wanders, every time we allow ourselves to get caught up in pointless dramas or spend time fretting over something we have no control over, we lose steam. Energy leaks out all over the place, slowing us down, dragging us down. I actually think of it as a subconscious procrastination technique because the more we allow distractions to occupy our time, the less time we have to get down to business.
There’s a conversation that I have with myself all too often. I say all too often because apparently I am something of a slow study. It goes like this: Q.”Who is the rightful benefactor of all this unlimited potential that I possess?” A. I am. Q. “so why don’t you act like it?” A. ummmmm
That’s right. You are the most important person on team you. You cannot give to another what you do not possess within yourself. You cannot fix within another something that is broken within yourself. Look around and see where all that energy is going. What is your human potential doing and is it befitting the being that you are? Is it?
What if you plugged up all those leaks where energy is spewing out in copious amounts but delivering nothing in return? What if you reigned all that in and used it for only one thing; to improve the world for yourself and thereby for the people around you? What if you did that? Answer: buckle up, cuz this shit is about to get real.