12 Feb The less you do the more you accomplish
Less is more when it comes to your sanity.
Humanity has been bombarded to become overachievers. Since grade school we were taught through various mediums,
all depicting ‘accomplishment’ as the single most important aspect of living. Politics, corporate society and religion have honed in on all of this and have included their own perspective on the mix. They’ve pushed an even more ridiculous regimen of accomplishment for us to follow. In fact Religion, the corporate world, Politics and the push to strive for accomplishment has taken all the fun out of Life. It’s left us rather insane.
The more we push ourselves to accomplish the more frustrated we become. This is obvious. More mistakes means more stress. The more stress we push into ourselves the more unhealthier we become. Lack of health brings a lack of confidence and an overall negative mentality generally. This is no way to live life.
Yes accomplishment is important in the realm of keeping ourselves busy. Allowing ourselves to be too complacent means we also lack confidence — I’ve written other articles that contradict my words saying accomplishment is very important in order to maintain confidence. It’s also a great way to understand yourself on a more spiritual level. Often times we don’t get to know ourselves because we don’t act on what we want. The other problem is we don’t analyze why we want what we want. In the end there is a fine line between too much effort towards what’s important, and our efforts required to fulfillment and satisfaction.
Nice cars, fancy houses, new gadgets, technological advancements, it seems to be creating a lot of happiness for humanity. At least that’s what the advertisements show us on the television. It’s actually quite the opposite. What these advertisements fail to explain is there’s an immense amount of remorse in purchasing these products. There’s a lot of maintenance involved in owning them, and there’s a pretty good chance they will cause much stress in your life.
More materialism, more problems.
Society has bred us to believe that accomplishment is important so we can fuel the economy. All of our education is geared towards breeding our mentality to thinking all this materialistic garbage is important to strive for. Teachers preach about efficiencies of modern technology and how we too can be a part of the movement. Marketing companies enlist billions of dollars trying to manipulate its consumers. The sales techniques we learn from our management team inflicts narcissistic qualities and dupes people into thinking they need our products. Meanwhile all these very things are actually acting against what humanity is actually striving towards; peace of mind and happiness. These products I speak of are no more than materialistic garbage that will end up in a dump or hoarded. They are actually a detriment to our happiness.
Our accomplishments are being swept away by our materialistic (garbage) purchasing addiction.
Our accomplishments are most important to ourselves. Our family, friends and coworkers don’t feel our passion like we do nor do they appreciate the drive to get there because they weren’t a part of it.
I have accomplished a lot in my life. I’ve motivated over 1 million youth, written over 14 books, produced four educational films and documentaries and the list keeps going. It wasn’t until I started writing my 15th book that I realized all of this accomplishment isn’t all that important to anyone, especially myself. Yes a few people may read my books but my time would be better suited if I was spending it with my family instead of cooped up in my office writing. Although my writing gives me great passion it’s also the source of much of my stress. I’m constantly stressing to find time to write and to be creative at doing it. Often times I wonder if my time would be better strategized if I was playing with my children instead.
Regardless of how much money Amazon makes or how many clients Apple has under their belt, and regardless of how great their technological advancement has impacted society, their products are causing just as much stress on their consumers as it provides efficiency.
Since Apple launches their technology we are now bombarded by our friends and coworkers to answer our phone. They know our cell phones are attached to our hip. Everyone expects us to respond to them within 10 minutes. This is very stressful.
I purchased my cell phone for my convenience, not yours!
In the heap of all this commercialism humanity is stepping on each other like ants on an anthill to see who accomplishes the most. Where did the compassion go? Where did the altruism go? I can buy a used car for less than it costs for an Apple phone. In the end, we realize the ones who make time for friends and family rather than spending it trying to accomplish were the most happiest. Time spent with family is better than any business accomplishment.
I am an iPhone user… hmmmm, at least I contributed to the worlds first trillion dollar company. There is the benefit. I was a part of something huge. That’s all it consumer really cares about now a days.
In the mix of all this materialistic garbage and corporate nonsense it’s tough not to get lost in keeping up with the Joneses. We want what our friends have and what we see online. We are addicted to our cell phones and it’s causing us to be unhappy. All of this stress is added on top of our daily responsibilities.
Perhaps life would be boring without all of this materialistic garbage.
Pretty much every motivator on the planet encourages its audiences to strive for spirituality just as much as they do accomplishment. It’s just as important to get to know yourself; to understand your beliefs and values and why you’re trying to pursue the path you’re on compared to what you’re trying to accomplish.
IT’S ALL ABOUT PERSPECTIVE
Ask yourself this question, “why am I doing this?” This question will lead you to the divine answer of spirituality and individualism. Regardless of where you’re going the more you get to know yourself the more you’re going to appreciate striving for the very accomplishment.
People have become very self-motivated for themselves. Society has bred us this way. Very few of us gain interest if we are just doing something to make other people happy. If we aren’t working towards something for ourselves then it doesn’t bring us much emotional value. Yes there are plenty of things we do for our children, and there are caregivers that receive great emotional worth in providing assistance for their patients but in the overall sense amongst the 7 billion people on the planet we are very self-motivated for our own happiness.
Religion has taught us to be more compassionate bus has bound us to “God” whereas politics has divided us. Religion is on the steady decrease of followers, and Politics is just getting more aggressive in nature. Everyone has a “fending for themselves” mentality. Commercialism has garnered our interests only because we’ve been duped into believing their products are superior and will create efficiency. Our education is not valued very high because we haven’t spent enough quality time in to initiating proper practice to obtain happiness. Humanities overall leadership would be better off in the hands of Google’s leadership team. At least we’d be profitable. That being said, most corporate employee expectation is atrocious. We’ve all proven we’re overstressed.
Perhaps in order to live a happy life we need to lessen our responsibilities. We need to eliminate much of the activities we pursue on a daily basis including the people we associate with. Much of the time our stress is caused by hanging around toxic people, and just by relieving this quality alone we’d would be far better off.
Happiness isn’t an easy feat. It’s more of a mental perspective rather than a physical accomplishment. There’s no true way of defining how happy someone is compared to another. There’s no measurement tool per se. That being said, we can work individually on ourselves; get to know ourselves and understand why we want to be on the path we are on currently. With a few adjustments in simplifying our daily regimen we could relieve ourselves from much of this responsibility stress that often weighs us down.
The less you do the more you accomplish in the sense of your sanity.
You don’t need more materialism, more friends or more of anything. You just need to simplify what you already have. Do this and you’ll find your happiness.
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