Reclamation

Hello there... It's been 2 years and I've learned a lot. Today, I'm going to share something I've learnt about time.

As I grew older and my responsibilities increased in number and variety, I found myself falling into the illusion of busyness I thought I had less "free" time to do the things that really mattered to me; following my passion, personal development and such.

This led me to a place where I was constantly stressed, constantly in motion with little or no time to do what I felt were the things that mattered most to me. I began to feel more burned out, less happy and content. At first it was a gradual, creeping feeling but as the months went by, those feelings began to leak through into my personal, work and family life.

change was necessary

Something had to change, I was constantly tired, annoyed and dissatisfied at how little I was achieving in my personal goals. So I decided to do some research to find the problem.

Starting with "busy"

As with any solution, I had to understand the problem.. the real problem; I was constantly "too busy" or more accurately, I thought I was too busy. As cliche as this might sound, I had to go back to the basics. Why was I always feeling pressed for time? after a bit of introspection, I discovered two things;

  • I was actually a lot less busy than I thought I was.
  • I was consuming far more than I was creating.

Let's start with the first reason. A lot of times, a busy-ness problem is usually a priority problem, yes I know... another cliche however, this was a problem that snuck up on me. I previously prided myself on been "aggressively efficient" about managing my time but somehow, I fell into the trap of not putting things in the right priority order.

When I realized this, I did a lot of work putting things back in order; relationships, friendships, work and lastly entertainment While I won't bore you with the exact specifics (that's a story for another day) I was able to arrive at a place where it was much clearer to say no to things that weren't truly important but seem so. More importantly I felt less pressure as I was certain I was always getting the important things done daily.

"Create and consume, consume & create"

Now, on to the second and perhaps the most important point; I was consuming more.. a lot more than I was creating this led to me feel unfulfilled and thus amplified the pressure of busyness I felt. Consider this; It's 2016 and the amount of information on the internet is staggering. Over 500 million tweets posted daily, 400 Million hours of video content uploaded to Youtube daily. Lest I bore you with more numbers, those are just 2 out of over a billion websites on the internet, not taking into consideration physical books, videos or discussions with others. It's a wonderful time in man's history where we have almost anything we want at out fingertips and I was consuming way too much of it without letting any of it back out.

We were made to create and consume, consume and create. I found myself in a position where I wasn't writing much. I read a lot, watched a lot of videos, attended a good number of conferences, webinars and consumed a fair amount of entertainment (Perhaps a tad more than "fair amount")

That sounds normal doesn't it? perhaps even good. Reading, learning from and interacting with knowledgeable people. However, I wasn't letting any of it out. I stopped writing, teaching or expressing my creativity. This led to me always feeling overloaded. There's a certain "fulfilment" that comes from creating the things you were made to create. A Singer's song. An artist's painting. An academic's book.

This is perhaps one of the most telling signs of busy, constantly-under-pressure people. They consume a lot, have a lot of knowledge and skills but very little creations of their own. I personally believe every man has the potential to create something and contribute in some way in whatever field they desire.

No matter how you feel starting out, just create. Remember it's not about the fame or money. Do you have a passion? Have you noticed a problem around you that you could solve with your knowledge? The I implore you. No matter how busy you feel, remember the busiest, most impactful people on the planet usually find a way to create as much as they consume. Start creating today and have fun doing it!

See you real soon! Josh.

Target Acquired: Destiny.

I'm back :) I know, I know, I promised to be frequent with my posts and I broke my promise. For this I apologize, there were circumstances unforseen that arose etc. :)

For those of you unfamiliar with my "conspiracy theories" well, hold on to your seats. I want you to think about every problem humanity ever had and every solution that has ever been discovered/invented (medicine, toilet paper ^_^ ), every improvement to life ever introduced(internet, electricity etc.) All of these inventions were made by people just like you and me but what was different? they found what they were made to do

Now back to my theory, "Every man, no matter what field of life, race or gender was created to solve a problem or effect specific change." However, it might not always be as glamorous as discovering the American continent or inventing the internet, some dreams are so big, it takes a group of people to achieve them. In that sense, two employees in the same company, college or geograhical location could be on the opposite ends of this issue, One man could be in a particular line of work for a good pay, while the other might be there because he understands that his work is his platform to fulfill destiny. Although they have the same title, they are miles apart when it comes to living up to their potential.

For as long as I remember, I've always been an advocate of never "settling". I believe in fighting as hard as you can against living a mediocre life. Nothing saddens me when I see a man who's a living template of societal expectations, a man who never strives to be all that he can. A man who hides behind a job and family as his reason for not making an effort. Ever heard the statement, "The machines will take over?" well they have. A lot of people might as well have been programmed and factory made, given that they live the life they "think" is expected of them, do not have their own ideas.

Everytime I express this line of thought to people, they give me the same answer everytime; get realistic. The problem I have with "being realistic" is its a very understandable crotch for mediocrity. It's easy to hide behind "rent & bills" as an excuse for settling rather than push for our dreams.

This one thing I do...

- Paul, Philipians 3:13

Now on to the heart of the matter. There is one, yes one "thing" that you were created to do. One thing to which all your talents, skills and inclinations would contribute. I believe youth is and should be all about discovering this one thing. Prayerfully of course. Too many young people today are too blinded by the prospect of success and "starting life" as soon as posible that they fail to realize that the only thing worse than death is regret of a life wasted; waking up at 60 and realizing you gave your best years, energy, time to the wrong career. Nothing hurts more. Nothing.

As a Christian, I love to use templates from the bible anywhere I find them and in the bible, Jesus started His active ministry at 30. Up until that point, He was being prepared for it. Going off that, I believe you should work tiressly at finding out that one thing that would define your life before you are 30. If you need to return to college to pick up a different degree, do so. If you need to learn a new trade do so. Remember, all the money in the world wont matter when you hate what you do daily.