Inspired By: Russ’ Book ‘It’s All In Your Head’
The Microwave Generation
We live in a time of instant gratification. A time where if we want something we expect it ASAP. The days of patiently waiting are long gone. When we were younger we’d have to wait until a certain time for our favourite TV shows to come on but now everything is on demand. Or when we make orders on Amazon, we’ve become so comfortable with the next day delivery experience that anything with a longer waiting time is a cause for concern.
Our generation has been referred to as ‘the Microwave Generation’, a generation that wants to bypass all the hard work, patience and consistency needed to be successful and would rather the ‘quick’ route. Let’s apply this to our goals and dreams for instance.
That’s Just The Way It Is
Some of us have ambitious goals and aspirations, some realistic, some less so. Most of the time when we set these goals for ourselves we have a deadline in mind of when we expect them to be accomplished by and how. But with life being life, things rarely ever go as planned. One way or another life will usually find a way to get in the way of us achieving these goals by the time we set for ourselves.
Now the issue here isn’t having a plan, the issue is giving your plan power over your emotions. For most, the moment things don’t go the way they planned it’s the end of the world. They had the plan perfectly mapped out in their head and became so attached to this image that any slight deviation is all it would take for things to come crashing down. Let’s take the Professor from Money Heist for example. Every time things went wrong he looked like he was on the verge of having a heart attack…
…but the reason he was still able to achieve his goal was because he was able to adjust and remain persistent with the mission, the WHAT. It’s like when you miss your turning when you’re driving, you don’t just stop the journey, you keep going until you find the next best route. Eventually you’ll get to your final destination. Don’t worry about WHEN you get there because most of the time that becomes insignificant in the grand scheme of things.
Interlude: Food for Thought
Control the Controllable
Trust the WHAT because you can control what happens, you can’t control WHEN it happens or HOW. Focus on what you want to achieve and each day take a one step towards it. Don’t worry about things you can’t control, that’s how you become anxious. Spend more time putting your time and effort into what you can control. Your habits, your work rate, the amount of energy you put into your work. The more you put in the more you’ll get out of it and who knows, the faster your WHAT might come to you.