Psycho-Cybernetics

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“You can be happy now as well as every single day you are working toward achieving your goals.” – Psycho-Cybernetics, page xii

Maxwell Maltz was a cosmetic surgeon, in addition to being a researcher and author who explained how self-image has complete control over an individual’s ability to achieve any goal. The original book became an instant bestseller and made Dr. Maltz one of the most in-demand motivational speakers throughout the 1960’s and the early 1970’s. His ideas were revived by Matt Furey in the Psycho-Cybernetics: Updated and Expanded Edition. By visualizing one’s goals, Maltz discovered that the self-image is the cornerstone of all changes that take place in a person.

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Finding Home

Life already has started. No need to wait. This is it. There is no other place to go.

Time is only from the mind. Thoughts that can bend space and time. But they are only part of reality, not the whole. We can only see the parts, black or white, up or down.

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It is not time that you need

It is empty space. 

Everybody has the same amount of hours in a day. Sebastian Bach had, Mahatma Gandhi, and also your idol. But we all live very different and unique lives. Every second of the day we are creating our own world in a creative and unique way.

Much of it happens unconsciously: the fourth coffee you drink, email number seventy that you send, the clothes that you put on this morning or even the way you reacted to that stranger on the street.

Where is the empty space in our lives? Everyday we are bombarded with amount of information that our ancestors even didn’t see in their whole life. New, new, new. Better, better, better. More, more, more.

But why? Why the chase? Where is it we so desperately want to get?

Always there, but never here.

It makes me running in circles, sick and confused. Constant in a state of struggle.

How much time does a great, new idea requires?

Zero.

Ideas don’t come from something, they come out of nothing.

Intertwingled: Information Changes Everything

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“People keep pretending they can make things hierarchical, categorizable, and sequential when they can’t. Everything is deeply intertwingled.” – Intertwingled, page vii

This is a book about everything. Peter Morville is a pioneer in the fields of information architecture and in this book he connects the dots between authority, Buddhism, classification, the Internet, culture, quantum entanglement and running a marathon. His book Intertwingled: Information Changes Everything explores how everything is interconnected. In a splendid and simple way, he unfolds the relationship between man, nature, and self.

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What will you give?

The fullness of my life —
The sweet wine of autumn days and summer nights,
My little hoard gleaned through the years,
And hours rich with living.

That will be my gift
When death knocks at my door.

– Tagore

The arena

The arena. The place where blood can be shed, adversity is standing right in front of you. There is no positive association with an arena.

You will meet an enemy, even if he is your friend.

Inside the rules of the game change, like we always have played a different game out there. Now when we enter, suddenly everything changes and we are left to ourselves. With an adversary. A shadow we can barely trace.

The only thing we notice is how big the arena is. An empty desert and surrounded by high walls. And up there an enormous, sometimes invisible crowd. We feel the eyes of every single person, every step seems to be watched in slow motion. Feelings so intense and scrambled, we fail to see who the real enemy is. Our opponent? The crowd? I?

Often we’re alone in the arena, searching for answers and asking ourselves why and how we ended up here in the first place. Yet there seems to be only one way out of there.

Forward and straight through the pain.

Time to battle the demons.

Comparison

A wise man once said: To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Yet we are social creatures, constantly mimicking other’s behaviour. Most things we do are because we saw someone else do them. It is what protects us and makes us feels safe. 

Being different sucks and is very uncomfortable. It involves risk and that’s why we avoid it.

What are we trying to achieve? Where do we want to go? Evolution is change. Lines are vaguely drawn and tend to dissappear. Let us stretch beyond comfort just far enough before we snap and are pulled back to square one.

We’re terrible judges

Biased by our own thinking or the world we live in. Consider the concept of theory and practice, and more particular about the difference in between. Going from saying to doing. From walking to arriving. From idle idea to hands on execution. But can you see the gap were it all goes the other way? Everything that comes in between, that space which matters in between. Because admit, it’s much easier said than done. Why do we fail so often to execute, to do, to go, to live and to experience? Experience by the way which comes after execution, we think about things before they happen, but the reflection of the mind comes after something is done, not before.

We fail to judge. The space between our organized, theoretical model and the extreme, uncertain and apparently more-random-than-we-think reality. We make our own judgement between theory and practice and it fails miserably. The thing never turns out like the idea we has in mind, it get’s messed up. And than we adapt. And judge again.

They never turn out like expected. How can it possible be? We’re never that other person, that other viewpoint who has control and decides the result along our own perception. But let’s try to love the process instead and go for it anyway. Let’s attach to the random and unexpected, which will surprise us every time. I think that’s when you hear: “it’s not about the destination but the journey.”