The Things You Do or Don’t Do Are Far More Important Than You Think

Are you thinking that you’re worthless? Like nothing matters at all?

We’ve all been there. That’s wrong though. Seriously wrong.

Your actions and inactions affect the whole world – or at least people around you. You can take it into the next level and by increasing your level of competence influencing more and more people until you affect the whole world. 

The things you do or don’t do are far more important than you think. By not doing what you should be doing not only you bring upon hell to yourself but to the whole world – including your family. You need to manifest your potential.

It’s hardest to remember it when we face a crisis in life. It is when we feel like nothing matters. And we dwell in despair. But even in the moments of despair, this thought gives me some fresh air. Like at this moment when I feel like whatever I do matters. I easily change my mind by reminding myself of this. And it feels great.

The grey side of life

You wake up. You’re getting a shower and dressed. You drive to work. You’re doing your job. You come back home. And you’re too tired to do anything. You do the basic stuff for maintenance like cooking. And the day slips by. And you go to sleep. And you repeat that for 5 days a week. Then you have a weekend and it is not much better than the day when you go to work. It might be even worse because you do not have anything meaningful to do. 

Looks familiar? It doesn’t look good. Isn’t it?

But it doesn’t need to be that way. There were people in even the most tragic circumstances like in Gulags and Concentration Camps that were able to find purpose in their life and feel meaning. It means that there’s still hope for mediocre human beings as well. 

How to use this idea in daily life?

There are many things to do in your life. Limitless amount. How to choose what to do? I think that you can do it by prioritizing it. But if you’re stuck where you are, then I would simply ask you to clean up your room. Yes, I mean it. That would be your first step towards greatness and towards affecting the whole world.

Then come up with a greater idea of what your best life could look like. Then think about how this would affect the people around you whom you know. 

The concept

How can we change this way of living into more meaningful?

Let’s suppose every action you do or don’t do during the day matter. How does it shift your perspective? A lot.

You wake up and you have the potential to do an infinite number of things. You can’t even comprehend what could you do if you have really gotten your act together. What your life could look like in a few years?

Your every day consists of hundreds of small actions. 

The same applies to inactions. What your life would look like if you had taken every opportunity?

Start small, go forward and you will find out that. 

Examples of the day

You wake up. What are you going to do?

Are you going to hit the snooze button?

What if you started your day with a win and with a smile on your face. Think about what you’re grateful for. I’m sure there’s plenty of reasons for that. 

What if you got rid of resentment during the day?

What if you really gave everything you’ve got during activities in the day?

You come back from work. What if instead of watching another episode on Netflix or video on YouTube you would start writing, or learning a new skill or a new language – whatever you choose to be worthwhile?

What would happen then? What would happen if you did that daily?

The great compound interests effect

People who achieved success are constantly asked the same questions. 

The great podcasters are asked – how did you become so good at podcasting?

The great musicians are asked – how did you become so good at playing?

The great writers are asked – how did you become so good at writing?

The answer to all of these questions is simple. They got that by practicing. Day by day. And they will tell you the same.

What’s more, by acting now from a low level of skill, you constantly challenge yourself and grow in the process. And you open new doors for yourself. You’ll get a lot of opportunities. 

Walking towards your highest vision

All of your actions are linked to a higher goal. Whether you like it or not.

You might be pursuing some activity that seems meaningless to you, but in fact, you’re creating a new habit and changing your brain that way. 

You might say nothing matters. But it’s not true. When you live your life with that attitude you soon will realize that you have nothing besides suffering in your life. Because meaning is the only thing that can transcend suffering.

So do not ever abandon the opportunity to walk towards your highest vision of life and towards your goals.

You’re part of a network

You influence other people. Period. 

You might be thinking that you’re meaningless in the face of big corporations and your actions do not have much impact on the world. Nothing more misleading. Your actions (and inactions) affect the people around you and the people around those people. 

You’ve probably come across over 1000 people in your life. I don’t mean you have a close relationship with all of them. But think about all people in a circle around you and those whom you have talked to. 

Each of those people also has 1000 people in their circle. That means you can easily affect 1 000 000 people.

By being passive you do not really influence them. But what if you, by your actions, show them what is your point of view of certain things?

The things you don’t do…

There’s an experiment that shows a big influence on leadership. 

Social psychologist Stanley Milgram wanted to check how people react to authority. 

They measured the willingness of study participants, men from a diverse range of occupations with varying levels of education, to obey an authority figure who instructed them to perform acts conflicting with their personal conscience. Participants were led to believe that they were assisting an unrelated experiment, in which they had to administer electric shocks to a “learner.” These fake electric shocks gradually increased to levels that would have been fatal had they been real.

The experiment found, unexpectedly, that a very high proportion of subjects would fully obey the instructions, albeit reluctantly. In Milgram’s first set of experiments, 65 percent (26 of 40) of experiment participants administered the experiment’s final massive 450-volt shock, and all administered shocks of at least 300 volts.

It was a shocking experiment. It shows the terrible problem of obedience to authority. But there’s another – positive side of it…

There was a variation of this experiment.

One of the people during the experiment said he’s enough, stopped it and left. Only 10% of people continued the experiment.

Conclusion:

The presence of others who are seen to disobey the authority figure reduces the level of obedience towards authority dramatically.

You can be this person who can say NO when bad things are happening around you and stop spreading evil. What’s more, you have also the power to become competent in the subject of your choice and help people. You can influence people by saying encouraging words, by sharing examples of how you fixed your problems, by being strong in difficult moments. You can do all of that.

And – when really bad things are happening around you – you can become a Hero.

Diffpath vs Normal Path

Diffpath:

  • Having influence 
  • Your actions matter
  • Waking up in the morning with a purpose
  • Feeling of meaning

Normal Path:

  • Feeling worthless
  • Crawling through the day
  • Feeling like nothing you do matters
  • Negative emotions prevail over positive ones

What can you do right now?

Acknowledge that everything you do matters. Think about what good things you can do today and how they will affect your future self and other people.

Imagine your next action as a water drop falling into the ocean. This little action will spread just like circles on the water. It will affect how you feel during the rest of this day, what you will accomplish or won’t accomplish in the future. It will affect how other people will perceive you and whether or not you give them a good example. Maybe the world would be a better place if you chose the right way.

Choose your next action wisely. You can fail yourself. Or – you can become a Hero.

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