The essence of all progress and happiness
Those who think creatively are puzzled when they encounter someone who is psychologically immobilized. "Why don't you cut your losses and move on?" they ask him. The determining factor is not intelligence. If we look around, we can observe self-defeating behaviour in all segments of the population. Paralysing conformity affects the ignorant and the educated, the experienced and the young.
The importance of discarding projects and ideas that don't work
The key element in the solution is that, before you can move forward, you have to get unstuck. Before you can focus your vision, you have to open your eyes. Before you can use your resources productively, you have to set your energies free. Free from what?
- From tasks, chores, and activities that you don't like and that you are doing out of an obscure respect for tradition.
- From people who don't appreciate you, ignore you, or waste your time, with whom you put up out of excessive benevolence.
- From supposed challenges, goals, and objectives that are not really your own, that you have picked up somewhere along the way and that are preventing you from doing what you know you should be doing.
You will be amazed to see how resourceful you can become
Take heart, I know how difficult it is to get out of the rut. Pick up a sheet of paper and make a list of people to ditch, things to dump, and races that you are no longer willing to run. As you begin to discard all that doesn't work, you will be amazed how resourceful you become in pursuing the few things that count.
For more information about rational living and personal development, I refer you to my book The 10 Principles of Rational Living
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