“Ask yourself the following first thing in the morning:
- What am I lacking in attaining freedom from passion?
- What for tranquility?
- What am I? A mere body, estate-holder, or reputation? None of these things.
- What, then? A rational being.
- What then is demanded of me? Meditate on your actions.
- How did I steer away from serenity?
- What did I do that was unfriendly, unsocial, or uncaring?
- What did I fail to do in all these things?”
-Epictetus, Discourses, 4.6.34-35
Those are not your run of the mill questions. They require deep thought, alone, away from distractions to get down to answers that really matter.
Write them down. Take the time and journal about them. Put your thoughts down on paper.
The modern information age in which we live in today has caused us all on average to have shorter attention spans. We are constantly consuming information and rarely digging into that information. It seems as if especially millennials don’t want to feel left out and we have so much to consume right at our fingertips, so we do just that.
Put yourself at an advantage. Consume information in an efficient manner, and make sure it is relevant to you and your goals. Then create time during the day to thoughtfully think and journal about that information and your ideas. I guarantee you this will be a game changer for you as it was for me. Once I started journaling every day and creating the time to delve into topics and ideas that were interesting to me things started to shift. I began to learn and understand topics a lot better in addition to making vast connections I never used to make.
I am personally a slow thinker. It takes me awhile to draw certain conclusions that really make sense in the scheme of things.
I urge everyone to read this article about thinking slowly by Derek Sivers: https://sivers.org/slow
Having the ability to dig a bit deeper into information and your ideas is an advantage but takes practice. Take the initiative to practice. It’s monetarily and risk free…