Everyone must have heard of the saying, “Dont let the mind play games with you”. I think it is very much true. In almost every task that we do, when we try to extend our capabilities, there is a portion of mind which keeps telling you to relax yourself. Most of us are victim to this portion of mind. Whenever I go to a restaurant with a grand intention of eating something very light and healthy, there is this portion of my mind which keeps asking me, “Why today? You always eat a fairly healthy diet. This is just one day. Its not going to do anything…”. And, I listen…:)
Its not just with the restaurants. In workplace, I often start with something with an intention of completing it by the end of the day. As the day progresses, multitude of these convenience factors advice me to not be so ambitious. Most of the times, the arguments are so convincing and logical that I will have to abide by it. I am a very reasonable person who listen to what others have to say…I am sure, a lot of us must have made use of the convenience factors to our favor one time or the other. Atleast, I hope so. Infact, if everyone uses convenience factors, there is no wrong in using those convenience factors for ourselves, isnt it..;)
I think, one way to get away from being manipulated by our mind is to use constraint driven optimisation. For example, some people dont buy TV to optimise the time spent on other activities. If there is not TV, obviously, no time is going to be spent on it. Some folks try to commit to very tough goals for themselves. Once there is a tough goal, there is less room for leniency. I have seen some people who adamantly go against the mind, no matter what. All that said, I am not a huge fan of leading a strict constraint driven life. Life is like a delicious dish. It needs to be savored with every passing moment. Dont u agree?
Anyway, though there is some humanness in using up these convenience factors, it is also the major factor that hinders growth. If I am not doing something today, I am not going to do it tomorrow. Before I know it, I wudnt have done it for a month. And soon, months become years. If you notice, if you force yourself into doing something for a week, that one week will be noticed. But, after the first week or two, it becomes a habit. Well, I have decided. I am going to cultivate the habit of making less use of convenience factors starting today. Hmm…its already 9:00PM… What good does it serve to start making any vows at 9 in the night. I am going to be hardly awake for another couple of hours. I have an entire life at hand. Tomorrow is the best day to start….Yes, tomorrow it is….