Shift up or shift down?

consistencyThe information in this category of the One in a Billion project can grant you the mental control required to consistently do all of those small things that we all know we really should be doing (but rarely actually do). This might not sound like much at first, but, as explained in a previous post, such consistent positive action really holds tremendous power. Gaining mental control can literally grant you perfect health, financial freedom, incredible productivity, great gains in life satisfaction, and the priceless peace of mind coming from the knowledge that you are living a truly sustainable life.

If you start to consistently do all those small things that contribute to health, wealth, happiness, productivity and sustainability you will really find increase-productivitythat life becomes one large benevolent cycle where gradual positive developments in these different areas start augmenting and amplifying each other. As you gain healthful energy, cast off self-made financial burdens, rapidly expand your skillset, free your true creative personality and decouple from the materialistic rat-race, you will find that your ability to produce value explodes while your desire to consume value shrivels away. Such great increases in your production/consumption ratio really hold tremendous power and bring us to the heading of this post: do you want to use this power to shift up or shift down?

Shifting up implies that you maintain or even increase your number of working hours, using your increased productivity to greatly increase your productive output. Shifting down implies that you use your financial freedom and reduced material dependency to reduce your working hours, thereby freeing up more time to actively improve the health and happiness of yourself and your family.

downshiftingBoth of these options can be highly rewarding and there is no right or wrong choice between them. Making this choice will depend only on whether you really want to make a lasting positive contribution to society (and are willing to make the sacrifices this entails) or whether you just want to live a long, happy and sustainable life within our affluent modern society. Again, both choices are good and both choices are highly rewarding.

Consciously making this choice and regularly envisioning the next checkpoint on this long journey to self-mastery can be highly motivational. Gaining mental control within our society where a large number of factors literally scream at you to just consume maximally and produce minimally can be very challenging (that is why such a large number of people are fat, broke, depressed and totally uninspired even within this time of unprecedented material affluence and opportunity). You will therefore need all the motivation you can get.

Stay tuned. The journey to mental control begins in the next post.

Filed under: Mental control – Introduction

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