While many of a country’s citizens will support any piece of legislation which aims to increase their healthiness and livelihood, at what point do we allow ourselves to give up our own freedoms, liberties, and rights for such a boon? A pertinent question we must ask ourselves, especially when we don’t know if it’s going to be an even trade – the new laws may not even tackle the problem!
This issue comes rushing back to the forthright of my brain with the announcement that even more laws targeted at smoking cigarettes have been announced which aim to make it more difficult for people, especially younger people, to afford the privilege. Now, the day-to-day implications of these new laws won’t even affect me very much personally (I’m not a smoker), however, I believe this type of constant restriction of what we put into our own bodies is epidemic of the out of control nanny-state the United Kingdom has developed into over a matter of decades.
As the old cliche goes, there are those who talk-the-talk and those who walk-the-walk. While I’m sure that many of us would prefer to identify with the latter group, just as many people have taken a long and slow step backwards into the talk-the-talk camp.
The fact is, for a number of us, we’ve come to find that the things we used to be good at, the things we enjoyed excelling in, the things that made our everyday lives significant, have taken a backseat. Despite this, we try to keep on living life as if we were still that same interesting, creative, and fulfilled person despite not interacting with these forms of self-improvement and growth anymore. In essence, we’ve stopped walking-the-walk but are still talking-the-talk by lying to ourselves and sometimes others about who we are and what we do.
A few weeks ago I arrived back in Scotland after a 2 and a half month trip across Central and Eastern Europe; I now believe that almost anyone can benefit greatly from solo travel.
Solo travel offers as much fun as it does personal growth and development; part of the reason I wanted to take a trip in the first place was to become a stronger person. I think that solo travel can improve people in all sorts of ways, from increasing self-dependence, to gaining a more accurate ‘bigger picture’ perspective of the world.
Below I’m going to go through some of the main reasons why I think everyone should try solo travel, as well as some of the plethora of ways in which self-development is boosted and moulded by solo travel.
With the news that another horrific shooting had taken place in the United States, a plethora of left-wing and feminist blogs and online news outlets took their chance to blame something other than radical Islamic beliefs, homophobia, and/or simply Omar Mateen being a trigger-happy lunatic with a completed distorted sense of right and wrong.
Today more than ever we’re seeing the negative effects brought on by the loud micro-culture within millennials, that is, people who are now in their teens and 20’s. Dubbed ‘Generation Snowflake’ by Claire Fox of the Institute of Ideas thinktank in the UK, we’re talking about the growing number of people who believe they have the right not to be offended or to face ideas, arguments, or even people who oppose their sacred points of view.
Note: Since this is a longer article than usual, I’ve gone to the trouble of putting the most important information in bold. That means you can simply scroll down and just read the bold lines in order to get a brief gist of my project and its findings.
Around 6 months ago I promised a number of people that I would write up an in-depth article on the findings of the research project I was carrying out as part of my Bachelor’s degree with honours. I originally wanted to do so after I received my grade for the project, but instead I find myself with a hunger to reveal it all before any of that happens.
Political Correctness is put in place in the attempt to reduce or even eliminate the potential offense or ‘insensitivity’ caused by certain terms or ideas, but at what point do we cross the line from protecting someone’s feelings to making unnecessary or even blatantly wrong statements?
It’s often overlooked that one can increase productivity, performance, and happiness by taking their feet out of a few of life’s quagmires. Simply put, it pays to know when to say enough is enough and jump ship from a person, responsibility, or opportunity in order to start looking for a more lucrative one.
We’re all quick to slate greedy and self-serving politicians and businessmen, and arguably we should, but what if the only difference between them and you are that you don’t possess the power and resources to act out your own selfishness on a grand scale?
By acting like someone who deserves respect, attention, influence, and other positive qualities, others will begin to perceive you as deserving of these attractive values.
Robert Greene puts forward this notion succinctly as one of his 48 laws for gaining and maintaining power.
“The way you carry yourself will often determine how you are treated: in the long run, appearing vulgar or common will make people disrespect you. For a king respects himself, and inspires the same sentiment in others. By acting regally and confident of your powers, you make yourself seem destined to wear a crown.”
The passionate creative looks back on their work and does not see work, rather they see a natural and physical manifestation of a part of themselves.
Creativity, in all its forms, is what makes humans significant. Not only is creativity the process which can facilitate the progression and advancement of the human race as a whole, it also allows a piece of someone to live on long after their physical body has died and decayed.
The most important thing you can do to significantly improve your life in almost every aspect is to develop a life philosophy which places investing in yourself at the top of your priorities.
Investing in yourself means taking control of your lifestyle in such a way that the time you have is used in ways which make you a better person. Becoming a ‘better person’ simply means to improve in ways that you know will benefit yourself, and even others, in the long-term.
Last week in Perception is Your Superpower, I discussed the philosophy behind taking control of your perception and bending it to our will, this week we explore ways in which we can begin to practically achieve this.
Knowing the theory of something useful is one thing, but it means very little without any practical application. With that in mind, we should discuss ways in which we can begin to move from an unhelpful perception to a helpful one. By moulding the personal lens we each use to peek at the world we inhabit, we can become the person we always hoped to become, the ideal self.
Most people take their perception for granted as part of everyday living, however. the extraordinary take control of their perception to see and feel things previously thought of as impossible.
The reality is that you don’t experience true reality, instead, we each a have lens that allows us all to take a peak at the real world. Unfortunately, or fortunately, this lens is slightly different for each of us, meaning that all aspects of being human are tinted a different colour and shade depending on who you are.
Being bold, asking for more, taking risks, and pushing your self-worth will only serve to help you in contrast with remaining timid, passive, and not imposing yourself onto others’ reality.Continue reading →
Taking on Life’s Apprenticeship means dedicating and focussing your time and efforts into one area of which you aim to become a master.
Recently I’ve been enjoying the works of Robert Greene, particularly The 48 Laws of Power and Mastery. In Mastery, Greene talks about having a Life’s Apprenticeship.
A Life’s Apprenticeship is a way of thinking about how you become a master in any given activity and/or field in which you value your own learning and development over life’s distractions. By identifying your path of passion, often by looking that what has stimulated you from a young age, you can begin to take action and create goals which will see you rising to become the very best version of yourself.
By identifying your path of passion, often by looking that what has stimulated you from a young age, you can begin to take action and create goals which will see you rising to become the very best version of yourself.
Why limit one’s self to the useful tools associated with ‘good’ qualities like bravery or emotional understanding? Embrace your full potential and hone in closer on your prey by also making use of the tools offered by ‘bad’ qualities, like overconfidence and Machiavellianism.
Pleading something to be a ‘Cure for Anxiety’ may be a stretch for any person or approach to claim, however managing anxiety levels, on the other hand, is something that most people could benefit from.
For those people who don’t suffer anxiety to the level of needing medical or psychological help, the answer to managing anxiety can be found in further developing yourself in a more positive direction.
Abundance mentality is a way of looking at life which emphasises the fact that even if you miss, lose, or fail something, there is still an abundance of opportunities to try again in some form or another.
We’ve touched on asserting dominance in regards to both physical acts and mental outlook, in this final instalment we will consider verbal dominance. This could be perhaps the most interesting area of dominance assertion to explore as most will have experienced the examples we’ll be looking at in some way or another. Before we dive into the topic, first we must define the term we’re using.