The essence: This article focuses on what makes us engage in (what seem to be) long and difficult tasks. The difference in small and big tasks and how it impacts our choice whether or not to tackle them.
There is this philosophy snip from Alan Watts – who was a western philosopher and theologian influenced by eastern culture “before it was cool”. You can also find the same philosophical principles from psychologists such as Jordan B. Peterson. In a way, here is what it’s all about:
Looking at the mountain makes us quit the climb
Every-time we set out to accomplish something major, or at least something that can’t be done in 1 one day, we find ourselves contemplating the enormity of our task. We attempt it as far as our will allows us, but ultimately we see the fatality of things and we quit.
Our tasks, long-term goals, bad habits etc. – can seem more or less difficult depending on the perspective from which we look at them.
For example, we have decided to quit drinking or smoking, perhaps we have a book that we need to read, or a project that we must complete. Perhaps we want to go to the gym for a year, or we just need to wash that big dirty pile of dishes…
What is common with every one of these examples, is that as soon as we decide that we need to do a task, the devil inside us reminds us of the enormity of the task.
- “To quit smoking” becomes “can I imagine not smoking for years?”
- No more drinking – In our mind becomes no more alcohol, ever!
- I have to read 300 pages?!
- Working full-time means from 08:00 to 16:00, every day – and possibly more.
- The project will take at least 50 hours to complete…
- I need to go to the gym at least 3 times a week for 4 months to lose a bit of weight?!
Immediately we think of the insurmountable picture and thus we demotivating ourselves, or give up by accepting the first excuse that comes to mind. Continue reading “To Climb A Mountain”