Butterfly Effect

I found a new addiction that has become a key player in changing my life. I like to write about turning points in my life, because sometimes it’s quite a lengthy butterfly effect that can come from such a small decision.

I have been watching some YouTube videos that get my mind dancing, things that educate and motivate me. I have been listening to Joe Rogan, Gary Vaynerchuk, Simon Sinek, Tom Bilyeu, and Sean Carroll, to name a few. I have been choosing to listen to something “constructive” on my way to work instead of music. I feel I am not reading enough, and that this may be the most efficient way to “read” and improve myself.
The effect of this of starting to snowball a little bit, it’s like I’m reprogramming myself in the ways I want. It’s been happening slowly, slower than I seem to have the emotional patience to tolerate, but it is definitely happening.

There are more reasons why this seems to be the catalyst to some major changes in my life, pieces of the puzzle seem to be coming together, and I’m starting to see the bigger picture. It hasn’t been all that hard to write, but it has been hard to finish something and hit the publish button. Every time I’ve opened up to start, I have found myself diving into the deepest theories I have, and can’t seem to find anything else to talk about other than their practical relationships with my actual life. The only problem with this, is that it should be a book.

Nonetheless, this has been an important new healthy addiction of mine that I thought was worth sharing. It’s always best to surround yourself with people you admire, you will naturally become more like them. In this era, we are fortunate to have the means to surround ourselves with some of the greatest people from all over the world, digitally. The beauty is, the more I watch this kind of stuff on YouTube, or like it on Facebook, the more my feeds are filled with awesome stuff.

I believe this to be a huge step for me, but I feel I must share the step that preceded it. I was asking a wise man for some advice, and his answer was so good that it didn’t even matter what the question was. He said: “You just need to ask yourself, does this action move me forward? Whatever forward is for you. Does eating this cookie move me forward? Does playing video games for 3 hours move me forward? Does this decision move me forward?” It seems to me like a pretty brilliant way to live, so long as you have a healthy mindset to accompany it.

One day, I was about to turn on my radio while driving to work, so I asked myself does this move me forward? And then I drove on, forward.

Now I ask myself, does any of this move you forward? If so, I’d love to hear about it!

Note: No butterfly was harmed in the usage of its effects. He rather liked it.

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