Why are we doing what we are doing?

November 5, 2020·1 mins read

Simple questions have painful answers, and this one above is a gem. I don't recall where I heard it for the first time. I can see the reflections in almost everything I read. It instills a never-ending skepticism. Suddenly there is an infinite-scrolling to-do list.

I keen on repeatedly asking those simple questions to myself. They create tension. Sometimes too much. The only way to relieve this tension is to trigger a forward motion. Otherwise, they eat me alive. 👹

Speaking of being eaten alive, the vampire test is a great way for eliminating things that we can't have a meaningful explanation.

After doing something, take a moment and think about how it felt. Did you get energized and motivated or exhausted and drained?

There's also this quote from Derek Sivers:

Whatever excites you, do it.
Whatever drains you, stop doing it.

Taking a step back and thinking about how do we decide what to do and what are our values are accurate places to kickstart the interrogation.

Sometimes we find ourselves in messy situations that feels like we lost the control. How is that even possible? What we don't know is that self-control is an illusion.