Preamble: Picking this blogging up again after quite a few starts and stops. What can I say… Distractions happen as they are bound to.
One step further in to a more quantified self! This Fitbit Charge HR, integrates with my Fitbit.com, Garmin Connect, Strava and MyFitnessPal accounts collecting and quantifying the activities that I’ve been up to since 2010. I track mostly my runs, walks and cycling as well as tracking my daily calorie intake.
If taking into account my Nike+, Dailymile and several others (either dormant or deactivated), my activity data would have gone further back. But these have either been dormant or deactivated altogether. For the simple reason that as I started collecting more data, I needed to declutter the entry points. Eventually aggregating it all into TicTrac into one interface.
Like brands do their marketing, our entire lives is about advertising. The telling of stories to an audience. We are our own product. And we have things to sell.Rightly as Shakespeare said, “All the world’s a stage and we are merely players’. Some times we tell them with this in mind. But most times we don’t. We just simply put the story forth, hoping our audience will buy into it. Hoping it be accepted positively.
Like brands, we tell our stories in ways that will influence how others see us as. It is easy living this advertising too. Where once a face to face contact will make masking anything majorly negative difficult due to body language and conversational mannerisms. Social media has made it easy to hide all that. And allowed us to package and sell only what we want others to see.
We’ve all been there. Or perhaps, is currently there. The soul-searching. When we ask if there is something bigger than this? If we can make the world better? Make a difference. The times when we want to be unselfish. When we want to give back what we’ve taken. When we want to be happy doing what we do.
Yet the truth is, most of us never get there. Because most of us will not know nor come to terms with our deep motivation. The something that sits within our being. Our primal driver for success. Our shadow self.
Throughout the years, I have had to counsel friends and co-workers searching for reasons to keep on doing, perhaps unhappily, the things they are doing. To make them believe there are reasons behind their actions. To make them discover what is it about themselves that will make them choose the right next course of action.
Here’s a thought. When you’re feeling bored at work, whining about life, procrastinating about things; maybe try telling yourself to stop with the “I can do it”, or that “Think positive” mantra. And instead ask yourself; “What will make me satisfied doing this?”.