Go back 6 years. What were you doing today, at this hour, 6 years ago. No, I don’t expect you to remember that. It was just a tricky introduction, just to alert your mind a little, to get those rusty neurons working. Anyway… I do want you to remember how your life was 6 years ago. Were you satisfied with your accomplishments? Did you have any plans for the future? Long term? Short term? Now, jump ahead about three years. Did you, three years ago, accomplish what you had in mind six years ago? Well… You get the picture. What I’m trying to point out here is that life has some patterns that keep showing up. We are not aware of them most of the time. We don’t want to admit that sometimes we make the same choice that got us into trouble.
People have a tendency to stick to the pattern, whether they are aware of it or not. Some of you don’t agree. That’s fine. There are documents to prove you have the right to disagree. But if you search in the vastness if your mind you will find them. Routine may be considered a pattern too. And I’m not talking about that pointless daily routine (get up, brush, comb, keys, office…). That is something you often discover an even do something to get out if it. The routine I am referring to is the big one. You switch jobs, and every time you end up hating the new one. You change girlfriends/boyfriends but you discover that the new partner has the same flaws as the ex. You dream about a new car/house/stereo system but there is always something else that needs your attention and your money. The list goes on. Just try it. Look for them. Scan your life and you’ll find at least one annoying patter that you can’t seem to get out of.
Can we escape them? I’m sure we can. First detect them. Then, come up with a battle plan (you know, with little sketches and lists and whatever helps you divide an conquer). You don’t need to buy all those self-improvement book or psychology studies. Find what what you’ve done so far and just…stop doing it!! I’ve tried it, and it works. I used to spend huge amounts of money on small, useless stuff. Now I only spend money on big, useless stuff.