Because when you do something dumb, there's usually a bad consequence that comes with doing it.
Sometimes you do something dumb simply because you can't help it: You hit your thumb with a hammer (not smart) and it hurts like crazy, but you just couldn't stop yourself from doing it.
But there are other times when you do dumb things, but you dismiss their bad consequences because you enjoy doing the dumb thing and tend to reason that the consequences that come from doing it are really minor in the big picture of your life.
There's a word for this kind of thinking. It's called deception.
If you don't like the sound of that word, there's a reason for it...it's an awful word that's associated with things such as lying, fraud, and trickery - all things that essentially mean that what you see on the surface is a lot different than reality.
In other words, even if something is fun and the bad consequences of doing it seem minor, you need to remember that if you do it repeatedly, you'd better be prepared for a for huge pile o'pain that the law of compounding is going to eventually deliver to you.
Stop deceiving yourself that doing dumb things is OK - review this map and discover how to become smart again! :-)
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MAP CONTENT: Examine Your Rituals“It’s the little things you do now that create the big things you get later.” - Unknown
Speak ItSpeak what’s below out loud, with enthusiasm, certainty, and belief. Improvise what you say as much as you want (actually, this is preferred). Visualize what you say - see it in your head before the words leave your lips. Brackets contain instructions that explain something specific to do.
What, Why, and How
- A ritual is something that you do/practice regularly. It may be something seemingly ‘small’, and you may ‘practice’ it without even realizing it.
- Rituals can be both good/positive and bad/negative.
- Negative rituals can include things such as:
- Putting work before family
- Rarely getting enough sleep
- Eating a lot of processed foods
- Associating with people who are negative
- Beginning each day with no plan
- Watching, reading, and talking about misery and negativity
- Buying things on credit
- Consuming a lot of caffeine
- Pursuing recreation more than goals
- Avoiding things that cause fear
- Sitting too much
- Sleeping late
- Consuming too much sugar
- Showing up late for appointments
- Rarely exercising
- Skipping meals
- The reason why examining your rituals is so important is because anything you do repeatedly, even something seemingly ‘small’, has a compound effect in your life - it may not affect you in a big way right now, but if you continue to do it over the course of months or years, it eventually will have a huge impact somehow/someway.
- Changing the small, negative rituals that you practice, can be the spark for huge, positive shifts in all areas of your life.
- Identify a negative ritual that you regularly practice (see the list above for ideas), and pretend you’re teaching yourself what it is (describe how you do it in detail), why you need to change it (give some specific good and bad consequences), and how to do it (specific and practical actions that can be taken to counteract or change the ritual).
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