“The circumstances of our lives actually matter less to our happiness than the sense of control we feel over our lives.” says Rory Sutherland, advertising guru in this highly entertaining talk. “The power of reframing things cannot be overstated”.
“When you can’t smoke, if you stand and stare out of the window on your own, you’re an antisocial, friendless idiot. If you stand and stare out of the window on your own with a cigarette, you’re a philosopher.”
“Reality isn’t a particularly good guide to human happiness.” It all depends on how you view things, not on what they are. Many problems can be solved psychologically. We have the power to rebrand experiences. Choose your frame of reference. Reframe reality.
How much life energy are you trading against money ?
Every dollar you spend = the amount of your life energy it took to get it. Money = life energy.
The hours left in your life are a finite resource, not infinite.
Every time I spend about $______ , I am trading about an hour of my life energy.
When I buy ______ , I am trading ______ hours of my life.
The key question: Is it worth it?
I only have ______ hours left in my life.
Apply three questions to each expense:
1. Did I receive fulfillment and satisfaction in proportion to the life energy spent?
2. Is this expenditure of life energy in alignment with my values, goals and life purpose?
3. How might this expenditure change if I didn’t have to work for a living?
Am I making a living or making a dying ?
What is the purpose of work ? Work should be whatever you do in alignment with
your purpose in life.
You will work for pay for a finite period of time. Maximize your income, then stop when you have enough.
Why life-editing is the skill of this century,
Why small is sexy,
and why it doesn’t matter what’s in the box.
[...] I bet most of us have experienced at some point the joys of less: college — in your dorm, traveling — in a hotel room, camping — rig up basically nothing, maybe a boat. Whatever it was for you, I bet that, among other things, this gave you a little more freedom, a little more time. [...] Consider the benefits of an edited life. Most of us, maybe all of us, are here pretty happily for a bunch of days with a couple of bags, maybe a small space, a hotel room. So when you go home and you walk through your front door, take a second and ask yourselves, “Could I do with a little life editing? [...]