Earning Time Part 3: Get your Mind to do What you Want

Did you make the mental effort to think about what daily habits help you and which ones you could do without? If not, read the past 2 articles once more.

If you did, congratulations! That’s all you need to do (with a few tweaks I’ll get to in a moment).

Let me ask you a question: Why do most people spend most of their time on useless things that give them almost no benefits? Basically, why do we absorb so much entertainment, when we’d all like a bigger house, to be good friends and/or parents, to become rich or maybe even famous?

Regardless of what your big goals are, if they’re big enough, then you must work on them daily. If you know this, and I’m sure you do, then why do you spend so much time on “entertainment”?

Entertainment feels good, doesn’t it? We like the feeling, so we do it, even if there are literally no other benefits to be earned. On the other hand, how does work feel? What do you feel when thinking about hard work? It’s hard, isn’t it? Stressful even.

We love positive feelings so much, we spend all of our time pursuing them. We only do work (which feels bad) to avoid even worse feelings we would get from not doing work. At a very basic emotional level, we are donkeys running after carrots.

So, unless we can make work look like a very tasty carrot, we will forever be the slaves of entertainment. Fortunately, that is surprisingly easy.

The emotional mind, the part of your brain which makes you choose the carrot over the stick, is extremely easy to fool. This is why you hear stories of pig farmers loving a hard day’s work. You could be cleaning pigeon poop for a living and love it if you think of your job in a positive way.

How do you do it? Take 2 minutes and think of your job, project, or of whatever you’ve been procrastinating on in a positive, happy way.

Let’s take Pigeon poop cleaning as an example: Picture yourself on top of a building looking at a clean, spotless roof. Imagine literal sparkles coming out of it, as if it were so clean, you could see your face in it. Imagine your partner and/or boss saying “Good job, you’re always so thorough and punctual.” Imagine all the people whose roofs you’ve cleaned thanking you for doing a great job. Imagine a little girl asking you “What do you do for a living?” Imagine yourself smiling and pointing at the buildings nearby: “Do you see all these roofs? I’m the one who keeps them sparkling under the sun.” Imagine the pride you can feel from knowing all the neighborhood buildings depend on your care. Imagine you’re damn good at your job. Doesn’t pigeon poop cleaning seem more attractive now?

Apply this to whatever job or work you need to do. Remember: The mind is simple and will simply react to the words and pictures you give it. Even if you’re just pretending to like your job, if you picture it in your mind with enough conviction, it will be enough to fool it.

Some of us are always worrying about deadlines, or about doing a good job. Unfortunately, this only makes work harder. The mind is simple. It does not interpret your worry towards a deadline as something you must deal with immediately. More often than not, it will interpret it simply as: something related to your work = bad. Therefore, stay away from work to avoid the “bad”.

That’s why we procrastinate so often and leave our problems to pile up. Our brains think we should keep our distance from these problems because we make them seem negative in nature.

Until next time, do the above exercise and try to think of your work, tasks, and projects only with positive words and images. You’ll see your mental blocks suddenly lift. Procrastination will leave you, and work will get done.

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