If you’re like most people these days, you feel constantly overwhelmed and underproductive. Maybe it’s your job or income, or your relationships, or maybe you don’t know what it is. You know you are capable, but something isn’t working for you. The answer is personal excellence: living your life to the best of your ability.
TECHNOLOGICAL PROGRESS OR OVERLOAD?
We live in a world unlike any before it. Virtually all the information ever compiled is accessible by a quick Internet search. We can communicate across the globe, instantaneously. We are always expected to be “on” and “available.” Does this sound draining? That’s because it is. Our minds and bodies aren’t evolutionarily programmed for this information overload.
Despite all this technological progress, our brains and bodies are essentially the same as they have been since the dawn of man. Yes, we’re a little taller, etc. But we’re essentially the same. The good news is that many of the solutions to modern day problems are actually based old-world principles. For instance, meditation, which has been shown to improve concentration in an era of unprecedented distraction, has been practice for thousands of years. Likewise, principles embodied in Stoicism, which have become popular in dealing with fear in the modern era, actually stem back to the ancient Greeks and Romans. These are just a few examples.
THE ANSWER IS TO USE BOTH TO ACHIEVE PERSONAL EXCELLENCE
Let’s be clear — there is a place for technology. It is essential. But it’s also proven that technology can cause harm to our lives. Take the blue light emitted from your cell phone, tablet, or computer. Research suggests that exposure to this spectrum of light before bed interferes with our natural sleep patterns. Technology can do amazing things too. Never has it been so easy to track and measure your vitals or your habits. These are essential applications to managing a modern life. There is a time and place for everything. But, as I hope you will realize, the essentials like moving away from the screen to meditate, writing out your goals, proper exercise and diet, and focusing on what you have instead of what you don’t, are more important than ever. You too can strive for personal excellence.