The impact social pressures have on us
Today, we not only experience social pressures from our homes, communities, cities, and country. We also experience the social pressures of the world through the different social media on our phones.
I was thinking about how social pressures impact us all. Today, we not only experience social pressures from our homes, communities, cities, and country. We also experience the social pressures of the world through the different social media on our phones.
These pressures come in different forms.
One example is that they are always showing us someone that's ahead of us. When we're not careful, from a first perspective, it can easily make us feel like we're losing or like we're behind, and someone else is winning.
From a second perspective, we can see it as a challenge to working harder and catching up to surpass others. That can quickly turn into a never-ending battle to win, to being number one.
When we operate from any of these two perspectives, we no longer focus on what’s meaningful to us.
It's essential to step back long enough to detach ourselves from these perspectives and create a new one.
When we no longer look at ourselves as winning or losing, we regain a sense of ownership in choosing what truly matters to us. In the end, this allows us to do our best work ever.
Social media is a system, and as concluded previously, it's essential to understand the systems we're in as the first step to change.
A few favourites this week
1. The Cognitive Biases That Make Us All Terrible People: We all have cognitive biases and they play a big role in our lives. I often refer to awareness being the root where transformation becomes possible. This article by Mark Manson talks about some of the most prominent cognitive biases we experience in our lives. He uses a metaphor by which he highlights which family member is more likely to be which cognitive bias. It's worth a read if you're not aware of these biases, and it's funny too. I want to thank my friend Mitch for sharing this with me.
2. The Week in 60 Minutes #6 - with Andrew Neil and WHO Covid-19 envoy David Navarro: Very interesting conversation with David Navarro, professor, and medical doctor who reports directly to the Director-General of the World Health Organization. He discusses how the WHO does not recommend lockdowns as a valid strategy for dealing with COVID-19. I found it relevant given what we are currently living today. Perhaps the best question that comes from this is, how do we define a lockdown?
Quote of the week
All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.
From Blaise Pascal in Pensées.
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Have a great Sunday and a wonderful week.
Sparknotion – Think Differently.