Time to live FAST

We live in a society of instant gratification. Instant food (takeouts and high-calorie snacks vs prepping a nutritious meal), instant messaging (vs snail mail), instant relationships (Married at First sight – this one really boggles my mind). This is something that is so much of a reality that instant gratification addiction is actually a thing diagnosed by psychologists now!

One of the many lessons 2020 brought us was to slow down, stop, and breathe. As you might have noticed I’ve been thinking a lot about how to “level up”. Fast living and being busy has been at the center of my existence for the longest time. and I’m just tired of doing things that way. There must be a better way! How do I want to change that? How can I change that when there is so much that need to happen? By living fast!

This is what a fast life means according to Urban Dictionary :

To live a fast life means to be reckless. To be spontaneous to the point of never thinking anything through to the end before doing it. You might have heard the term “to live fast and loose”. It’s with little or no regard for what our actions do to other people. … They are living a fast life.

I’d like to propose a different meaning for living FAST, and then also the way I choose to live this year:

Focussed – learning to prioritize and focus on the task at hand. Open any news feed or social media feed and you will be bombarded with negativity, conspiracy theories, threats of more lockdowns, and further economic retraction. The list goes on and on. Losing focus on what is important is something we simply can not afford to do. Right now, more than ever, we need to find the light and focus on that. Positivity breeds positivity. Sadly, the same is true for the opposite. Choose your view and focus!

Adaptable – not only do we need to learn to adapt to the “new normal” as far as our social lives are concerned, but we also have to contend with everything else that is changing. Corporates are giving up properties as more staff work remotely. Job interviews and conferences are being done via Zoom, etc. More businesses are going online and consumer shopping habits are forever changing. It is estimated that there will be an increase of 265% in e-commerce in the next 5 years! The world as we know it is evolving. Right now it is the time to adapt or die.

Strong – Being mentally strong, recognizing your challenges, and facing them head-on is going to be of paramount importance if you want to win this year. I think for many this will be a race to the survival of the fittest. Whether it is your business or personal life, being as strong as an ox will sometimes come easily, but sometimes it will take a dedicated and concerted effort on your part. Quite a coincidence that it is the Chinese Year of the Ox then. Don’t worry, being strong doesn’t have to be a scary thing. Just look at the cute one I found!

Tenacious – I just love the Oxford Dictionary’s description of this word:
“tending to keep a firm hold of something; clinging or adhering closely” or
“persisting in existence; not easily dispelled”

This too reminds me of my favorite scroll in Greatest Salesmen in the World by Og Mandino:
“I will persist until I succeed.
I was not delivered unto this world in defeat, nor does failure course in my veins. I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepherd. I am a lion and I refuse to talk, to walk, to sleep with the sheep. I will hear not those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious. Let them join the sheep. The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny.
I will persist until I succeed.
The prizes of life are at the end of each journey, not near the beginning; and it is not given to me to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach my goal. Failure I may still encounter at the thousandth step, yet success hides behind the next bend in the road. Never will I know how close it lies unless I turn the corner.
Always will I take another step. If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another. In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult.
I will persist until I succeed.
Henceforth, I will consider each day’s effort as but one blow of my blade against a mighty oak. The first blow may cause not a tremor in the wood, nor the second, nor the third. Each blow, of itself, may be trifling, and seem of no consequence. Yet from childish swipes the oak will eventually tumble. So it will be with my efforts of today.
I will be liken to the rain drop which washes away the mountain; the ant who devours a tiger; the star which brightens the earth; the slave who builds a pyramid. I will build my castle one brick at a time for I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking.
I will persist until I succeed.
I will never consider defeat and I will remove from my vocabulary such words and phrases as quit, cannot, unable, impossible, out of the question, improbable, failure, unworkable, hopeless, and retreat; for they are words of fools. I will avoid despair but if this disease of the mind should infect me then I will work on in despair. I will toil and I will endure. I will ignore the obstacles at my feet and keep mine eyes on the goals above my head, for I know that where dry desert ends, green grass grows.
I will persist until I succeed.

If I can live every day with this in mind, how can I fail?

So, living FAST is what I’ll (try to) do this year. Albeit a different kind of fast.


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