Most of the time our attention is directed and focused for us.
Think about the work we say we have to go to.
Think about all the Facebook and Instagram posts we flutter our free time on.
Think about the shows we watch.
Add all those up and that’s most of the day that has been directed and controlled by an outside source.
But we can’t blame anyone because we give it away. We want a job because we’re not disciplined enough to work self directed. And we watch stuff because its there and gives structure to our free time.
And what is the alternative?
Personally I have found that the alternative is self directed focus and it is one of the hardest things to master.
If I mastered years ago, my life would look completely different, but there’s no time like the present. And I work day in and day out to focus my energy and efforts on self directed meaningful goals.
I once heard a quote that went something like ‘if you spent as much time working for your self as you did at your job you probobly wouldn’t need your job any longer.’