Strategically Ignorant


There’s just way too much too focus on right now and believe me, all of that is costly for our mind. Having choices at this moment simply means:

1. You won’t derive greater satisfaction from the options you have.
2. You won’t be able to make faster decisions as there’ll be just too much to process and factor in.
3. You will be constantly having the fear of missing out (FOMO).
4. You’ll be perpetually in a state of stress. Always beating yourself up for the decisions you’ve made and living on the “what could’ve been” land.

Given all of that, I don’t think having a bunch of choices is something I would want right now. In fact, I’ve come to believe that if I am to be intentional with my goals and life, I’ve got to leave these choices behind.

But how would I do that? By being strategically ignorant. That doesn’t mean you’ve got to close your mind to new ideas. No. Instead, it’s about knowing what you really want and accepting that you still can be easily distracted.

You do that by creating an environment where you can be deliberate with your time and choices. For example: you can choose to give up on news or social media, comments on your blog (or on amazon for your books), or perhaps, the trolls on the Internet. And if you’re worried about missing out on all that “growth” from the rich feedback, let me assure you — it’s not happening. Don’t fool yourself into thinking all that crap is good for your mind. It’s not. It’ll clutter your thinking and make your question your identity and purpose.

Do you really need that? I don’t think so. You’re way better invested in doing things that grow you than slow you. Ben Hardy said it the best, “Selective ignorance is not the avoidance of learning. It’s not the avoidance of getting feedback. It’s simply the intelligence of knowing that with certain things and people, the juice will never be worth the squeeze. It’s knowing what to avoid.”

Oh, by the way, if this is too much to take, you have my permission to ignore this post.

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