For most of you, waking up is a routine. You literally do it without actually “waking up”. You can sleepwalk through your “Good morning” greetings, your daily hygiene routines, and complete most of your morning chores without being fully conscious. However, I’m here to tell you that you’ve missed something magical when you first opened your eyes to this reality we call “today”.
What did you miss?
You missed the magic of being human, and the inherited freedom that comes with having consciousness. But most importantly, you missed the two abilities that makes all this possible. These two abilities allow you to: evaluate who were yesterday; consciously decided if that’s who you want to continue to be; and the will power to stay the same or change entirely.
These two abilities are called truth and dare.
Truth gives you the power to see who you are at your core. It allows you to visit your inner aspirations of ultimate happiness, and to externally evaluate if the life you are living is facilitating the fulfillment of those inner desires, or neglecting them entirely.
Dare gives you the power to externally and internally alter yourself and your environment. It gives you the willpower to delete unwanted character traits, and it encourages you to adopt new ones that are more conducive to reaching your inner truth.
7 Steps to utilize truth
1. At the conclusion of every day, before you go to bed, sit down on a chair, the floor or a yoga mat. Close your eyes, and replay your entire day in your mind. Attempt to recall the slightest details, from which way the wind blew, to what you did, to how you felt while you were engaging in those activities.
2. Focus on the feelings you had throughout the day. Were you happy, sad, excited, numb, etc.?
3. Slowly open your eyes and look around you. Look at the walls, the furniture, even the people next to you. Now ask yourself silently, “Is this what I want?”
4. Close your eyes again, and repeat the question, “Is this what I want?” Replay your entire day in your head again.
5. Discover your truth. Did your feelings change between the first and second time you asked yourself, “Is this what I want?” Does your daily life match up to what you want at your core?
6. Consciously determine which avenue will make you happier. Is your daily life making you happier than the aspirations you have at your core? Or does your daily life make you unhappy at the core?
7. Initialize the dare to correct the discrepancies.
How to initialize the dare
Disclaimer: You only need to initialize the dare if there are discrepancies between how you feel in your daily life and how you feel at your core.
Personality A: You are happier with your daily routines than you are at your core.
Sometimes as human beings we overshoot what it actually takes to make us happy; and sometimes we undershoot our value. A healthy daily life can uplift your value, or saturate you with a simpleness that makes you abandon your inner definition of happiness.
To live this type of daily life, you have to allow the simpleness to soak into your core, so much so that it washes away your old ideas. The only way to do that is to abandon the attributes of your personality that still cling to unhappiness. You have to simply let go. You have to dare yourself to let go of your preconceived ideas of happiness, success, and adequacy.
Personality B: You are happier at your core than you are with your daily routines.
Personality B is the most widespread in our society. Partly because of the speed at which we grow up, but mostly because so few of us have been taught how to ask ourselves, “Is this what I want?” We simply live the life that has been forced upon us until the core of who we are is reduced to a faint whisper.
Once you utilize truth to hear your inner whispers of happiness, you need to dare yourself to have the courage and discipline necessary to proceed. You will need courage to take the necessary actions to change your daily activities, and you will need discipline to stay committed. Just like it took time to get in the position you are in currently, it will take time to get you to that happier place.
Brandon Yawa, over and out.