Have you ever noticed that addicts are extremely interesting people?
Addiction itself is excruciatingly boring. It’s boring because it’s predictable - the lies, the evasions, the transparent self-justifications and self-exonerations.
The addict himself, is often a colorful and fascinating person!
An addicts life reads like a great novel. Packed with drama, conflict, intrigue, epic loss, and maybe even redemption. They are fascinating and boring at the same time!
Addicts have predictable behavior patterns, that often get them into a lot of trouble… and most of the time, lead to a destructive lifestyle.
Artists, on the other hand are professionals.
While addicts allow for auto-pilot behavior patterns to rule their lives, artists are those who command their behaviors. Command their habits. Take control of their own lives.
Artists and professionals are tired of the bullshit in their lives and have grown so bored with the petty and insignificant routines of life. The master their habits. They bend their habits to their will.
You see, the addict and the artist have the exact same material to work from.
The only difference is, the artist realizes their habits and changes.
It’s an uncomfortable topic to talk about addictions. They come in many different forms, the usual come to mind: alcohol, drugs, or any type of self-sabotage activities.
New ones have emerged: web surfing, texting, twittering, facebooking, instagramming, snapchatting, and even reddit trolling.
How do you know you’re addicted to something. Or better put, how do you know that you’re doing something that has no bearing on personal improvement?
Easy. You measure it. Where is your time going?
In today’s B90X, I’d love to run an experiment. It’s in 2 parts:
1 - Tell us, where did your time go yesterday? If you can remember. Tell us, what did you do? Where did you spend your time?
2 - Today, take stock of what you’re doing with your time. Like always, with any type of introspection activity, the results usually surprise you. Where are you spending your time today?