How Much Good Can You Do In The World?

Do what you can to make things better. Find out how much good you can do in the world. By Madeline Johnson

Not my words, but definitely a great notion and something I believe is worth asking yourself.

This idea, that we have the capability to make things better with what we have is inspired by professor and clinical psychologist Jordan B. Peterson author of 12 Rules for Life.

His wisest advice –

Learn what you need to learn to become wise and work for the betterment of being.

Do what you can to make things better. Find out how much good you can do in the world.

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Do it in a forthright, courageous, noble, eyes-wide open, articulate and embodied manner.

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How to bake better into your every day beingness.

Not sure where to begin?  I like what Brianna Wiest recommends. . .

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Recommended Reading

101 Essays to Change The Way You Think by Brianna Wiest

12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson

Maps of Meaning by Jordan B. Peterson

The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton

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Borda D. Adrian is a surreal painter and lives in Reghin, Romania. He is an inner traveler, exploring the mysterious and extremely complex subconscious world. In his real life as well as in his art, I don’t care about conventions and the taboos, there are no sacred memes that cannot be touched. His paintings are deep meditations full of symbols about life and our most intimate tendencies and reactions…not necessarily to create something most people like, but to open a window to haunting images impossible to forget.

You Are Built for More

This post is about becoming a stronger version of who you are, so you are better equipped to take life full on, because despite the fact that life can be tragic and tainted by malevolence, your human spirit thrives under these conditions. You were built for maximal load.   Eyes open, wit sharp and your words at the ready. (words inspired by Jordan B. Peterson.)

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Read: Twelve Rules for Life: An Anecdote for Chaos

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The first rule in Peterson’s book is to stand tall. Yes, improve your posture.

So, with your shoulders back, head up and back strong, you stand tall.  Focusing on standing up straight may actually increase testosterone and decrease cortisol levels in your body while helping you to feel more empowered and confident.  Read more here 11 Surprising Ways to Get Your Brain to Release Serotonin and Other Happiness Chemicals. Read more about the high T and low C effects of standing tall here.

Learn more about the science and renewed interest in the systemic role of testosterone in pain, well-being, and cardiovascular function in women and men alike.  Testosterone’s benefits include increasing your competitive spirit and possibly your confidence.

A note about cortisol. Cortisol is a stress hormone released by the adrenal glands. It’s important for helping your body deal with stressful situations, as your brain triggers its release in response to many different kinds of stress. However, elevated cortisol over the long term consistently produces glucose, leading to increased blood sugar levels, increasing your risk for type 2 diabetes.

Studies have show that high-power posers experienced elevations in testosterone, decreases in cortisol, and increased feelings of power and tolerance for risk; low-power posers (slouchers and slumpers) exhibited the opposite pattern. Power Posing: Brief Nonverbal Displays Affect Neuroendocrine Levels and Risk Tolerance

Can’t remember to correct your posture throughout the day. There is new wearable tech to help you stop slumping. 

Wareable is a website that reviews and rates numerous technology breakthroughs to stand taller, from pulsating yoga pants to chairs with sensors

Upright Pose is a posture corrector and trainer that you place on your upper back. It reminds you to sit or stand up straight with a real-time gentle vibration reminder. 8 out of 10 Upright users report a posture improvement of 92% in less than 2 weeks. Available here on Amazon.

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Why you are standing up tall, the second way to improve your mental strength is to reevaluate the way you assess your own competence. Why? Because we tend to believe we are smarter than we really are.

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– A quote from Stephen Hawking

Never Overestimate Your Knowledge

In order to preserve our sense of self-value there is the possibility we are wired to assume we are better than others, when we might be of only the same or worse standard.  It has also been suggested that the worse we are at something, the more likely we are to overestimate our performance at it.

The Dunning-Kruger effect is a type of cognitive bias in which people believe that they are smarter and more capable than they really are. The combination of poor self-awareness and low cognitive ability leads them to overestimate their own capabilities.

While almost everyone holds favorable views of their abilities in various social and intellectual domains, some people mistakenly assess their abilities as being much higher than they actually are. This ‘illusion of confidence’ is now called the ‘Dunning-Kruger effect’, and describes the cognitive bias to inflate self-assessment.

Most people are genuinely unaware of how much they have been misled by their illusory superiority.

Illusory superiority is a condition of cognitive bias wherein a person overestimates their own qualities and abilities, in relation to the same qualities and abilities of other persons. Illusory superiority is one of many positive illusions, relating to the self, that are evident in the study of intelligence, the effective performance of tasks and tests, and the possession of desirable personal characteristics and personality traits.

The problem is that when people are incompetent, not only do they reach wrong conclusions and make unfortunate choices but, also, they are robbed of the ability to realize their mistakes.

The trick is to not be fooled by illusions of superiority and to learn to accurately reevaluate our competence. After all, as Confucius reportedly said,

Real knowledge is knowing the extent of one’s ignorance.

Read the full article Studies find high achievers underestimate their talents

Read: Twelve Rules for Life: An Anecdote for Chaos

Jordan B. Peterson

Dr. Jordan B. Peterson is a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, a clinical psychologist and the author of the multi-million copy bestseller 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, #1 for nonfiction in 2018  in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, the Netherlands, Brazil and Norway, and now slated for translation into 45 languages.

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Lisa Ericson

Portland, Oregon-based artist Lisa Ericson blends her hyperreallist painting style with a vivid imagination, resulting in fantastical combinations of plants and animals. Ericson tends to focus on one specific flora/fauna combination at a time, like hybrid mouserflies or coral fish. Her most recent series, Mobile Habitats, highlights turtles that support small ecosystems on their shells. From mossy knolls surrounded by fireflies to gnarled trees leafed with monarchs, each turtle-world evokes a specific time and place.

Ericson chronicles her work on Instagram, where she shares, “these pieces are all about turtles and what they can carry on those amazing half-a-globe shells, and about things that need saving.”

 

 

 

Knowing Where You’re Going

Why it’s so hard to really change. The need for new tools. Our being is becoming. Madeline Johnson

I honestly believe we’d all be much better off if we all had more of a life plan and we shared those plans with each other. Relationships would be so much easier because we’d know whether or not we were in someone’s short or long term plans or maybe both.

Knowing where you going is truly important. We never want to get stuck in a rigid sense of who or where we are today. Our purpose is to evolve.

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The idea is to move forward a bit better each day.  Taking care of our health, our work and our loved ones. Making things a bit more lovely along the way. Becoming a bit more kinder, confident, resilient and powerful.

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The proper way to fix the world isn’t to fix the world.  There is no reason to even assume that you are up for such a task. But you can fix yourself.  You’ll do no one any harm by doing so, and in the manner at least, you will make the world a better place. 

-Jordan Peterson 12 Rules for Life

 

Any significant change in you life will create the need for new tools. Tools to help you remain structured and disciplined through your transformation and tools to help you stay flexible as you float through the chaos that life will inevitably bring upon you as you try to change your behavior.

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A change in diet requires new healthier meals, new recipes, a new approach to more mindful eating.

A change in your career requires an attitude of humility and resilience, and of course, new skills.

You will be uncertain and resistant. It takes so much work to change. So much effort and time.

8 Reasons Why It’s So Hard to Change.

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Aggregating and compounding tiny little micro-gains of change each day.

In the words of Jordan B. Peterson, “Our being is in our becoming.”

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Dean Reynolds

An american artist who’s work can be described as Psychadelic Surrealism. His work explores ideas of mythology, religion, psychology and surrealist ideas. His work is a mixture of humor, Dr. Seuss, Alice in Wonderland, and the complex ideas of Carl Jung.  His work combines seriousness with the silly.  Images that are accessible and yet still a mystery.