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One year ago today the world went into lockdown.

Businesses were put on hold, schools closed, events cancelled, and life as we knew it changed forever.

To cope, many folks hit the pause button on their dreams and ambitions because it was tough enough to keep up with the ever-changing status quo.

While this might not be an anniversary to celebrate, it’s an important one to remember. Because one year later you still have dreams — and those dreams still matter. You don’t have to wait for the world to “go back to normal” to pursue them.

You can take control of your life again — starting now.

In today’s MarieTV, I answer a question from Toni, who describes the “quarantine slump” we’ve all been feeling SO well:

During this quarantine, I hoped to make major progress on my projects. It turns out that it was just another year of living in an intensely reactive mode… and having my creativity and will beat down a little bit. I would like to hit the ground and be ready to take things on, but I’m still feeling paralyzed.

It’s time to break free from that creative slump and dust off your dreams!


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In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How to create massive momentum in just 14 days.
  • My secret to showing up with passion everyday.
  • How to get crystal clear on your #1 priority.
  • 2 simple steps to feel energized and motivated again.

If you follow these two steps consistently for 14 days, you’ll feel on fire.

Keep reading below the video for a chance to win a free copy of my #1 NY Times Bestseller Everything is Figureoutable.

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Check out this episode on The Marie Forleo Podcast

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DIVE DEEPER: Keep stalling on your ideas? How to start before you’re ready — plus one question to motivate yourself to do anything.

Now it’s time to turn your insights into action — with a bonus book giveaway — because you can’t take control of your life with wishful thinking alone. You have to take action.

Your first action? Leaving a comment below for accountability and a chance to win.

Three lucky winners will be chosen to receive a free copy of Everything is Figureoutable.

In the comments below:

  1. Tell us what dream, goal, or project is your #1 priority right now and why.
  2. Make a public commitment to the 14-day #MoveItMoveItChallenge, follow and tag @MarieForleo on Instagram

Whether you join us for the 14-day #MoveItMoveItChallenge or not, remember this:

Creativity, passion, and clarity live in your body, not your mind.

XO

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One year ago today the world went into lockdown.

Businesses were put on hold, schools closed, events cancelled, and life as we knew it changed forever.

To cope, many folks hit the pause button on their dreams and ambitions because it was tough enough to keep up with the ever-changing status quo.

While this might not be an anniversary to celebrate, it’s an important one to remember. Because one year later you still have dreams — and those dreams still matter. You don’t have to wait for the world to “go back to normal” to pursue them.

You can take control of your life again — starting now.

In today’s MarieTV, I answer a question from Toni, who describes the “quarantine slump” we’ve all been feeling SO well:

During this quarantine, I hoped to make major progress on my projects. It turns out that it was just another year of living in an intensely reactive mode… and having my creativity and will beat down a little bit. I would like to hit the ground and be ready to take things on, but I’m still feeling paralyzed.

It’s time to break free from that creative slump and dust off your dreams!


Ambiguity is the enemy of execution
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In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How to create massive momentum in just 14 days.
  • My secret to showing up with passion everyday.
  • How to get crystal clear on your #1 priority.
  • 2 simple steps to feel energized and motivated again.

If you follow these two steps consistently for 14 days, you’ll feel on fire.

Keep reading below the video for a chance to win a free copy of my #1 NY Times Bestseller Everything is Figureoutable.

View Transcript

Check out this episode on The Marie Forleo Podcast

Listen Now

DIVE DEEPER: Keep stalling on your ideas? How to start before you’re ready — plus one question to motivate yourself to do anything.

Now it’s time to turn your insights into action — with a bonus book giveaway — because you can’t take control of your life with wishful thinking alone. You have to take action.

Your first action? Leaving a comment below for accountability and a chance to win.

Three lucky winners will be chosen to receive a free copy of Everything is Figureoutable.

In the comments below:

  1. Tell us what dream, goal, or project is your #1 priority right now and why.
  2. Make a public commitment to the 14-day #MoveItMoveItChallenge, follow and tag @MarieForleo on Instagram

Whether you join us for the 14-day #MoveItMoveItChallenge or not, remember this:

Creativity, passion, and clarity live in your body, not your mind.

XO

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One year ago today the world went into lockdown.

Businesses were put on hold, schools closed, events cancelled, and life as we knew it changed forever.

To cope, many folks hit the pause button on their dreams and ambitions because it was tough enough to keep up with the ever-changing status quo.

While this might not be an anniversary to celebrate, it’s an important one to remember. Because one year later you still have dreams — and those dreams still matter. You don’t have to wait for the world to “go back to normal” to pursue them.

You can take control of your life again — starting now.

In today’s MarieTV, I answer a question from Toni, who describes the “quarantine slump” we’ve all been feeling SO well:

During this quarantine, I hoped to make major progress on my projects. It turns out that it was just another year of living in an intensely reactive mode… and having my creativity and will beat down a little bit. I would like to hit the ground and be ready to take things on, but I’m still feeling paralyzed.

It’s time to break free from that creative slump and dust off your dreams!


Ambiguity is the enemy of execution
Click To Tweet


In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How to create massive momentum in just 14 days.
  • My secret to showing up with passion everyday.
  • How to get crystal clear on your #1 priority.
  • 2 simple steps to feel energized and motivated again.

If you follow these two steps consistently for 14 days, you’ll feel on fire.

Keep reading below the video for a chance to win a free copy of my #1 NY Times Bestseller Everything is Figureoutable.

View Transcript

Check out this episode on The Marie Forleo Podcast

Listen Now

DIVE DEEPER: Keep stalling on your ideas? How to start before you’re ready — plus one question to motivate yourself to do anything.

Now it’s time to turn your insights into action — with a bonus book giveaway — because you can’t take control of your life with wishful thinking alone. You have to take action.

Your first action? Leaving a comment below for accountability and a chance to win.

Three lucky winners will be chosen to receive a free copy of Everything is Figureoutable.

In the comments below:

  1. Tell us what dream, goal, or project is your #1 priority right now and why.
  2. Make a public commitment to the 14-day #MoveItMoveItChallenge, follow and tag @MarieForleo on Instagram

Whether you join us for the 14-day #MoveItMoveItChallenge or not, remember this:

Creativity, passion, and clarity live in your body, not your mind.

XO

The post Stuck in a Creative Slump? 2 Steps to Take Control of Your Life After a Year in Quarantine appeared first on .

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One year ago today the world went into lockdown.

Businesses were put on hold, schools closed, events cancelled, and life as we knew it changed forever.

To cope, many folks hit the pause button on their dreams and ambitions because it was tough enough to keep up with the ever-changing status quo.

While this might not be an anniversary to celebrate, it’s an important one to remember. Because one year later you still have dreams — and those dreams still matter. You don’t have to wait for the world to “go back to normal” to pursue them.

You can take control of your life again — starting now.

In today’s MarieTV, I answer a question from Toni, who describes the “quarantine slump” we’ve all been feeling SO well:

During this quarantine, I hoped to make major progress on my projects. It turns out that it was just another year of living in an intensely reactive mode… and having my creativity and will beat down a little bit. I would like to hit the ground and be ready to take things on, but I’m still feeling paralyzed.

It’s time to break free from that creative slump and dust off your dreams!


Ambiguity is the enemy of execution
Click To Tweet


In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How to create massive momentum in just 14 days.
  • My secret to showing up with passion everyday.
  • How to get crystal clear on your #1 priority.
  • 2 simple steps to feel energized and motivated again.

If you follow these two steps consistently for 14 days, you’ll feel on fire.

Keep reading below the video for a chance to win a free copy of my #1 NY Times Bestseller Everything is Figureoutable.

View Transcript

Check out this episode on The Marie Forleo Podcast

Listen Now

DIVE DEEPER: Keep stalling on your ideas? How to start before you’re ready — plus one question to motivate yourself to do anything.

Now it’s time to turn your insights into action — with a bonus book giveaway — because you can’t take control of your life with wishful thinking alone. You have to take action.

Your first action? Leaving a comment below for accountability and a chance to win.

Three lucky winners will be chosen to receive a free copy of Everything is Figureoutable.

In the comments below:

  1. Tell us what dream, goal, or project is your #1 priority right now and why.
  2. Make a public commitment to the 14-day #MoveItMoveItChallenge, follow and tag @MarieForleo on Instagram

Whether you join us for the 14-day #MoveItMoveItChallenge or not, remember this:

Creativity, passion, and clarity live in your body, not your mind.

XO

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By Leo Babauta

One of the most common fears of anyone who is creating something, whether it’s online content or art or a new business or startup … is the fear of putting our work out there in the world.

It’s a fear that has us procrastinating, researching endlessly, checking social media, answering emails, buying books on the topic, listening to podcasts and watching Youtube videos, cleaning our kitchen, deciding the laptop needs a good cleaning … endlessly!

None of these things are wrong or bad — they’re so human! But it’s a fear we have to face at some point if we ever want to make an impact on the world.

I’d love to share how I work with this fear — I’ve been doing it for decades now!

The brief summary:

  1. I have a litmus test: if I’m not creating or putting the creation out into the world, there’s a good chance I’m procrastinating. (There are exceptions of course.)
  2. If I’m avoiding, then I create space to face the fear and create and put it out there.
  3. Then I face it. And play with it. And learn to relish it!

I’ll dive more into this below …

The Core of Our Fear

What’s so scary about putting our work out into the world? Well, we don’t know how it will be received by other people — it’s full of uncertainty, and we don’t like that uncertainty.

They might judge us, dismiss it as having no value, think we’re stupid. We’ll feel embarrassed or rejected. This uncertainty is too much to bear for many people.

And yet, as understandable as that is, this fear will shut down the possibility of having an impact on the world. Let’s let our hearts be broken by that shut down possibility.

And let’s connect to the impact we’d like to make — would we like to move people’s hearts, change people’s lives, open their eyes to something new? How delicious!

Facing the Avoidance

In order to face our fear and what we’re avoiding … we have to know we’re avoiding. So the first thing I do is ask myself, “Am I creating right now, or putting my work out into the world?” If not, there’s a decent chance I’m avoiding out of fear.

There are seeming exceptions of course: collaborating with others in team meetings (I would argue that’s creating), coaching (that’s both creating and putting my work out there), research (but keep it to a bare minimum, most people procrastinate by researching more than is needed). We have to do admin work and emails too — but if I haven’t created today, then I know I let my day get filled with administrative busywork instead of focusing on the thing that matters.

So once we see we’re avoiding creating and putting it out there … it helps to create structure to face the fear.

If you’re avoiding creating: set up a daily session to feel the fear and then create. Not research, but actually create. Do it on a video call with others, if that helps, or get an accountability group.

If you’re creating but avoiding putting it out there: commit to doing it in small steps. For example, send it to a group of people you trust. When that gets easy, send it to a larger group. Then put it into other communities.

Work on the muscle of creating, and putting it out there regularly. Every day.

Join me in my Fearless Training Program if that’s the kind of training you’d like to do. Let’s make an impact together.

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The Opportunity in Adversity

By Eckhart Tolle

Life unfolds between the polarities of order and chaos. It is important at this time to recognize these two fundamental opposites, without which the world could not even be. Another word for disorder is “adversity.” When it becomes more extreme, we might call it “chaos.”

We would prefer, of course, to have order in our lives, which means to have things going well. We would like relative harmony in our lives. Yet, that very often is marred by the eruption of some form of disorder. And, usually, we resent that—we get angry, or despondent, or sad.

Disorder comes in many, many forms, big and small. When disorder comes it usually creates a kind of havoc in our lives, accompanied by strong underlying beliefs. “There’s something very wrong, this should not be happening, maybe God is against me,” and so on. Again, we need to understand that disorder, or adversity, is inevitable and is an essential part of a higher order.

 From a higher perspective, a higher level, the existence of order and disorder, or order and chaos, is a necessary part of the evolution of life.

 Many people have found that they experience a deepening, or a deeper sense of self or beingness, immediately after and as a result of having endured a period of disorder or chaos. This is sometimes called “the dark night of the soul,” a term from medieval Christianity used to describe the mental breakdown that many mystics experienced prior to awakening spiritually. There was an eruption of disorder, of destruction. Then, out of that, a deeper realization arose.

 And although that can be very painful, the strange thing is, it’s precisely there that many humans experience a transcendence. A strange fact is that it almost never happens that people awaken spiritually while they’re in their comfort zone. Or that they become deeper as human beings, which would be a partial awakening. It almost never happens. The place where the evolutionary shift happens, or the evolutionary leap, is usually the experience of disorder in a person’s life.

And so your life then moves between order and disorder. You have both, and they’re both necessary. There’s no guarantee that when disorder erupts this will bring about an awakening or a deepening, but there’s always the possibility. It is an opportunity, but often, it is missed.

 So here we are at this time, and our mission is the same: to align with the present moment, with whatever is happening here and now. The upheaval that we’re experiencing at the present time probably will not be the last upheaval that’s going to come on a collective level. However, it is an opportunity—because although this is a time for upheavals, it is also a time for awakening. The two go together. Just as in an individual life, you need adversity to awaken. It’s an opportunity but not a guarantee. And so what looks tragic and unpleasant on a conventional level is actually perfectly fine and as it should be on a higher level; it would not be happening otherwise. It’s all part of the awakening of human beings and of planetary awakening.

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If you’re anything like me, keeping commitments to yourself isn’t easy. Staying committed to others who are relying on us is simple enough, but why is it so hard to keep those commitments to ourselves?

When I say keeping a commitment to yourself, I mean doing what you say you’re going to do. If you say you’re going to start waking up earlier, sticking up for yourself, working fewer hours, or eating better, those are commitments to yourself that no one else is going to do for you.

Keeping commitments to yourself

But if you’re always setting goals and plans for yourself but can’t seem to follow through with them, you’re breaking the most important promise – the one with yourself. I found myself getting tired of doing this, so I decided it was time to keep the commitments I make for myself. 

In this post, I’m sharing some thoughts I’ve had about self-commitment and how I’m shifting my mindset to prioritize my goals, especially when my doubts try to talk me out of things.

Why do we break promises to ourselves?


Keeping commitments to yourself

Why is keeping commitments to yourself so difficult? How come it’s easier to keep commitments to other people? Why do we let ourselves down so often and prioritize everything else instead?

Maybe because we’re taught that it’s selfish to prioritize ourselves. The funny thing is, I KNOW deep down that it’s not selfish to focus on my own needs. I don’t consider people who go after their goals selfish (as long as it’s not at the expense of others of course), yet it’s something I still have trouble with. 

Perhaps it’s a problem of limiting beliefs; it’s easy to think that we’re not worthy of achieving or getting what we want. We talk ourselves out of things by thinking there are more important things to focus on. Even if we have the time, we find ways to avoid it.

We plan as if we’re going to get what we want — we make lists of things we want to change, things we want to achieve, and the type of person we want to be. But when it comes to making the changes, the little step-by-step things to get us there, we chicken out.

Yes, it’s okay to focus on you


Keeping commitments to yourself

The truth is that our goals are often lofty and perhaps outside of our comfort zone (which is a good thing!). The problem is when we set expectations that are too high for ourselves, or we become too afraid of failure that we avoid taking action. 

Instead of believing in our needs and wants, we focus on our doubts instead. There might be a little voice in your head that says you’ll ostracize yourself from others if you focus on pursuing what you want. If the people around you don’t share the same goals as you, you might worry that they’ll judge you (whether you succeed or fail).

In reality, learning to value your own goals and desires is the only way you’ll be able to get to where you want to be. Not only does keeping commitments to yourself get you further ahead, but you’ll also feel good about yourself because you kept a promise to yourself.

If a change needs to happen, you have to get a little uncomfortable by prioritizing yourself. It’s okay to be selfish sometimes. No one else is going to stick up for your time and get the things done that you want to do, so it’s important that you keep your promises to yourself.

Keeping commitments to yourself is the ultimate act of self-love. Staying true to your word shows that you value your own goals and desires. You are capable of upholding the promises you make to yourself.

How I’m keeping commitments to myself


Keeping commitments to yourself

So what’s changed within me to help me keep my commitments to myself? Here’s what’s been helping me feel okay with prioritizing the internal promises I make:

Get in the right mindset

I recently came across a TikTok video where a girl talked about going for ‘hot girl walks‘. She mentioned that while you’re going for a walk, the only things you’re allowed to think about are what you’re grateful for and the goals you want to achieve. That hot girl walk concept is a little silly to me, but I do like the intention behind it.

Since I saw that, I’ve been noticing more when my mindset turns negative. I try to notice when I’m being hard on myself or doubting my own abilities. The more I become aware of these moments, the better I can act accordingly to pull myself out of this mindset.

Each time I’m faced with something I don’t feel like doing (especially when it’s a commitment I made to myself), I pause for a moment and ask what I need to get me into a better state of mind. Often that’s putting on a playlist with uplifting songs and dancing around to make myself feel better. Don’t underestimate the power of a good playlist to get you in the right mindset.

Related Post: 5 Daily Habits For A Healthy Mindset


Repetition is key

Something I’ve found that helps with self-discipline and commitment is doing something at the same time every day (or in the same order every day). For example, I struggled for a long time to be consistent with daily exercise. 

I would tell myself to keep things interesting by switching up the time I did my workouts each day. Unfortunately this didn’t help with consistency at all. Often thinking about when I was going to do a workout took up more brain space than it really needed to.

What’s helped me to be super consistent over the past few months is working out first thing in the morning. My routine is to get up, go to the bathroom, drink some water, get changed into workout clothes, then do a workout. It’s the same order every morning which means that I don’t even have to think about what I’m doing to do. I’m still a little groggy at that time, so I don’t really give my brain a chance to try and get out of it.

Since I’ve made the commitment to exercise every morning and get up earlier, I don’t really lack motivation around it anymore. If I’m ever laying in bed and not wanting to get up, I think to myself, ‘I don’t want to fall back into my old habits’ and I force myself to get up out of bed.

Related Post: How To Have Self-Discipline When You’re Feeling Lazy


Follow your North node

I haven’t really talked about astrology on the blog before, but it’s something that I’m often exploring to learn more about myself. Of course, I’m hesitant about taking it too seriously, but discovering my North node is something that’s given me an extra dose of motivation to stay committed to myself.

The North node is essentially the traits you need to develop in order to fulfill your life’s purpose and find happiness. I discovered that my North Node is in Capricorn, which means that I need to stay disciplined, honor my desire for success, and go after my goals. My opposing South Node is in Cancer which means I’m prone to retreating from the world and dwelling on the past.

When I start falling back into old habits and thought patterns, I think about whether that’s helping me to fulfill my purpose. Often it’s not, so I encourage myself to focus on what will help me achieve my goals instead.

If you’re curious about finding your North node, you can do that here.


Question: What commitments do you want to keep to yourself?

Overall, I’ve learned that keeping commitments to yourself means getting your mindset right, repeating what works, and learning more about yourself so you can focus on what you need.

I encourage you to think of a goal or habit you’ve been wanting to master for a long time. Ask yourself why you haven’t been following through with it, and then make a commitment to go after what you want. After all, no one else is going to do it for you.

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Two weeks ago, I wrote about how money mistakes are temporary. My main argument was that unlike other kinds of mistakes, money mistakes rarely have permanent consequences.

I’ll return to that in this post, but first let’s consider a few things that have happened this month:

  • We’ve all been hearing about NFTs, also known as “non-fungible tokens,” also known as digital art that can be reproduced over and over but sells for a ton of money. The NBA has sold $230 million on these intangible “items.” An artist sold one for $69 million the other day, and I’m sure that record will be broken soon.
  • The price of a single Bitcoin, another modern invention, has risen to more than $60,000. Like NFTs, Bitcoin is also completely digital. There is no such thing as “a Bitcoin” you can carry in your pocket or store in your safe deposit box at the bank. Everyone who trades Bitcoin or other digital currencies simply accepts that it exists.
  • The U.S. government has passed a law enacting a $1.9 trillion stimulus package. Put another way, the U.S. government has printed $1.9 trillion more dollars. This was on top of another $2 trillion they printed last March. And presumably there’s more where that came from!

I stand by my original argument, but let’s add another one to the mix: The reason why money mistakes are temporary is because money itself is fictitious. Money is imaginary. It’s as abstract as a highlight reel of Lebron James that sells for $200,000.

To be more precise, we could say that money is the product of a collective imagination. If two parties agree that something is “worth” a certain amount, then it is. If they don’t, then it isn’t.

So here then is the question: If the government can print money and no one seems to mind, why can’t you?

Your answer might be, “Because I want to respect the rules of western capitalism,” and that’s a perfectly reasonable answer. Sometimes it’s good to follow traffic laws, at least if they’re necessary.

Just understand that these rules—especially the financial ones—are products of our imagination.

Like Bitcoin or NFTs, they exist because people decide they do. Without collective belief, no form of money has any real value. To return to my statement from my original post: “The thing about money mistakes is that you can always make more money.”

This is what you should be thinking about. Once you accept that money isn’t real, you worry less about a lot of things—and not only money.

But What About the Homeless? (etc.)

In response to the last post, a few people brought up a few concerns. It’s easy to say “Don’t worry about money” if you have plenty of money, they told me, but what about everyone who is poor?

This is a very good point! (I made the same point in the original post more than once, but most people don’t read before complaining.)

So let’s get into this more here, and consider the issue of homelessness. This issue is not at all insignificant—but money can’t fix it, at least not for society at large.

This is because unlike money, homelessness is not something that is essentially imagined.

You either have a safe, comfortable place to live or you don’t. If someone says, “Being homeless isn’t real, so don’t worry about it”—you should rightly suggest that they see how they feel after being homeless for a while.

But when it comes to addressing the issue of homelessness, that’s where a tangible problem meets an intangible resource. If money could solve homelessness, Bill Gates could just write a very large check. Not only could he, he probably would! The man is incredibly generous.

But he’s also incredibly smart, and knows that his large check wouldn’t work, at least not at scale, so he spends his money on trying to eliminate malaria and improve sanitation for Africa.

We could say the same thing about any other number of societal problems, including educational and healthcare disparities in the United States, the richest country in the world. Not everyone has access to the same systems, so that’s what we need to work on.

In short: don’t miss the forest for the trees. If you do, you’ll miss the chance to think about how you can use the fiction of money as a tool—just like the government does.

“But the government can’t just keep printing money, right?” (Answer: sure it can!)

This is another concern that people tend to bring up when you point out that money isn’t real. You may have been told in economics class that the government can’t simply print all the money it wants without consequences such as inflation kicking in.

Well, this is true in places like Zimbabwe, where I once paid one million dollars in local currency for a Diet Coke. (Exchange rate: 300,000 Zimbabwe dollars was $1 USD.) The price was actually $800,000, and I added $200,000 as a tip—partly because, I admit, I thought it would be cool to spend a million “dollars” on a soda. But in Zimbabwe they stopped trusting their own currency, so the U.S. dollar became the de facto instrument of exchange.

Will the world stop trusting U.S. dollars too? Probably at some point! But a) it won’t be anytime soon, and b) when they do, where are they going to turn?

The answer to that is decentralized digital currency, which brings us back to where we started. Bitcoin and NFTs have value because people decide that they do, just like gold or paintings by 19th century impressionists or anything else.

Whenever someone says “The government shouldn’t print extra money,” what they mean is “The government should only print extra money for something I agree with.”

So here’s my proposal: what if, instead of arguing over which interest group should get paid, they all did? Stimulus checks today, tomorrow, and the day after.

It’s probably not going to happen exactly like that, but again, don’t miss the forest for the trees. The forest is that money is only as real as people say that it is. What can you do with this knowledge?

Time to Get to Work!

What you need to do in these situations is apply them to your own life. How can you hack systems for your benefit?

  • If you have tens of thousands of student loan debt, what would happen if you just decided to ignore it? (I’m not kidding. Think it through: what would happen?)
  • If you think you’ll have more money in the future (however “money” is defined), why should you sacrifice today? Dave Ramsey tells you to live frugally, but his house is currently listed for sale for $15 million. Financing at low rates is widely available, just as it was before the bad lending crisis of 2008.
  • Don’t stop on the consumer side: lots of businesses do just fine paying their executives large bonuses while never actually making a profit. Better yet, start an airline and get billions of dollars in taxpayer money that you’ve already said you don’t need.

Most of all: what if you just made the system work for you instead of the other way around?

To use a hockey metaphor, don’t skate where the puck is now, skate where the puck is going. (Disclaimer: I know nothing about hockey, but this seems like a logical enough idea.)

If you don’t like these examples, that’s okay. Plenty of other people will default on their student loans or get billions of dollars for operating unprofitable airlines.

That said, I challenge you to think about how you could apply this perspective to your life. If you’ve always believed that money is real, do you feel differently now that you know it’s not?

If nothing else, don’t let people or institutions use the threat of an imaginary resource against you any more. Educate yourself!

If your boss threatens to fire you, call their bluff. If a debt collector harasses you, fight back. Or better yet: them they can collect it in the form of digital art.

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