Achieving your full potential without struggle
I have always been intrigued by the ideas of the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto. He observed in 1906 that for many phenomena, 20% of invested energy is responsible for 80% of the results. This important statistic reflects the value of conserving and balancing physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual resources as a means of reducing struggle, and suffering.
I have observed among many of my students that those who develop a mastery of conserving and leveraging their most accessible resources such as time, space, emotional energy, etc., experience less unnecessary struggle than those who do not. Defining your strengths and learning to conserve them and apply them effectively and efficiently is not a simple exercise. This is a constant process that requires the ability to leverage different resources.
Conservation and balance is a discipline which is innate but often repressed or ignored in exchange for short term gain and immediate gratification. Once an individual has committed to the process this idea of consistent conservation and balance becomes as natural as breathing.
Conserving and balancing is a step-by-step process. Each step requires a distinct awareness. If you are not conscious and have not transcended attachment to short-term gratification, you can take this concept, which is a path to freedom, and turn it into a rigid, mental prison. The greater your awareness and the less your attachment to old ways of thinking, dogma, and short-term gratification, the less unnecessary struggle you will experience.
It is often said that “anything done in moderation is not destructive” but that, of course, isn’t necessarily so. Moderate self-destructive behavior is nevertheless self-destructive. If you understand the value of conserving resources, you may still have difficulty balancing them, especially if in this process of conservation you are motivated by pride, vanity, ambition, and hunger to own more and more or experience greater and greater pleasure at any cost. Unfortunately, those who delude themselves by acting in destructive ways, even if moderately so, don’t know who they are, where they are, where they are going, where they have been, or the cost they are bound to pay later.
A person in this state of being may push things to the point of excess and then claim he or she is being moderate. Unfortunately, this way of thinking and living, more often than not, leads to an unpleasant end. Understanding conservation and balance is not just a philosophical issue. It is connected to an individual’s ability to survive.
It is only the immature, unaware, arrogant, or emotionally unbalanced person that struggles with this concept. In the end, he or she is the first to succumb to a dangerous, toxic, or stressful environment.
Ultimately, conservation and balance is the door to a meaningful life.
Author — Lewis Harrison is a practical philosopher. He can be reached at LewisCoaches@gmail.com