You there. Yes you. You need to wake up. Chances are you have been floating through the day, doing the same old routine you always have.
Like a robot, you go to work each morning and do what you do each day. Then you come home and have the same conversations with others and watch the same TV crime drama that has the same plot as every other TV crime drama.
It’s time to wake up. Time to have deliberate actions. One’s you are aware and conscious of and that will lead to a life well-lived.
Here are six characteristics of conscious actions that you should seek out and try to attain.
1.) There are problems that needs to be solved.
Whether it’s that the Joker is on the loose in Gotham City again, or you need the accounts finished and filed by three o’clock, the common element is that there is something that needs to be done, some solution must come from the action.
2.) There are emotions involved.
It is a problem that you care about. You have some stake involved in the solution that problem. It may get you a raise. You may be able to leave work early. Gotham City is blaming you for the Joker’s shenanigans. All of these are important to the solver because they mean something to him/her.
3.) It is a step towards a finished product.
The problem is not merely a problem for it’s own sake. It actually does something for you. It leads you down the path towards a better life. It matters not for just the moment, but for a week or a month down the road. It’s an attempt to reach an objective.
4.) There is a storm in your mind.
Ideas are flowing through you. They come about because they are attempts to solve the problem in a more significant way. A way which makes you more efficient at solving the problem.
5.) New directions of thought arise.
Because of the storm in your mind, thoughts about the present problem are not the only ideas to emerge. You begin to see ways of solving other related problems which may help you in your quest to achieve a goal. Your mind is on overdrive, getting ideas for problems that you have yet to deal with.
6.) The experience is educational.
Ultimately, you will hope to gain something of use from the deliberate action. You may learn a new way of handling an old problem. You may get an idea to solve other problems. Or you may learn which problems you actually do care about the most.
In any case, the experience is educational. Your mind has been opened to new possibilities.
Becoming conscious in your everyday actions will lead to actions that matter beyond the moment, and they will be actions that you care about.
Think this won’t work with even the smallest of chores? Try it next time you are taking out the trash. Instead of just doing it the same old way, try to do it more efficiently. See if it works. You may be surprised at the solution that you come up with. And the solution will matter because it makes an old chore a little easier.
Make the way you do things matter to who. Have a reason for doing them other than just because they are a habit. It is in this way that your conscious actions will lead to a wholesome life, and to you enjoying each experience within it.