The Law of Least Effort
We start with Mark giving Og Mandino's life story to demonstrate The Law of Least Effort. I had highlighted some points on Og life in my blog Week 22A Master Of My Emotions. Coincidence or great minds thinking alike? Come on now that worth a laugh.
The Law of Least Effort has three main components: Acceptance, Responsibility and Defenselessness. I'm going to discuss each one individually.
From the animation above "I accept things as they are in this moment, not as I wish they were." Does this mean that we can't try to change things? Let us consider our (DMP) Definite Major Purpose for a moment. If our DMP was to be making $25,000 a month and we are at only $10,000 a month should we get upset? Should we spend all sorts of time and energy analyzing why we are only at 10K a month?
I think a better way to look at the situation is to realize that 10K is a stepping stone on our Journey to reach out DMP of 25K a month. We should rejoice reaching that mile stone, knowing that there will be more along the way. Live in the moment celebrating your accomplishment.
I will take Responsibility for my situation and for all the events I see as Problems, again from above. Here I also realize that the situation is from decisions I have already made and there is no reason to blame anyone, including myself. That is the past and as Og said "I will forget the happenings of the day that is gone, whether they were good or bad" Scroll III. I agree with him on the Bad not the Good. I chose to live in the current moment.
If we try to go back and look at the decision we made that lead to our situation we could be dwelling on negatives. A selective memory to remember the joy from accomplishments is fine and positive.
As for problems they are simply opportunities to make the present moment better. We could even put the monthly income increase into an opportunity.
You guess it, from above one more time. I will relinquish the need to defend my point of view. This is the hardest one for me. From an early age I was taught to fight not flight. The Marine Corps just engrain that, what many people call muscle reflex. Hours and hours of training on the Corps attack, we stand our ground and we don't retreat. Ever wonder why some people leaving the military have a hard time returning to civilian life. Civilians who have never have their life on the line come up with all sorts of ideas about it and they have no right to open their mouth until they have walk in those veteran's shoes.
Next I became a Deputy Sheriff and we were taught in the academy that we were never wrong. If someone did not agree with us just arrest them and put them in jail. So you can see why I have a hard time not defending my point of view. Now I just bite my tongue and hope I don't blow my mental diet.
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