Gosh we're busy – North America in general. We suffer daily from a thousand noises – coffee shops have barristers calling orders across the room, while loud fusion music tries to set a culture and tone.
While this goes on in the background we're bombarded by advertisements on our coffee cups, napkins, phones, and laptops – all which try to make their priorities our priorities.
Communication and information overload has become the norm in our culture. As Peter Senge, Business & Technology expert, so cunningly stated – technology has far by-passed human ability. Consequently we are left in a perpetual state of catch-up. Ironically and worst of all is that it's a catch-up that is not defined.
It's one thing to be racing towards a defined finish line – it's another to be in a race that's end is undefined. Ask yourself, do you have a defined 'finish line?' Do you know what career accolade and/or achievement will mark the accomplishment of personal success? What income bracket? What degree? What house, car, family, spouse? Or have you relegated yourself to believing you'll 'know it when you see it?'
We are living in an insanely busy time and society – define your personal goals and be as specific as possible. We are living in a time where the prevailing marketing attitude exacerbates and influences a never-ending paranoia of 'falling behind' the Jones'.
Define what success is to you and be content when achieved – this requires a moral and personal ethos mooring – something that we'll discuss in the next article.