This week's theme for our 30 Day Program: Be Courageous is "Be Better, Be Ordinary."
The concept seems simple: if we are all extraordinary then technically no one is. In Mark Manson's book "The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck" he talks about this a lot, and how being "average" is showing failure in today's society since we are constantly surrounded by the highest of highs and lowest of lows from everyone's social media.
This week we are celebrating our mundane-ness. Manson says "Self-improvement is really about: prioritizing better values, choosing better things to give a f*ck about. Because when you give better f*cks, you get better problems. And when you get better problems, you get a better life." For many of us, we fall into the trap of the extraordinary social media pages, highlighting the best or the worst moments with edited photos and perfectly crafted filters.
It's time we define our values and how we measure our own success and our own failures. This week we are connecting how our values impact these mundane moments. Realizing what you value and what will get in the way of your values is another key concept from our reading this week. For most of us, comparison will get in the way of most of our values, or using bad values like pleasure, material success, always being right, and staying positive. Understanding the measurement you are using to evaluate your successes or failures will help you choose better things to care about in the long run.
Notice this week when you or someone else pushes up against your value, and what happens. Notice if you fail or succeed how you measure that outcome. Ask yourself "WHY am I suffering - for what purpose?"