“Men must be decided on what they will not do, and then they are able to act with vigor in what they ought to do.” — Mencius
We often get caught up in what to do.
We get nervous about whether or not we’re making the right moves, and it makes us freeze up.
But what would you do if there was a bull coming at you at it’s top speed? Take a minute to really think about it. Would you freeze up? Would you jump out of the way? Would you worry about which way to jump? Or would you try and dodge the horns like a professional?
Those are some tricky questions to answer. It’s difficult to think about something that’s never happened, and even if you could it might still be confusing.
So since it would be difficult to imagine what TO do, why don’t you imagine what NOT to do? It brings the number of questions down to none, and replaces it with an answer — don’t get hit by the horns.
The same logic applies to life. You can spend time worrying about how to get rich and how to choose the right bank… or you could just not get into debt in the first place. This would not only save you time and energy in the moment, but it would also keep you from reading through a bunch of books and spending a ton of time learning about what to avoid.
Once we know what NOT to do, it becomes much easier to start moving. When we know NOT to sit down at work, it becomes easy to fill our time with something else. As functioning members of society we have such a tendency to focus on making the right decision that we forget there isn’t one. Well, there is, but it’s simply to not make the wrong decision. You already know what you should be doing, and if you don’t then you know what you shouldn’t be doing. When you flip the script it becomes a lot easier to think of solutions to your problems — because you’ll have less problems in the first place!
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