Ability to Change, Influence, & Optimize
The skills you gain through individualization are abilities to change systems, influence people, and optimize your daily life. Engagement in the social world are the natural responsiveness to humanity. Change is inevitable because justice, equity, and progress are collectively wrought. Individualism necessarily diminishes these. Individualism is the power of choice without a sense of how to engage socially with it. Self-protection becomes the only point with institutions as extensions of that fear.
Once you have a clear and authentic sense of yourself, you can see how systems support or deny opportunity for others to experience the same revelation. Part of your sense of humanity is bent toward removing barriers and unnatural hindrances. Freedom to express yourself is tied to the freedom of others. Therefore, systems that support barriers and hindrances must be dismantled. Replace them with spaces for identity development, intentionality, and reflectiveness.
At the core of this ability is a pro-social concern for the self-determination of the other along with a keen sense that they be fully informed about the choices that are available. Often, unsustainable and antisocial choices result from a diminished choice set and a narrative that supports a certain choice. The first order of business is to reveal the full set of choices. Next, information is provided to inform the choice hoping to empower equal opportunity among the choices. Even still, nudge is often required from knowledgeable and engaged others to encourage the compatibility between choice, the chooser’s goals, and pro-social goals.
Optimize Daily Life
Activity is ripe for optimization. The amount of time in the day is not going to increase. But, you can optimize your actions and get more productivity out of the same number of hours. Optimization is one-part Physics and one-part Operational Modeling.
The Physics of Time can be used to expand your understanding of time. If you are like most, you consider time a fixed construct that you have no power over. You are thinking in this instance of absolute time or Newtonian time as it is called. I offer that this is someone else’s time. Consider that relativistic time also exists.
Rather than thinking of time as a given, realize that you have an impact on time. For example, time seems to move more slowly when we are expectant of a reward. Time seems to move faster when you are engaged. Time is not changing. Your perception changes. Use this to your advantage by evaluating each time opportunity, no matter the length, in the same way.
Operational Modeling describes the function of a control system. Control systems follow a predictable process no matter what inputs you are dealing with. Now, that you view your time as controllable, add that you can control the system that will utilize that time. Beyond selecting the right tools, this includes setting environments, presetting operations, and coordinating prior to attempting a task. The result is task completion in less time.
Armed with both tools of optimization, you can increase your productivity exponentially. Controlling time as yours allows you to make time when others perceive no time available. Building control systems allow you to maximize the impact of any time in system execution. It is only Physics.
Your assignment, should you choose to accept it:
- Identify a social need that you would like to address. List the barriers and hindrances that maintain the challenge. Compose a list of contacts and collaborators you could engage to support social change. Organize time and activities you will schedule each week to engage in social change activities.
- Review your current schedule if you have one. Explore ways that you can apply the physics of time and operational modeling to squeeze more productivity out of the same amount of time.