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Inthon http://inthon.com Intellectual Honesty Is The Most Important Characteristic A Man Can Have Tue, 28 Feb 2017 02:35:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4 Days 23-30 – Negative Thought Patterns & Requests to the Subconscious http://inthon.com/intellectual-honesty/days-23-30-negative-thought-patterns-requests-to-the-subconscious http://inthon.com/intellectual-honesty/days-23-30-negative-thought-patterns-requests-to-the-subconscious#respond Tue, 28 Feb 2017 02:35:10 +0000 http://inthon.com/?p=1522 A final summary of my 30 day trial:

The negative thought patterns have diminished  to a certain degree although distractions make them tempting to “reach out to” despite not being “pushed out” to me. I like that I stuck with it for 30 days.

The requests to subconscious started strong but were not forceful enough to sink in.  I have noticed more internal nudges  to “be present” and “pay attention” to my surroundings when doing things like walking, rather than simply fantasizing about scenarios or past experiences that won’t ever happen.  The more I force myself to stay present and focused, the better I will be at facing reality and its many challenges.

As such, my next 30 day challenge will be to focus on “BEING PRESENT”.  Too much of my waking time is spent diving in and out of focus.  I feel I would be better served by having a strong mission to always stay in reality and not daydream, even if it is something unpleasant and uncomfortable; such as reading a confusing legal document at work.

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Corporate Virtue Signaling http://inthon.com/intellectual-honesty/corporate-virtue-signaling http://inthon.com/intellectual-honesty/corporate-virtue-signaling#respond Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:41:34 +0000 http://inthon.com/?p=1518 Great article from the Guardian about virtue signalling done by corporations.

Virtue signalling is conspicuous expression of moral values done primarily with the intent of enhancing standing within a social group.

Starbucks, Lyft, AirBnB and others are tripping over themselves to appear to be doing good… as long as people take notice.

Companies are now attempting to outdo each other with major acts of generosity, but there’s a catch; they’ll do good as long as they can make sure their customers know about it. There is no room for humility when a brand does a good deed.

Virtue signalling is popular because it requires no real sacrifice and it feels good.  It’s easier to march with a sign calling Trump a racist than to actually volunteer your time helping black children.

“Brands are allowing people to pat themselves on the back without them personally having to sacrifice anything.”

Intellectually honest people can appreciate that all businesses are in the business of making money and separating you from your dollars.

Virtue comes from making sacrifices and getting your hands dirty, not gestures or noise.

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Days 15-22 – Negative Thought Patterns & Requests to the Subconscious http://inthon.com/intellectual-honesty/days-15-22-negative-thought-patterns-requests-to-the-subconscious http://inthon.com/intellectual-honesty/days-15-22-negative-thought-patterns-requests-to-the-subconscious#respond Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:39:38 +0000 http://inthon.com/?p=1514 Days 15-22 have been “shape shifting” and by that I mean what I am focusing on reducing seems to diminish (negative thoughts patterns), but something new springs up in their place (distractions)

It seems our minds have clever ways of asserting themselves and not making permanent change very easy.

I have seen great results with “timeboxing“… setting aside time to work on specific tasks without interruption.  I’ve found I accomplish more by isolating both a task and a time and making it deliberate rather than having an ocean of time and less structure.

The daily message before bed to the subconscious hasn’t made much of an impact recently, however, I have noticed that my sincerity has diminished as well.  I need to step that up.

I will continue to apply myself and see where it takes me.

I have been making steady, slow and oftentimes frustrating progress on a major task at work.  I would not have made this progress at all had I not taken on this 30-day trial!

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Days 10-14 – Negative Thought Patterns & Requests to the Subconscious http://inthon.com/intellectual-honesty/days-10-14-negative-thought-patterns-requests-to-the-subconscious http://inthon.com/intellectual-honesty/days-10-14-negative-thought-patterns-requests-to-the-subconscious#respond Mon, 13 Feb 2017 04:15:34 +0000 http://inthon.com/?p=1510 The attention has been good but not “free flowing”. I have to “turn on” the tap and demand that it flow before I can get focused energy. It takes conscious effort and work to get into a state of concentration.

The negative thoughts seem to be coming up less than before, however, I find myself reaching for distractions rather than immersing myself in the task at hand.

I have been digging into Shane Parrish’s The Art of Focus and will review it at length later.  His materials have reinforced something that I already felt: it greatly helps me focus when I have a clear goal/task at hand.

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Day 9 – Negative Thought Patterns & Requests to the Subconscious http://inthon.com/intellectual-honesty/day-9-negative-thought-patterns-requests-to-the-subconscious http://inthon.com/intellectual-honesty/day-9-negative-thought-patterns-requests-to-the-subconscious#respond Wed, 08 Feb 2017 02:09:14 +0000 http://inthon.com/?p=1504 Difficult day from a motivational standpoint but a solid day from having fewer negative thoughts. I find it easy to concentrate, the problem now is concentrating on the right things instead of the distracting things

🙂

My manager is out which, shamefully, saps my will to focus and challenge myself.

Focusing on what I’m doing and dealing with uncomfortable thoughts are being handled well, however, I need to move beyond not harming myself and move towards helping myself and my team.

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Day 8 – Negative Thought Patterns & Requests to the Subconscious http://inthon.com/intellectual-honesty/day-8-negative-thought-patterns-requests-to-the-subconscious http://inthon.com/intellectual-honesty/day-8-negative-thought-patterns-requests-to-the-subconscious#respond Tue, 07 Feb 2017 02:21:33 +0000 http://inthon.com/?p=1501 Today was a great day in terms of not being distracted by negative thoughts, however in terms of motivation, it was a zero.  I didn’t lose ground but I didn’t gain much ground either.

Staying up late for the Super Bowl didn’t help my energy and I was exhausted doing basic exercises at the gym.

I managed to soldier through the day with little physical energy, however, I spaced out badly at times due to lack of interest and getting tired of minutia.  I need to strengthen the muscle that can help me help move a group along towards a resolution rather than tuning out.

Going to sleep early tonight and come back rested for tomorrow.

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Day 5,6,7 – Negative Thought Patterns & Requests to the Subconscious http://inthon.com/intellectual-honesty/day-567-negative-thought-patterns-requests-to-the-subconscious http://inthon.com/intellectual-honesty/day-567-negative-thought-patterns-requests-to-the-subconscious#respond Sun, 05 Feb 2017 21:04:31 +0000 http://inthon.com/?p=1498 I learned a great deal this week in terms of going easy on my expectations as well as knowing when to push myself.

The request before bed to my subconscious to help focus during the day seems to help a little bit as well.

I’ve learned that it takes the right combination of physical preparedness, planning and correct mindset to function at a high level for long stretches of time.  For me, missing one of those “legs” of the stool can break down my day.

I’m going to continue to try and optimize all 3…

Stay tuned…

PS  I have recently purchased The Art of Focus from Shane Parrish of the Farnam Street Blog.  I’ll be doing an in-depth review later.

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Day 4 – Negative Thought Patterns & Requests to the Subconscious http://inthon.com/intellectual-honesty/day-4-negative-thought-patterns-requests-to-the-subconscious http://inthon.com/intellectual-honesty/day-4-negative-thought-patterns-requests-to-the-subconscious#respond Fri, 03 Feb 2017 01:42:07 +0000 http://inthon.com/?p=1495 Today was average.  I have to be patient with small, steady improvement instead of expecting perfection.

There was a little too much distraction and same old lack of direction but lots of good focus and definitely moments of improvement.

Lots of detailed tasks coming down the pike and lots of opportunities to grow.

I’d like to do better in “free time” and I need to keep putting myself in positions to do well.

Negative thoughts were out in full force and I was able to deal with about 60% of them.  Slow and steady.

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Day 3 – Negative Thought Patterns & Requests to the Subconscious http://inthon.com/intellectual-honesty/day-3-negative-thought-patterns-requests-to-the-subconscious http://inthon.com/intellectual-honesty/day-3-negative-thought-patterns-requests-to-the-subconscious#respond Thu, 02 Feb 2017 01:55:08 +0000 http://inthon.com/?p=1490 Great day… way better than yesterday.

What helped was having clear, actionable tasks and goals I could focus on.  The emptiness and vacuum that can occur without visible tasks/goals leads to idleness and distraction.

Negative thought patterns don’t seem to come up when I can channel my energy.

Asking my subconscious before bed to help me focus at work seems to help as well.

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Day 2 – Negative Thought Patterns & Requests to the Subconscious http://inthon.com/intellectual-honesty/day-2-negative-thought-patterns-requests-to-the-subconscious http://inthon.com/intellectual-honesty/day-2-negative-thought-patterns-requests-to-the-subconscious#respond Wed, 01 Feb 2017 02:09:42 +0000 http://inthon.com/?p=1486 Disappointing day… I enjoyed being distracted rather than focusing and making progress.

There is no worse feeling than letting yourself down.

I am grateful I have higher expectations for myself and don’t feel proud of finishing the day with little to show for it.

I had too much time and spent it doing easy but unimportant tasks instead of important and uncomfortable tasks which would help me grow.

The silver lining is that taking the easy way out feels disappointing and I am very clearly feeling that.

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