“To consort with the crowd is harmful; there is no person who does not make some vice attractive to us, or stamp it upon us, or taint us unconsciously therewith. Certainly, the greater the mob with which we mingle, the greater the danger.” – Seneca
We have been warned our entire lives about the dangers of following the crowd, running with the herd. Somewhere there is a bridge, maybe a cliff that the crowd may very well jump off but our parents warned us not to follow.
Still we do. Somehow still we see the advertising, we see our neighbors’ new fancy things, we see the trappings of success and we want them for our own. We see grouops we think we identify with and we go all in.
And it happens without us even realizing that it is happening. Suddenly we find ourselves driving a specific car, wearing specific clothes, living in homes with specific design, or worse, living with ideas and principles we didn’t design. And if we went back in time five years, we didn’t plan any of it.
This is why it is so important for us to focus on the things we can control. Because the things we buy, where we spend our money and energy on are often within our control.
By taking the time and setting specific plans for the next six months, the next year, the next five years we give ourselves control over what is going to happen in our lives. If we map out the accomplishments we want to achieve, if we are honest with ourselves about what is possible, and if we remain disciplined, we won’t be surprised by where we end up.
We also won’t be disappointed.
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