The Internet is such an amazing place. I’ve become so adept at finding resources that help me towards my goals that I am in awe of just how much is out there for free or next to nothing. Between Kindle e-books and YouTube videos, I can learn how to do just about anything. BUT, it requires weeding, because there is a lot of crap out there and thus I bump into crux of the issue. Overwhelm. It takes patience and persistence to weed through it all and discern what is worth investing energy into and what isn’t. All of this can be exacerbated by my tendencies to gather resources when I am gearing up for a project. The problem is this:
too many choices aren’t helpful.
In fact, it can be crippling. And like all good Americans, I am seduced by “free.” The result is that I have some 2000+ free e-books. I mean seriously – I have really just given myself more work to do because now I have to weed through those. Thank heavens Kindles have a search feature!
Still, I am noticing what while I am consciously unburdening myself of much of my stuff, selling things I don’t need, throwing out the junk, part of me is addicted to exploring what free stuff is available today from the Amazon Bestseller Nonfiction Bookstore. And even though I recently read that it is inefficient to read more than three books on one subject because there will be very little new information after the third, I still frequently find myself discovering new books that make me so glad I found them. Some of them are related to technology and those things change quickly, so I am hesitant to relinquish my new pastime.
What I’ve determined is that I need to develop a system and discard all the stuff that isn’t in line with that system. Not that I am trying to put all my eggs in one basket, most books on generating wealth suggest multiple income streams and I am working towards that, but it helps to eliminate things that are clearly not in line with my goals. I don’t need to download a book on how to do origami because I’m not interested enough in it at this time to invest any time and energy into it.
And the thing is this:
those resources will be there if I change my mind.
It’s a trust thing. It’s a sufficiency thing. It’s a priority thing. And, it’s an individualized thing. What is important to me, may not be the same thing that is important to you. We all need to develop our own systems.
Having said that, one of the things I learned studying art in college is that great artists steal. What I mean by that is that they borrow each other’s ideas; they use each other for inspiration. They don’t try to reinvent the wheel every time they start a project. So lately, I look at what other folks are doing and see what it is in their systems that I like. Then I do the same thing I do when I cook, I take the ingredients that speak to me and I omit the ones that have no appeal, recognizing, of course, that sometimes the ones I want to omit may be crucial components for achieving success so I may need to throw them in after all.
One of the free resources I’ve discovered is FreeMind, which is mind mapping software. Because. according to one of the free e-books, Brain Focus: Learn Practical Brain Focus Techniques To Develop Unstoppable Mind Focus and Mental Discipline (Brain Training and Mental Focus Book 4) I’ve recently downloaded, part of the reason I go into overwhelm is I’m trying to remember all the billions of things I need to do and I am overburdening my prefrontal cortex. By the way, classic example that illustrates my point about free resources, this book was published yesterday. Yesterday it was free. Today it is $2.99. (And no, I don’t know the author).
It helps to write it down. I’m also reading The Practically Magical Use of Lists (Life Transformation System A-Z Book 2). Again, it was free when I downloaded it; it’s now $9.99. Same goes for the other five books by this author, all of which I own; none of which cost me a penny.
Perhaps the point of all this is that while it may not be healthy to approach life as if this opportunity isn’t going to last, (a fear-based mentality rooted in the fear of not enough), it’s also not wise to act as if the opportunities will always be there. Sometimes, “you snooze, you lose,” is very valid advice. The important piece here, in my estimation, that it helps to have your priories straight. Downloading my twentieth book on meditation is probably not productive especially when I have not read the first nineteen! Again, it goes back to trust or faith. If I have faith in the universe to support me and supply me with everything I need, then I don’t need to freak out and worry about missing out on opportunities. I can relax and know that I will be divinely guided to do what I need to do, which may be why last night when I settled into my bed to read before going to sleep, I found myself downloading the Brain Focus book when I had had no intention of checking out what free books were available. The other one I downloaded,Brain Training: The Ultimate Brain Training Tips for Mental Focus and Concentration Training (Brain Training, Memory Improvement, Brain Plasticity), which I haven’t started reading yet, is still free, so if you hurry you can take advantage of it.
All I know for certain is that the one resource that really matters to me is A Course in Miracles. And that is definitely free online. But I’m not getting rid of my paperback edition anytime soon.