FreestyleMind, UpgradeReality and other such websites.

May 16, 2011

First of all, allow me to introduce myself – my name’s Adam.

Second of all, allow me to skip any further introduction – I think we both know it’s pretty much unnecessary.  Better to move on to the more pressing matters, which for myself at this present moment revolves around self improvement websites and therefore a certain lack of important characteristics for those who aspire to “make something of themselves”.

I would like to start by saying that these websites are well-run and certainly make interesting reads.  The creation of this blog was in fact inspired by them, but in a way that I find to be painfully ironic.

You see, often when at my most profound moments of weakness in regards to motivation, creativity and concentration, I turn to these websites and their thousands upon thousands of individually written articles, each promising to kick-start my brain into a lean, mean, idea spewing working machine.  Yet in my search for ways in order to stop my mind (and, in fact, my finger) from slipping to Facebook or another similar distraction, I find myself spending hours reading through these compact wonders, perhaps assuming that I will finally come upon one which will answer all of my prayers.

My mind begins to wander as I scroll through the endless list of possibilities, each enticing me with its’ promise of greatness.  I begin imagining what is inside each without actually checking – I see an article entitled ‘How to achieve zen-like focus’ and wonder if it is simply a one liner which states ‘Take Adderall.’.  I read articles about the benefits of meditation, of napping, and it all sounds like a lot of hard work to me.  Or perhaps not hard enough work.

To add to the irony of creating myself a new distraction in the search for ways in which to resist them, the fallout from this realisation actually had the effect of inspiring me to write – and not just to write anything – but in fact this blog you are currently reading.

A loose premise for a first blog, I know, but as they say you have to start somewhere – so why not begin drenched in ire.

Thanks for reading.