Many of the core tenets of TRP revolve around one simple truth. That truth, should you wish to accept it, is that you only have so much time and it is constantly running out. Given this knowledge, I would hope that a number of things become clear to you as they have to me.
1) Strive to Enjoy Yourself
This doesnt mean living a life filled with sex, drugs and partying. A wise man once said that there are two ways to live a good and easy life. The first way is to be rich, the second is to live in a way that requires as little money as possible. Now you can argue against that pretty easily, but it stand to illustrate my point. Learn to enjoy things more. Learn how to make things more enjoyable. Doing shitty work? take a deep breath and think about your mission. Think about what the money youre going to earn will do for you. Meditate. Learn to appreciate moments for what they are and the experience they offer you
2 Make Moments and Take Moments
There are certain things you will never be able to do again. I was taking a walk downtown once in a city I had never been in. Something about this building I passed caught my eye. I checked the door and saw it was open. Inside was a man and the room was mostly empty save for a few paintings. I asked the man where it was that I had walked into and found myself swept up into a wonderful conversation about the art in the gallery I had stumbled upon. This is something I value greatly. Learn to take notice of the little opportunities life affords you. They often come about in the form of curiousities. This is the stoo and sme the roses aspect of enjoying yourself. It's also wonderful for dates. You only need an idea of where to go, a city street, a country road and then you just follow whatever catches your eye.
3 Invest Your Time
You get something like 18 retard years where you're mainly subject to the whims of the people above you at school or at home. You dont have much direction or drive during this time until eventually you switch on. Some people never really do. If youre here reading this, you definitely have. Youre aware that you have only got so much time, so you need to figure out what to do with it. old age probably brings about another 10-20 retard years. If you really look at it you get about 40 years where your body and mind are decent enough that youre not constantly in pain or forgetting which pants you shit in, you have a greater potential to be attractive, etc. So youve got options here. You can settle for putting in enough effort to take home hb5 bar skanks and then fuck hordes of them. You might get a higher overall N-count than a man who spends more time improving himself so as to game 10's. This is living in a way that requires as little money as possible vs being rich. The point being that you can trade some of your good years in the form of time spent improving yourself, and in turn that can enhance the quality of your leisure tims. Id lift, if nothing else because that the one thing where you can put in time now to get more time later. More healthy years
4 Identifying and Mitigating Timesucks
You can bring a book to read in the waiting room at the doctors office, you can listen to a podcast on your commute to work. You can practice social skills on idiots who waste your time. Learn to categorize and prioritze behaviours in a hierarchy based on which ones will have the greatest reward to you or the greatest return or investment. There are several areas of value to be aware of. Financial, mental/spiritual and physical value are probably the most important. They all feed each other. Money problems stress you out and thats a mental burden. Being stressed, overworking yourself, not taking a needed rest can burn you out and that takes a toll on you physically, mentally and if left unchecked can prevent you from working to your full potential.
5 Bringing It All Together
Ok so we value our time because we recognize it for what it is. Every passing moment is potential. You get good at capitalizing on that potential and your life improves greatly. You start to see these moments as opportunities to improve. The more you improve the more powerful you feel and it starts to get fucking addictive. This is part of what I mean by saying "enjoy yourself" and "learn to enjoy work". See when im in the gym the harder I push myself the more I enjoy myself. When im doing an approach the more nervous and outside my comfort zone I am, the better.
You learn to see your time as a means to an end. You need a moment because youve been working really hard. So you take a breather, do a quick meditation, get a snack, a nice drink of water, maybe watch a video. You limit yourself to that short break and feel good because not only are you refreshed from your break, you were responsible which in turn makes you confident. This part is painfully obvious to me now but I used to be the kind of person who shirked off all personal responsibility and then developed an anxiety disorder because I was so accutely awate of my own incompetance. You keep your shit together and your ability to believe you can keep your shit together increases. Which in turn increases your ability to keep your shit together. Its a positive feedback loop.
If you get what Im saying you learn to enjoy every moment and just live in it. mindfulness and meditation are a key in this process. When you take your time into your own hands, when you make every moment a conscious effort and decision, you begin to truly live. Im not just hanging out with friends, im engagin gin the act of socializing, blowing off steam and testing and improving my social skills with a softer audience. Im not just cooking this healthy meal, Im taking time to invest in my health, im learning a useful skill and saving money.
Live with the majority of your being rooted in the present, with a careful eye tuned to that which may improve your present in the future