There’s a somewhat common scene in comedies.
Often it’s when one guy is trying to poison another guy.
The guy suspects he’s being poisoned, and switches glasses.
But then he wonders if the other guy knew he would do that, and put the poison in his own glass.
So the guy switches back.
But then he wonders if the other guy anticipated THAT as well, and switches them back again.
There are other ways of presenting this slapstick style comedy.
Out-anticipating the other guy who is also trying to out-out-anticipate the first guy.
I know you know, but do you know that I know you know I know?
Despite how goofy this over-used routine is, most people rarely plan ahead.
And unfortunately, the powers that be like it that way.
Politicians and advertisers don’t like it when we are capable of thinking into the future and making rational choices.
Often times short term choices will add up to long term detriments.
But if we carefully plan our short term choices, so they add up to long term benefits, we can live longer, happier, more resourceful lives.
However, if we choose wisely, instead of impulsively, idiot politicians won’t get our votes and manipulative advertisers won’t get our money.
Here’s an interesting mind experiment to do next time you are shopping.
Imagine two ways of buying stuff.
One way is you’re carrying around your life savings in cash.
And not just cash, but silver. Like in the old westerns.
And every time you decided to buy something, you could physically feel your life savings get a little bit lighter.
The second way is the way we commonly buy stuff.
Even when paying with cash, it doesn’t feel like it.
Everything’s direct deposited and debited.
But if you actually felt your savings decrease by spending silver, you might think twice before deciding to buy something.
Of course, it feels good to buy stuff.
Especially when the cost is minimized. Swiping a plastic card and then getting a real thing, especially when a cute sales clerk smiles and says, “Thanks!” is a good feeling.
But whatever choices you DO make, they add up.
The billion dollar question is WHO are they adding up for?
Your benefit, or somebody else’s?
Fortunately, making tiny shifts in your daily behaviors WILL add up to a MASSIVE future.
Paradoxically, to create a big future with healthy happy relationships, you don’t need to do extraordinary things.
Just do very simple, very small things.
Do them every day.
And slowly take back your future.