Get Real. It Can Be.

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Editor’s note: The original post from which this post draws, was written as encouragement for Copiosis participants and others pursuing Big Hairy Ass Goals like Copiosis. It still holds true today, especially given the progress we’ve made.

If you’re trying to change the world, whether it’s through advocating for the RBE or your own idea, it’s easy to slip into hopelessness. Often, “hopeless” is actually overwhelm: a state where there are so many things you’re aware of that have to be done, you don’t know where to start. You’re stuck. Or it seems so.

In the stuck-ness, doubts creep in, you question why you’re even trying to do what you’re doing.

Action, any action whatsoever and however small, can break the feeling of overwhelm before it becomes hopelessness. It doesn’t matter what action you take, so long as it moves something forward. Continue that action and you’ll find yourself back in the saddle, emotionally, and in practical every day reality.

Everyone comes with all they need to accomplish what they’re after.

Another helpful thing: Don’t focus too much on the overall objective. If you want to change the entire world, don’t focus on that so much. The big goal, such as eliminating money, or capitalism makes you aware of the size and complexity of what you’re doing.

Most people can’t focus there and avoid overwhelm. You’ll question whether you can pull it off.

A little more analysis

The critical mind (the one saying “be realistic”) wants all the answers, answers we don’t need in the moment. Friends, acquaintances and strangers often offer realism by telling you to give up, that your idea is stupid, crazy, a pipe dream or a Utopian fantasy. They ask questions about “how” and “when” and “with what resources” etc.

These people as well as your own critical mind can be helpful, but they don’t have the answers to these questions either. More important, until the problem presents itself, neither will you.

So faced with such questions without the need for the answers, feeling discouraged, overwhelmed and embarrassed comes easily. Next thing you know you’ve lost hope, the sense that we actually can make this thing happen. After all, it was the thought that you could that got you started in the first place, right?

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This.

We don’t need answers to questions critics throw out.  Those answers will come. You just have to trust they will come when they’re needed.

We must not let petty details demoralize us. And all the details are petty.

We must allow enormity of the task to inspire us. So, if you can’t handle police brutality, street demonstrations and violence and inept government performance don’t pay attention to them. If you can’t listen to diverse political perspectives, can’t stand the Koch Brothers or Monsanto, if you’re worried about vaccine conspiracies, stop looking into those things. If you don’t know where the next funding is coming from, stop asking that question.

It all starts with someone…just like you

How do you think this system, the banks, the governments, the markets, the ideologies came about?

Did they just fall into society fully-baked, ready to implement? No. All these things someone made from scratch. All these things came through people. People no different than you or me. They were no more inherently – inherently – remarkable than you or I. So you must ask yourself a couple questions:

  1. Who ARE you to think you can’t do what you’re setting out to do?
  2. Why are you allowing someone else’s opinion sway you from doing it?

There’s a reason you’re doing this work. The key to inspiration is to know what that reason is. I mean really know it, like you know you’re alive and conscious.

Despondency is part of the path. Doubt is just old thoughts coming up as if to say “are you sure?”,  “You really want this?”

If the answer is yes, then get real and keep doing what you believe can be.

Why I know, not hope

Hope is weak.

What you believe is larger than you (God, the Universe, the Force) ignores hope. Speak from know, it obeys. That thing larger than you is waiting for you to grow a pair. When you do, it  notices. Gets in step. Lines up behind you.

Know, don’t hope. Hope is veiled pessimism. When you hope, you’re blowing smoke.

Wishing.

“Know” is not faking it. To know is not the same as pretending, a la “The Secret”. Know means you have observed, understand and use upward and downward spirals and focus as described in physics, combined with your own natural skills and talent, to make something happen in the world.

I don’t Hope we’re changing the world at Copiosis. I know we are. That’s why we’re solving humanity’s most wicked problem. That’s why the one percent will change.

Hope is waste.

Get real.

be-realistic-memeIf you’re trying to change the world, whether it’s through advocating for the RBE or your own idea, it’s easy to slip into hopelessness. Often, “hopeless” is actually overwhelm: a state where there are so many things you’re aware of that have to be done, you don’t know where to start.You’re stuck. Or it seems so.

And in the stuck-ness, doubts creep in, which can lead to you questioning why you’re even trying to do what you’re doing.

Action, any action whatsoever and however small, can break the feeling of overwhelm before it becomes hopelessness. In the moment it doesn’t really matter what action you take, so long as it is something that moves something forward. As you continue with that action, you’ll find yourself back in the saddle emotionally and in practical every day reality. And you’ll have avoided the paralyzing feeling of hopelessness.

You have all you need to accomplish what you’re after.

Another helpful thing to remember is this: Don’t focus too much on the overall objective. If your goal is to make the RBE a reality, don’t focus on that so much. Focusing on the big goal, such as eliminating money, or capitalism, or any other aspect of the status quo, makes you aware of the size and complexity of what we’re doing. Most people can’t handle that when looked at for too long. Focused on for even a little time can paralyze nearly everyone. You’ll question your ability to pull something like that off.

A little more analysis
The critical mind (the one that tells you to “be realistic”) wants us to have all the answers, answers to questions we don’t need answers to right now. Your friends and acquaintances and the strangers you talk to about your plans often come from this part of their heads when they tell you you’re stupid, crazy, a pipe dreamer or a Utopian for trying to do what you’re doing.

They ask  questions about “how” and “when” and “with what resources” etc.  These people as well as the critical mind can be helpful under the right circumstances. But they don’t have the answers to these questions and, until the problem presents itself, neither do we usually. So faced with such questions without the need for the answers, we get discouraged, feel overwhelmed and embarrassed, lose hope then feel helpless because we have no answers to such questions right now, all the while feeling instinctively that we actually can make this thing happen. After all, it was the thought that you could that got you started in the first place.

 

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This.

But we don’t need those answers right now when we’re not facing the problem the questions are pointing to.  Those answers will come. You just have to trust that the answers will come in the time they’re needed. This is where you really need to be acquainted with the non-rational part of your being, that part that doesn’t rely on “being realistic” to make things happen. This part of “you” is what creates luck.

It’s the part of you that had you find this blog, however you found it. It’s the part of you that had you start what you’re doing. It connects you with others. Creates circumstances that produce interesting “coincidences”: events which coincide with your intent producing exactly what you need at the right time with the right resources all on hand.

We must not let the petty details demoralize us.

And all the details are petty. We must allow enormity of the task to inspire us. So, if you can’t watch the US debates or the presidential elections without losing hope, then don’t watch them. If you can’t do research on the Red Shields, the Koch Brothers or what’s really going on in Syria without losing hope in what you’re doing, then don’t do that research!

It all starts with someone…just like you
How do you think this system, the banks, the governments, the markets, the ideologies came about?

Did they just fall into society fully-baked, ready to implement and all sorted? No. All these things are the product of human ingenuity. All these things came through people. People no different than you or me. They were no more inherently – inherently – remarkable than you or I. So really have to ask yourself a couple questions:

  1. Who ARE you to think you can’t do what you’re setting out to do?
  2. Why are you allowing someone else’s opinion sway you from doing it?

There’s a reason you’re doing this work. The key to inspiration is to know what that reason is. I mean really know it, like you know you’re alive and conscious.

Despondency is part of the path. Doubt is just old thoughts coming up as if to say “are you sure?”  “You really want this?”  Those questions are meant to be waypoints for the next leap towards what you know is possible, not as questions about whether you can actually do it.

Know this and you win

Hope is pessimism.001“Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, and that is, everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you … the minute that you understand that you can poke life … that you can change it, you can mould it … that’s maybe the most important thing.”

– Steve Jobs

 

Winning isn’t everything. Losing works too.

Losing is the long way to winning. Either works if you don’t quit. Hope doesn’t recognize what works. It is pessimism veiled as a wish.

What’s important: knowing that the world around you is your ally, not your enemy. That includes the one percent. Only seeing the world this way allows access to your inherent power. Power beyond body and mind. Knowing this you win.

Spiritual mumbo-jumbo? You decide.

The larger the problem, the more you must rely on the outside world to kick its ass. Your body and brain are too small and weak. Use them for how they were intended and you move mountains. How?

Poking.

Your small actions aren’t enough to make a difference by themselves. Continued strategic action appropriately placed (i.e. poking) ignites upward spirals (positive feedback loops) so powerful, everything falls in their wake. Upward spirals and downward spirals are how things happen in the cosmos. They are successive actual events emerging from previous ones all leading to your desired outcome. This video tells their story. Not the best production, it gets the point across.

At Copiosis we are already on the winner’s path. We know because we understand upward spirals. Through upward spirals we’ve ignited, we are seeing the world mould in our favor. We’ve been poking. The cosmos obeys.

Yes, creating a civilization free of consistent recurring problems we see in the world today is tough. To win, we don’t need all the answers. Stygmergy and upward spirals are providing all the answers, the resources we need in the time  they are needed.

Our work is to poke. People much smarter than us will join us to take it from there. As you read this, increasing numbers are checking out our innovation. They are offering encouragement, resources, pitching in.

But even those people don’t have to get it right. We have time before mission accomplished. Between now and then our plans will change. They’ll get better and better. By the time the transition occurs, our design will be good enough, for that moment. Perfect for that moment and that moment only. After the transition, it will continue to emerge, mature and evolve. All things are subject to change and are either in upward or downward spirals.

That’s why when we’re told “it can’t be done”, we can’t help think how short-sighted and naive (maybe even ignorant, but not offensively so) such observations are.

They don’t know. Know and hope is irrelevant or worse. Know this and you win.