The Speed of the Future

These are unprecedented times we live in, similar in some ways to the American industrial revolution of the early nineteenth  century. That was a time of rapid advancement where new tools and new processes seemed to affect everyone’s life almost daily.

With large companies like Google, Facebook and others having excessive resources and a willingness to invest in new technology, advancements will continue to come really fast; thanks to those huge corporate bankrolls.

My heritage is something I’m pretty proud of and I come from a grandpa who once rode a horse to his one room school house every day. He was born about the time broadcast radio began to shape the future of communications and entertainment. He got to see men walk on the moon and the first color TV. I believe he was about sixty-eight the first time he flew on a jet airliner. As the plane lifted off the end of the tarmac you could hear him yell at the pilot, “Give’em hell Charlie!”

I often marvel at the changes he witnessed in his lifetime, as I continue to marvel at the advancements in my own lifetime and ponder what things my children and grandchildren might see.

Technology is something that makes my heart start to pound with excitement. New computers, tablets and phones are always a treat. With each new step the features get better and the displays get bigger. What we carry in our pockets have more computing power than all the instrumentation Apollo 12 took to the moon in 1969. Jet rockets not included.

I remember the whole journey quite well. I once did business on car phones; they were just too big to physically carry around. That was before Fax and email came along too. We had just started moving into Windows based computers and the birth of the Internet. It is pretty fascinating to have lived through those changes. But of course all that was only the beginning.

The Internet as we know it was essentially born in 1995 when it was commercialized for broad public use.  The way we see and interact with our world has endured many transformations. These companies and others have positioned themselves to invest heavily in new technology on almost every level.

More and more I hear about cars that drive themselves, wearable technology and drones delivering packages.

As we move through these modern times we will continue to embrace “The Internet of Things”; or not. In short this refers to the interconnectivity of basically anything and everything we can run by computers and smart phones through WiFi and Cloud Internet. For example, the lights in your house come on when you enter a room, your refrigerator reorders your groceries, your car tires notify you when they need to be replaced, and wherever you go, there are tips and suggestions on where to eat or buy those new tires.

Cars that can drive themselves and drones delivering packages are only the start of the robotic movement. We can order our meal from a video screen now at our favorite restaurant. But when it comes to serving food, drones are certainly out while robots just might have a shot at this job. Who knows? Ten years ago, who would have imagined ordering your meal from a video screen at the table?

Maybe it’s all just because of my age, or maybe some things tend to seem a little silly, which could also be due to my age. But for me, a quiet spot on the edge of the woods with plenty of trees is good. I still like to build things with my hands, plant trees and cut grass. (Hey! It’s good exercise.)

The future keeps coming at us, seemingly faster and faster. As humans we have moved into a time, much like the industrial age, where these things change us on a daily basis.

Regardless of these great advancements, we are still mortal and human. We live in a world where we have to relate to other humans and deal with the basic elements of life such as eating, exercise and work. The tools and technology may create a world where we can be lazy about ordering groceries or turning on the lights, but we still need to know how to take care of our bodies and our minds.

The speed of the future remains constant. Advancements are coming rapidly, but the basics of life will never change.

It’s all about the discipline

Seems that everyone has some deep rooted interest in self improvement.

If we’re not looking for a better diet or exercise plan we’re reading about working from home, self motivation, cooking, fishing, remodeling and more. It is a part of human nature that moves through our veins, pressing us onward to become stronger, smarter, faster, better. A notable characteristic of our species.

Likewise, almost everyone has a natural self-preservation mechanism. We don’t want to die! Nor are we typically interested in injuries of any proportion. As modern Americans we have become accustomed to our levels of comfort.

The prevailing truth is that most people don’t have the proper discipline necessary to follow through on becoming the best they can be. The passion to change is there, that’s natural. However, self-preservation tends to over ride our passions. We convince ourselves we’re doing good, that we’re tired, that we can eat just one or that we don’t need to study.

We live in the age of a digital knowledge base at the tips of our fingers. We can become experts at almost anything we set our heart to do. We just have to have the discipline to follow through.

We’re going to need a proper attitude and sense of determination if we’re going to press on and truly make changes. Let me ask you this. If you had a contract for a movie role where you had to lose thirty pounds and learn a thousand intricate lines would you do it? Would you do it for five million dollars? I would.

We can take inspiration from actors for the clothes they wear, cars they drive and the glamorous life they lead, but we miss how hard they have to work to be what they are. It takes a great deal of personal discipline not to eat everything you want and party all you like when you have the resources to indulge beyond your wildest dreams. Celebrity gossip devours those who gain weight, fall into drugs or otherwise fall from grace.

Fortunately, we don’t have to risk too much personal humiliation when we fail our diets or slack on our presentation. What we do risk though is mediocrity. We risk not being the best we can be. After all, life is one big race isn’t it? We are part of the “Human Race”. If we’re not in the race, we’re a slug.

The one primary ingredient in finding our self discipline is determination. That comes from some sort of inspiration; someone you want to be like or something you want to know or accomplish.

Sometimes life gets the best of us and we lose faith in our own power to achieve. We lack the enthusiasm to better our situation because we know it’s going to take a lot of work. We need determination.

The next step is to identify things that take you closer to that goal, and things that take you away from that goal. Keeping the goal in mind is how we maintain our motivation. How bad we want it is determined by our dedication.

Studies show that dieting on and off is not the best solution to weight management. Management implies that we regulate our diet constantly. We need to be prepared for the fact that once we reach our target weight we are not released from the bondage of exercise and healthy eating. The discipline here has to be applied and maintained as long as we desire to keep this figure. This is a life change.

Supplement determination with a regiment. Set up a time to exercise, a time to work, a time to study and a time to indulge in your hobby. Making a personal schedule can make a huge difference in how much we accomplish each day. And every day is a building block to our future.

We must be disciplined to stick to the schedule the best we can. That isn’t always easy to do. Make a list that revolves around your lifestyle and make changes where possible to carve out space for important things.

Determination, inspiration and a disciplined approach will help you get focused and stay focused on building a rewarding and healthy lifestyle.