by Vishen Lakhiani
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I think it’s possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.
We live in two types of worlds - absolute truth (where everyone agrees on the same) & relative truth (ideas, models, and myths that are passing through the generation). This world of relative truth is known as the culturescape.
"Extraordinary minds are good at seeing the culturescape and are able to selectively choose the rules and conditions to follow versus those to question or ignore. Therefore, they tend to take the path less traveled and innovate on the idea of what it means to truly live."
A Brule is a bulls**t rule that society adopts to simplify its understanding of the world.
"Extraordinary minds question the Brules when they feel those Brules are out of alignment with their dreams and desires. They recognize that much of the way the world works is due to people blindly following Brules that have long passed their expiration date."
Consciousness Engineering is an operating system for the human mind. Your models of reality are like the hardware: They’re your beliefs about yourself and the world. Your systems for living are like the software.
We live with outdated beliefs and habits without even knowing it. When you swap out old, expired models and systems that limit you, you’re elevating your consciousness and opening the path to extraordinary living.
"Extraordinary minds understand that their growth depends on two things: their models of reality and their systems for living. They carefully curate the most empowering models and systems and frequently update themselves."
The world of absolute truth is fact-based. The world of the culturescape is opinion-based and agreement-based. Yet even though it exists solely in our heads, it is very, very real.
It’s up to us to choose what we want to believe about ourselves and our lives— and give our children the power to do the same.
"Extraordinary minds have models of reality that empower them to feel good about themselves and powerful in shifting the world to match the visions in their minds."
Question 1: Is my model of reality absolute or relative truth?
Question 2: Does this really mean what I think it means?
Answer these question and write it down.
Take a break from your busy life and ask - why we’re doing it?
Extraordinary minds are always looking to learning something new and refresh their systems for living. Then they evaluate to see how well those systems are working. Then they upgrade to the system.
"Extraordinary minds consistently spend time discovering, upgrading, and measuring new systems for living applied to life, work, heart, and soul. They are in a perpetual state of growth and self-innovation."
As you start playing with consciousness engineering, questioning the Brules, and experimenting with new models of reality and systems for living, life starts to feel spacious and exciting. You’re moving toward a powerful upgrade. As Vishen calls it Bending Reality.
There are two key things you feel in this state:
Extraordinary minds are able to bend reality. They have bold and exciting visions for the future, yet their happiness is not tied to these visions. They are happy in the now. This balance allows them to move toward their visions at a much faster rate while having a ton of fun along the way. To outsiders, they seem “lucky.”
Blissipline: The discipline of daily Bliss
Blissipline Systems -
Happiness is not some amorphous state outside of your control. It’s a trainable skill.
Extraordinary minds understand that happiness comes from within. They begin with happiness in the now and use it as a fuel to drive all their other visions and intentions for themselves and the world.
Pursuing end goals accelerates our momentum toward the extraordinary.
...to create a vision for your future
Extraordinary minds create a vision for their future that is decidedly their own and free from expectations of the culturescape. Their vision is focused on end goals that strike a direct chord with their happiness.
It involves understanding two particular models of reality:
Extraordinary minds do not need to seek validation from outside opinion or through the attainment of goals. Instead, they are truly at peace with themselves and the world around them. They live fearlessly—immune to criticism or praise and fueled by their own inner happiness and self-love.
The Uniqueness of extraordinary people is that they’re driven by a vision so big that they’re operating beyond the conventional limitations of work and life.
"Extraordinary minds are motivated by a quest or calling—a drive to create some positive change in the world. This drive propels them forward in life and helps them to gain meaning and make a meaningful contribution."
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