I have a confession to make… I am a tragic hoarder of information.

I love collecting information, researching or any activity that can be used as an excuse to not move forward with something. I don’t know where this affliction comes from but this is something that I do every single day.

My Evernote account has now over 37000 bookmarks on topics such songwriting and other music related stuff through to web design and online marketing, all of which have been set aside so I can read it later.

Now, THAT is a lot of reading…

The ironic thing is that as soon as I am in a position where I need to take some action on something my brain immediately tells me that I can’t make the next step because I don’t have enough information to move ahead.

It is then that I get paralysed, unable to move forward with what I want to do and mistake that as a sign that I need to start collecting even more information.

On one hand I don’t want to move on with things because I don’t have enough information at my disposal and when I feel I’m finally ready I’m paralysed by too much choice…

Too much information…

Too much information, running through my brain…

Talk about setting myself up for failure. The next question I need to ask myself is “how do I get around this strategy and move myself forward?”

I suppose I have to answer the first question which is “is there any real benefits using my present researching strategy?” and the answer is YES.

I do come across a lot of really good information that I can use but I just need to learn to research and take action at the same time. Researching and action can be two concepts that can move parallel with each other.

So, I admit it, I am an information hoarder. I collect information under the notion that the more info I collect, the more knowledgeable I will become…

WRONG.

I collect information because I’m scared of making the next move. Collecting information is my preferred method of PROCRASTINATION.

No amount of information collection will make me a better songwriter, musician, producer or blogger because information alone is useless unless action follows it.

This is one of my goals for 2020, to use all of this information to my advantage.

To actually learn something from all of the information I’ve collected and to take action on it without fear.

Can you relate to this? Is information hoarding something that you do to delay the inevitable? If so, let me know and perhaps we can help each other break the cycle of information hoarding (or, at the very least trade some info).

Peace,

Corey 🙂

I’m one of those people who go a little bit overboard when it comes to setting goals, intentions and resolutions, especially around this time of year.

I get all excited around this time because a new year means a brand new clean slate to start from but because of this, I get caught up in it all and set goals, intentions and resolutions that are way, way too ambitious.

It’s like I’m setting myself up for failure.

I came across an article illustrating the concept of “Microsteps” as it relates to goal setting and this caught my attention. The article titled New Year’s Resolutions: Why Microsteps Have More Impact Than Grand Plans sets itself up for the reader by saying…

We like to set ambitious goals every January, imagining how much more amazing we are going to be about everything in the coming year — healthier, happier, more successful…January comes and goes and, lo and behold, we are much the same as when the year started.

While lofty goals sound impressive, they don’t always work. The gyms are packed in January and empty in February. Sound familiar? Perhaps this is a good year to try a new approach!

Now, I’ve been there many, many times. All good intentions in January, resolutions down the toilet in February. I didn’t want that to happen this year so I read the article and it blew my mind.

How can something as simple as breaking down lofty, ambitious goals into smaller “microsteps” escape me I don’t know, but that was my epiphany for 2020.

The essence of the article reminded of an old saying…

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

Now that I’ve read and absorbed New Year’s Resolutions: Why Microsteps Have More Impact Than Grand Plans I’m now looking at the goals, intentions and resolutions I’ve made for 2020 and seeing if there’s anyway to break them down into smaller, more manageable chunks.

I know I have a lot of things that I want to achieve this year and with this micro-stepping technique under my belt, I have much more of a chance of “getting shit done…”

That’s my mantra for 2020.

Peace,

Corey 🙂


Check out the original link: New Year’s Resolutions: Why Microsteps Have More Impact Than Grand Plans

Since the mid nineties I have had a very keen interest in studying meditation. Around that time I was exposed to a number of philosophies of mainly the new age kind through the bands I was in and through the company I kept.

This created a healthy environment of wonderment and questioning about what life is about and what makes human beings (especially me as I point the finger inwards) do the things that they do. Out of all the books I read, the people I had spoken to and the philosophies I was exposed to, it turns out that for me, Buddhism was the only thing that really made sense.

Now, there were periods of time where I was right into the study and other times where I had let it lapse but if I was ever asked what religion I adhered to, I would answer Buddhism. However, there was always one thing that confused me about Buddhism and my relationship to it. I have never seen Buddhism as a religion but more of a method of living.

Now, some schools of Buddhism seem to have a more religious or doctrinal approach to them while others not so but all I wanted to do at the end of the day was practise this method of living without any of the superstitious or religious overtones. It wasn’t until very recently that I discovered that my “Buddhism without the religion” actually has a name… Secular Buddhism.

Now when asked about my religion (mainly through other religious people who knock at my door from time to time) I can reply “I don’t have one, but I am a Secular Buddhist” (much to the amusement or confusion of the questioner). According to Wikipedia, Secular Buddhism is

“… a broad term for an emerging form of Buddhism and secular spirituality that is based on humanist, skeptical, and/or agnostic values, as well as pragmatism and (often) naturalism, rather than religious (or more specifically supernatural or paranormal) beliefs.”

It’s also referred to as Western Buddhism or Buddhist Atheism. Once I found a name for my rediscovered path, everything else just started to make sense. Therefore, my Buddhist study would be of a secular nature and my meditation and mindfulness study would come from the disciplined Zen Buddhist tradition of Japan. In future posts, I’ll be writing about what I discover on this particular path but in the meantime I’m just happy to “be” in this very moment.

Peace,

Corey 🙂