How much time a day do you spend on self development?
How much TV do you currently watch?
Do you currently have any goals?
So I recently recorded a short podcast about a conversation I had while at work, I was speaking to some guys I work with and the topic of TV came up. We were talking about dominoes delivering free pizza to key workers and I simply said, “I’ve not seen it as I don’t watch much TV” …..This was quite a surprise to them, and one of the guys response was, “well what do you do with your time then.”
Well my reply to that was basically describing that I spend my time reading, listening to audible, learning to trade the forex markets and spending time with my Wife and Daughter. I basically said their is always something you can do rather then spending many hours sat in front of the tele ‘wasting time’. The reply I got was that he gets home from work, gets changed and basically just sits down in front of the tele for the rest of the evening. So with that knowledge it got me thinking…..
When I got home I googled how long the average brit spends watching TV, The figures where quite astounding.
“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
― Groucho Marx
So on average over a lifetime the average brit will spend around 10years of their life sat watching tv. In my honest opinion this seems like such wasted time, time that could be spent reading, or working on bettering yourself. On average its around 3 1/2 hours a day just sitting in front of the tv.
There is so many reasons why you should stop watching so much TV, not just because its a waste of time but I will list a few other reasons why.
1) Negativity – Most if not all tv show will portray the negatives over the positives, even the news today is just negative propaganda, while there many be a few exceptions to the rule, they are few and far between so do think carefully about what you spend your time watching. TV Poisons Your Belief Systems
2) TV will install their beliefs into you – By spending so much time watching TV it eventually in a way begins to brainwash you, it affects the outlook on life and the way you perceive the world
3) It will create unrealistic expectations – Television distorts our understanding of reality. It’s filled with good looking people doing amazing things and having great adventures every show. Ask any TV or movie star with half a brain and they’ll tell you that the images you see of them on the screen and magazine covers are completely fake.
4) Subliminal programming and Advertising – there is only one reason why television exists, and that is to sell products. No one produces TV shows because they want to create great art. Every single part of TV programs is designed to keep you in front of it and to buy the advertised products through traditional advertising or product placements, it is also proven you are more like to buy something you have seen on an avert even when you’ve fast-forward it and glimpsed it. Television is designed to make you feel bad so you will buy products to make yourself feel better. It is the ultimate mind control system. Companies figured out how to get us to buy what they are offering by brainwashing us all for their benefit.
5) We teach our children these habits – So remember years ago when kids used to go out and play?.. nowadays kids seem to spend most of there time spent in front of the TV, I think for some parents its just an easy way for them to keep their kids entertain, rather then spending time playing and helping them learn its far easier to plonk them in front of the tele so things like housework can get done. Children are now being trained to watch TV and live a sedentary lifestyle. There is a lot of research showing the negative effects on a child’s development due to both inactivity and the influence of TV. Your children will imitate your lifestyle. so any choice you make will be passed to the generations that follow.
How many of us go day to day, week to week with out any real goals. If we where to set out clear goals and to break them down so we have clear and precise things to be doing everyday then that in itself will reduce the time spent watching TV. After reading this article promise yourself one thing. You will commit 1 hour everyday to personal development, 1 hour, that’s it, out of all the hours in the day I’m sure you can find 1 hour to concentrate on bettering yourself, learning something new, exercising. anything other then sitting watching TV or scrolling through Facebook. Usually when people say they don’t have time to do something is generally because they don’t value that particular thing enough, if you write down what you do from the time you get up to the time you go to bed you’d be amazed at how much free time you do have.
Wake up at 5am
“Wake up early every day so that while others are still dreaming, you can make your dreams come true.” – Hal Elrod
There’s no better feeling than getting a lot done early in the morning. Knowing that you’ve contributed a lot to your dreams while a lot of people haven’t even woken up yet.
So there are several benefits of getting up early, again as I did above I will list them below
- No interruptions
- Extra 2hours a day = 14hours per week = 728hours a year so that equates to an extra 30 days a year to get things done
- Waking up early was one of the secrets to success by most successful people around the world
- Less likely to procrastinate
- Builds discipline and its a good time to exercise
- Metal edge over others
- Buidls momentum for the day ahead
Thank you for taking the time reading this blog/article, I just want to get out there the importance of self development, and the importance of time, time is out most valuable asset and we must choose how we spend it wisely
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