MDMA. I will write a whole post about this later. I have only taken it once, and it has been a truly transformative experience that helped me get rid of a lot of social anxieties and become more extroverted and sexually liberated — all things I really wanted. The effects persist. MDMA is legal in a couple places in the world (e.g. Portugal) plus the FDA is currently running a trial on it for PTSD. It really ought to be legalized.
The fastest and most effective way to restructure your cognitive patterns is to have deep, emotional experiences. Most people are hostage to their emotions — thus being controlled by their emotions rather than being in control of them. In the book, The Untethered Soul, Michael Singer provides the example of a man with a thorn in his arm. When anything touches the thorn, this man feels excruciating pain. Consequently, the man re-organizes every aspect of his life to protect the embedded thorn from being touched. Most people live their lives in similar fashion, but their “thorns” are emotional. Thus, most people build their entire lives around the parts of themselves they are unwilling to face. Such suppressed emotions are often exhibited in physical illness, back pain, unhealthy relationships, and working a job they hate. It is only by accepting that your problems are emotional that you can begin the process of moving beyond those emotions. Psychologists call this process and skill emotional regulation. When you are willing to healthily live with your emotions — even the difficult and uncomfortable ones — you are then liberated in the designing of both yourself and your entire life. As Tim Ferriss has said, “A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.”
The nature of prioritization is different during the execution of a project. It’s chaotic. Decisions are needed everyday, and you don’t have time analyze each one as deeply as we did when prioritizing between projects. It’s also a more emotional time for a team, as real customers are going to be impacted, and their reputation may feel on the line.