Who are we?
What are we here for and how does all this work?
Those questions have perplexed us from the beginning of time, and we continue to theorize and explore, searching for answers. Although I think we are making progress in our understanding.
The scientific field that seeks to answer these questions and explain the universe is called physics. The word physics evolved from the Greek and can be translated as knowledge of nature.
Knowledge of nature and of our selves has tempted us since the Garden of Eden.
“For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” — Shakespeare
Saving lives through Physics
Physics provided me with a profession and imparted to me a fundamental understanding of energy that would serve me throughout my life. Physical and spiritual questions were answered.
Thanks to physics and my curiosity about how things work, I ultimately pursued electrical engineering in college and then embarked in a career in the energy field.
Before heading to college, my ambition was to be a rock-star and tour the country. We covered groups like Black Sabbath and AC/DC. It was loud and a lot of fun.
Ultimately I decided that I liked to eat and told my band mates of my departure to college, leaving the band without their bass player. We all make sacrifices, right?
Beyond a career, Physics gave me a framework and a logical perspective to explain the world.
Physics provides a scientific, mathematical explanation of how things work.
At its core physics provides a framework for analyzing and explaining the energy of the universe. Physicists study and develop new theories to offer new insights and models on how the world works. These theories are then tested and proven become laws.
One law to rule them all…
After a lifetime of observations and my academic pursuits, I have concluded that everything in our universe is a type of Energy.
But what is energy?
Energy can be defined as the ability to do work.
Our universe of energy and our ability to do work can be neatly summed up by THE LAW OF CONSERVATION OF ENERGY (LCE) which states that:
“For a closed system, energy cannot be created or destroyed but instead changes form.”
If you would like to learn more about how this law was formulated click here.
LCE is akin to a universal accounting system in which all of the inputs are accounted for, with any differences in energy inputs and outputs being accounted for by losses or conversions.
Energy efficiency is a measure of how much energy is converted into useful output after losses occur during that process. Efficiency is equal to the amount of energy that results from a process (energy output) divided by the amount of energy that went into the process (energy input).
To increase the efficiency of a process, we seek to reduce the energy amount of losses that occur during that process.
Personal development makes lives better.
Like Physics, the Field of Personal Development has its pioneers, and its theoretical practitioners and proponents. Personal development covers a broad range of processes and activities that seek to improve awareness and help people realize their potential.
At its core personal development and its advocates seek to help people work more efficiently and more effectively. That is, personal development encourages us to work on the right things and in the right way. Not to waste energy and effort, but to deliberately and selectively focus your power towards your goals.
Thoughts held in mind produce their own kind.
A core tenet of the personal development paradigm is that the quality of your thoughts determines the quality of your life. For example, If you think disempowering thoughts then you will experience a disempowered life. A few well-known personal development books with compelling titles include:
Think and Grow Rich — Napolean Hill
The Power of Positive Thinking — Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
As Man Thinketh — James Allen
Energy Flows Where Attention Goes.
This expression is a core element of the law of attraction from the popular book and movie The Secret.
Tony Robbins, the preeminent personal development pioneer, after substituting Focus for Attention invokes the commutative property refining the Secret’s not so secret expression yielding “Where Focus Goes Energy Flows.”
Tony “preaches” that your decisions make your destiny. And the act of deciding means that you are cutting off other possibilities. By eliminating the almost infinite possibilities available to us and instead focusing on our goals we can then take massive action towards realizing our objectives. You are focusing your efforts by cutting out extraneous outcomes.
A laser focuses light into a concentrated ray increasing its power. We do the same this as a laser when we eliminate distractions and focus our efforts.
“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.” Tony Robbins
Life in the Lab
Life is like an experiment, and we are the scientists and subjects — trying different things and getting different results.
If you do not like what your life is producing for you. Then consider how you are utilizing your energy. After all, energy cannot be created nor destroyed. Maybe you are wasting more of it than you realize?
What are you working on, what decisions have you made, and what is your goal? Lastly, how are you working towards it — are you efficient in your pursuit?
If you want to focus your work more try incorporating the Pomodoro technique into your workday. During each Pomodoro (a block of time), you stay focused on one task only for a set amount of time, taking a short break and then resuming the focused activity until completion. You single-task.
Multi-tasking does not work. In fact, you lose productivity due to losses that occur due to task switching, making you less efficient.
Originally published at Julian Kaufmann.