Tangible VS Intangible

There are so many parallels between the tangible and the intangible. The first often dictates the second, and the latter then in response tells the former how to behave.

First, physiology is an example. People often think that your physiology is dictated by your state at the time. However, I’ve learned from experience that outward behaviour actually comes first, then internal. Tony Robbins, one of the greatest inspirational speakers of our age had said, “Motion drives emotion”. It is absolutely true. Your actions, physiology, facial expressions, body language often influence your emotions.

To illustrate this point, Roger Dooley said in a Forbes article:

“Decades of research bear out the basic truth: your mood is elevated and your stress is reduced if you plaster a big smile on your face, even for a short period of time. (Frowns have been shown to have the opposite effect.) The smile doesn’t have to be based on real emotion — faking it works. And while the research details vary, I’d recommend going with a full, true smile that involves your eyes as well as your mouth. That’s almost certainly a more potent mood changer.”

This is the parallelism between the tangible and the intangible.

Secondly, the growth trajectory of a plant is very similar to the growth trajectory of our career. Gary Vaynerchuk had said that one of the greatest mistakes of young people of our time is that they lack patience, and they cash in too early.

Think of your career, psychological, spiritual growth like a tree. You can plant it in the best position, in the best climate to stimulate growth, the most favourable conditions, but growth still takes time and hard work. You cannot subtract time and adversity out of the equation.

So to sum it up, when we are stuck in our day to day life, not knowing how to move forward, look for parallels to our tangible world. Two points to take away:

  1. Physiology drives emotion and internal state. When it seems tough to change your internal emotions, try changing the external physiology.
  2. Growth takes time and learning. Be patient, and reinvest in yourself for now. Because if you’re young like me, you are your greatest asset right now.

By: Samuel Chang