We all have things we do in service of our needs. We eat so we’re not hungry. We exercise to be healthy. We watch a movie to have fun. We go to church to feel a connection to something greater than ourselves. But you can amplify your results in life by choosing to spend your time in ways that meet more than one need or goal. This gives you more bang for your buck, and eliminates some behaviors that only satisfy one need, or satisfy one need while inhibiting another.
The ideal would be a web of interconnected goals and activities where negative side-effects are eliminated as far as possible and goals are chosen to have mutually reinforcing positive side effects.
Examples of Synergy:
- Breast feeding gives a newborn child subsistence, but also aids in the development of a relationship between the mother and child.
- Writing papers for your job has the side effect of giving you editing skills, which you can then use elsewhere.
- You decide to go out to eat less – therefore saving money and also losing weight in the process.
- You decide to switch your coffee for tea – breaking your caffeine addiction and also eliminating the half and half you used to drink every day.
- You decide to start going to a regular book club every month – so you can finally start reading more regularly like you’ve been meaning to, and make new friends at the same time.
Examples of Inhibiting Satisfiers:
- Drinking alcohol
- Overprotective parents
- Putting in regular over time at work
Do you have an area you want to amplify but are struggling? Let me know in the comments and I’ll do my best to help ya out. 🙂