If you are a human, you are a consumer.
And if you live in the United States, you are a huge consumer by default. For example, the US has around 5% of the world’s population, yet it consumes almost 25% of the world’s energy and fossil fuels!
Having the consumer mindset is what takes so many of us down the paths of addiction, depression, greed, and many other narcissist paths.
Deep down we all know that there is more to life than just consuming the things around us. That’s partly why we turn to help to break free, such as alternatives to AA or other groups.
We want a fresh start; we want to break free from this self-centered view.
So how do we change this? How do you break from the path of consumption?
Part of the answer is becoming a creator. Becoming someone who begins to give back to the world and people around you, not just a leech of everything good and beautiful.
So what are some practical ways that we can become creators?
Pursue a Hobby
We all have something that we enjoy doing on the side. Use your hobby to begin creating art, gifts, or other things that you can use to give to those around you. Don’t use your hobby only for yourself, or it can quickly lose its joy.
Be a Learner
The moment you stop learning you stop growing. And when you stop growing, it becomes difficult to remain a creator. Keep your inflow tank full by being a continual learner, and you will find yourself maintaining a good stream of creative ideas.
Be willing to give away things. It can be your money, time, possessions, or talents that you have. Be generous with what you have been given, especially to those who really need it.
Start writing down a few things every day that you are thankful for. This simple practice will help you start noticing the things around you in a different way.
Interact with People
Start having actual conversations with people. Put down your technology and media, and ask people how they are doing or how you can help them. Hearing ideas, stories, and problems from those around you is a great way to learn new ideas that you can implement in your own life.
We live in a fast-paced culture and are expected to go-go-go. This ends up hurting our productivity and creativity. Take some time to slow down and notice the things around you. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you gain new inspiration when you just stop to breathe.
We all want to create things, but too often our hobbies or inspiration get pushed to the back, and our time is consumed by the pressing and urgent. Be intentional about freeing your calendar and schedule time to create.
This may sound strange, but if you approach life thinking you always have to win, you will have trouble creating something that others can truly enjoy. Make your creation about other people and what they appreciate, and your creativity will flow easier and give you more purpose.
Our culture makes being a consumer easy, but it is the creators who make a true difference in the world.
If you want coaching on becoming a creator, or help regaining your purpose in life, or looking for an alternative to AA, Accept & Conquer has developed a personal one-on-one process to help you gain a fresh start and regain a healthy life of purpose.
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