“Take advantage of your disadvantages” that’s what someone said to me yesterday. What a stunning perspective!
I tend to give an overwhelming focus to my strengths in hopes of optimizing my performance in areas I already perform well in.
I do also pay mind to my shortcomings to grow, but never do I look at my deficits as areas that can already serve me as is.
What I’m trying to express is a bit confusing, but stay with me. I’ll give you an example.
So I have difficulties sleeping sometimes. A lot of the time. I never bothered with melatonin or other remedies because I still function well throughout the day, so there isn’t a pressing need for me to sleep soundly… I suppose from a biological perspective there are many needs so to speak, but I’m not going to get into that realm right now. I listen to my body, so if I feel good, I’m probably good.
Anyways, back to my point, I have trouble sleeping because my thoughts grow louder than the sound of the heater. For the longest, I dreaded this inconvenience, but I’ve had a recent change of perspective. My thoughts are quite incredible at nocturnal hours. I think of book plots, hit songs to ghostwrite, global sustainability solutions, & general ways to just dissolve subtle tensions in my life. It’s very much like a combination of cognitive and problem-solving dream theory, expect it happens while I’m bright-eyed and bushy-tailed (such an odd idiom, loolzz).
I’m going to now start paying more attention to these loud thoughts of mine. Better yet, I’ll keep a journal and lamp by my bedside so that I can jot down any novel idea that pays an unwarranted visit. I do somewhat worry that by putting the lamp on, my cortisol levels may spike, but why premeditate potential problems? I’ll address that later if need be.
I do acknowledge the evidence-based research to support recommendations of sleep, but at the same time, I want to explore my limits. Certain scholars and other brilliant minds are often known to have lower sleep quotas. Yeah sure, a slight wiring difference can account for needing less sleep, but more likely I think it has to do with the state of mind and quality of food we ingest. In feeding our bodies the right fuel and having a mentality less narrowed in on human limits, one could vastly expand their potential.
So while I can’t so easily suppress my consciousness in the hours designated for sleep, I can welcome these thoughts and make use of them, I can “take advantage of this disadvantage”. If I’m credited for some spectacular discovery in the next decade, I owe it to this shift in my perspective.
How will you seize the good in your inconveniences?
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This piece couldn’t have come at a better time than when I needed it most. I’ve been having a lot of trouble sleeping and this is such an uplifting perspective. Always radiating such beautiful thoughts and words.
I’m so happy you found this when you needed it. The most important takeaway is to listen to your body. If your sleep issues don’t hinder your functionality & productivity, it could be worth embracing!