One of the themes you can find on my other blog, Irrational Health, is the value of sincerity. For those who don’t know, I’m currently in the semi-active process of writing a book entitled Irrational Health which on the surface is an analysis of irrationalities in modern human psychology, particularly in regard to western cultures and as a promotional tool/exercise tool, I maintain a blog that discusses what will eventually be some of the major ideas presented in Irrational Health. In meshing sincerity and the concept of value, which I discuss here, I started thinking about one other philosophical adage, if you will. Most have likely heard it before that you shouldn’t do things as a means to an end, but always as an end in themselves. This goes back to Kantian theory, morality, and his categorical imperative. You put these three things together and then you get to the idea I want to talk about today.
I truly believe that there’s something to be said for always starting at the base, which is to say always making decisions based on your own personal definition that isn’t simply a synthesis of all of your accomplishments or past work experiences (your resume). If you’ve been a follower of my writing here for the last couple of months, then you know that I really push the importance of defining your own personal brand. I truly believe there is greater value in making decisions based on who you are, your definition, your brand over making decisions and having those decisions define you. I hope that distinction comes out well. In the study of psychology, there are these two concepts known as the internal locus of control and the external locus of control. A person with an internal locus of control feels that they are the driver of their own life in contrast to a person with an external locus of control who believes that their life is controlled by something outside of their own will. Whether you have an internal or external locus, recognizing the value of actions based on your personal definition and brand can help you to feel a greater control over what opportunities you decide to pursue. Not only this, but you’ll find that your life will be much more heavily geared towards what actually makes you happy over what’s conventional. There’s a lot of value to be found in making decisions based on who you are rather than letting your decisions define who you are.