Actions from this book probably changed my life more than from any other
The Code of the Extraordinary Mind contains a new philosophy of living and entrepreneurship. It’s controversial in many places, but if you are open-minded, this is the perfect book to read.
It’s a must-read if
you look for happiness.
you often experience stress or anxiety.
you feel that some areas of your life are not well-balanced.
your emotions change frequently because of external factors.
About the book
I have known about Mindvalley and Vishen for several years. I observe what Vishen researches all the time, because he is very open about his company culture. He shares a lot of interesting information for personal life, and he shares his discoveries of how to run a successful business.
The Code of the Extraordinary Mind was released just few weeks ago, but I already knew a huge portion of Vishen’s system because I follow his research.
When I processed this book, I counted around 14 concrete actions that can be easily implemented in one’s life. However, some of actions can be combined, which makes it much simpler. I implemented around 10 of them, and this is how I did it.
The first element that changed my life
Let’s start with his 6 Phase Guided Meditation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaRu14P9H84 (also available for free on the mobile application Omvana). The six phases are designed in such a way that you improve your life in several areas at the same time. There is no better way to explain what is it about than for you to just try it! Some of the things mentioned in the book that are covered by the six phases of meditation are:
The power of gratitude
Live in blessing
Discover your quest
I was listening to the guided mediation for a couple of weeks, and it was enough to create a habit of living in these principles. After this time, I do not feel the need to listen it every day, but I still do it from time-to-time. I think that elements from this meditation track root in our lives, and it becomes our nature. It become our lifestyle.
The second element - Envision your life
Vishen also published a video called 3 Most Important Questions. He recommends implementing it in the company’s culture, so I did this exercise a couple of months ago. But after reading his book, I realized what a great theory is behind this exercise and how everything is connected. I did the exercise again, and I refreshed my list of things that I want to experience and contribute, and how I want to grow.
Since I did this exercise and connected the knowledge with other books and theories, I realised that standard goal setting sucks. I realised it before I read his book. And then I read this sentence in the book:
Goal setting is an absurd practice that I gave up long ago. It simply is too dangerous when done without the right training.
Wow, that’s exactly what I think!
Vishen distinguishes two types of goals: means goals and end goals. Means goals are ones that usually come from culturescape and are not really connected with our deep desire. A good example of a means goal is: I will finish studying so I can become an entrepreneur.
If you read 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, you know that the second habit is about creating a mission statement. While I was trying to implement actions from this book along with others, I found out how difficult it is to understand what should be in your mission statement. Most people want to put in their means goals; it is short-term goals they want to achieve. The reason is that they feel that if they achieve these goals, they will finally be happy. But the correct mission statement should include the vision of your perfect life and what you want to experience.
I love how Vishen clarified what is a good goal and what is a shit goal.
What changed after I set up end goals?
Before, I lived in stress and anxiety. I was thinking that I must work hard to achieve anything. I must be patient and happiness will come to me. I was thinking that I cannot be happy if I stay single.
Well, such a mindset sucks. I was fooled by it. I was conditioning my happiness on achieving my goals.
After writing my mission statement, which is oriented on envisioning a perfect version of myself, and defining why I do what I do and how it leads to achieving my dream, I felt relief. No more hoping that my life will be better soon. My life is awesome right here and right now.
And when I finally got in this state of mind, my productivity increased significantly. Simply because I started to do what I love to do, and I enjoy every single day.
The third element - Be happy now, not later
To my surprise, Vishen mentions a few times a book that I read recently: Happiness Advantage. This book has one huge message behind it:
It turns out that our brains are literally hardwired to perform at their best not when they are negative or even neutral, but when they are positive. Yet in today’s world, we ironically sacrifice happiness for success only to lower our brain’s success rates.
And I can sign myself under this statement, as I experienced this with my productivity and achievements. I implemented a few things from this book into my life as well. However, I think that a better system to become happy is described in The Code of Extraordinary Mind.
Yet many people argue that this is not the way to achieve success. The argument here is that if you are unhappy and poor, you are more forced to change your life, and you are willing to work harder and sacrifice temporary comfort for a bigger vision.
I strongly believe that if you truly want to change the world and contribute to humanity, you should start with your happiness.