Now, you may give the obvious answer which is an iPhone X but that’s not what I’m talking about.
You may also say that it’s a communication device – a mobile phone – but that’s not the point I want to make either.
While the above object is both of those things it’s also something far worse.
What you see in the picture is a 5.8 inch dream killer.
Yes, this device has the power to destroy all of your dreams and goals.
The first way your phone kills your dreams is by taking time away from your important projects.
How much time do you spend on your phone every day?
If you have an iPhone, you should receive a notification on a Monday morning for your average daily screen time for the previous week.
Mine was 3 hours 28 minutes.
Yours might be less or it might be more. Perhaps you spend an average of 6 hours a day on your phone – that’s almost half your productive hours in a day.
What would happen if you were to take 2 of those 6 hours away from your phone and commit them to a project you’re passionate about?
That would add up to 14 hours a week and 728 hours over a year.
Imagine what you could do with 728 hours committed to 1 objective.
Whatever you did, you could significantly improve the quality of your life by taking 2 hours a day away from your phone and putting it into your passion.
Another way to think of this is that your mobile phone is stealing your time and, potentially, chaining you to a life of economic servitude because you don’t have the power or skills to do anything else.
The second way your phone addiction is killing your dreams is by polluting your mind.
You may say to me, “Wait Joe, most of the time I’m on my phone, I’m not staring at a screen. I’m doing something productive or enjoyable like listening to a podcast or music.”
Of course, this seems like a fair point, and there’s nothing wrong with doing either of those things in moderation but there’s something important you need to remember.
What’s your most powerful tool for creating the life of your dreams?
It’s not a mentor, it’s not your network and it’s not that $2000 course some coach or influencer is trying to sell you.
Instead, it’s your mind.
Your ability to focus your thoughts on an objective is the most powerful tool you possess to make your dreams come true.
What’s happening to you for the 6 hours a day you’re spending on your phone?
All of your mental power and energy is being dispersed. It’s not being harnessed and focused on an objective. Instead, it’s jumping from one information stream to another, from Tik Tok to the Joe Rogan Experience, from cat videos to Drake.
What happens as a result of this distraction?
You remain weak. You never develop the laser focus needed to succeed at something that could potentially make you financially free or increase your happiness or health.
So, what’s the solution?
Overcoming your mobile phone addiction through willpower probably isn’t going to work.
Don’t think you can resist the temptation to pick up your phone and start scrolling when it’s by your side. Remember, some very intelligent people have designed mobile phones to be highly addictive.
So, instead, what you’ve got to do is make it difficult to access your phone.
DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO SEPARATE YOURSELF FROM YOUR PHONE.
This way, on that short trip to the shops to buy food, you’ll be able to imagine yourself living your ideal life. Likewise, in between sets at the gym, you’ll be able to visualise yourself achieving an important goal.
Added to this, all the time you waste scrolling through social media apps will be claimed back. Now, you can do some serious work on an important project.
Make no mistake, mobile phones are dream killers.
And, of course, some smart arse might comment, “I run my business on my phone, why would I want to reduce my screen time?”
Fair enough but just make sure you’re not using your mobile phone any more than is absolutely necessary.
It will dilute your focus and it’ll take your time away. And for what?
So you can keep up to date with your favourite influencer who doesn’t give a damn about you? Or, so you can watch some attention seekers do a stupid dance on Tik Tok?
You won’t reach the end of your life and regret not spending enough time on your phone!!!
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