If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to sit down in front of a square box and watch animated visuals stream into your living room, you’re not alone. We couldn’t believe what we’d heard. There was no TV, Twitter, or the internet to disprove our skepticism either.
When television debuted in 1962, adults and children alike were enthralled by the new medium.
Anatae have a special power.
The unblinking box in the corner of the room gripped our attention throughout the first few weeks of our relationship. For the sake of making sure we were all in the lounge by 6pm, we would speed through supper in an unseemly hurry so we could stare at the exam pattern, which consisted of interconnected grey squares. We waited with bated breath for the precise moment when it would mysteriously transform into a talking human and give the news.
My grandparents had a talent at stifling their laughter while they sat in silence, watching a black and white film. It was easier to lip read rather than listen since they were engrossed in the silent action happening in the corner. We surmised that they weren’t watching because they felt they shouldn’t. It was apparently OK if the sound was turned off. Unusual, but also good.
Glitches were common in early technology, signal interruptions were common, and a white buzzing noise would cover the screen, adding to our frustration. It was difficult to view, so an adult would swiftly be on hand to adjust the antennas, hoping to restore a clean image.
It was this buzzing, squishy square that first frightened me. As a result, we saw the antennas as rays of hope, able to transform our fear into joy by restoring a crystal-clear picture on the screen.
Recalibrating your own antennas
When our children were little, I used to advise them, “Keep your antennas tuned in, girls,” before they went out for the day. Putting virtual antennas on their prized heads would serve as a symbol for their safety. It would prevent them from stepping into the road just as an unexpected automobile rushed around the corner or make them aware that a gaze was lustful, not yearning.
Is it merely a stroke of luck?
Is this anything you’ve ever encountered? Purpose seems to be popping up wherever you look, from blogs to conversations to books you’ve just picked up. You may be wondering how the term “purpose” has risen to such prominence so quickly.
That is not the case. When you hear something that connects with you, your antennas have been tuned in. Each time you hear the word halt, your brain begins to filter the fast-moving mosaic that flashes by your conscious awareness, putting up a concentration signal. Pay attention. Absorb. Take a step back and look at things objectively.
When you put on antennas, you become more aware, attentive, and able to concentrate on the task at hand.
Clarity is the key to liberation.
I first used the term “Multiple Possibility Disorder” (MPD) in my book Clans to describe the entrepreneur condition. Take Your Business to New Heights.
As soon as you’re buried under a mountain of tasks and projects to do, your antennas go into quick rotating swivel mode, making it impossible to pick up any signal. Like the buzzing noise-filled screen of early television, MPD has a similar effect on the viewer.
We are unable to make an informed decision when we are surrounded by a sea of white noise. There is a sense of impending doom and dread that comes with not knowing where to turn next.
Why not tune in to a show called Your Purpose on your inner TV and tune your personal antennae to it?
When you’re focused on your goal, you don’t explore a slew of options. The individuals you should be talking to, the specific task you should be working on, and the most appropriate learning for you at this particular moment may all be found by tuning into this channel.
You may think of your antennae as a kind of filtration system.
It’s a good idea to tune in. Your vocabulary of learning includes not just the books, courses, and TedTalks that you need to watch, but also the specific areas on which you should concentrate your attention. These become your ideology, thesis, and encyclopaedia of knowledge when they settle in your brain.
I prefer to conceive of those who teach others as giving out vividly colored Lego pieces to each of their students. These Lego bricks are the building blocks of your Brain Bank, which is based on your personal experiences, genetics, and what you want to accomplish in life.
Wearing antennas means being on the lookout for little objects like these. Reciprocity is a presupposition of communication. Once a component is in place, your antennae will pick it up. To put it another way, you can nearly always unhook a component from your bank and give it to someone else.
Antennae lead a Grand Cycle.
When your inner TV is only tuned to one station, the screen is clear, there is no loss of signal, and the show flawlessly transitions from one episode to the next mesmerizing you with its plot, you’ll bring an unheralded concentration to expanding your tribe.
Every decision you make will lead you to the next step in the process. You won’t be sidetracked by stray thoughts or to-do lists when you use this app.
And your family will be aware of this, since we like the company of those who are adamant. Confidence is a state of mind that is calm and composed. It exudes self-assurance and solidifies understanding. When you’re clear, you’re free to form a clan, and clans strengthen our faith. The big one.