Last week, I shared an article called Insurance Invisible Scripts, and it started off as one of the typical stories of people who actually would benefit from having an affordable insurance to help them with physiotherapy and rehabilitation BUT because of their invisible scripts of "I KNOW (BUT I WONT DO IT ANYWAY)" and assumptions like
So they decided (then) that only one of the three needs to get the insurance, and the rest of them can live with what they have/can.
Not right either.
But as I mentioned, this kind of decisions and actions and life story, isn't uncommon. And neither are these people stupid. In fact, these people are super smart people, and these kinds of stories happens all the time, to smart people, and it's not because they're stupid (obviously they're smart), but it's the invisible scripts that drives them.
I shared earlier, an accident plan can be as affordable as $460 per year, which is roughly SGD$ 1.26 per day, which is MUCH CHEAPER than a can of drink in Singapore (at this point in writing, a can drink in a coffee shop averages SGD$ 1.50 per can, and in upscale areas, can range from SGD$ 3 - 6 per can).
So it's really affordable (to those who really cannot afford this yet, sorry - you will have to build/free up more budget for this).
I learned the term "invisible scripts" from my Asian Surrogate Father: Ramit Sethi; a brilliant, hilarious, but ultra smart, successful personal development and financial guru, and he's someone I'd followed for YEARS.
And invisible scripts refer to pre-programmed, 'de-facto', default behaviors that we take or make.
An example is:
Basically, it's putting off doing what's important to do or make, and focus on the mundane, and achieve nothing at all.
The thing is, most of us are programmed socially to:
YES AND NO.
Yes for the basic/retail stuff like food at restaurants/stalls, or if a certain place gives a discount - this is true in the retail and food and beverage industry.
But it's not the same for investing and entrepreneurship.
Why do you think Warren Buffett (world reknown investor) said:
Why do you think Steve Jobs (world reknown business leader in Apple and Pixar) said:
These are basically contrarians, going against the grain, zagging when everyone is zigging. I do not say to be contrarian for the sake of it like "let's sell sand in Sahara because NO ONE IS DOING THAT" - but I'm saying is that pay attention to the details and understand what these people do.
Warren Buffett doesn't have a large team, and spends most of his time reading. Steve Jobs was an astute marketer and business leader in Apple.
What I'm saying that is to overcome invisible scripts, the best ways that has worked for me so far in my life is:
I do not rely much on willpower.
In fact, I'll say that I don't have much willpower - I get distracted easily. But when I put systems in place, personally, investment wise, business wise, and don't meddle too much with the schedule and process, I do much better.
Often it seems that people think that I have a lot of willpower to make decisions, but that's not the case - I create a simple framework to follow that guide me, and it's really simple:
So I don't have to "actively think and ponder" for more than 5 minutes if any activity presented to me is worth my time or not - I just run it through the "check" above, and if it's worth it, it goes into my schedule and I'll work on it when the time is right. If it's not worth it, then it doesn't go to the pile.
That's my organizing principle.
And that's why I spend very little time choosing clothing to wear, food to eat - these are not the high nor long lasting impact stuff, so that my efforts and activities "do not dissipate" but "add onto themselves". Some simple examples:
They all work and add to themselves, strengthening themselves day-in-day-out with little/lesser "loss/dissipation".