The interesting thing about cars is that a lot of people think that cars are either for show or for performance. They think that either you drive a car just to impress the chicks, or you drive a car because you want to get from point A to point B in as little time as possible.
What I don’t understand is that cars exhibit quite a bit of similarity to mixed martial arts. You’re probably thinking that I’ve lost my mind. You’re probably thinking that I’ve drunk too many beers or maybe I hit the vodka bottle before writing this blog post. Listen to me.
Everything you do ultimately is spiritual. Why? It’s a product of your individual choice. When you make a choice, you are reflecting your values. When you do something, say something or think something, you are operating from your values. It did not come automatically to you. Nobody reprogrammed you. This did not come about by accident.
You are operating as a person with free will and free voluntary agency based on the world as you see it. Based on what you think you know and filtered through your values, you make all sorts of statements, you think all sorts of thoughts and, that’s right, you make all sorts of decisions.
You probably already know that the world doesn’t care about your feelings. You can be feeling sad, excited, disappointed. The world couldn’t care less. It also doesn’t care, in most cases, about the things you say because, let’s face it, a lot of people talk a good game. They talk about getting their act together. They talk about losing weight. They talk about doing this and doing, but nothing seems to happen.
Talk is cheap. You know what the world pays attention to? It pays attention to actions. When you take action, you are acting out your values. This is crucial. This is why when you buy a certain car, you are overcoming yourself. You are sacrificing so you can afford that car. You are planning ahead so you end up taking an idea and turning it into something that you can see, hear, touch, taste, and smell.
In other words, you take a concept, and you turn it into reality. When you do that, people pay attention. When you do that, people admire you. The reason why this has something to do with mixed martial arts is because martial arts is all about choices. Every single second on a moment-by-moment basis, you have to make choices so you can turn your opponent’s momentum against them.
When you buy a car, the same choices is in play. It’s a celebration of your choice. However, in the case of buying a car, let’s say it’s a Ferrari, it becomes a public celebration. People automatically know what your values are. People automatically know what your capabilities are because, let’s face it, it’s no joke to afford a Ferrari. You have to sacrifice. You have to do something right. You have to essentially overcome your natural laziness and fear of failure to put in the work day in, day out, day after day, week after week, month after month, your after year. In other words, it’s your personal statement against the universe that you exist.
I know that this seems like it’s an overreaction. I know that this seems like I’m blowing things up, like I’m sort of drama king, but if you really think about it, that’s what’s going on because there is no shortage of negative messages from the world. You only need to stop and listen.
Every single second, there are going to be messages coming out from the world. Maybe it’s in in the form of an ad. Perhaps it’s in the form of a website. Possibly, it’s in the form of a message board or a Facebook post.
Whatever the case may be the message is unmistakable. The message is simple and clear. You don’t have what it takes. You’re a loser. Better give up. Do what everybody else is doing. It’s not worth your time, and on and on and on this message goes.
When you buy a car, you say to the world I can do something. I can make a choice. I can change my personal reality.
Ifighthard is one of the most powerful MMA resources on the planet. Ifighthard wrote a review on this phenomenon. They understand that buying a car may seem banal. It might even seem downright trivial.
However, there’s no such thing as an empty detail. These small decisions actually come from a deep and often unexamined place. By looking at your decisions, you start seeing your values. Understand how this works because this can work for you, or it can work against you. It really all boils down to your level of consciousness.