Robert Greene, world-renowned strategist, author of “The 48 Laws of Power”, divided time into two distinct categories: Dead Time and Alive Time.
Dead Time is when people passively wait for the events in their life to either happen or to pass; whereas Alive Time is when people are actively learning and practicing their knowledge at every possible moment.
We are constantly presented with the choice of Dead Time or Alive Time, regardless of whether we are in the situation voluntarily or not. In Ryan Holiday’s book “Ego is the Enemy”, he referenced Greene’s binary decision of time with the examples of Malcolm X and Viktor Frankl. During their imprisonment, both Malcolm and Frankl chose refused to yield their time as Dead Time and chose to use that time to learn, to refine their knowledge and understanding.
What does this mean for us? It means:
You ALWAYS Have a Choice.
Instead of viewing yourself as a victim who is rendered powerless by your circumstances and designate whichever situation you are in as Dead Time, you can make a conscious decision to pivot to Alive Time—wherein you are in control. You are in control of what you want to learn and evolve from your circumstance.
Committing to choose Alive Time isn’t always going to be easy but you are worth the hard work!
Courage is not the absence of fear, but the mastery of it.Mark Twain