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8 Dimensional Thinking

I was once watching a show on physics where they spoke about the fabric of spacetime. They said people often view an event as having 3 dimensions, that is, where does it happen? So, your x, y and z axis, or height, width and depth, will state where an event occurred. They then expanded on this to say that an event is really 4 dimensional because we have to include the time at which it occurs. So, give x, y, z and t and you have the “location” of your event.

Thinking more abstractly in a social setting, what really defines an event? How about the people who show up to it? What influences their actions leading to said event? Their mood, attitude, energy, other recent events, the weather, blood sugar, alcohol level, hormones, a conversation they had with a friend earlier, an upcoming deadline, etc. Given that any of these items can heavily influence a person’s actions at a given time and place, they in turn influence what event occurs.

So, could we define an event not in just 4 dimensions but with perhaps 8 dimensions? Or 12? Or 27? When I place an upcoming event on my personal calendar, I only use spacetime coordinates to describe it. Where is it and when do I need to be there? What if I used a larger set of dimensions to set the event though? Show up at 8pm at Joe’s Coffee, you’re meeting with a local entrepreneur so show up with energy about the company you want to start, have positive ideas running through your mind, don’t drink coffee ahead of time or you’ll be too wired, talk to best friend first to get encouragement levels up.

Perhaps we already do this subconsciously, deciding to go to our day job expecting the worst. Not physically exercising the night before to reset stress levels. Binge eating to temporarily spike dopamine to drown out that meeting with that co-worker from the day before.

Many of us have heard about anchoring ourselves better for work, but how do we get there? How do we get take control of the dimensions that will determine our events for the day? We likely can’t change the location or time much, so what’s left that we can change?


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