Depending on your age, you may know what a VHS cassette was, but may not rememeber its rival the sadly better quality but commercial failure that was known as the Betamax format. I’m wondering if you can remember the Sony Walkman (again in cassette and later cd version) or what about the heralded but also commercial failure of the Sony Mini-Disk digital player-recorder.

I’m not sure why, but I have always been an early adopter when it comes to technology. I can remember my first ‘in-car’ phone that was still attached to a springy wire cord, and my first ‘smart phone’ that could do just about everything except make an easy telephone call… and yes… sadly, I bought Betamax and I bought the Mini-Disk.

Well, this week I’m focusing on Affirmation #23 in the 52 Intentional Affirmations which is this… I intentionally embrace the tools of technology! This week I will use some new technology.

So let me ask you, how well do you embrace new technology?

Each week I’m reporting here on my personal experience in implementing my 52 Intentional Affirmations. These are designed to help us be more intentionally mindful of the impact our intentions have on living a happy, flourishing and prosperous life. (Click Here to start work on your own 52 Intentional Affirmations).

As I consider this week’s intentional affirmation I look at my work desk and am comfortable in saying I’m surrounded by technology… and of course, most of us are – whether we like it or not, we live in a world of ever advancing technological change.

But is the technology in your life helping you or distracting you from living a more happy, flourishing and prosperous life?

As a parent of two young adult sons, and while realising I’m looking at their lives through a totally different lens than they are, I worry about the level of connection they have with new technology and yet what appears to me to be a high level of disconnection from what I think is positive human engagement.

I’ve posted here previously about the FOMO syndrome (Fear Of Missing Out) that seems to be being added by technology to drive the young, the old and the in-between to be forever switched on to find out what others are up to while life is passing them by.

Intentional Choice

I personally don’t have my emails arriving automatically… I choose when I want to receive them. I choose when I answer my mobile and office phone – that’s what the technological advance of voice mail is meant for… control. When I’m in conversation with others, my intention is to be in that moment as best I can and to not be distracted by what else is going on around me. I choose not to be on social media by default and post only when I believe I can create value, rather than post for the sake of increasing the number of posts I’ve made.

But why worry about being in more control of technology? The answer is that the research from a range of studies in applied positive psychology validate that the more sense we have that we have control in our lives (at least the ability to control that which is controllable), we increase our sense of well-being which adds to our capacity to live a happy, flourishing and prosperous life.

What I’m suggesting is that you take stock of your truth, not just about how you’ve embraced technology in your life, but how much you’re intentionally controlling the technology in your life to help and not hinder your sense of control and well-being.