Allow me to put you into a scenario. Let’s say you’re walking downtown at night in the city and out of the corner of your eye you spot a paper bag on the ground. There it is sitting innocently on the sidewalk near a garbage can.
The paper bag looks pretty stuffed and you notice what appears to be some money poking out of the top. Just out of natural curiosity you go over to the bag, open it and see nothing but cash. Stacks of it! Now the magic question…
What do you do?
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Do you turn this bag full of cash in to the authorities? Do you look around and ask did anyone drop it? Do you just take it? Does the scenario run through your mind that this could be a set-up? There’s someone, somewhere, watching to see what you’ll do? Perhaps you just walk away because this is all a little out of the ordinary – why complicate your life?
The reason I presented this situation to you is because I wanted you to think for a moment. The decision you make in this circumstance would be 90% based on what YOU think is right.
Now let’s change up the scenario a little. Let’s say you’re walking down the same street, but this time someone dressed up in a business suit says, “Hello. Please, take this. Just consider it a gift.”
Now what do you do?
And again you would probably do what YOU think is right. Some people would take it and say, “Thank you.” Other people would look on with suspicion and start asking questions. And some people would simply walk away.
There is no right or wrong answer, the point I want you to take away from this is that your mind generates an answer. Let me repeat that. Your mind, based on the way you think, generates an answer. And this answer is based on what you think is right for you to do. And what you think is right for you to do is based off of what you were taught is right to do. Well, most of the time anyway…
What am I getting at? Before I go there let me address an everyday common human mental situation. We’re still dealing with the mind here. I’ve said this many times before but we’re going to get a little deeper into it.
Whenever you try to do something outside of your comfort-zone, what does your mind usually do? Well, most of the time your mind will tell you all the reasons you CAN’T do it. Or SHOULDN'T do it.
A common example I personally run across in many people I speak with:
Let’s imagine you never had your own business before and want to start one? What does your mind say? It can say a few (or a lot) of the following: “You can’t do that,” “You don’t know what you’re doing,” “You’re probably not going to make any money,” “This is a crazy idea, how are you going to have your own business?”, “Starting a business takes too much money. We don’t have any of that, did you forget?”, “How are you going to get customers? You don’t even know how to talk to people?” and I could go on and on.
Just like the scenarios I gave you at the beginning of this post, your mind is returning you an answer. And here’s the kicker, your mind is returning with what IT thinks is right.
Yes, I said your mind gives you what IT thinks is right. Which means that your mind has a mind of its own, so to speak. It returns what we call ‘the negative’ because it’s trying to protect you. Let me explain.
If I said, “Drop everything you’re doing right now and go play in traffic.” Not only would you laugh at me (or let out a few colorful adjectives about what I should do with myself) you wouldn’t do it because you know that’s potentially dangerous. Your mind would return an answer based on protecting you from possible harm.
So here’s the problem. Using our example about starting a business (and you never have before) your mind is trying to help protect you from whatever IT thinks IT needs to protect you from. It could be embarrassment, disappointment, frustration, losing money, getting yourself into situations you may not be ready for, etc.
So here YOU are saying, “I would like to start my own business.” And then there’s your mind giving you a list of reasons why that’s NOT a good idea (a list of answers). Doesn’t that strike you as odd? It’s almost like you have 2 different minds. Well, you do. In fact you have more than 2 – but let’s just keep it simple for those who may not be familiar with this.
There’s a part of your mind that’s based around your survival and comfort. And there’s another part of your mind that thinks and dreams of things beyond that (increase and Advancement). And these 2 different minds are usually at odds. It’s not that one of your minds is better than the other; it’s that they have 2 different sets of priorities. And they’re both important.
This split in minds is very common, but very few people ever pay attention to it. Because you were never taught to pay attention to it.
For instance, you may want to lose weight. You learn, what to do and what not to do, what to eat and what not to eat. And what usually happens? After a few weeks of dieting and exercise, you usually fall right back into your old routine of unhealthy eating and not exercising. So then, what happened? Well, 1 of your mind’s happened – the mind that is trying to stay comfortable. The part that thinks it is helping you survive although you know that’s NOT true. That’s not the best choice for your health, but that part of your mind THINKS it is because that’s what it’s used to and it doesn’t like change.
We constantly have an inner battle going on in our heads. Even something as simple as deciding what to wear some days can become a mental battle. How often have we battled inside whether or not to stay in a relationship?
So if what I’m saying is true then what do we do about it? It’s not that 1 of your minds is better than the other; like I said earlier, they just have different priorities. The idea is that both of these minds need to stop fighting and should be brought into a form of cooperation.
Instead of deciding on doing something and then being bombarded with a bunch of ‘negative’ mental feedback, your frame of mind should be strong enough to get very little ‘negative’ mental feedback. The road should be clear and free of mental obstructions.
I said this before. You can picture 1 of your minds like an untrained dog (this is the mind caught up in “The Matrix” by the way). This dog needs to be trained to respond to the commands you give it. It shouldn’t be allowed to run wild. And this is something only you can do because it’s YOUR mind and it’s with you 24/7/365.
This is a deep subject and this is just an introduction. But as always, if you have questions about it you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The battle of your multiple minds is constant, when are you going to get them working together for your benefit? Something to THINK about. Until next time…
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