Make It Happen Monday – Why Do You Think That?

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Just a quick thought for today… Why do you think that?

What’s “that”?

Well, most anything.

Everyone has a system of beliefs that govern how and why they do things the way they do and think the way they think.

You think a certain way about yourself and the world around you.

You see, you’re constantly being inundated with information. Your brain has to filter all of this and figure out what is important (“Oh shit, a bear!”) and what isn’t (Oh… shit… Dr. Oz is on TV again). In order to speed this process up your brain does a great job of finding similarities between events, situations, people, and objects from your past. It matches up these similarities, tells you that you’re in the same situation, and that you should think and react just like you did before in order to get the same results.

For example, at some point a car ahead of you on the highway put their left blinker on and then pulled into the left-hand lane. Next time you see the car ahead of you put their left blinker on you’re already assuming that they’re going to shift into the left-hand lane.

More often than not, your brain is basically correct in its assumptions.

However, it’s not always right. Everyone has followed that lost old person who hits the left blinker but suddenly swerves to the right. This totally blows your world up, especially if you decided to try gunning by the little old lady in a dented Lincoln on the right side.

Just because the brain assumes that the situation is going to be just like one that happened before doesn’t mean it’s true. That doesn’t stop our brain from making these assumptions, though. And these governing assumptions in turn lead to our self-discussion, our focus, and our behaviors.

Oh, you’re not any good at math? Why, because you failed a test in the seventh grade and gave up trying?

You suck at public speaking? Why, because you mispronounced a word in a meeting once and everyone laughed?

Squats hurt your knees? Why, because squatting hurt when you first did it and you never bothered to fix your technique?

Sounds dumb when I put it that way, doesn’t it?

It’s Make It Happen Monday. Why do you think and do the things you do? Better yet… are you following the right advice?

Sign up on the right to try a different path.

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September 2, 2013

Alice @ 11:01 pm #

I had a conversation very similar to this just recently about relationships. I think some people are to scared to make a change in their life so they have a tendency to stick to what they know and react the same way they always have. Even though they haven’t improved their situation it still becomes a comfort zone to them because there so use to it and haven’t experienced anything different. Change and the not knowing is a hard part of life but it needs to happen so you can challenge yourself to be a better person. I’ve had the opportunity of seeing it from the outsiders perspective and the insiders perspective

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