Here’s the thing people, when it comes to accomplishing anything you should be thinking big. Thinking big doesn’t mean taking over the world, or becoming the next huge celebrity. Thinking big means that you should be thinking you CAN, and now we know, there’s no reason to think you can’t.
Now, don’t get ridiculous with me. If what comes out of your mouth to prove me wrong is “Well what if someone wants to sprout wings”, “what if someone wants to grow to be fifty feet tall”, I’m going to smack you.
What I mean to say is that we all have a brain disease. It’s called doubt. No doubt when it comes to things that are physically impossible but doubt when it comes to regular things, like being able to lose weight. Do you know there are people out there who have LITERALLY convinced themselves that it is not possible for their body to shed body fat? What a ridiculous idea.
There are people out there who forgo even meager accomplishments in their lives like having good relationships with their spouses because they’re not “communicating”, not going after the promotion because they’re “not qualified”. Even when they are, and even when they are.
We all know at least one person who doesn’t believe in themselves as much as they should, and it might even be you. How do we know that we see ourselves as being as great as we are? According to Drucker, almost nobody knows what they’re good at.
There’s no pressure here for you to become an astronaut (although you might want to) or something like that, but wouldn’t life be so much better if you just had faith in yourself to be able to conquer your life in little ways?
Just for you, I’ve compiled 5 reasons why you should think big from now on, and if you don’t you really don’t understand that much about life. You don’t want to live like a dummy do you? No, so get on it.
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Cost of NOT Going For It
There are three forces at work on us: Entropy, Homeostasis, and Progress. Which one sounds better to you?
Entropy means you are going backward, sinking into a lesser form of yourself. It means decay, decomposition, slowing down into nothingness and uselessness.
Homeostasis means staying the same. Boring, dull, and fearful. It’s a condition based on fear because in this state we do enough to not go back into what we used to be, but we don’t make any effort to travel into what we could be.
Were left with only one healthy option, and that is progress. Progress is the only healthy option for you and me because in entropy we are dying and in homeostasis, we get bored with life. Human beings in these two stages either commit suicide or slowly ride the waves of dissatisfaction to their graves.
Which one do you want? Even taking small steps towards something is progress. Don’t let the other two eat you.
None of that is my tendency toward hyperbole either, people who have no progress in their lives become depressed. Look it up.
This innate desire for progress is pervasive in the human psyche and must be listened to. You yearned to walk as an infant who couldn’t. We long to be adults where we can rid ourselves of the “slavery” that is our parent’s unchallenged rule. Everything that makes us happy in life has some type of forward thinking, and therefore motion at its core.
Our happiness is what defines our every move:
- Humans seek pleasure
- Humans avoid pain
- Avoiding pain is only important because pain does not make us happy
- Therefore we only seek our own happiness.
And there are today’s checkmate folks. We’ve got no other intelligent move to make. So let’s get on it.
RAS stands for Reticular Activating System. It’s a part of your brain responsible for several functions the most important for this post of which elimination of the data that our senses bring in each moment.
Think about it, whatever sound your ears pick up, whatever sight your eyes take in, and so on is processed by your brain, and the RAS is charged with eliminating this data relative to our focus, or else we wouldn’t be able to function.
Here is how it works: have you ever been a public spot, daydreaming or staring off into space, and when you come to you realize that there is a pissed off person some distance away wondering why you are staring them right in their mouth? You were staring them right in the face, but in reality, you couldn’t see them even though your eyes were taking them in as data.
The senses cannot perceive what the mind does not give its focus to, and that’s a fact.
This is why Tony Robbins says “Where focus goes, energy flows”. Your attention is what activates the world around you as real and relevant.
The brain is a cybernetic device, and like a thermostat, it corrects the condition of the organism when it veers off course. This is where your belief systems come into play.
If you don’t believe you can do it, then you cannot. But not for the reasons you think.
When you believe, or confirm something that order goes to your subconscious mind as binary code that is programmed into your life. Look it up folks, it’s real.
Your subconscious mind programs your brain to allow in data that confirms that belief and eliminate data that disproves it. FACT.
This is what the world of subconscious programming has been telling us for a while. You need to be very careful with what you tell yourself because, in the realm of mind, everything is a self-fulfilling prophecy. The good news is that your POSITIVE beliefs are just as valid and real as your negative ones, so why choose the latter?
The Reticular Activating system is an information regulatory device that some call the “gatekeeper”, and it’s not just letting anyone in. It will only let in the data that facilitates your self-consistency, or what you tell your subconscious is true.
This means that in order to change or achieve anything of value, you will first have to believe that it is possible and to believe that, you will have to know that it is possible. Humans are not born with a fixed amount of potential, what ridiculous idea.
If that were the case, I wonder what Christine Ha’s fixed potential is….oh you don’t know who Christine Ha is? Shes that woman who won MasterChef, ya know that show with Gordon Ramsey, Elliot Bowles, and Joe Bastianich judging home cooks to see how good they are?
Stanford Professors on Mindset
Carol Dweck of Stanford has developed the idea of fixed versus growth mindset. According to her, talent is not solely responsible for the success we experience and our innate traits are not fixed and can be developed and honed for future achievement.
Apparently, the traits we are born with (physical, mental, intellectual) are not meant to stay there and can be increased with endeavor and practice. In fact, “brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.”
Mindset suggests that if you think you are barred from success because of the amount of talent and brains you were born with that you are dead wrong. A website about her book, Mindset, had this to say about Alfred Binet the inventor of the IQ test:
“A few modern philosopher’s assert that an individual’s intelligence is a fixed quantity, a quantity which cannot be increased. We must protest and react against this brutal pessimism… With practice, training, and above all, method, we manage to increase our attention, our memory, our judgment and literally to become more intelligent than we were before.”-Alfred Binet
Although we hear these words from extraordinary people, and have every reason to believe them, the fact is that the greatest people in history agree on something: what carried them from being ordinary to their accomplishment was a belief that it could be done and that they could be the ones to do it, nothing more!
“Don’t fear big, fear mediocrity. Fear waste. Fear the lack of living to your fullest. When we fear big, we either consciously or unconsciously work against it. We either run toward lesser outcomes and opportunities or run from the big ones. if courage isn’t the absence of fear, but moving past it, then thinking big isn’t the absence of doubts, but moving past them. only living big will allow you to experience your full life and work potential.”
– Gary Keller
Another idea we can take from Mr. Keller is that none of us know our limits. The idea of trying to conceptualize them is pointless.
Whenever to place a limit on your potential, you place yourself inside a box. You understand that you will only go so far, and because of this, you notice relative opportunity and circumstance to facilitate that. Whenever you truly believe that you can only do something “this much” you have set a stop loss for yourself.
You then visualize yourself with a relative amount success in your endeavor and the appropriate steps to get there. This will be accompanied by associating with people who are conducive to that relative success, a relative lifestyle and a relative amount of happiness.
There are twenty-four hours in each day, no matter who you are. We all have the same amount of time to achieve. that, and we are all capable of putting forth a tremendous effort. The difference between great and regular achievement are the actions that the effort is put in front of in the amount of time we have to do so.
We know that knowledge informs activity, and when you know something about yourself (belief) you’re going to behave a certain way.
From Mr Keller’s book The One Thing
Mark Divine and 20X
- There is no scientific limit on human potential, and if there was one, would we logically place it as low as some of us do? No. So stop giving yourself an excuse and believe you can do it.
- Your Reticular Activating system is linked to your subconscious mind and the beliefs that are stored in your brain. It will only allow you to perceive what confirms what you already believe. If you think you cant, your brain will work to show you information that corroborates that for you. Get it?
- Knowing this, use your brain to your advantage and plant beliefs in your “brain garden” that is progressive and uplifting, or you will never amount to anything except the summation of your limiting beliefs.
- Your behavior will match your beliefs, so you need to dream big. Your accomplishments will correspond with your belief in yourself.
- The innate traits of human beings are not set in stone, so practice, learn more, and work hard to improve on your given talent. People are born with traits, and those traits can grow and be developed.
- Humans are capable of much more than our brains opt for, and our minds will allow us to believe. The Navy seals estimate 20x more.
- Whether big, gigantic, or “regular” nothing is to be seen as impossible immediately. Understand that the science no longer agrees with that. You need to know that, more than likely, you could crush your goals.
- Make a plan, a serious plan, with serious steps. Take time to visualize what you look like as a winner, so you know where to go and what your success looks like. Do it until its done, and program yourself to see nothing else.