A life that is right is the natural result of good thinking over time. Changes in the direction of our lives are often linked to the moment we make the conscious decision to think better; it’s as easy as that.
Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.
Our brain has the ability to make sense out of confusion. Many people can read the following paragraph almost as fast as they could if the letters weren’t jumbled. Try it and see for yourself:
“Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at cmabrigde uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod appaer, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe and the biran fguiers it all out.”
Because the human brain is so capable, it is easy for us to falsely assume that it always comes up with the right answers.
Many brains get impatient to settle ambiguities, to eliminate unknowns or to follow the line of least resistance. They press too hard or make us feel inadequate. That pressure causes us to make decisions before we have all the information we need.
Our own self-talk has more power over us than any other influence because we’re talking to ourselves 16 hours a day.
Whether we think of ourselves as capable or incapable, we are probably right. We become what we think.
By the time we notice information we want to record, our brain has already checked our existing explanations, facts and feelings on the matter and formed an explanation. If it is pretty sure it knows how we feel on the subject, it records the explanation quickly. If it is unsure, it guesses at the missing parts and presents us with an explanation it believes we will accept.
Many of our most common and frequent thoughts actually hold us back. Stated differently, the same thoughts can lead us forcefully toward the future we visualize for ourselves.
You don’t need to come up with a single breakthrough idea to make the time you spend in your Fort rewarding. The more you pause to appreciate your life, the better it will be.