Daily Nugget of Gold 1354

You see, it’s never the environment; it’s never the events of our lives, but the meaning we attach to the events – how we interpret them – that shapes who we are today and who we’ll become tomorrow.” – Tony Robbins

Daily Nugget of Gold 1354

Pattern Recognition

So, as we’ve been discussing, our senses are far from perfect. We want to remember that the information we receive through our eyes isn’t what they eyes are capable of sending to the brain. We have a dead spot where the optic nerve connects to the eye. Do you see the dead spot? No. Why not? We also don’t have the ability to see clearly from one side of our field of vision to the other- do we see the out of focus areas? Again, no! The brain takes the electrical impulses sent to it by the optic nerve and enhances what our eyes are sending to it. All of this happens without our thinking about it or even being aware that it’s going on.

When we communicate with each other, we use more senses than we realize. We see more than we are consciously aware of, we hear intonations and inflections that we aren’t giving much attention to, and we even use scent as a way of communicating with others- although most of the time we don’t realize we smell it. (Sometimes we are quite aware of people who are more fragrant than others, ha ha!) What’s happening is that our subconscious mind is not only taking in far more information than we realize, but it is fine-tuning that information to help us reach instant conclusions.

With all of this “doctoring” of our senses going on, it’s easy to see how Professor Ehrsson, whom we spoke of last time, demonstrated how easy it is to fool the brain by modifying the input from our senses. Those rather simple modifications he made in the input a person receives not only fool us as to what we perceive, but also can elicit the “fight or flight” response we have even when we know that the information we are getting isn’t real. This actually isn’t something new. You’ve watched an intense or scary movie, haven’t you? Ever flinch? Of course you have!

If the subconscious mind seems to be malleable, and it does, then that means that by applying the proper input we can change our results for the better. One amazing aspect of it is that it can grow into whatever task we need it to perform. Another is that by sharpening our focus we can get better at things through a bit of practice. Oddly enough, rehearsing something in our minds only can greatly improve our skill when we actually do what we’ve only practiced mentally.

Next time we get together, let’s talk about some practical steps we can all take to use this wondrous tool to our best advantage. Knowing all of what we’ve been discussing is nice, but actually finding ways in which we can employ the information to make meaningful changes in our lives would be a better destination to pick, true?

Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves

What can I do today to better understand the amazing things I am capable of?”

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