The Cage Is Imaginary
Sure, we all are going to die. We all know loved ones that have died or will die in the future.
This is part of life.
But when you walk up to that attractive person to start a conversation, there’s very little probability they’ll laugh at you or call the cops.
And if you go into your bosses office and ask for a raise, they won’t likely fire you on the spot.
Trouble is, that our brains are hard wired to be MUCH more sensitive to POTENTIAL danger than potential pleasure.
Meaning if there’s a forty percent chance we’ll get a raise, and a one percent chance we’ll get fired, our caveman brains will focus on that one percent like it’s 99 percent.
That kept us alive when there were critters hiding in the bushes waiting to eat us.
Even though they aren’t there any more, we’re still using an outdated version of brain software.
The good news is that you CAN upgrade your brain. But it’s not like Windows, when you shut off your PC And it goes through about 27 upgrades before finally shutting down.
If you want to upgrade your brain, you’ve got to do it consciously. This takes time. This takes effort.
How do you do it?
Meditation. Focused visualization. Forcing yourself in uncomfortable situations if only to PROVE your worst fears will never come true.
Journaling is also another great way. Just write down all the stuff that happened, at the end of the day. Write down what you did. Write down what happened. Write down what you may be able to do differently next time.
This is really the way the brain operates anyhow. Learning by trial and error. Only by doing daily journaling, you’re taking the trial and error (or trial and feedback) and elevating it to a conscious level.
Kind of like fighting someone using only instincts, vs. fighting someone after having trained in a Dojo for ten years.
Many people spend YEARS working on their bodies. Or their careers. Or their hobbies.
But few people even know how to work on their brains. Let alone make the effort.
But consider this. If you spent 30 minutes a day practicing the piano, you’d be pretty good in a few years.
So good you’d be able to sit down at any party and bang out some pretty good tunes.
What about working on your brain?
If you spent only five or ten minutes every night, doing some focused mental exercises or journaling, you’d be a super hero social ninja after a short while.
You’d make more money, have a much more rewarding romantic life, and be much more fulfilled.
Isn’t that worth a few minutes of your time every night?
Which exercises should you do?
There’s plenty in here to choose from: