Once upon a time there was a family moving to a new town.
They passed some guy sitting on the side of the road on the way in.
They asked him, “How are the people in this town?”
He replied, “How were they in the last town?”
To which they answered, “Pretty nice.”
And he said, “Well, in this town they’re pretty nice too.”
Another family came by an hour later.
Asked the same question, to which he responded with the same answer.
“How were they in the last town?”
But this new family said, “Mean, dishonest, and shifty.”
And the guy said, “Well, I’m afraid they’re the same in this town.”
Of course, the moral of the story is your perceptions shape your world more than the world shapes your perceptions.
Most people won’t believe it until they see it.
But the secret is to believe it first, and then take action to FIND IT.
It’s not like saying some magic words will change reality.
But changing your filters will change how you view the world, which will HELP YOU so long as you’re willing to get out there and interact with the world to find what you want.
Rarely will somebody plop it into your lap without any effort. Sure, it happens sometimes, but it’s not the best strategy.
Another way to describe this is a “self-fulfilling prophecy.” As you think, so shall you see.
One of the many, many ways this manifests is the idea of intelligence.
“Scientists” for years have been telling us that its “genetic.” So what do they do? They LOOK for genetic proof to verify their theories.
One of the reasons this “meme” continues to exist is that generally speaking, scientists are pretty smart.
So if they PROVE that their “intelligence” is genetic, it’s like they are genetically programmed to be some elite intellectual that can tell us “how it is.”
But what happens if you look for evidence that you can BUILD INTELLIGENCE just like you can build muscles?
If you’re looking for red cars, you’ll find red cars.
If you’re looking for evidence that intelligence can be increased, you’ll find that as well.
Not just intelligence, but creativity. Problem solving. Memory.
All of these are SKILLS. Not gifts only given to the few “elites.”
And just like any other skill, the more you practice, the better you’ll get.
(Just don’t tell the scientists).