I saw this weird competition once on TV.
A group of high school kids, about fifty of them, side by side, with their legs tied together.
So wherever you were in the line, your legs were tied to the guys on either side of you.
They were all on one side of a big field.
And they had a run a 100 yards.
Each school had a team, and they saw how fast it was.
Clearly, these kids practiced, because they were VERY tight.
If you’ve ever been in a “three legged race” where there’s only TWO people like this, it’s pretty tough.
Especially if you haven’t practiced.
Whenever you have two opposing forces, you can create A LOT if they are in sync, but you can be held back just as much if they are going in different directions.
Humans are goal seeking machines.
We can’t exist for more than a couple seconds without acting. Just shifting in your seat is an example.
And all action is for a purpose. None of it is random. It may not seem that way, but consider what happens when you shift in your seat.
Certain muscles get tired, and they need a rest. Muscles that are more rested decide to take on more weight, and take off weight of the muscles (or muscle angles). The shift has a PURPOSE of increasing comfort, and decreasing discomfort.
Every single goal you have, whether conscious or unconscious has this INTENTION.
Sure, if you completely misunderstand the situation, you may do something that makes everything worse.
But this INTENTION (increase comfort and decrease discomfort) is always there.
Now sometimes we realize that to increase comfort in the LONG TERM, we have to experience intermediate periods of DISCOMFORT.
Like when a caveman sees a tiger. Running away screaming with huge amounts of fear is not exactly more comfortable than just standing there.
But your brain is also MASSIVELY quick. So it CALCULATES all the possible outcomes in the near and medium term future.
It chooses what will give you the BEST possible outcome given all your options.
Humans have a lot of PRE-PROGRAMMED desires.
Food, companionship, safety, sex, esteem, social status, recognition and validation.
If you try and ignore these, meaning if you try and OVERRULE your caveman instincts with your conscious mind, you won’t usually get very far.
That’s precisely why willpower based diets NEVER work very long.
But when you carefully CHOOSE YOUR GOALS that are congruent with your caveman goals, or at the very least, figure out a way to take your CHOSEN GOALS and put them in the context so your CAVEMAN will ALSO be happy, you’ll have a much better chance.
You can learn and do anything you want, so long the skills you are building are CONGRUENT with your deepest instincts.
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