Out With The Bad, In With The Good
Published on February 19, 2015
Likely the greatest challenge we will ever face in life rests between our ears. Overcoming the voice in our head that so often speaks counter to what we are looking to achieve and what direction we hope to move towards is the nemesis of growth. It really is a basic formula of mathematics. The more information that we take in that strengthens the message of "can't" the more difficult it is to believe in "can". We live in extraordinary times. Times of progress and technology and advancement. Also, times of mass communication that has the propensity to create walls and psychological barriers. In the simplest terms in order to properly program our sub-conscious to believe we should be looking to block out negative input and take in the positive. When I was a child, growing up around alcoholism and violence, the only way I knew to deal with it and get through another day was to shut it out. I would go outside. Go for a hike with my dog. Go to my friends house down the road. Just get away. Looking back today I can see that it was the getting away that limited what I took in. The reality was that what I did not know or hear or experience could not impact me. I read comic books and played with friends and my dog an anything that kept my mind pre-occupied.
The prospect of personal growth is like that. Ask yourself this question. "How does hearing about the plane crash or doom and gloom of the markets or the tragedies of murder and war and pain actually serve your life"? The truth is that it doesn't, yet during our lifetime we have become conditioned to believe this is important information, necessary for us to know. Here is how psychological progress is made. By shutting off the news or putting down the newspaper and trading it for an uplifting book. Playing with a child. Learning something. Creating something. Being inspired by something or someone. If we want to win this war over the voice in our head that challenges our dreams, commit to this. "Out with the bad, in with the good". Have an excellent day.