Updated: Jun 22
As human beings, our minds are remarkable. They are capable of unfathomable complexity, creativity, and innovation. Yet, they are also creatures of habit. We are born with a unique genetic makeup that gives us certain predispositions. As we enter the world, we find ourselves thrown into a feverish pace of development, where our neurons establish countless connections, and our minds become the ultimate sponges. Our families, societies, and cultures feed us with a plethora of beliefs, value systems, and judgments. Like chameleons, we absorb and assimilate this information, coloring our perception of reality.
Around adolescence, we start to prune our mental garden, retaining only the most deeply rooted plants—our most cherished beliefs, our ingrained truths. These are our guideposts, providing a framework for how we perceive, interpret, and react to the world around us. And therein lies the catch: we do not perceive the world as it is; we perceive it as we are.
Our perceptions trigger emotional responses, shaping our actions, inactions, habits, and automated processes. From these mechanisms, we generate clusters of heuristics – mental shortcuts to help us navigate the world without taxing our cognitive reserves. After all, our brains already consume around 20% of our body's energy.
Despite their efficiency, these automated responses can limit our growth. They turn us into spectators, watching the same play on repeat, trapped in a reality curated by our past experiences. Instead of engaging with the vibrant and dynamic nature of life, we become confined to a world that mirrors our ingrained beliefs and judgments.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb states that it should be our discipline to "move forward with incomplete information." However, we frequently cling to the illusion of certainty, constructing future scenarios based on our past experiences and assumptions. It's comforting to believe we can predict the future, but this very belief restricts our possibilities. It's like walking through life with blinders on, oblivious to the vast expanse of opportunities surrounding us.
This behavior stifles our growth and innovation, traps us in our comfort zones, and causes frustration when reality doesn't align with our expectations. Margaret Drabble puts it beautifully: "When nothing is sure, everything is possible." But when we are certain about the future, we limit our possibilities, narrowing them down to the extent of our current imagination.
But what if we can break free from these chains? What if we can liberate ourselves from this cycle of repetitive thinking and self-imposed constraints? What if we can learn to live in the realm of possibilities, embrace the unknown, and let go of our need for control?
If this reflection has sparked an "aha" moment, if you're sitting there thinking, "What the hell have I been doing?", then you're at the beginning of a transformative journey. It's time to question your truths, challenge your judgments, and rewrite your belief systems. If you're wondering, "How do I change this?", then I invite you to join me for a conversation.
In just 30 minutes, we'll delve into your worldview, challenge your assumptions, and explore fresh perspectives. This is an invitation to embark on a radical transformation—one that will forever alter your view of the world and liberate you from the constraints of your past thinking.
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This article was created in collaboration with AI.