Your brain is a goal-achieving machine, and it operates on the images you create for it.
How does that work?
The Reticular Activating System is part of your brain that, among other things, “finds” what you’re looking for.
I’ll never forget getting my first car. I scored big time with a used Toyota MR-2. It was actually on the showroom floor of a Nissan dealership. That’s how “cherry” it was!
I’d never seen one before. It was kind of like a baby Ferrari. A two-seater, mid-engine, stick shift. It was the coolest thing (in my budget).
Here’s the funny thing…
Pretty much as soon as I started driving it, I started to see Toyota MR-2’s everywhere! It was actually a pretty popular lower cost, import, sports car. I even worked with a kid who had one!
What the heck? How come I never noticed it before?
Well, I wasn’t really much of a car kid, and the car poster I did have on my wall as a young kid was of Ferraris so my mind wasn’t “tuned in to” Toyota MR-2’s.
It is kind of interesting that I ended up with a “baby Ferrari” though…
Anyway, the car story is a classic example of “all of a sudden” seeing what’s been there all along. It’s like “waking up” to reality. Looking back, it was the first time (that I can remember) experiencing the power of my Reticular Activating System…
Essentially, the Reticular Activating System (RAS) is a filter.
We’re bombarded with information/stimuli all day, but our brains can only handle so much. The RAS picks out what we engage with, and it starts with what we’re familiar with.
This is kinda fun with things like my car, but it royally sucks when it’s continued struggle in your life…
How do we apply this to our life goals?
Well, the reality is that everything we need to get to the next level of success is right in front of us, but we just don’t see it.
We don’t see it because we’re not looking for it. We’re still stuck in our current level of thinking and therefore only see what corresponds to it…
Whatever we’ve been seeing and doing in the past, the RAS will continue to show you…until you tell it differently!
This goes back to yesterday’s lesson on 2 States of Being. If you’re in “suffering” you’re not seeing anything good, right?
Well, if the brain is a goal-achieving machine that operates on the images you create for it, how’s that going to work out for you?
Not so good.
So, what do you do?
Essentially, you have to enroll your RAS to help you find what you want:
- Change your state of being from a suffering state to a beautiful state (learn more)
- Have a VISION for your life, and review it often
- Set GOALS and follow a PLAN to achieve them
- Recognize your WINS
- ENGAGE IN SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENTS WITH SUPPORTIVE PEOPLE
I encourage you to do some more research (start with YouTube) on this subject. It’s pretty fascinating.
HAVE FAITH & TAKE ACTION!