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love this quote: “There are only two ways to live life: as though nothing is a miracle or as though everything is a miracle.”-Einstein
You live in a world of your own predictions, and your brain tricks you into thinking that it's reality.
disappointment = lowering expectations = pessimism = depression
It's thanksgiving here in Canada, so Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!
The 'curse of knowledge' cognitive bias says that you can't imagine someone without your knowledge.
The brain doesn't like gaps. It sees 2 things, and then fills in the gap automatically, and does it so well that you don't even notice.
You don't know what you don't know.
You don't see things the way they are... you see things the way you are.
When another's pain is our pleasure, we tend to justify it with words like anger and frustration.
When you see someone that you think has been unfair to you, seeing them in pain lights up the parts of your brain responsible for pleasure.
Don't fool yourself into believing you make logical decisions. You make decisions on emotion, and then you justify using logic.
I suggest that #JulianAssange has a part of him that is scared. But he has another part that is frustrated and that overcomes his fear.
#JulianAssange says, 'don't let your emotions push you around'. Emotion is our only motivation. Without emotion, would we ever do anything?
Stop thinking about willpower and start thinking about alignment. Life gets much easier when your whole mind and heart are working together.
The brain only notices things with contrast. That means that we really can't notice when we are experiencing chronic stress.
If you have found success, but are afraid to fail, your success becomes very fragile and temporary.
If you are not failing, you are not learning.
Because the brain enforces inconsistency, we will always have failure, and we will always be learning.
The brain automatically introduces variance into everything we do. By noticing the contrast, the brain learns.
Doing anything the same way twice is a myth. Repetition causes the brain to lose nuances of each individual experience, but they are unique.
Anxiety = Helplessness = missing skills and/or information. Solution? Think about what makes you anxious, and learn one new thing about it.
The more we learn, the more we can see the outlines of what we haven't learned yet.
First, we don't know that we don't know. Then we learn enough to know that we don't know.
Bad decisions come from bad information. If you want to make better decisions, learn better information.
Stress is a perceived experience. If you want to change your stress, change your story.
Stress can cause epigenetic change in you that can affect your children before they are even born.
Natural genetic evolution takes thousands of years. Epigenetic change can be inherited in a single generation.
Our story doesn't come from our perspective... our perspective comes from our story. We learn our first stories from our parents.
You don't know that you don't know. If you know that you don't know, then you have to know enough to know that you don't know.
How would you know if you were not conscious? You would have to be conscious to know that your were not conscious...
We think we see things the way they are, when the truth is that we see things the way WE are.
Willpower is a myth. Successful people are successful, not because of willpower, but because they pursue things that make them feel good.
The brain develops back to front, not front to back. That's why logic is a 3rd class citizen in the brain, and emotion wins every time.
Trying to change how you feel by changing your thinking is like trying to change the sun by holding an umbrella.
Fear and threat makes us stupid. Coping just perpetuates the stupidity. The antidote is to learn something new about that which you fear.
Nothing will change until you do. You have to be willing to give up who you are for who you are going to become...
Thoughts are only echoes of your feelings. Without feelings, there are no thoughts. So don't change your thoughts, change your feelings.
What are your barriers to willingness?
Think something could be placebo? A better question might be: What isn't placebo?
Objectivity is subjective
When you want what someone else has, their pain lights up the pleasure centers in your brain.
Mindsets are contagious. Sometimes a perceived threat isn't our own, it's a threat that we were infected with. By a parent, for example...
I think that people are not born analytical. They learn to be analytical as a threat prevention strategy.
The more analytical you are, the more negative and self-centered you tend to be.
"Happiness" and "Success" tend to be mutually exclusive.
You have to know enough to know that you don't know. Otherwise, you just don't know that you don't know.
It's not if something is true or not that matters. It's whether or not it's true enough to be useful.
Whether or not you can win doesn't matter. It's useful and necessary to believe that you can.