Week 17a – Overcoming Old Habits

In recent years, I have become intrigued with facts about the brain and how it works.  Most of my knowledge comes from reading and instruction, be it on my own or through training classes and seminars.  I paid close attention to little things I was able to glean and put them together to make one big picture for myself.  Granted, I know very little about the mind in the grand scheme of things, but what I do know is really fascinating to me and seems others are interested when I bring up a little tidbit now and again.

Knowing what little I do know led me to pose the question:  What happened to the little children that knew no limits?  The ones that had such a vivid imaginations that nothing could stop them from anything, that they could slay dragons, that they could become super-heroes.  Where did they disappear to?

Earl Nightingale tells us that we are what we think about.  If that is true, shouldn’t the child with no bounds wind up being the grown-up with no bounds?  Maybe if there was no interference from well- or not so well-meaning people that made up their lives beginning at a very young age, that would be so.

The habit of creative and imaginative thought was replaced.  The fire was doused by the waters of negativity.  The positive neuro-pathways (habits), an innate property as a youngster was quickly replaced by negative statements.  “No!”  “You can’t do that!”  “You are not smart enough for that!”

By the time we are teenagers, we hear about 18,000 times that we cannot do this or are not capable of doing that from outside sources. How sad.  This creates a belief and habits that are difficult, if not seemingly impossible, to overcome.

I came across this video recently and it illustrates how a learned activity or habit embedded in the brain is difficult to overcome.

Did you notice there is good news?  As demonstrated, after persisting for eight months, he was able to ride the backwards brain bicycle.  All of a sudden, the brain “snapped” as it were and he was able to ride it.  A quantum leap in understanding how to operate it.

Interestingly enough, he wasn’t able to ride a “regular” bike afterwards, at least not right away.  Another interesting point was that his son was able to master the backwards bike in just 2 weeks.  These are pointing to other clues as to the amazing goings-on in our heads, but they will have to wait investigation until another time.  First I have to understand what these clues are really trying to tell me.  After all, I am only driving on a permit, not a license in this area.

Until next time, think right and live right.  Enjoy.

Ramses says February 7, 2016

Loved it Ken. Yes, we need to go back to being like children with the added value of experience.

Jean says January 30, 2016

Love the driving permit analogy.

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