Doppler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly. ~Author unknown
How many dumb ideas have you had? If you’re near my age the number will be less than you might think.
Why? Because the older we get the more time we have had to lock in the positive, or negative, memories of our past. A great trick our mind uses to filter all the stuff coming rapidly at us so we can learn new things and not bring back the 1000’s of time we last did something. It’s is now proven that we do this automatically. Which to me has an interesting outcome …
You can create your life.
Not in an airy fairy pie-in-the-sky way. But in a concrete, scientifically proven way. By choosing the memories you continue to think about, add meaning too, and spend time on, you lock in place the story of your life.
Charles Donoghue talks about memories being like a bunch of grapes. The first time something happens you create one grape, or a neural pathway. The next time another and so on and so on. Adding grapes to the bunch so that in the end you have a big bunch of grapes that is either a posivitive memory or a negative.
The next bit is interesting. Depending on how much thought you give to this memory it will either become locked in place or wither away. You have control over this.
In fact you have complete control over this. Which means that you have complete control over the memories that make up the story of your life.
You don’t have to go to the lengths psychopaths go to convince themselves they are sane. But you could take it to the limit that people use to fool lie detectors with. I’m not advocating lying. I am pushing for you to give energy to positive memories. Because if it is for good and helps you create a better life for yourself and those around you it is definitely worth hacking your brain to do it.
Have a great week.
Three things I’ve found inspiring this week.