Set Higher Standards by Ravi

Ramblings from a 30-something ultra-marathoning yogi with a day job.

Assume you can

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If you are trying something new, exciting and challenging – there are a couple mindsets you could begin with:

  1. Option 1: Assume you can’t do it.
  2. Option 2: Assume you can do it.

I prefer option 2 every time. You can enjoy the journey that way. If you don’t belief you can – who else will? Option 1 just sucks. If you don’t think you can, why try? You might as well assume success and then your brain will align its resources in a manner that supports your goal.

There is science backing this up. There is a portion of your brain whose purpose is to filter out the millions of bits of information you are taking in every day – to get rid of the things that aren’t necessary for your survival and success. It’s called the reticular activating system. It’s a goal seeker center of your brain. It sits at the base of your brain and literally is the gate-keeper between signals from the outside world and signals transmitted internally in your body. It works as a totally sub-conscious function. If you don’t think something is possible you’ll be missing out on those things that might be under your nose and helpful in your quest – but outside of your conscious awareness. Like those missing car keys that were in your pocket the whole time.

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Written by Ravi Raman

September 21, 2010 at 4:35 am

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  1. I will make the assumption that you meant “option 1 just sucks”.

    The point is completly valid though. I am walking talking proof.

    Winning begins with thoughs that think they can.

    Scott GF

    September 27, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    • You’re right Scott, nice catch – fixed it in the post now!


      September 28, 2010 at 4:43 am

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