We want to change things. Look at the huge sections in any bookstore on ways to improve our lives. We want to be happy, successful, gorgeous, liked, and enlightened. We have no idea how to get those things, as can be proven by the huge selections of those same books in our houses. Each title tells us that there was just one piece of information we were missing and this new book has it! So many promises. But it turns out that it isn’t in just one of them. What we have missed is a simple and easy thing that almost every one of those books has told us. Make a decision.
“Now wait a minute,” you may be saying, “that can’t be really important.” Just a few who would tell you it is: The Release Technique, Abraham-Hicks, Think and Grow Rich, Incognito, and every business book out there. Make a decision.
So many teachers and books tell us this. Check out the bookstore and look in the sections on spirituality, self-help, psychology, and business. We read book after book – most being about 230 pages of information and techniques we patiently push through just trying to find that thing that will solve the problem. But what is a common theme we so often overlook? Make a decision.
Business books tell you that your success hinges on your goals – your decision of what you want. Lester Levenson, and enlightened teacher from the mid-1900s said that enlightenment is a decision. The list goes on. We haven’t been listening.
Let’s get science in on this. David Eagleman, neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine tells us that who we think of as Me is a very small part of who we are. The subconscious is really running the show. We act and speak based on past experiences. We may not like how we find ourselves acting or thinking, but we do it anyway. And we also have our inborn human instincts that drive us 24 hours a day. Eagleman states, “[T]he conscious you is the smallest bit-player in the brain.” So how do we make use of this part of ourselves that is really running the show?
Goals. Eagleman points out in his book, Incognito, that the conscious self chooses a goal, and the subconscious, that part that runs us all day long, carries out whatever goal the conscious mind gave it. So what do we have our subconscious assigned to if we haven’t given it a conscious goal? Yes, that’s why you are getting the results you are in your life.
Make a decision.