Whether we think we can, or think we can’t, we’re right.
All we do begins with a thought.
How powerful is a thought? A negative thought can bind a mind and body in ways superior to physical restraints. A positive thought can be the catalyst to propel beyond the physical, into realms beyond the wildest imaginations.
At some time in our life, we have all walked into a closed door. Maybe, it was as a youngster learning about patio and screen doors. Maybe, it was in the middle of the night in navigation to the bathroom. Remember the combination of logic and feeling rushing from the experience? Oh, wow! That hurt.
Now, think of your last encounter with a closed mind. Same deal, right?
If a person has arrived at their beliefs in an objective journey of discovery to discern what is best for them as an individual, that closed mind can be respected, as an honest container of beliefs. If a person has been manipulated into a belief system for the benefit of someone else, that closed mind is a danger to the individual, and others.
Let’s take a quick look at Belief Systems and Mind Control.
Why Bad Beliefs Don’t Die
Because senses and beliefs are both tools for survival, our brain considers them to be separate but equally important purveyors of survival information. The loss of either one endangers us. Without our senses we could not know about the world within our perceptual realm. Without our beliefs we could not know about the world outside our senses or about meanings, reasons, or causes.
This means that beliefs are designed to operate independent of sensory data. In fact, the whole survival value of beliefs is based on their ability to persist in the face of contradictory evidence. Beliefs are not supposed to change easily or simply in response to disconfirming evidence. If they did, they would be virtually useless as tools for survival.
As far as our brain is concerned, there is absolutely no need for data and belief to agree. They are designed to be able to disagree.
When data and belief come into conflict, the brain does not automatically give preference to data. This is why beliefs — even bad beliefs, irrational beliefs, silly beliefs, or crazy beliefs — often, don’t die in the face of contradictory evidence. The brain doesn’t care whether or not the belief matches the data. It cares whether the belief is helpful for survival. Period.
Coercive Psychological Systems
Coercion is defined as, “to restrain or constrain by force…” Legally it often implies the use of PHYSICAL FORCE or physical or legal threat. This traditional concept of coercion is far better understood than the technological concepts of “coercive persuasion” which are effective restraining, impairing, or compelling through the gradual application of PSYCHOLOGICAL FORCES.
The advances in the extreme anxiety and emotional stress production technologies, found in coercive persuasion, supersede old-style coercion that focuses on pain, torture, drugs, or threat — in that, these older systems do not change attitude, so subjects follow orders ‘willingly.’ Coercive persuasion changes both attitude AND behavior, not JUST behavior.
Programs have in common the elements of attempting to greatly modify a person’s self-concept, perceptions of reality, and interpersonal relations. When successful in inducing these changes, coercive thought reform programs also, among other things, create the potential forces necessary for exercising undue influence over a person’s independent decision-making ability.
Coercive persuasion programs are effective — because, individuals experiencing the deliberately planned severe stresses they generate can only reduce the pressures by accepting the system, or adopting the behaviors being promulgated by the purveyors of the coercion program. The relationship between the person and the coercive persuasion tactics are DYNAMIC — in that, while the force of the pressures, rewards, and punishments brought to bear on the person are considerable, they do not lead to a stable, meaningfully SELF-CHOSEN reorganization of beliefs, or attitudes.
Relationships come in a myriad of forms: one-on-one with another person, individual with group, spouse with spouse, and child with parent. While each combination will have unique dynamics, there are universal themes inherent to all relationships. The factors at work to mold the minds of cult members are similar to those used by men to control their wives, women to change their husbands, and parents to alienate children.
When there is a combination of Bad Beliefs and Coercive Persuasion at work in minds, the result is — FEAR and WAIT.
In other words, Paralysis by Analysis based entirely on Lies.
While giving full consideration to the principles — Patience is a virtue and Discretion is the better part of valor, I suggest we examine the foundation of our beliefs and muster the courage to take bold steps, forward.
Are YOU afraid to make mistakes?
The ‘whiners’ of the world are the only ones who have never made a mistake. Just listen to them. In their minds and statements, they assure themselves and everyone else that they have done everything perfectly. If, only, the world had agreed with them, placated them, understood them, and otherwise given into (and, given more to) them, they could be recognized for the Saints they believe themselves to be.
On the other hand, the truly successful men and women of the world have made many mistakes, learned from them, and grown into leaders of industry and builders of relationships.
Are YOU, still, reluctant to change?
Consider this — We go where we look.
There’s a story about a stretch of Interstate highway in Kansas. It is straight as an arrow across the flat land of farms on either side. In the wintertime, the snow blows across the highway to form a four-lane skating rink. The only thing of danger to the cars sliding off the highway is a power-line running parallel.
Since 8 out of 10 cars were smacking poles, a Kansas state trooper took it upon himself to discover “Why“. Because, the odds were better that they missed the poles and hit open space.
As he interviewed the drivers of those cars — with noses freshly pressed against a pole — he asked them, “Do you remember what you were thinking as you left the highway?” Every one of them answered, “Oh, yes sir. I was thinking that I surely didn’t want to hit one of those poles.”
All we do begins with a thought.
A negative thought about “not” doing something is as powerful as a positive thought about doing the very same thing. You see, those Kansas drivers were thinking about the poles, as they looked right at them and, eventually, wrapped their cars around one.
All we do begins with a thought.
Thoughts lead to actions; Actions develop into habits; Habits accumulate into character; and, Character becomes our Destiny.
Let’s lift our heads from the drudgery of toil, raise our eyes to the broad horizon of opportunities, choose a bright path to travel, surround ourselves with cheerful people, and experience a fresh sensation of soaring spirits.
Whether you think you can, or can’t, you’re right!