3 pounds of matter —that’s all you get
I’ll begin with a quote from Adam, a character from one of my most acclaimed series of all time, KYLE XY.
Your mind is a powerful tool. Develop it, protect it. Use it wisely. But more important than your mind, it’s your soul that touches people. You can touch the world, Kyle. It’s who you are. It’s who you’re meant to be.
-Adam, KYLE XY
Tell me you don’t want to watch it even after reading that quote. It’s okay if you don’t.
Over the years, I’ve been replaying that scene in my mind and if you know anything about our memories, you’d know that they are continuously changed each time you recall them.
I had come up with my own version that I kept editing and saying to myself;
Your mind is the most powerful tool in the known universe, develop it, protect it.
This quote is one of those things that make you go “Aha!” after a while. I knew I possessed the most powerful tool known to man, I just didn’t realize it until recently.
About a month ago, I had a thought experiment. “What is the first step I could take right now that would help me with my social anxiety? What if I walked into the village every morning and greeted everyone, won’t that be something of a jumpstart? Okay, I’ll do it.”
I didn’t just stop there, no, my mind just doesn’t work like that. I visualized everything from how and when —tomorrow, I said— I’ll start this exercise and guess what I was doing the next day?
I didn’t greet anybody.
But, I continued with my thought experiment nonetheless; until, one day, without even second guessing… I was greeting everybody.
When I was done, I thought to myself, “Wow! Did I just greet everybody? Fist bumps, handshakes and everything?”
It felt good. “I can do this, after all, there’s nothing to it”, I thought.
When I don’t greet anyone —that’s happened only once— I actually feel bad about it —like I’ve committed a grave sin or something, I feel guilty.
Ever since that first greeted everybody day, I vowed to pay more attention to the kind of thoughts I harbor in my precious little 3 pounds of matter. From then on, I get myself to make thought experiments like;
- How do I say Hi to her without being awkward about it?
- How do I have a conversation with someone outside my social circle? —What could possibly go wrong?
- How do I get to 100 push-ups a day? —Before, I could not even get to 10
A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.
There’s tons of research being made about the power of the human mind and the amazing things it can do. From taking man to the moon to shaking his confidence and getting him to the brink of a heart attack when talking to a hot woman.
Lots of untapped potential lies beneath your skull. Just keep developing your 3 pounds and protect it.
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