The Folly of “I’m Right Because I Say I’m Right”

A few weeks ago I saw an interview with Seth Godin, where his answer to “what do you do?” was:

“I notice things for a living, and I try to point them out to people”.

Made me think: what is it that I do?

Sure, I write articles, create trainings, I coach entrepreneurs – but what do I *do*, at the heart of it all?

Well, I think I’ve figured it out:

I notice how people use their minds, and then I try to give insight on how to use the mind differently.

Because as a tool, the mind is fantastic, but almost nobody uses it the right way (myself included, but I’m working on it).

We use the mind as a hard drive, to remember things, instead of recording those things externally, and using the mind for creative thinking instead.

Or we single out a view or opinion, and then we tell ourselves that ‘what I see, is what it is’ – which is folly, because you can’t see anything without filtering it mentally first.

You don’t see reality, you only see your perception of it.

And one of the most limiting, debilitating things we use our mind for?

Rationalisation.

Justifying our view by arguing, explaining away irrationality, circum-rationalising logical inconsistencies in our thinking… a whole mess of telling ourselves “I’m right because I just created a an argumentation that says I’m right” (in case you’re wondering: yes, I’m not free of it, but at least I’m aware and I’m working on that too).

To me, rationalisation is a sign of an under-evolved mind.

Rationalisation is a handy way to get by in the world, but the more you advance as a human being, the more open you become to adopting different views and gaining insights.

And it’s when your viewpoint changes and you create of find different insights, that’s when you’ll start to see your life (and your business, and your reality) change.

And yeah, that can be scary at times. To let go of a cherished belief… then what?

Then you’re free to adopt a different view, one that will help you instead of hold you back.

Because a belief is, in the end, a crutch.

Not that you can live without beliefs, that’s impossible – but you can be selective and deliberate about what you believe to be true.

And helping people get skilled at working with the mind and the different kinds of beliefs, that’s what I do.

So any time you’re ready for some of that, just let me know.

Cheers,

Martin


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