Are you repeating
an old story hoping for a better outcome?
The brain operates efficiently,
to expend the least amount of energy to do a task. This efficiency
means that the brain takes shortcuts based on what it already
knows—the tracks already laid with neurons tailored to certain
tasks. The shortcuts save energy. The software developed for past
experiences shape current perception and processing. Psychoanalysts
call this transference. Neuroscientists call it the efficiency
principle. Behavioral economists call it diagnosis bias (physicians
should as well, but often do not). For all of us, the brain
perceives things in ways it has been trained to do. How we
categorize something determines what
we see. The
challenge is that imagination, which comes from perception, can be
limited to what we already know.
Do you dismiss or
compromise any aspect of your money story?
A repeating storyline may be as
bold as always looking for the next big deal, or as quiet as
habitually comparing yourself and your money to others. Or as
pernicious as not being able to convert your talent into
corresponding income. The internal origin of a process is elusive
because an external drama always accompanies it and provides a
focus. Some warning signs of this struggle include personal
compromise, conflict with other people, limited success,
unhappiness, or not living up to a full potential.
Are your needs,
ideals, passion, and talents all going in the same direction?
If your money story is not
satisfying, or if you haven’t attained your objectives, look more
closely: You are
always reaching your goals,
whether they are conscious or unconscious. It is helpful to know
consciously and specifically what those goals are. You might be
undermining your success by being imprecise in your objectives. Do
you fear specifically, yet dream vaguely?
Do all the
storylines fit and advance the plot of your money story?
Once becoming aware of actively
making choices, you can decide what’s in your best interest, what
furthers your story. And what doesn’t. Neuroscientist
Gregory Berns examines the science of thinking
in particular—to emphasize how we need to put ourselves in new
situations to see things differently and boost creativity.
When the brain encounters the
unaccustomed or unexpected, perturbation occurs. The brain has to
reorganize perception, which influences how we see things. We are
pushed to see things in a different way—to be creative. Prompts
include a novel stimulus, new information, or an unaccustomed
suggestions for creative stimulation:
Be aware of the categories that
you use for a person or idea—in order to go beyond or outside
Seek out environments in which you
have no experience.
Bring together ideas from different
disciplines and different perspectives to the same subject.
Engage a Mentor or Coach to
challenge new ways of looking at things.
Follow intuition and gut feelings:
write them down.
Brainstorm and free associate: allow
a stream of consciousness not bound by usual categories.
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Relationships and Revise Money Stories
I love the question, "Do you fear specifically, yet dream vaguely?" I think this is a question we should ask and answer often. I suspect that far too many people dream vaguely. I have found nothing is quite as powerful as gaining clarity.
Dreaming vaguely implies a lack of clarity. So the more specific our dreams, the higher our chances of achieving them.