Experience Life Outside the Rut
I was reading a book written by a pastor in response to Robert Kiyosaki’s well-known work, “Rich Dad; Poor Dad.” In his book, this pastor, Dr. C. Thomas Anderson, keys in on the principle that successful people see the world differently – they see opportunities all around them all the time, research those, and take the calculated risk. He sites an experiment where the subjects were shown playing cards at a very fast rate and had to identify the number and type of card (4 of hearts, 9 of clubs, etc.) The success rate was very high. In the next phase of the study, however, the subjects were shown playing cards at that same rate – this time the color did not match normal playing cards (i.e. they were shown a 4 with a black heart, 9 with red clubs, etc.) As you might expect, the accuracy significantly dropped. Why? According to the researchers, “the brain adjusted the new experience to fit a known experience.”
“The brain adjusted the new experience to fit a known experience.”
Is this part of what is happening when we feel like we are in a rut?
We do have new experiences all the time throughout our day; but we slip into almost an auto-mode where our brain simply adjusts those new experiences to be perceived as known experiences.
This is simply food for thought over the next couple of days. Let’s start a conversation if you are open to it. Do you agree? Disagree? Have a little different take on this thought?