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Make your Brain your Bit*h

We hadn’t been on the same page for 20 years of my life. In fact, in most aspects of life, it worked completely against me.

“Don’t speak up, it’s not your place. You’re a quiet one, remember? Shh”

You’re right, I thought.

“You’re meant to feel guilty for not having a 9 to 5 job.”

Right again. I’m glad I have you always to keep me in check.

Luckily, I recognized a clear distinction between me, Jon, and my brain. It’s something that has changed my whole perspective on life.

Let me explain. Firstly, Jon and my brain are the same entity. In fact, we know, everybody has ONE brain and more specifically, a “conscious” part. In my argument, the conscious part is “Jon.”

Two other “states” of the brain are a bit trickier. Many refer to them as the “subconscious” and “unconscious.” However, researchers argue over the exact functions of each.

Regardless of each’s actual function, we can all agree that every human has a “conscious” state of mind. That is your awareness at the present moment. You are aware of something on the outside as well as some specific mental functions happening on the inside. For example, you are aware of your environment, your breathing, or the chair that you are sitting on reading this.

Therefore, we can also agree on that there is another part of our brain driving our actions, thoughts, memories, etc.

That part of my point is the “my brain,” and is responsible for feeding our “conscious” mind beliefs, structures, subjective models of reality.

Stay with me here.

It’s safe to say most understand these concepts. Moreover, they “get” that this is how everything works.

But let’s have a look back at what I said earlier about the distinction.

Luckily, I recognized a clear distinction between me, Jon, and my brain. It’s something that has changed my whole perspective on life.

You see, for most of my life, I took these concepts at face value. In other words, I didn’t differentiate the two. Without doing so, you fall into the same thought cycle where it is seemingly impossible to dig yourself out.

You may listen to all the gurus in the world tell you, you must practice changing the non-conscious part of your brain — and they’re correct. You must practice your ass off every day of your life to unwind the damage caused by your non-conscious brain.

What they forget or ignore to share with you is:

  1. How and how much to practice working on yourself
  2. How to finally use your brain to your advantage

Without B, you’ve wasted a whole hell of time, but without A, you can never get where you would like to be.

They neglect to bridge the wide gap between explaining the what needs to be done in a general sense to making your brain your bitch and help you get what you want out of life.

All you get to see is the problem and their success, but the view of their success won’t generate enough belief in yourself that it can be done.

Imagine you are stuck in a deep hole, one that you can’t see any light or know the exact depth. All you’ve received is a rope to climb (if you’re lucky). You climb for weeks, still no light. Years pass by, no light. Are you going to believe there even is a way out after all this time has passed?