Joanna Young, over at Confident Writing started people thinking about persistence, and that got me seeing how hanging-in’s not always a brain’s noblest attribute. Have you seen the opposite sides of persistence too?
When Einstein stated that reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one, he opened a new segue for the brain to cultivate perseverance. How so?
We change our reality whenever we risk acting in it’s opposite directions. Treat a person well who treated you poorly, for no other reason than to try this out, and watch your brain rewire for a new reality and a new day.
Old assumptions die hard, and they often persist in ways that make us miserable. It’s because they settle into the brain’s basal ganglia and pop up as truth each time some event pokes at a related topic. Take the guy who nailed you in uncaring ways.
Your brain stores messages such as: That guy is out to get me. Each time you replay the scene where he did you wrong the brain goes to work storing more permanent false realities about his hurtful character. Did you know the human brain has a natural propensity for ruts where flawed assumptions live, and that we daily make choices to either default back to – or override mental ruts?