TIPS FOR TODAY:
# 1 – A picture is worth a 1000 words :-)
# 2 – An excerpt from Brian Johnson’s The Optimizer newsletter…
Hah. Love that. It’s from a chapter on the need to question popular thinking.
Reminds me of a classic research study on conformity Sir Ken Robinson shares in The Element (see Notes). Basic idea: 10 people are in a room. 9 of them are “plants”—put there by the experimenter to see how the 1 person being studied responds to their influence.
All 10 are shown simple lines on a slide projector and asked which ones match. The answer is TOTALLY obvious. The 9 plants give the wrong answer. And, most of the time, most of the subjects will conform and give the wrong answer as well.
“The tendency to conformity in our society is so strong,” Asch wrote, “that reasonably intelligent and well-meaning people are willing to call white black. This is a matter of concern. It raises questions about our ways of education and about the values that guide our conduct.”
The pull to conform is incredibly strong.
As Emerson says, it demands extraordinary courage to trust ourselves. And, our destinies depend on the ability to cultivate and live with that extraordinary courage.
Spotlight on you: Are there ways in which you’re conforming that you might want to challenge?
P.S. Let’s be direct: Why in the world would you want to consistently and automatically act and think like the majority of people?
As Mark Twain quipped: “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
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# 5 – On the health and well-being front, acupressure points to help with sinus congestion, TMJ, headaches, eye irritation and more…..
# 6 – And from Abe…..
The Universe does not know whether the vibration that you’re offering is because of something you’re observing or something you’re remembering or something that you are imagining. It just receives the vibration and answers it with things that match it.