Preconceived NotionsIt is amazing how we sometimes convince ourselves of a situation by our own preconceived thoughts. We hope you find words of wisdom in this message.
by Catherine Pulsifer
Think of young children just starting to learn how to walk. Children have no preconceived notion that they cannot walk on their first few attempts. Imagine what would happen if we said, "Don't try to walk, you will fall". Sounds silly doesn't it?
As adults, though, we often send ourselves failure messages due to our preconceived notions. We don't take advantage of opportunities because we're afraid we won't succeed.
People who say, "I'd do it but I don't have the time", or "I don't have the money", are only making excuses. What they really don't have is determination.
One of the issues that come into play in almost everyone's life is the conscious or unconscious conditioning that we are subject to on a daily or monthly basis. Some of this conditioning that is on a subconscious level is the words we hear from other important people in our lives. Some of these words may sound like this, "Just go back to work, you do not have the education to get a different job. We need the money, so where do you think we can find it if you go back to school?"
We can subject our dearest friends or family to negative thoughts that condition them not to attempt new things without giving it any thought. Instead of looking for way or solutions to change a situation, we are often guilty of seeing only problems for ourselves first.
One thing a lot of us find difficult is to put ourselves into someone else?s shoes that are longing to make more out of their life because to do so may jeopardize our own comfort, or our own sense of well-being.
Get on your bike and ride - so what if you fall off - get up and do it again and again. Life is to be lived not for just what we know how to do right now but for what we can do.
Reflect on the following words of wisdom from Charles F. Kettering:
if they set out without preconceived notions."
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