One More Reason Not To Do It – Josh Journal
One of the beautiful complexity of the human brain is the ability to always come up with a reason.
If you need a reason to do something or a reason not to do it, your brain will always come up with one.
This is one of the reasons I eventually stopped with motivational books and speeches. At the end of the day, it is always up to me.
Interestingly though, the human psyche subconsciously takes the decision before you eventually have to.
Somewhere deep in your head or heart, you already know if you are going to do something or not. Every discussion or thinking you do afterward is simply to look for a reason to justify your position.
That is why when someone comes to you for advice, even after you give them the best advice, they’ll go ahead to do exactly what they originally wanted to.
They come to you to seek confirmation of their bias or decision. Anything other than that will get a minute or more of holding back. But it doesn’t change their mind.
You can recognize when others do this. But can you see yourself doing the same?
Can you see yourself cooking up excuses and reasons to do things that you know you shouldn’t be doing? To do things you’ve been advised against? To do things you thought you decided you won’t?
At the end of the day, it is always up to you.
It takes a lot of conscious conditioning, “unconditioning“, and reconditioning to get yourself out of that mindset.
Even when it seems others prevailed on you to do things, search yourself, you will find the true reason you did it somewhere in your heart.