“The power of positive thinking.” How many times have you heard that phrase? Do you believe it? Some latest scientific research provides support for it, as my friend Tim Revel pointed out.
A branch of psychology called “Neuro Linguistic Programming” has identified that the brain must selectively filter out data. Simply put, between the five senses of touch, taste, smell, sight, and sound, there is too much information to process at one time. So the brain must choose which elements of reality to focus on and accept.
What you choose to believe in is as important as what is actually occurring. If you choose to conclude that certain parts of the world are more important than others, your brain will actively support processing other facts and senses that support your chosen conclusions. Reality isn’t a stagnant and unchangeable thing: all elements of reality are “real”, but some can be made more relevant than others. What will you choose to prioritize – that man and human nature is inherently evil? Or inherently good? This is just one example of a choice than can be made in processing reality.
What does this mean for inventors? The odds may often seem like they are stacked against us, but whether this is true or not, we can combat it by believing in our ability to overcome adversity. And although the economy isn’t great, choosing to identify positive things about it can help. Get the snowball rolling and consider shifting what you’re prioritizing – the small changes you make could have great returns.
Stephen Key is a successful award-winning inventor who has licensed
over 20 products in the past 25 years. Along with business partner
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