Education & Career Trends: April 27, 2023
Curated by the Knowledge Team of ICS Career GPS
- Excerpts are taken from an article published on psychologytoday.com.
When you’re not achieving your goals, you might try to re-examine what they are or change your strategy. But what if your goals and strategy are mental events whose lucidity and complexity depend on something outside your brain? Can you clarify, amplify, and channel the “goal” and “strategy” signals from the outside into your brain?
The limits of “thinking through” goals and strategy
Successful people usually account for their success by explaining that they are goal-directed or determined. Yet goal direction and grit have been shown to have small impacts on success.
Nisbett and Wilson have demonstrated that when people give reasons for their actions, they make up a story that sounds plausible. It’s a kind of made-up logic that sounds sensible but is not.
Also, scientific evidence shows that your brain has already decided to act before you reflect on what to do. When you state a goal, it’s a way of making sense of what your brain has already decided.
When you only focus on a goal, the information and detail you receive are superficial. When you relax your focus, a network of brain regions kicks in to hand you the subtle information you need to act on a worthwhile goal.
While neuroscientists who prefer material information tend to look for neural explanations of goals and intentions, an increasing body of information suggests that the brain can connect much further than the immediate environment if you’re tuned in to it.
The essence of these theories is that metaphorically speaking, in the same way, avatars who talk to each other in the metaverse are channelling the consciousness of the person they represent, we are all like avatars channelling consciousness from outside of us. These researchers would contend that “intelligence” is widely distributed through visible and invisible spaces as “consciousness,” and your ability to reach your goals may have more to do with amplifying and refining your goal signals by “tuning into” this consciousness matrix.
Clues to transcending the brain’s signals exist in the phenomena of intuition and premonition. Sometimes people can sense or feel things before they happen.
Donald Hoffman explained that what we perceive is simply an interface to interact with the world. Like a computer screen, it does not expose the real workings behind that screen. And analytic idealism suggests that the physical world as we see it is made up of our brains, much like how we believe we are in an immersive virtual reality (VR) environment. Our actions in this world are an illusion; what controls those actions is somewhere else. These and other models have been elegantly summarized in a paper by Wahbeh and colleagues.
Implications for your goals
Don’t just follow your logic. Lose yourself in it. See where your mind leads you rather than leading it. Stop from time to time to summarise the intelligence that is emerging. Then, hold onto this summary as a symbol as you allow yourself to explore other avenues.
You don’t surmise what is happening in this approach and start directing the process yourself. You’re always letting go but able to move on because your periodic reflections have been stored as manageable summaries. Metaphorically speaking, the summaries are like a buoy or a rest point before you begin your immersion again.
To get started, ask yourself what is truly moving you. Introspect. Go for a walk. Take a shower while asking this question, but don’t succumb to the following logic. Make this kind of exploratory process inform your logic rather than the other way around. If you do, you’ll likely discover a path to success you may not have seen.
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(Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in the article mentioned above are those of the author(s). They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of ICS Career GPS or its staff.)