I used to like reading Stephen King.
Lately, not so much.
But I remember one of his characters had what people would call “OCD.”
Turns out OCD is a real disorder and those who really DO have OCD don’t like that people claim to have OCD, in a self-deprecating, somewhat humorous way.
Like when you feel the need to double check something over and over, people refer, somewhat jokingly, as “my OCD is back,” or something similar.
Anyhow, the character in the Stephen King book was like this.
Never capable of getting more than a block away from her house.
Always needing to return and double check to make sure she’d locked the doors, turned off the stove, etc.
This is somewhat similar to how we pick up superstitious habits.
Particularly around unexpected negative events.
You might switch toothpaste brands, for example.
And on the first day of using your new toothpaste, you can t-boned at an intersection.
It’s really hard to NOT make the connection, at least on a subconscious level.
It’s hard not to, on some level, believe the new toothpaste caused your accident.
This kind of thing was useful way back in the day.
Our environment was harsh and unforgiving.
We had to make quick decisions.
No Mistakes Allowed
If we were wrong, it was all over.
So our ancient brain was very fast, but very inaccurate.
But critically, it was operating from a “better safe than sorry” program.
This is why we say things like:
“I know my new toothpaste didn’t create the accident, but I’d better switch back to the original brand just in case.”
This “just in case” is a modern version of ancient, “better safe than sorry” thinking.
But sometimes, you have to overrule that ancient and comfortable thinking with modern, rational thinking.
This isn’t easy.
If you want to lose weight, you’ll need to battle or at least manage your ancient instincts.
You’ll need to ignore the desperate pleas from your ancient brain to eat something delicious.
If you want to get a nice looking body, you’ll need to do some things that are inherently unpleasant in the moment.
Like pushing yourself through daily physical exercise.
If you want to get a marketable degree in some kind of STEM discipline, you’ll need to study some pretty boring stuff.
This is the equivalent of eating boiled chicken breasts instead of deep fried burritos.
The price you are willing to pay TODAY to get what you want in a few months or years is a measure of much you truly believe in yourself.
You can take it easy, in the now, and hope for the best, like most people.
Or you can decide to manage your long term success through your daily actions.
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