The mind as a lever

I was having to talk with a good friend of mine last night about business, the things we work on and when we work on them.

We started on the topic because he was explaining how he's been waking up early lately, and as a result it's easier for him to work on the things he thinks are the most important, and that they get his freshest mind with less interruption.

Beyond this, what we started realizing, and we we were using Tula and it's growth as an example, is that in order to accomplish something important and significant, you do need to believe that you can do it. But our minds require ourselves to provide a certain amount of evidence that something can be achieved before we can truly believe that some other step can be achieved.

This was a fascinating conversation to me because the implication is that if you can truly believe something is possible, then you are probably more able to achieve those things. Then, once you are able to achieve an initial set of 'things', the sooner that you can believe greatness is possible, which in turn makes it more  likely that greatness happens. This process creates a positive feedback loop because as you start seeing more evidence to the potential greatness, it in turn makes the realization of said greatness more likely.

But there were two things that kept running through my head that I'm still thinking about about and somewhat troubled by. The first is thinking about the mind as a sort of lever, and that there is a certain amount of training we can do to our brains. In the same way that you can change the fulcrum on a diving board to get a different spring, so too can our thoughts can have an impact on what we are able to achieve.

But just like you can move the fulcrum on a diving board so much that you actually miss the bounce, we can also be delusional. The problem is that it's not so easy to differentiate between big ambitions and delusions of grandeur, especially when it's all happening in our own brains.

So it seems to me if the mind is a lever, the most important thing we can do is figure out where to place the fulcrum.