19th Jul 2010 |
Doing The Opposite
In life, we usually believe what our minds tell us, and in career change, what our mind tells us is things like ‘that will never work!’, ‘you could never do that!’ or ‘it’s too late to change now!’.
And we believe it. So, like good little boys and girls we sit in our stultifying jobs, hoping never to incur the wrath of those nasty thoughts which seem so wise and important. Yet if we think about our actual experience, we’ll often surprise ourselves by doing things we never dreamed possible. Minds are so overrated.
George Costanza in Seinfeld has this problem too:
“Elaine, bald men with no jobs and no money who live with their parents don’t approach strange women”
Yet one day he realises that: It’s not working Jerry, it’s just not working…every instinct I’ve ever had…it’s all been wrong..”
But as Jerry points out “if every instinct you have is wrong, then the opposite would have to be right!”
The message here is about trusting our experience not our thoughts, but frankly, just enjoy the brilliant clip.