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Habitual Thinking

By Randy Gage in Critical Thinking, Success, Prosperity.

If I had a dime for every business speaker who gives the get out of the box/we do it that way because we’ve always done it that way/cut the ends off of the ham speech – I could buy Trump Tower.  Unfortunately most of those speakers have fallen prey to the very thing they’re preaching against. 

Habitual thinking.

And nothing does more to keep you down, hold you back and prevent your prosperity than getting mired in a stale thought pattern.  It’s the ultimate limiting belief, because it precludes most possibility thinking.

You don’t want to do things that “everyone else” does, because “everyone else” is broke.  And probably unhealthy.  And probably unhappy.  They think exactly like their parents thought, who thought exactly like their parents thought, and this cycle has go on sometimes for decades.  So this is not the model you want to follow.

Prosperity is often the byproduct of innovation.  And innovation requires critical thinking, lateral thinking and creativity.  So what do you do to nurture yours?

Do you always eat the same thing at the same place, take the same way to work and hang out with the same people?  When’s the last time you really questioned your core foundational beliefs about money, relationships, religion, or government?

Do you solve Sudoku puzzles, word games, brainteasers, and other things to stimulate your mental capacity?  Do you watch programs of people who have opposite political viewpoints than you?   Is your inner circle all people who agree with you, or does it reflect diversity of opinion?

The ability to avoid habitual thinking and actually use a larger percentage of the computing power you have at your disposal makes a huge difference in your success and prosperity.

So how you doing on that?

-RG

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  1. JoeHefferon says:

    Architect Daniel Libeskind says habits are shackles. Change habits and change your insight. Thanks Randy
    http://joehefferon.blogspot.com/

  2. JoeHefferon says:

    Architect Daniel Libeskind says habits are shackles. Change habits and change your insight. Thanks Randy
    http://joehefferon.blogspot.com/

  3. I have to avoid almost every single member of my family and I have had to put at arm’s length or disconnect from most of the friends I accumulated since my early twenties. Pretty much everyone in my immediate family is broke, struggling, frustrated, unhappy and bitter. My longtime friend is deep in depression and ready to give up on the one thing he loves most in life, his career. It is amazing how insidious the negative thinking of others is.  I finally understood what it is when I read “Virus of the Mind” and learned how I came to think just like the rest of the negative people in my family. And I think this is why I attracted like minded people when I didn’t know better. It was unconscious. My negative grandmother used to say “birds of a feather flock together”. She was right. But, boy was she a bitter and unhappy woman who smoked herself to death with diabetes, phlebitis, heart problems and she was overweight. She never had anything positive or upbeat to say to me, my sister or my cousins. She was basically like the mother in The Sopranos who told her young grandson “life is all a big nothing”. Scary. Yeesh. I am so lucky I found a way out of all that. Thanks, Randy, for your guidance and wisdom.

  4. I have to avoid almost every single member of my family and I have had to put at arm’s length or disconnect from most of the friends I accumulated since my early twenties. Pretty much everyone in my immediate family is broke, struggling, frustrated, unhappy and bitter. My longtime friend is deep in depression and ready to give up on the one thing he loves most in life, his career. It is amazing how insidious the negative thinking of others is.  I finally understood what it is when I read “Virus of the Mind” and learned how I came to think just like the rest of the negative people in my family. And I think this is why I attracted like minded people when I didn’t know better. It was unconscious. My negative grandmother used to say “birds of a feather flock together”. She was right. But, boy was she a bitter and unhappy woman who smoked herself to death with diabetes, phlebitis, heart problems and she was overweight. She never had anything positive or upbeat to say to me, my sister or my cousins. She was basically like the mother in The Sopranos who told her young grandson “life is all a big nothing”. Scary. Yeesh. I am so lucky I found a way out of all that. Thanks, Randy, for your guidance and wisdom.

  5. That first sentence is a hoot, Randy!  I’d need a dollar for every time I’ve heard about the ham, but it is certainly often enough! 
    How am I doing with “stimulating my mental capacity”?  Less than perfect, perhaps, but I’ve always been one for adventure.  Contrary to ordinary thinking, “adventure” does not have to mean doing something life-threatening, going somewhere exotic, etc.  Adventure is a state of mind.  Staying married to the same person for 30 + years is an adventure (phew! challenging!  To stay happy, I have to keep changing my habits – you know, the ones I inherited from Mom: martyrdom.  complaining.  lack-&-limitation thinking especially when someone else buys something expensive for himself with “our money” … etc.)
    The thing that is expanding my mental capacity with steadfast strength is my holosync meditation. 
    In short – how am I doing?  Working on it…
    Reading this blog helps – expanding my circle of friends helps – simply being aware of the need to e my mc keeps me in the process. 
    And thanks for the laugh today!  No matter how they slice it, it is the same old ham.

  6. That first sentence is a hoot, Randy!  I’d need a dollar for every time I’ve heard about the ham, but it is certainly often enough! 
    How am I doing with “stimulating my mental capacity”?  Less than perfect, perhaps, but I’ve always been one for adventure.  Contrary to ordinary thinking, “adventure” does not have to mean doing something life-threatening, going somewhere exotic, etc.  Adventure is a state of mind.  Staying married to the same person for 30 + years is an adventure (phew! challenging!  To stay happy, I have to keep changing my habits – you know, the ones I inherited from Mom: martyrdom.  complaining.  lack-&-limitation thinking especially when someone else buys something expensive for himself with “our money” … etc.)
    The thing that is expanding my mental capacity with steadfast strength is my holosync meditation. 
    In short – how am I doing?  Working on it…
    Reading this blog helps – expanding my circle of friends helps – simply being aware of the need to e my mc keeps me in the process. 
    And thanks for the laugh today!  No matter how they slice it, it is the same old ham.

  7. rosalie says:

    thanks ;o))

  8. rosalie says:

    thanks ;o))

  9. JeanneKidd says:

    I’ve come to hate the phrase “think outside the box”. I always wonder, “what box?” are we talking about. 🙂

    As I read this, I also tuned into an NPR Fresh Air radio program talking about breaking habits. They are interviewing Charles Dewhig who just published a book on how the brain forms habits and how to change them!

    Apparently the brain actually shuts down once a habit is formed so that it is freed up for other stuff.
    Cool stuff.
    Jeanne

  10. JeanneKidd says:

    I’ve come to hate the phrase “think outside the box”. I always wonder, “what box?” are we talking about. 🙂

    As I read this, I also tuned into an NPR Fresh Air radio program talking about breaking habits. They are interviewing Charles Dewhig who just published a book on how the brain forms habits and how to change them!

    Apparently the brain actually shuts down once a habit is formed so that it is freed up for other stuff.
    Cool stuff.
    Jeanne

  11. NikkiWhitten says:

    Lately I’ve been feeling like Neo from the Matrix.  It can be over whelming at times, and I don’t know if I will ever grasp the concept that there is No spoon.  I try to remember Why I’m Doing all this, and that helps push me a little further.   I want to call it growing pains.   When I decide to go forward and over come that obstacle, I expand.

  12. NikkiWhitten says:

    Lately I’ve been feeling like Neo from the Matrix.  It can be over whelming at times, and I don’t know if I will ever grasp the concept that there is No spoon.  I try to remember Why I’m Doing all this, and that helps push me a little further.   I want to call it growing pains.   When I decide to go forward and over come that obstacle, I expand.

  13. Justin Mazza says:

    Haha Randy, Cut the ends off the ham story, what a classic.
     
    I am habitual at times until I give myself a conscious “wake up call” and remind myself that I am a conscious creator and not a robot who does what everyone else does.
     
    It cracks me up when the weather gets warm in the upper states and the malls and shopping centers are packed. I think, “really.” You just left your box (your home, car or office) and are about to get into another box (the mall). 
     
    Whether it is warm or cold I want to be outside in nature and not in some artificial construct. Granted , the malls and shopping centers do have their place in our lives.

  14. Justin Mazza says:

    Haha Randy, Cut the ends off the ham story, what a classic.
     
    I am habitual at times until I give myself a conscious “wake up call” and remind myself that I am a conscious creator and not a robot who does what everyone else does.
     
    It cracks me up when the weather gets warm in the upper states and the malls and shopping centers are packed. I think, “really.” You just left your box (your home, car or office) and are about to get into another box (the mall). 
     
    Whether it is warm or cold I want to be outside in nature and not in some artificial construct. Granted , the malls and shopping centers do have their place in our lives.

  15. Jonathan1 says:

    For me, it’s about ALLOWING rather than resisting. When we allow prosperity, inspiration and abundance to flow, it does. When we resist, things remain the same. As the saying goes, “What you resist, persists”. 
     
    Changing habits takes work. Lots of it too. I always question whether my thoughts, beliefs and habits are serving me. And then do some more critical thinking in order to achieve the goal I’ve set. Never stop. Never give up. Allow change and abundance into my Life. 

  16. Jonathan1 says:

    For me, it’s about ALLOWING rather than resisting. When we allow prosperity, inspiration and abundance to flow, it does. When we resist, things remain the same. As the saying goes, “What you resist, persists”. 
     
    Changing habits takes work. Lots of it too. I always question whether my thoughts, beliefs and habits are serving me. And then do some more critical thinking in order to achieve the goal I’ve set. Never stop. Never give up. Allow change and abundance into my Life. 

  17. Leeloo says:

    ….you are curious these days!!!  😉
     
    Randy,
    I am a critical thinker and I use this technicque to write my BLOGs, especially for picking the titles.
    I am a lateral thinker sometimes, when combining things which “look” alike, by inner structur or outer shape, or when things have something in common like “speed” – to explain it to my readers.
    I have no inner nor an outer circle of friends, I live by what others tell about themselves in the Media (again, it´s good to be a critical thinker here :)) or I ask co-workers and experts for an answer, solution or idea.
    Of course, this is a habit, maybe unusual, but my habit. 
    If there are several roads leading to work, I drive them all once in a while. If not, I change the time to get up and drive there during the week. It keeps my life a bit flexible. The days feel differently and some afternoons are longer than others!
    We often question our Government these days ´cuz again, a new Federal President was being elected….rumours about the last one and his on-going salary goes on….
    Religion? Does it serve me? No.
    Not even in bad times. Religion never showed up.
     
    Right now I work on breaking my very old work-/job-habit with the aim to become an entrepreneur: since several months  I work double or in parallel on 2 different jobs, with 2 absolutely different topics and content. VERY much fun! A very new habit.
     
    ….and you think about buying or owning a Tower?    😉
    How about a Randy Gage Park? Or a Prosperity Beach walk?….

  18. Leeloo says:

    ….you are curious these days!!!  😉
     
    Randy,
    I am a critical thinker and I use this technicque to write my BLOGs, especially for picking the titles.
    I am a lateral thinker sometimes, when combining things which “look” alike, by inner structur or outer shape, or when things have something in common like “speed” – to explain it to my readers.
    I have no inner nor an outer circle of friends, I live by what others tell about themselves in the Media (again, it´s good to be a critical thinker here :)) or I ask co-workers and experts for an answer, solution or idea.
    Of course, this is a habit, maybe unusual, but my habit. 
    If there are several roads leading to work, I drive them all once in a while. If not, I change the time to get up and drive there during the week. It keeps my life a bit flexible. The days feel differently and some afternoons are longer than others!
    We often question our Government these days ´cuz again, a new Federal President was being elected….rumours about the last one and his on-going salary goes on….
    Religion? Does it serve me? No.
    Not even in bad times. Religion never showed up.
     
    Right now I work on breaking my very old work-/job-habit with the aim to become an entrepreneur: since several months  I work double or in parallel on 2 different jobs, with 2 absolutely different topics and content. VERY much fun! A very new habit.
     
    ….and you think about buying or owning a Tower?    😉
    How about a Randy Gage Park? Or a Prosperity Beach walk?….

  19. a simple little thing I’m doing threw out 2012 is I’m changing the wrist I wear my watch on each month. An idea I got from an earlier post on this blog. Now that we’re in March I’m back to wearing it on my right arm. Very odd being on my right arm.

  20. a simple little thing I’m doing threw out 2012 is I’m changing the wrist I wear my watch on each month. An idea I got from an earlier post on this blog. Now that we’re in March I’m back to wearing it on my right arm. Very odd being on my right arm.

  21. I spend most of my life outside the box, trying to figure out how to get back in so I will be part of the “in” club, only to remind myself that I’m already in the cool spot outside my comfort zone. I try to raise the bar on myself in small doses – like every time I get on stage I try something new – not easy new, but sweaty new. Where I’m not really sure if it will work. But I jump anyway. And some of the uber coolest things have happened as a result. Like the time I talked the customer into letting me do something different from the traditional one hour keynote model – and letting me write a one-woman show in four acts, woven throughout the conference. They bought it, and I immediately started to panic – wondering if I could actually do what I said I would do. My head knew I could do it – but my heart worried that it would fail. I did it. And it was one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done – and I think the most well received. But even if it wasn’t a hit – I would have applauded myself anyway. For trying. You see many times I’ve already succeeded before the task is even complete – because often it’s the trying that was the true test. Thanks Randy. You hit home again.

  22. I spend most of my life outside the box, trying to figure out how to get back in so I will be part of the “in” club, only to remind myself that I’m already in the cool spot outside my comfort zone. I try to raise the bar on myself in small doses – like every time I get on stage I try something new – not easy new, but sweaty new. Where I’m not really sure if it will work. But I jump anyway. And some of the uber coolest things have happened as a result. Like the time I talked the customer into letting me do something different from the traditional one hour keynote model – and letting me write a one-woman show in four acts, woven throughout the conference. They bought it, and I immediately started to panic – wondering if I could actually do what I said I would do. My head knew I could do it – but my heart worried that it would fail. I did it. And it was one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done – and I think the most well received. But even if it wasn’t a hit – I would have applauded myself anyway. For trying. You see many times I’ve already succeeded before the task is even complete – because often it’s the trying that was the true test. Thanks Randy. You hit home again.

  23. Bernice says:

    I read that according to scientists we have about 60,000 thoughts a day.

    Of the 60,000 thoughts, 95% are the same thoughts you had yesterday and day before etc.

    And for the average person, 80% of habitual thoughts are negative… About 45,000 negative thoughts per day.

    ( book is “happy for no reason”)

    1. Bernice says:

      I am Currently using Shad Helmstetter’s self-talk CDs to change.

      1. Bernice says:

        I also read that 2 out of 3 people have LOW self-esteem… Thinking it May be related to negative self talk/ thoughts

      2. Bernice, we must be on the same page; I just pulled Helmstetter’s book of the shelf for re-reading.  Time to start practicing new self-talk….practice practice practice practice…

    2. Leeloo says:

      that´s an interesting info!! thanks for sharing it with us!  …..and lots of data to change as well  😉  unless we take a whole bunch at once! 😉

  24. Bernice says:

    I read that according to scientists we have about 60,000 thoughts a day.

    Of the 60,000 thoughts, 95% are the same thoughts you had yesterday and day before etc.

    And for the average person, 80% of habitual thoughts are negative… About 45,000 negative thoughts per day.

    ( book is “happy for no reason”)

  25. Bernice says:

    I am Currently using Shad Helmstetter’s self-talk CDs to change.

  26. Bernice says:

    I also read that 2 out of 3 people have LOW self-esteem… Thinking it May be related to negative self talk/ thoughts

  27. Annieb says:

    Randy, do you really think “everyone else” is broke and unhealthy and unhappy?  I think that is a depressing thought.  Although, I agree it is important to keep educating ourselves.  Every new thing we can learn changes our perspective.  I do like to  hang out with people who have different ideas.  That’s why I am here.  Except that I do agree with you on a good many things.
     
    I love my work at the library so much, because there is so much there to learn about!  Imagine in one place all those different perspectives and ideas just waiting to be explored.  Anyway, here is an idea for a book to read, that I got at the library a few weeks ago.  “Bright-Sided How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America” By Barbara Ehrenreich.  It is a criticism of what you do Randy.  I don’t really agree with the book entirely myself, because I like positive thinking, however, it is food for thought.
     
    I am almost finished with “Atlas Shrugged”.  I had to stop reading it for awhile to participate in a read challenge that required reading juvenile fiction.  By the way, I think Ayn Rand is a brilliant novelist.

  28. Annieb says:

    Randy, do you really think “everyone else” is broke and unhealthy and unhappy?  I think that is a depressing thought.  Although, I agree it is important to keep educating ourselves.  Every new thing we can learn changes our perspective.  I do like to  hang out with people who have different ideas.  That’s why I am here.  Except that I do agree with you on a good many things.
     
    I love my work at the library so much, because there is so much there to learn about!  Imagine in one place all those different perspectives and ideas just waiting to be explored.  Anyway, here is an idea for a book to read, that I got at the library a few weeks ago.  “Bright-Sided How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America” By Barbara Ehrenreich.  It is a criticism of what you do Randy.  I don’t really agree with the book entirely myself, because I like positive thinking, however, it is food for thought.
     
    I am almost finished with “Atlas Shrugged”.  I had to stop reading it for awhile to participate in a read challenge that required reading juvenile fiction.  By the way, I think Ayn Rand is a brilliant novelist.

  29. Rachel Henke says:

    We all love feeling comfortable and habits give us a feeling of security.
    It seems to me that if we do personal development every day we put ourselves in a position of continuous growth and those of us in business are constantly challenged so I don’t think there is much chance of falling into this trap.  Randy you have such strong opinions and ideas I’m sure many are influenced by you and don’t always question your ideas and concepts for themselves. 🙂

  30. Rachel Henke says:

    We all love feeling comfortable and habits give us a feeling of security.
    It seems to me that if we do personal development every day we put ourselves in a position of continuous growth and those of us in business are constantly challenged so I don’t think there is much chance of falling into this trap.  Randy you have such strong opinions and ideas I’m sure many are influenced by you and don’t always question your ideas and concepts for themselves. 🙂

  31. Leeloo says:

    that´s an interesting info!! thanks for sharing it with us!  …..and lots of data to change as well  😉  unless we take a whole bunch at once! 😉

  32. Bernice, we must be on the same page; I just pulled Helmstetter’s book of the shelf for re-reading.  Time to start practicing new self-talk….practice practice practice practice…

  33. Annieb says:

    Randy, there is a really great article in the Huffington Post today about Ayn Rand.  It is by Gary Weiss, titled “Why we shouldn’t dismiss Ayn Rand”.  

  34. Annieb says:

    Randy, there is a really great article in the Huffington Post today about Ayn Rand.  It is by Gary Weiss, titled “Why we shouldn’t dismiss Ayn Rand”.  

  35. ArinaErmakova says:

    Все верно. Каждому дано по вере его.

  36. ArinaErmakova says:

    Все верно. Каждому дано по вере его.

  37. Joe Lee says:

    Thanks for the reminder! I actually knew that I fell into the trap of habitual thinking or doing. A certain way of managing or dealing with same issues. Though it solves the issues, it also boxed up my thought. I always ask for support from my team, asking them how will they deal with these issues. This helps me to expand my context and range!

  38. Joe Lee says:

    Thanks for the reminder! I actually knew that I fell into the trap of habitual thinking or doing. A certain way of managing or dealing with same issues. Though it solves the issues, it also boxed up my thought. I always ask for support from my team, asking them how will they deal with these issues. This helps me to expand my context and range!

 

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