|Hearts by Nathan Ota|
So why can't we remember the positive events as clearly? Well, some people can. They still remember the bad events, they just don't focus on them as much. You know what they say, when life gives you lemons... And that really is the key to it, focus on the good events while they happen, take note of those small details so that later you can recall them just as easily. Be mindful of these events.
Why You Should Keep Learning/FailingBut you shouldn't stop taking risks just because you failed in the past. If you had your heart broken in the past doesn't mean you should never try again. I'm guessing that most business owners had tons of other ideas that failed before they found something that worked. Each time you try something again you approach it differently or change the variables so that you don't fail in the same ways.
Keeping Your Brain In ShapeA life without failure is impossible to avoid, we all grow up and have to learn new things, and failure is a part of that. But once we reach our adult lives we usually don't need to take as many risks. Many people get stuck because they are comfortable not trying new things that they are bad at. But there are many reasons why we should do things that we are bad at. Learning obviously makes us smarter but it also helps keep our brains in shape as we age. If we don't try new things or keep learning then our brains will lose their "sharpness" as we age.
Life Will Seem FullerAnother reason to keep trying new things is that it will make your life seem longer and fuller. According to a study by the Journal of Consumer Psychology they suggest that the more we pay attention to an event the longer the interval of time will feel. So if you keep sticking to only doing things that you know then time will fly by. Months and years will pass before you even realize it. That's why when you were growing up and learning a lot of new things, the school year the school year would seem so long. Your brain was taking more time to process new information so it seemed like time passed slower and you had more time.
It Will Help You Kill ZombiesHuh? What? Zombies? What does that have to do with anything?
Think about someone that has been at the same office job for 10 years. My guess is that their days do not vary that much, they know what they are doing so they can put themselves into a "zombie" state where it takes little attention for them to complete the task that is needed. Before you know it, the years start blending together as time passes more quickly. The zombies have taken over. If you don't keep doing new things the zombies win.
This zombie state happens more often than you probably realize too. Have you ever started driving to work and before you knew it you were there without really remembering the drive. That's because you got into this zombie state. According to neuroscientist David Eagleman it didn't require you to put much concentration into the task at hand and nothing new happened along your daily route, so you didn't make an effort to remember it. Here's another situation, what did you have for lunch today? If you bring the same thing to lunch everyday then you probably know, but if you have a "standard" rotation of 4 or 5 different things you might have for lunch then you probably didn't commit which one it was to memory.
We obviously can't remove all zombie's from our lives. There's many days when I leave my house and the next thing I know I'm at work and I didn't really realize that I walked to the bus stop, got off at my correct stop, and finished my walk to work. I'm actually very thankful for that zombie state. But at to try new things if you can, both inside and outside of work. Don't get stuck in the same rut for long periods of time.
Push yourself out of your comfort zone. Try new things, even if they scare you. Don't let the zombies win.
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