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Our Brain's Built In Thermostat And How It Can Keep You From Achieving Success

Mar 27, 2008
Every air conditioner, oven, heater etc has a built in thermostat to keep the temperature within a constant range for optimum performance. Our brain has a very similar system called the psycho-cybernetic mechanism, and its job is to keep us operating within a certain behavioural range.

If we think of the air conditioner, the thermostat inside has a range of temperatures that it uses as its guide or reference when keeping the room at a desired temperature. When the temperature in the room hits the upper boundary of that range, the air conditioner kicks in and begins cooling the air. When the temperature hits the lower boundary, the air conditioner turns off. This cycle goes on for as long as the air conditioner is on.

In humans, we have at the sub conscious level a self image of ourselves and it is the self image that dictates our decision making process so that our results in life match our self image.

The psycho-cybernetic mechanism is the system that senses when you are trying to do something that is not in line with your self image. So if your self image at the sub conscious level is one of someone being overweight, the decisions you make everyday will support this.

So like the thermostat in the air conditioner that uses a range of temperatures from which to act, your psycho-cybernetic mechanism uses your self image as its range and acts when you move outside that self image. This can be an action or even the thought of doing an action. And when it acts, it sends messages to the Amygdala to send out chemicals to make you feel fear, doubt or anxiety, depending on the situation, which in turn will cause you to stop the action or the thought, or to even make excuses as to why you can't proceed.

Have you ever been in the situation where you were asked to make cold calls (or just think of something that you dread to do)? If your self-image is of someone that could not possibly make cold calls because you fear the rejection, your psycho-cybernetic mechanism senses that you are accommodating a thought that is outside your comfort zone, or your range of behaviours that you are comfortable with doing, and responds accordingly. You feel fear and doubt (thanks to the Amygdala), and you make excuses as to why you can't make cold calls.

The people you see around you or in the news that are drenched in success never got there from being comfortable, they embrace the feelings of fear and doubt because they know it means they are moving our of their comfort zone. They are using their psycho-cybernetic mechanism to their advantage, all the while re-adjusting its parameters so that it sets wider and far more reaching boundaries to reduce limiting beliefs and allow more achievements.

The psycho-cybernetic mechanism and the Amygdala are your guides to success. When they are acting, it means you are uncomfortable, and success can only be achieved by pushing out of our comfort zone.
About the Author
Dean Whittingham has studied the mind and how it works ever since witnessing his parents win over half a million dollars in the lottery, only to lose it all and more. The processes they went through in their sub-conscious minds are the same processes we all go through in everything we do in life and the reason for all our results. He has since learnt the magic formula for Reprogramming The Mind For Success.
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