Updated: Sep 6, 2022
Have you ever searched for a product on Google or YouTube, and after watching a couple of videos and reading a couple of articles about it, your social media started showing you ads of that product? That’s what algorithms can do.
Now imagine 5 to 10 years from now, social media on Metaverse has been developed so much that you feel that you are in real life when interacting with it. The same way that video games developed so much that you can’t say if it’s a movie or a game. Searching for a product and then ads will keep popping in front of you.
We have the same structure in real life, (if it’s real), and that is our RAS, Reticular Activating System. That’s a network of neurons in our hypothalamus and what that does is filter the 11 million bits of information that our brains process every second. In other words, we ‘see’ what our RAS is programmed to show us.
We always program our RAS whether we know it or not. So, we only ‘see’ what we program our brains to show us. If we programmed our brain for struggle, stress, worry, rashness, failure, and unfairness, this is what we are going to keep seeing. If we program it for success, peace, love, harmony, and smart decision-making, this is what we are going to keep seeing.
We all know the saying, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. That’s because of how they programmed their life algorithms, their RAS. If you grew up in a wealthy family and we’re seeing all that happiness, health, love, and abundance, this is what your life’s algorithms will keep showing you or giving you in your life. You will unconsciously do the right choices and the right moves at the right time and most of the time win.
If you grew up in a poor family or surrounded yourself with poor people, this is what your life’s algorithms will keep showing you or giving you in your life. And by poor people I don’t mean financially poor, I mean poor in knowledge, in personality, in social skills, in diet, and generally in most areas of their life. These are going to be reflected, of course, in their financial situation as well.
Now the good news is that you don’t need to be in a wealthy family to be wealthy. You just have to become aware of your life’s algorithms and change them. Based on research, only 21% of millionaires inherited their wealth. And let me give you some examples of people that acquired wealth so fast, but lost everything because their life’s algorithms were programmed to be broken.
Lottery winners are one of the best examples. Usually, people who pay to take a lottery ticket are poor, and the lottery is their only chance in life. Poor people have poor life algorithms, so no matter how lucky they get, no external situation can give them sustainable success. Most lottery winners are unaware of their programming and this is why they end up poor again in 5 years.
Notice that I use the word ‘poor’ and not the word ‘broke’ because they are different. Being broke is temporary, but being poor is a mindset. You can be the richest man in the world and broke at the same time. Take Elon Musk for example. He was called several times, the broke billionaire. That’s because he invests all of his money back into his businesses. It’s another thing to be broke, or out of cash, and another thing to be poor.
Many artists are another example. They suddenly get massive wealth and fame by signing a contract with a company, and as soon as their contract ends, they end up poor again. That’s because most of them didn’t do the necessary work to sustain success in their life. A lot of athletes also fall into his category.
So now that we know what our life’s algorithms can do, how do we become aware of them and how do we reprogram them?
To become aware of your life’s algorithms, pay attention to how you talk to other people, how you talk about other people that are not present at that moment, how you react to difficulties and challenges, and how you think and how you feel on a day to day basis.
Are you most of the day in a rush, angry, stressed, worried, or sad? Do you judge other people behind their backs? Do you avoid criticism by throwing your mistakes to other people? Do you think you are always right? Do you feel bad when you spend money or pay your bills? Do you get angry at your job or with other people all the time? Do you get mentally tired after facing difficulty in your job?
All of these are happening because this is how you have unconsciously programmed your algorithms to give you. After you become aware of yourself, start noticing the people that you surround yourself with every day, your co-workers or friends or anyone. How do they talk? How do they think? How do they feel? Do they judge and talk badly about other people? Do they also get angry, frustrated, and stressed all the time?
Notice the behavior of the people you surround yourself with. This is how you unconsciously programmed your algorithms, your RAS.
“An algorithm must be seen to be believed” - Donald Knuth
Then pay attention to the media that you see, the news, the movies, the music that you hear. All of these things are programming your RAS. That’s the first step of changing your life algorithms, by becoming aware of them and detecting the problems so you know what to work on.
So now that you identified the problems, how do you reprogram your RAS? Start from the easy ones. Stop watching the news, stop watching so much violence on social media or movies, stop listening to music with violent lyrics, or disrupt vibrations like metal. Then work on yourself, the way you react to challenges and people.
Try to hold your mind still when a difficulty arises, or when you are stuck in traffic, or when you faced an unfair situation, or when your group of friends starts criticizing and judging other people and you want to participate.
Meditation can help in holding your mind still in difficult situations. Once you gain control over your mind and body, on how you feel, think and react to things, then try to take control over your habits and environment.
Start developing more healthy habits, move your body, go for a walk, it clears your mind, start eating healthier, it helps your brain function better, read a book, you might learn more about this stuff, then start detaching from friends that hold you back, that keep your potential low and that are influencing your algorithms.
Taking back control of your life can be difficult at the beginning because of the deep-rooted programs in your brain, but once you reap the benefits of changing your reactions and strengthening your mind, you’ll never stop improving.
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