Changes are hard, especially the drastic ones. For example, if you’re used with a certain lifestyle, it will be very hard for you to change it. You’ll feel some holdback from your body simply because it gets you out of your comfort zone.
This doesn’t mean that you’ll reject all new ideas, but I bet your mind will start to see the negative parts first, why it can go wrong. I’m sure this is connected to our core beliefs. If our mind is used to think about negative things, it will develop some negative thinking patterns and those patterns will extend to our whole thinking and that’s why we see the negative side first.
The thing is that once we’re in a negative mind patter, it will be very hard to be open to new ideas because our mind will instantly reject them due to the potential negative outcome. The biggest problem here is when an idea has huge positive potential and little negative one because we’ll tend to see the negative side first and we won’t be able to reach to the positive part due do that instant rejection I mentioned earlier.
Just imagine how many great ideas die because of this. Is it fair? Should we lose so much opportunity because of this? No, but that’s how things are sometimes. And it’s all because of some stupid biological piece we have called amygdala, which is our emotion-processing center. Once it’s fired up by some emotion, it takes over our mind and our pre-frontal cortex doesn’t work as it should. It doesn’t use logic anymore to function, instead, it uses the emotion given by the amygdala (I’ve discussed this into more details in my book).
I’m writing this because ideas can change the world and if we sit around in a negative state, we lose to many opportunities to change the world. This isn’t fair neither for us nor for the world, but especially for the world. I believe it’s our moral duty to make the world a better place than we found it.
Which ideas you’ve rejected due to some negative moments of your life?