Some studies indicate that as little as 5% of our actions are the RESULT of our conscious thinking.
By using positronic emissions, they can measure the different areas of the brain.
See which areas light up when we do things.
And in most cases, the conscious part of our brain is the LAST to find out what’s happening.
Curiously, they think the main purpose of our conscious brain is to create a story about why we do things.
We act mostly emotionally and reactively.
But then we make up a story of why we’re doing what we’re doing.
It’s hard to accept, but every time they do this experiment, they get the same results.
So what about that five percent?
That five percent when we actually CHOOSE what we do?
Perhaps that five percent is supposed to be used to we can CHOOSE how we practice.
So that when we “react” to the stimuli around us, we can behave better.
On one level, it makes sense.
Most everything we do is driven by instincts.
We can’t choose what food we like.
We can’t choose when we are hungry or sleepy.
We can’t choose who causes us to feel sexual desire.
But maybe we can.
Maybe we can’t choose in the moment, but we can use that 5% to slowly change how we respond.
Kind of like training for martial arts.
You train enough, and you have a whole new set of responses.
All of them are JUST as fast as instincts.
But they are much more powerful and effective instincts.
You can train your thinking and speaking just as easily as you can train your physical responses.
Perhaps that five percent is really all we need to “watch over” our instinctive minds, to make sure the responses are what we want.
If not, we can use that five percent to re-calibrate our automatic responses.
And then get back to enjoying life.
After all, if you want to change how you behave in the moment, you need to change how you practice.
Professional athletes, musicians, speakers and artists know this.
Why not give it a try?