Us humans have a lot of blinders.
One of the better known ones is “cognitive dissonance.”
The ability to negatively hallucinate things that would harm our ego.
Like if you got into a huge argument with your spouse or significant other.
She said there were plenty of bananas at the store.
But you said they stopped selling bananas years ago.
You argue for hours, and finally she gives up and lets you win.
Then you go the store, and there ARE bananas.
But your subconscious doesn’t allow you to see them.
Because that would mean admitting not only you were wrong, but you were wrong about something very silly.
So your own brain hypnotizes you so your ego can stay intact.
(In this example, assume your spouse never goes to the store so she can’t buy a banana and throw it at you).
Cognitive dissonance is, by it’s nature, something that’s easy to notice in others, but never in ourselves.
One of the ways it crops up is when we have an opportunity, but we don’t take it.
The REAL REASON we don’t take it is because we are afraid.
Terrified of social exposure and rejection.
But we don’t admit that to ourselves.
We PRETEND that it’s for another reason.
We give ourselves a logical sounding excuse for NOT making an attempt.
We don’t fail, and our ego stays intact.
The problem is the world is OUT THERE.
While our excuses stay IN HERE.
Safely in our heads.
From the world’s standpoint (which means all the other people who see us), the ONLY THING that matters to THEM is what we DO.
They are NOT CONCERNED in the least how we convince ourselves that we really COULD take action if we wanted to.
They just see us NOT taking action.
And they (whoever they are) end up interacting (however they interact) with whoever DOES take action.
Because no matter how clever or brilliant or insightful you are, it’s your ACTIONS that get results, not your thinking.
Anybody can think brilliant thoughts.
But ONLY those with the courage to turn those thoughts into effective ACTIONS will get results.