Smart-sounding people call it RAS - Reticular Activation System.
I just call it Attention Bias: what are you predisposed to pay attention to?
Since about a month ago when I bought the recordings from Kelly Starrett’s CreativeLive workshop and watching his daily YouTube uploads, I’ve been paying much more attention to how I move, posture etc.
I notice how everyone is standing and walking. Whether they are pointing their toes out or just standing with their feet straight ahead. Stuff like that.
I never noticed these things before I found Kelly.
The cool thing about RAS, or Attention Bias, is that you can train it to pay attention to things that serve you.
You do that through immersion.
If you are immersed in pick-up for example, you will notice every attractive woman everywhere. Especially if you have the skills to start and carry a conversation with a woman. If you don’t, you may steal a glance at some of the pretty women moving through your life, but you don’t think you have a shot, so you don’t ever seriously consider walking up to them and introducing yourself
If you are a marketing nut like me, you perceive the whole world through headlines and offers. On TV, you pay more attention to the commercials than the actual show.
Today, for me, I feel significantly less driven and motivated than I did two days ago.
Why? I have no idea. But I am inclined to wonder? Is it some unresolved emotional issue that I’ll need to spend a couple hours of introspective journaling to uncover? Is it my blood sugar? Something else diet-related? What?
I don’t know.
In the past, I never would have asked questions like that. I probably wouldn’t even have given my “internal state” a second thought or noticed that it’s different.
But through writing hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of words, thousands of hours of thinking about my life, a shit ton of cold approach interactions with women, and tons of other things where you are forced to be highly present and aware of your current state... I have tuned my “attention bias” to be highly aware of how my body feels.
Over the past couple of days I have been doing a lot of introspective work through journaling etc. Uncovered some ugly things that have been rattling around in my head.
Yesterday I posted my “3 principles for success at anything” - and the first of the three is “degree of internal obstruction.” In other words: self-sabotaging head trash. I think it’s one of the BIG BIG reasons why so many people are struggling. Everyone has this head trash, but no one is even aware of it. And as soon as someone mentions “inner game” type stuff, people start running because they think it’s all hokey.
Immersion is the first of the 4 principles of rapid mastery. For a good reason. You can’t get good at anything if you’re not fully immersed in it. I like to think of it as making it a part of the “theme” of your life. You can view anyone’s life as a story in progress, and every story has certain reoccurring themes running through it that frames the whole story in context.
You can make anything you want part of the theme of your life by forcibly immersing yourself in it.
I talk about all of this in my book, but something I don’t really talk about is the attention bias that is certainly a factor.
It’s one of the reasons why immersion is important. For tuning your awareness to the right frequency, so to speak. If you want to get good at marketing, you can’t study it like you would study for a biology test at school. You have to live and breathe marketing.
Also, life is boring without immersing yourself in... something.
Writing music: Wedding Crasher - The-Dream
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