my greatest enemy

In deep thoughts, learning by Jay Clouse

I’m a very headstrong dude. When I put my mind to something…it’s going to happen.

That’s probably one of my greatest strengths! And if you’ve been reading this for a while, you’ve read a couple pieces I’ve written about mindset and some of the mental challenges I run myself through on a regular basis to flex this muscle and make it even stronger.

What I’m coming to realize is that this strength is also one of my greatest weaknesses. My greatest enemy is my own mindset and perspective on things.

But it’s not a threat of being thoughtful and coming to the wrong conclusion on things.

There’s a part of my mind…part of my subconscious…that will hide an implicit understanding from the rest of my brain.

And it’s probably not uncommon — it’s probably the definition of confirmation bias.

If I want to believe something, I have an uncanny habit to not just see the signs to confirm it, but to even dissuade myself from thinking analytically about it.

Basically, I’m so good at lying to myself that I do it subconsciously before my conscious brain has a chance to even understand I’ve made a decision or judgment.

It’s super dangerous!

But I think this is where close friends, family, coaches, mentors, etc. play a critical role in helping to identify blind spots.

But they’re only useful if you pay attention to them.


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