You do not know what you do not know.

“You Do Not Know What You Do Not Know” by, Joe Clementi

Momentum is a turbulent process where the algorithms of predictability prove nothing short of perplexing.  There are many conflicting emotions that influence momentum in fact, the lack of momentum itself is inherently influential. We have grand plans and ideas of what should be, what could be or would be, if only we could gain momentum.

The mind can justify and even reason with the thought process to rationalize inaction.  The national news has a significant influence on how consumers react to the market. Friends, family, and co-workers can influence the environment around you. Sometimes, those influences can be calming and reaffirming or, they can be alarming and disruptive.

Is the mind capable of adapting to events, circumstances, and the emotional relatability to conflict? It turns out the brain has unique hard wiring capabilities and those connections provide a level of predictability for how an individual will react in a specific situation.  For example, catastrophizing is a habitual and unconscious way of exaggerated thinking.  This cognitive distortion creates the perception that a small problem is much larger and more complex than it is. Consequently, we are also endowed with the capabilities to change our neuro connectors. 

If your current environment were a constant reminder of how bad things were, how would you react? Would you side with the naysayers? Would you be capable of seeing all the hints that exist if you only had your momentum antennae on?

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start. – Nido Qubein

There are many people who have become a casualty of downsizing in the corporate world. Many have every reason to be depressed, angry, and marginalized.  There is plenty of raw data to support feelings to lash out and demand reciprocity.

How would conditioning become counterintuitive to the natural human reaction?  What if, the response was to celebrate the fresh start?  A changed perspective of optimism, curiosity, and opportunity that changes the minds connections to adversity. Creating genuine excitement about the unlimited possibilities and changing the processing methodology through the process of immersed learning. This newly formed momentum will inadvertently redirect the course and reinvigorate a career.

The numerous interviews, false leads and a countless miss-directions that could cause one to quit until it was more convenient.  On the surface. the outlook appears bleak, maintaining a positive attitude and forward momentum gives one courage. Some positions prove fruitless and after receiving little feedback, you still managed to amass “mini success”.

These mini successes teach the brain how to manage disappointment and the connections we make to those setbacks. These experiences currently connected to each failure are growth lessons and essential to natural progression.  Those opportunities properly identified, position one to redirect and recalibrate.

Life will not be fair, it does not give you what you want, it gives you who you are – right now.  The knowledge gap in your life is found between what you know and what you do. We have been indoctrinated throughout the educational process as we are taught what to think, not how to think.  The most effective way to improve the quality of your connections to adversity is to improve the quality of your thinking. 

“No man has a chance to enjoy permanent success until he begins to look in a mirror for the real cause of all his mistakes.” — Napoleon Hill

Activity is important but the idea that success is only achieved through hard work is flawed.  Certain activity has a disproportionate impact on results. Certain activity we could do are far more effective than the many things we are doing. High-performance minded people direct their thoughts by creating conscious awareness to their thoughts and beliefs. Their decisions are the results of the mental conditioning to specific situations and are in direct proportion to the processing of prior experiences. 

We are a product of our environment not a sum of our Intelligence quotient.  You are, therefore, the intellectual architect of your inner thoughts.  Your self-awareness is the power plant to your beliefs and and you have the innate ability to shift your awareness and priorities that define those self-imposed emotional limitations.  You do not know what you do not know. 

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