The Thinker and the Prover

A few weeks ago I finished the wrap saying, to be consistent with who you are, the machinery of how you are made, is compelling and we need to be compelled to reach out and achieve. That there is clearly something attractive and inspiring about people who are setting out to achieve and the focusing of your energy to achieve is harnessed by knowing the direction you are going.

Controlled focus is like a laser beam and what begins to happen when you’re focused is that in your sleep, you’ll begin to create blueprints for achieving what it is that you want next. The reason is once I know what I want, my mind must align with what I want and help me to get it and that is the fantastic part of how our minds can work with us when we are compelled to achieve!

There is a downside to this. If my mind doesn't know what I want it just sits idly, fluttering around on anything that comes into my experience. It says - ‘well Barton doesn't want anything, so let's give him a whole bunch of things that he may not want because it’s clear he doesn’t want anything’. The next thing to show up is your emotional response; uncertainty, anxiety, confusion. Why do those emotions show up? It’s a warning sign that you’re out of sync. I wish I could share these ideas with everyone the way I have the opportunity to share them with you. I’d encourage people to take responsibility to excel and to find it fun and be consistent. We could make serious changes with a simple change in attitude.

Let’s dissect the mind in a very simple way. The mind has two parts to it; it has a thinker and a prover. Here’s how it works, the thinker thinks and the prover proves. What does the prover prove? The prover proves what the thinker thinks.

So I think that I can’t do it, that’s my thought. I have a proving part of my mind that must bring in to my experience the actual events and criteria that says and declares loudly, “you’re right, you couldn’t do it”. Now I think, “I can do it”. What must the prover prove? You see the prover can’t change it’s mind until you do. When the thinker changes its mind through self-doubt, confusion and all the other emotions you’re not willing to include in your experience, the thinker in effect says to the prover, “I’ve changed my mind”. The prover then goes along on its task, bringing into your experience events in agreement with the fact that you can’t do it. All of a sudden, you start hanging out with those who say they can't. Up until this point, your metaphorical mind was saying, “I can, I can, I can”. The minute the mind makes that shift, you stop hanging with the I can’s and move over here to hang with the I can't. The more we start hanging with the I can't the more your mind is proving you can’t and pretty soon it is a downward spiral till you’re done. You see that’s your mind!

Your mind has an incredible commitment to making you right exactly the way you are now. Do you want to know why? Because it is in total agreement that’s exactly where you want to be. Now that is a powerful thing to come to realise, that no kidding, you and I are, right now, exactly where we planned to be. It is our thinking, our thoughts and our activation of those thoughts as we interact with others, to place us exactly where we are right now. That’s a responsibility!

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of the human freedoms - to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance, to choose one’s own way
- Viktor Frankl
Training at Rushcutters Bay