Ben Lumley is a Motivational Speaker and Trainer from the UK who writes about personal development at 6aliens.com. Why not connect with him on Twitter @6aliens or if you liked this article then why not subscribe to his RSS Feed?
We are the rulers of the results we get in life. Whether it’s in work, in our relationships or in our hobbies, we control the outputs that we get.
Much of this is through the hard work, effort, dedication and the determination that we apply to the tasks at hand.
However a lot of the results we get, or lack of results, are created before we ever put pen to paper, fingers to keys or pick up our tools. The thought processes we go through in life everyday can limit our performance before we ever start to tackle a task.
One of these is known as an inductive argument. It’s a thought process that we all use everyday without thinking about it in response to what we do as well as to the world around us.
An example of an inductive argument would be…
“The sun will rise in the morning.”
Well of course it will you say. Will it? Are you sure? Or are you just basing your answer on the countless mornings when you have woken up to find the sun has risen in the sky?
Just because that has always happened, does that then mean there is a 100% chance it will happen tomorrow or the next day? What if the earth stopped turning tonight and we were forever to spend our days in night?
We use these inductive arguments with ourselves all the time and they greatly affect the results and outcomes we get in life.
“I’m rubbish with money. I’m forever late for meetings. My writing is no good. I’ll never get the audition.” I could go on, but I’m hoping that you see the point by now. Just because something has always been in our lives doesn’t mean it always will be.
We can affect change and exercise control in nearly every aspect of our lives, yet many of us let ourselves listen to our inner critic when it says we can’t because we haven’t before.
Examine your inductive arguments. Find the ones that limit your successes and bring about your failures. Live in today’s world, not in yesterday’s.
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