Two Conflict Quotes Help You Recognize What Went Wrong in Life

The conflict

Have you ever wanted to have a different life? That's insanity!

Alright, I mean, you might be if you don't know what is really going on in your life.

Albert Einstein said: "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results."

But wait a minute here, doesn't everyone repeat to do the same thing over and over again?

Another genius, Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple company said: "for the first 30 years of your life, you make your habits. For the last 30 years of your life, your habits make you."

Which simply means our life is driven by habit, because human being is a creature of habit.

As a habitual creature, we naturally repeat what we have done, we are supposed to do the same thing over and over again.

Mix up the words from Einstein and Jobs, concluded that PEOPLE OVER 30 WHO EXPECT DIFFERENT RESULTS IN LIFE ARE INSANITY.

It doesn’t sound true, right?

So, Let’s figure out how to make those quotes in the same sense with each other.

Two parts of the brain they don’t get along

Our brain is combined by at least two parts, one is called Conscious Mind, another one is Subconscious Mind.

In the early stage of life, the subconscious mind built up by learning value, believes, behavior, attitudes, etc. During the formation of subconscious mind, the mind easily received and accepted whatever others teach us. We also seek survival while formed our behaviors by cooperating with others. Amazingly, this part of the brain dominates 90% to 99% of our actions on daily life.

On the other hand, the conscious mind, built up after the subconscious mind, is composed by knowledge, logic, will power, reasoning etc. Astonishingly, it only attribute from 1% to 10% to our action and motivation.

Seriously? Yes. WOW! It’s huge!

Let’s take a Chinese dim sum--chicken paws, as an example.

I love chicken paws. I grow up in Asia, Macau. To me, chicken paws is the most delicious dim sum. People have it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and the snacks. My father loves it so much, when I was little, he introduced chicken paws to me with a big smile in a happy forever manner. At that point, my subconscious mind accepted that is a food makes me happy, and that’s why it becomes one of my favorite.

But, do you like chicken paws?

Lots of my American friends, they freak out when they saw me having chicken paws. They couldn’t believe that gross feet are editable.

Why? Because while they grow up, their subconscious mind learned, and accepted chicken paws are disguising and dirty.

When I and my friend dined into a Chinese Restaurant, in the conscious mind, we all knew the chicken paws are one of the “must order” dim sum, everyone ordered it and took it”. But, guess what, my friend vomited up after a bite.

Why my American friend couldn’t accept it as I do? Remember the subconscious mind is the most powerful dominator of our behavior? The reason my friend couldn’t take it because the subconscious mind says NO even the conscious mind says YES.

Your wish is accepted only the dominator say so

Now, let’s replace the chicken paws with an abundance life.

If you desire an abundance life, you only know in your conscious mind that you deserve it. But nothing will really work eventually if the subconscious mind doesn’t agree with it. It would just like the chicken paws, people vomit up or sick or whatever actions will be followed to not make it happened.

Let’s re-phase what Einstein really said:

“If you only use your conscious mind, you will do the same thing over and over again because the subconscious mind will draw you back. Therefore, if you expect a transformation life in conscious mind, you’re insane.”

And what Jobs really said is much easier to be understood:

“For the last 30 years of your life, you’re a normal human being who controlled by your subconscious mind.”

So, if you get the idea from conscious and subconscious mind, you now know, the wisdom of Einstein and Jobs are totally merged with each other.

Folks, if you really want some changes in your life, no matter they are small or big, not only try it hard in your logical mind, but also do some work in the habitual mind.


歐倩文 Jessica Ao


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