“Things won’t get better unless you think better”
If thinking is the process of asking and answering questions, that means, if you want to make any changes in your life, you should change the habitual questions that you are asking yourself. The questions you ask yourself will dictate your focus and therefore how you think and feel.
This is where your Reticular Activating System (RAS) comes into play. The RAS is a network of nerves at the base of your brain that’s about the size of your baby finger. The significance of the RAS is the function it controls. It makes sure that your brain doesn’t have to deal with more information than it can handle. It’s the filter, or gatekeeper of information that it lets in. It takes all of the information you are receiving and decides for you if it’s something that’s important or not.
Have you bought a new dress and then all of a sudden noticed other people wearing the same dress? Is it just coincidence that you bought this new dress and so did a bunch of other women in your area? No, those dresses were there before, they’ve just become something that is important to you now. Your RAS now recognizes this as something that’s important to you and brings it to your attention.