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Tabula Rasa

Change Your Thinking

“If you want to be successful faster, you must double your rate of failure. Successes on the far side of failure.” Tom Watson - Founder of IBM. The fact is simple - the more you have failed, the more likely it is that you are on the verge of success. Your failures prepare you to succeed. Furthermore, many motivational speakers and coaches like Tony Robbins condition us to believe that failure doesn’t even exist as we think it does. What does exist is tangible results we do not desire as an outcome; but not failure. Failure has limiting beliefs whereas an undesired outcome allows us to refocus on new possibilities instead of the dead-end of failure.

Everything you know about yourself, all your beliefs, are recorded on the hard drive of your personality, in your self-concept Your self-concept precedes and predicts your levels of performance and effectiveness in everything you do. Because of the law of correspondence, you always behave on the outside in a manner consistent with your self-concept in the inside. All improvement in your life therefore begins with an improvement in your self-concept.

The Scottish philosopher David Hume was the first to propose the idea of the tabula rasa or the blank slate. This theory says that each person comes into the world with no thoughts or ideas at all, and everything that a person thinks and feels in learned from infancy onward. It is as though the child’s mind is a blank slate that every passing person and experience leaves a mark on. The adult becomes the sum total of everything he or she learns, feels, and experiences growing up. What the adult does and becomes later is the result of early conditioning. As Aristotle wrote, “Whatever is impressed, is expressed.”

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