Last week I wrote about making a decision and taking the action. Identifying one area which may let us down in participating in exercise, arts, study, work, anything really. It’s just one barrier which we may face. There are many barriers, most we never really see, or consciously think about. They are part of our schema (our mental structures made of preconceived ideas about oneself, and the world around us). It is how we organise new information, people, places, ideas etc, and assign them to a category, or place them into a “box” in our present belief systems.
So, if during our life we placed the arts, exercise, study, computer science, etc into a box which is too hard, is not for me, I am no good at, or it is for males/females, then when we see new information or a new idea, that relates to that topic; it automatically goes into that “box”. We can be prejudice about study, exercise, arts, religion, people etc. Prejudice is simply a preconceived idea about people, places and things, favourable or unfavourable, not based on actual experiences.
So if we already have preconceived idea, and the thought, “it’s not for me”, there may not be a realistic reason why you should not try something new. We sometimes we have strong emotional attachments to these old ideas, such a fear, (ie, something may of happened to you as a child). You may therefore, feel it is near impossible to change our mind on the matter or exercise, diet, study, learning a new instrument etc. However, it is possible.
In short, similarly to last week’s article, in taking the action, we can overcome some of the conflicting thoughts and emotions. A small step with like minded people is a great way to start. If you cannot start with action, at the very least, talk to someone about it. In the area of Glasshouse/Beerwah/Landsborough there is many small groups who do things, walk, run, ride, swim, without charge. I know of a few, so contact me if you would like some further information about this.
To finish, I would like to state a quote, which may be useful in overcoming preconceived or prejudice ideas, “There is one principle which is bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot keep a man in everlasting ignorance- that principle is contempt prior to further investigation”. Herbert Spencer.
Keep open minded until you have an actual experience. Try it.