This is a guest post by my good friend Will Nesbitt. Enjoy.
How does a group of musicians perfect their performances? How do we learn the words to a song we don’t even like? How do young children learn their ABC’s? How do babies learn their names? The answer? Repetition.
Dictionary.com defines ‘repetition’ as “repeated action, performance, production, or presentation.” The senses are open channels for the brain to receive information. Repetition is one way the mind absorbs and retains information fed to it through these channels. Repetition creates habits (and can even help break them). So, with that being said….be mindful of what you watch on TV and listen to on the radio. Be mindful of what you watch on TV and listen to on the radio.
Everything you come in contact with has an effect on you. EVERYTHING. Music. Images. Supposedly ‘idle’ chatter or conversations. Background noise. Smells. Even the posts you read on Facebook or Twitter every single day. EVERYTHING. (Note: there are also influences that are not detected by the senses that can and do affect you as well, but that’s another conversation. But, in case you’re curious, study the universal principle of vibration). Repetition makes things stick and not just become a part of you, but become you. Don’t be so naive as to believe that you can listen to a song ‘just for the music or the beats’ or watch a show ‘just to see what happens’ or read a Facebook/Twitter comment and it not affect you. Your brain is smarter than you think. (read that again).
There are things being said and shown to you in the media and in the words/actions of people you see every day that influence you to think and act in ways that you aren’t always consciously aware of. Things that when you hear or see them over and over again, you can’t help but remember it. Ever had a moment where you did something and thought to yourself “What was I thinking?” or “Why did I buy/do that?” That’s because at the time either you were in a different frame of mind and obviously a little less wiser than you are now or because you were influenced in a way that you could not or still do not understand. Another example is when you get a song stuck in your head, even one you don’t even like. But, you sometimes catch yourself singing it, right? Why? You don’t even like the song! Well, that’s the power of repetition, my friend.
This is not to scare you into being afraid of everything you see and hear. Nor is this to make you paranoid like many conspiracy theorists do. No. This is to make you think and be more aware of the images and sounds and smells or anything you allow your senses/mind to come into contact with. Be aware of the songs you’re listening to. Look at their influence not only on your life, but the lives of others around you. Please, by all means, be careful with what you allow your senses/your mind to come into contact with. Be conscious of what you allow into your subconscious.
Remember, the saying “Garbage in, garbage out” isn’t just for computers. It also applies to one of the most sophisticated computers ever created – your mind. So, either throw out the trash or become it.
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Will Nesbitt is a writer/entrepreneur and lives in Atlanta, Georgia. To read more of his work, visit The Inner Seed.