A Field Guide to Life – Lost in Wilderness

by Brad on August 28, 2012


Lost in the Wilderness

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”    – Mark Twain

More than any single factor inhibiting you from living the life you’d love is the inflexible, yet entirely unconscious, belief that “the way you think it is” … actually is.  It isn’t. It’s time to unravel the threads of outdated beliefs that constrain you. Creating an extraordinary future starts with knowing how your current ways of believing, seeing, thinking and speaking have systematically denied you of that future until now. Through unquestioning, yet unconscious, acceptance of a viewpoint so small that most human experience lies outside it, you have become lost, lost in the wilderness of your own “thinking,” yet so unaware it’s a problem that you can’t find your way home. 

Key to living from your own truth is the ability to know you’re lost, and why. When you recognize the fallacy in your thinking for what it is, you have a choice you never had before: new thoughts. Without that awareness, false beliefs do your thinking for you. 

My experience has exposed three life-limiting beliefs that I see as responsible for getting us lost in the wilderness. Collectively, they’ve created a persistent yet delusional cloud over our heads about how life is supposed to work:

  • Myth: success comes from “making your life happen,” by controlling its content, the details. Fact: details rarely cause problems; it’s the framework, or context, in which those details occur that’s responsible for the struggle. Although context is invisible, it’s nevertheless a choice, and we’ve unknowingly chosen one so small that little is possible.
  • Myth: we think we’re thinking. Fact: most mental activity comes from the unconscious mind, over which we have little control. Only by engaging in conscious thought can we hope to create meaningful and authentic lives, but we haven’t learned how to do that with either clarity or consistency. As a result, we’ve given our life power to the unconscious.
  • Myth: society knows what’s best for us, so we should align ourselves with its worldview. Fact: our western worldview is based on assumptions that have little to do with how life, people or organizations work. We need a worldview that matches the reality of our experience and humanness. Following a map to nowhere gets us … nowhere. 

No journey can be successful if you’re lost and you don’t know it. To see the impact of these myths, consciously, is to learn to see with clarity and perspective. Until then, your vision remains clouded by a belief system that (1) you don’t know is there, (2) has been made up by someone else, (3) you believe is real, yet (4) describes no place on earth. All three myths are dissolved with a simple, yet dramatic, shift in perspective.  Let’s unravel the story.


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