It wasn’t until recently that I realized how much I really enjoy human psychology and all the other -ologies related to the mind and human behavior. I will begin by stating that I am incredibly unknowledgeable in this department, even though my love for people watching goes back as far as I can remember.
I recently watched the movie Limitless (it’s streaming on Netflix now) and was definitely impressed. The story is based on this pill that exponentially increases your brain functionality and makes you into a super version of yourself. If you know me, you know that I try to do this everyday sans clear magical pill. I’m sure a lot of people who saw this movie thought about how awesome it would be to go from struggling writer to being on top of the world over night, but it’s the psychology of the story that really fascinates me.
If you could take a pill that would give you the body of Bradley Cooper or Gisele Bundchen without ever having to go to the gym, would you take it? Would it replace all forms of physical exercise for you? Would you ever go to the gym again? And what price would you be willing to pay for this pill?
There is going to come a time in the future (probably many, many years from now) where stuff like this won’t be all that unrealistic. But the reality is that we are not too far away from similar products already.
People today are dependent on upon Adderall to help them focus, pain killers to make them numb, Red Bull and 5 Hour Energy to keep them awake, Ambien to help put them to sleep, and Viagra to help them perform in the sack. If you couldn’t tell, I don’t really believe in stimulants or depressants or all the other mood changers and performance enhancers out there.
I believe in the power of the human brain — the power to adapt to its environment, solve problems, and overcome obstacles. How is it that some people need 3 cups of coffee in the morning and still never wake up and others jump out of bed at 5 AM everyday ready to rock and roll? It’s the willpower and conditioning of their brains.
Which takes me to Limitless. What if I told you that tomorrow is going to be a wildly successful day for you when things are just going to go your way and all you had to do is take this stupid little pill. Putting aside whether or not you would take it, would you treat this day any different than any other day? Would you look at things differently? Would you have more confidence? Would you wake up early and go to sleep later? Would you finally tackle those things you have been putting off forever?
Damn right you would because this is YOUR day.
It amazes me how two people can view the same event from a completely different perspective. Let’s say someone bumps into you and you almost spill your coffee everywhere, but you manage to save it.
- Person 1 looks at this and says, “Shit!! This is going to be a terrible day. I see it coming. My coffee almost went everywhere, that guy who bumped into me is an asshole, it’s raining outside, OUR PETS HEADS ARE FALLING OFF.
- Person 2 looks at this and says, “Shit!! Today is going to be my day. I could have spilled my coffee everywhere, but my cat-like reflexes saved the day. I got into work before it started raining. I can just tell that I’m on top of my game today. I just have to keep my eyes open!
In both cases, they are probably going to be right. If you believe it, you’ll figure out a way to make it happen.
Listen. It’s very easy to fall into the mentality of Person 1, especially when that’s the mentality of everyone around you. You saved the coffee, bumping into you probably was an accident, and you work inside so the rain doesn’t affect you. Get over it. But you’re conditioned to have that reaction and attitude. Even though everybody knows that Person 2 is almost always happier, more successful, and generally a much better person to be around, they still drink HATERaid out of a half empty glass.
My advice: Wake up tomorrow morning, drink some magic water and convince yourself that the water will make you kick ass and take names. Then go out there and dominate.