Self-interest is the universal motivator. It’s whatever makes us do something. What we ignore is not self-interest. What we pursue is. It includes responsibilities, dreams, and fears. It inspires our get up and go, our energy for what keeps us going. It’s everything that pushes or pulls us along the road of life.
· Self-interest is the engine. It keeps us moving.
· Self-esteem is both horn and accelerator. It greatly influences how well we travel with others, those we pass and those that pass us.
· Self-image sets boundaries on our behavior. It keeps us in the lane that’s right for us at the time and between the shoulders. Although we may drift into the wrong lane accidentally or purposely, self-image brings us back to the right lane for us.
· These psychological factors reside in the subconscious mind, where they are mixed and churned by experiences in life and modified by daily feedback aka self-talk.
· Out of this mixture arises our attitude, which reflects outwardly the outcome of all the constant mixing and churning. On the roadway, attitude becomes our speed. The right attitude for road conditions pushes us ahead of others. We trail behind when our attitude conflicts with those around us.
And that’s how the subconscious mind works to protect each of us behind the scenes of our conscious world.
Although this closes the series, a connected article about practical applications will be posted as 734 -Adult Mistakes on Saturday morning.