Neo: What are you trying to tell me? That I can dodge bullets?
Morpheus: No, Neo. I’m trying to tell you that when you’re ready, you won’t have to.
I’m a big fan of the film The Matrix. The premise of the film is that reality as perceived by most humans is actually a comforting, simulated reality called the “Matrix”, a computer program created by machines to subdue the human race. In the real world, humans are plugged into incubation pods and kept in a vegetative state – by running the Matrix program in their brains – so the machines can use their heat and electrical activity as an energy source. Computer programmer/hacker Neo learns of this, and joins others who have been freed from the Matrix in a rebellion against the machines.
The leader of the rebellion, a man named Morpheus, becomes Neo’s instructor. He explains that the Matrix is just a simulated reality, and those who have been rescued from it have the ability to bend its physical laws by exercising seemingly superhuman abilities. Morpheus believes Neo is “The One”, a man with the ultimate power to manipulate the Matrix, and who is prophesied to end the war between humans and machines.
While it seems far-fetched, there’s actually a lot of truth in this premise for us as entrepreneurs and business leaders. Are you struggling to find your niche? Trying to generate leads? Maybe you’re having problems filling orders for clients. Or maybe complaints from customers are starting to roll in. How do you perceive these challenges? Do you see them as problems? Do they get you down? Piss you off? What goes through your head when these things happen? Do you blame the market? Your network? Your partner? Your employees? Your customers?
Do you blame yourself?
How you perceive and think about these challenges has everything to do with whether your business moves forward, or stalls. The fact is, we create the reality we live and work in everyday by how we view ourselves and the world around us.
We have tremendous capacity to influence reality, for good or ill. Nothing is set in stone. And nothing is as limiting, or as freeing, as our own thoughts.
Consider the following:
- How is a 23-year-old Canadian woman named Amanda Dennison able to walk barefoot over 220 feet of burning hot coals 1,600 to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit and not get burned?
- How are distant intention, music and words able to influence the formation of water crystals?
- How is it that people can feel when somebody is staring at them from behind? Or make people turn around by staring at them?
- Everyday thousands of people are told “Your test results are back…I’m sorry…it’s time to get your affairs in order.” And yet, some of these terminally ill patients suddenly find themselves in spontaneous remission.
- How is it that a non-surgical, non-invasive form of intention-based therapy called NeuroModulation Technique (NMT) produced significant improvements in Autistic children? NMT has also been shown to regrow bone in patients with jawbone osteonecrosis, a condition previously thought to be completely resolved only through surgery.
What are we to make of these things? The mechanistic theory of life and the universe says living organisms are physico-chemical machines, and everything is explainable in terms of physics and chemistry. But critics of this theory are starting to put forward compelling reasons for doubting that all the phenomena of life, including human behavior, can ever be explained entirely mechanistically.
Bulletproof Your Business
Shortly after Neo learns the truth about the Matrix from Morpheus, he is given a choice. Take the blue pill and go back to the Matrix, or take the red pill and join the real world in the fight against the machines. Neo takes the red pill, and begins an intense training regimen that includes how to free his mind from what he now knows to be the artificial constructs of the Matrix. He is put through various tests that build his confidence in manipulating the Matrix. These tests include actual re-entries into the Matrix where he encounters the Agents, who are powerful sentient programs designed by the machines to eliminate any threat to the system.
In the climactic scene of the movie, while inside the Matrix Neo is cornered in a hallway by three Agents sent to destroy him. They raise their guns and fire at him multiple times. In that moment, through all of his training and work, Neo realizes his full power and is able to stop the bullets in their tracks. As the bullets slow to a halt just before hitting him, he picks one out of the air and looks at it while the others simply fall to the ground. Fully believing in his newfound powers, he effortlessly fends off the lead Agent before forcing himself into the Agent’s body and destroying him from within.
The truth is – whatever science proves or doesn’t prove today – our thoughts, intentions and words influence reality more than we are willing to admit. And I think we know this, deep down, in our gut. The crazy thing about this is it takes work, either way. You can blame your circumstances or someone else and continue to experience the pain and stress of that choice until somebody or something comes along to rescue you. Or, you can choose to rise above it and realize that whatever your circumstances, you have a choice as to how you respond. And that’s what makes all the difference, even in life’s most painful moments.
No matter what challenges you face in business or in life, remember how much you are actually in control.
What are your thoughts and intentions?
What reality will you create?
If you’re interested in learning more about how you can use your thoughts and intentions to drive results in your business, leave a comment below or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you!