How GIGO Affects What You Believe About Yourself

Larry Olsen September 1, 2020

If you’ve been to one of my workshops or participated in a one-on-one with me, you’ve heard me talk about the brain and how people think. The reason this is so important is because your perception of yourself, your self-image, comes from your thoughts. Just as you can think and act based on negative input, you can program your brain in a positive way.

How are you thinking now?

When’s the last time you got up in the morning and said, “Yes! I am awake! I’ve been blessed with another day! Absolutely anything is possible.” Some people get seriously excited about waking up an hour before their alarm goes off and say, I get another hour to sleep. I hope that’s not going to be the highlight of your entire day!

Dr. Norbert Wiener is generally considered to be one of the founding fathers of computer development and is given credit for developing the theory and application of cybernetics, a feedback system in electronics and humans that keeps them on course. More than 70 years ago, he furthered the concept of “garbage in, garbage out” (GIGO) – the output of a computer (behavior) is only as good as its input (attitude).

How does this translate? Stop beating yourself up!

When you screw up, saying, “Oh, I am so stupid! I always mess it up!” accomplishes nothing. Your subconscious doesn’t care whether this information is good for you or not. All it can do is record the information and store it for the rest of your life. Tell this to yourself enough times and you’ll begin to believe it! It doesn’t take long to forget that you’re the one who allowed the information in to begin with.

If you don’t know better, you tend to focus on what’s missing in your life. For example, most people say that the most important thing in life is good health. But what’s missing is when you asked if they were doing anything to improve their health, few would truthfully say they were exercising on a regular basis or eating healthy foods. Most responses are more along these lines: “Well, I’ll get around to it soon. Right now, I’m pretty busy doing other things. But my health is really important to me.”

Think about it… when you’re sick, what’s the one thing that you want? Good health, right? “If I could just be well, I would be eternally happy! I wouldn’t ask for another thing!” But where do you draw the line? What is enough? Most of us have our health and yet we say, “I’m still not having the time of my life yet.”

That is garbage in, garbage out (GIGO). I encourage you right now to think about what you’re thinking about. Do your thoughts serve your higher purpose and the better version of your goals, or do they remind you about what’s not going well in your life?

You can make that change now!!

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