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that we can respond quickly to the same situation the next
time it occurs. That code becomes a belief.
The most dramatic example of this would be a phobia.
These develop when we experience what we perceive to be
a life-threatening situation. Often they aren’t, but because
most phobias have their roots in childhood experiences the
perception is what matters. The brain codes that experience
and creates a mindset that leads to the belief that if that ever
happens again we will feel completely terrified and avoid the
These little bits of code are ingrained into our brains about
almost every part of our lives. They inform how we relate to
other people, how we perform regular tasks and how we
respond to everything, from pleasure to pain. Each time a
situation is repeated the code gets reinforced and becomes
a mindset which is then installed in our day-to-day operating
system as a shortcut to how we behave.
It works in much the same way as the operating system on
our phones or computers. And isn’t it frustrating when that
goes wrong! Our gadgets and apps stop working properly,
because, of course, everything is dependent upon its fast
and effective performance.
The analogy holds good for us: if you don’t think you are
worthy of that senior position that will hold you back and
hamper the work you are putting into your CV and interview
preparation. A poor operating system leads to poor results
for us humans as well as our little electronic devices.