Generally said if the affected person should free himself from materialism or minor important things, thus set his mind over those and hence care about more crucial things, not seldom his own well-being for his plans on particular upcoming events might seriously damage his health, his reputation or the like, thus could cause him more harm than intended before – therefore mind over matter settles the issue in advance by barring the person from dealing with the issue(s) himself.
Mind Over Matter Urban Dictionary
Mind over matter may be one of the most important trite quips in human history.
I will point out that despite its overuse and triteness, the entire concept of ‘getting your head straight’ or ‘getting your head in the game’ is maybe the most important Life & professional advise you will ever get. At its most base level mind over matter has nothing to do with positive thinking nor does it have to do with ‘doing what you are destined to do’ and has everything to do with simply making sure you are mentally prepared for whatever you are going to do or face.
I have written probably a hundred posts about mind over matter without ever directly addressing mind over matter.
You have to participate in Life. <rsvp>.
Daring to disturb the universe. <who dares>.
Understanding how your attitude affects you. <lovers quarrel with the world>
<and dozens more>
Pretty much everything I write about centers on attitude and understanding how to get your mind right so you can get ahead and go do the rights things <as in the things you want to do>.
Mind over matter … well … matters because what you can actually do is often exponentially larger than what your mind thinks you can do. In other words … you need to convince your mind to see your potential.
By the way, this does not mean you can do the impossible … it simply means that your head very often underestimates, practically speaking, how much you can matter in actual ‘doing shit’. In other words … you often can do more than your head may see you can do.
Now. That said.
This brings up my only real issue with mind over matter. The positive psychology crap people seem to want to prescribe & apply to mind over matter.
The positive psychology implies if you believe something it will happen. Or if you think positive things that good things will happen.
The mind just gets you in the game. You gotta work hard to win the game.
This means that mind over matter is more often than not about happiness or positivity … it is more about recognizing real obstacles & challenges and mentally preparing yourself to deal with it all.
Uhm. Recognizing … not actually accept all of it.
Just accept that “it” is there and will be a burden you will carry as you pursue your objective or step out on whatever path you elect to walk toward your vision.
In other words … you will quickly discover you need to accept a sense of being uncomfortable. That is the key to the mind part of the mind over matter.
Mind over matter is about getting your head in the right place for the journey. It is not about believing you can do something impossible.
In the end this means you recognize the journey is the challenge and the destination is the reward.
Sometimes we think of our bodies and minds as two distinct entities. And in some ways they are. But in order to maximize your potential and fulfill your purpose <which is more often than not inspired by the mind> you need to enable a more intertwined you – align the body & the mind.
Researchers have certainly found evidence that the brain has a distinct power to manipulate the body’s physiology. This means if you get everything aligned in the ‘mind over matter’ that the mind/body connection can work in your favor … or against you … depending on your attitude and your ability to manage your mind.
Suffice it to say that believing in yourself is all about self-esteem and affects self-actualization <Maslow stuff>.
And mind over matter is believing you are prepared to face whatever believing in yourself throws at you.
Simplistically … you either believe you can do something or you don’t.
I believe it was Plato who wrote that the body can only move when pushed by others or when it is propelled forward by a soul or principle of life within it. This suggests an intertwining between mind, brain, body and soul.
That, to me, is the formula of mind over matter in which it is the mind <attitudes> that drives the body <behavior> through the brain <intellect> … and the soul, the passion behind your purpose, is the engine.
It our minds that tie our behavior to the desires, aspirations, aims, ambitions and goals we may have.
I will note that preeminent philosophers have danced on this head of a pin over mind versus matter for centuries.
I, being an everyday schumck, would simply suggest that all that matters is you get your mind in a good place, get your head on straight and work hard. You may not get exactly what you want and get where you want but what will matter is you made the attempt and did your best.
And, frankly, pragmatically & honestly, some of us find out that sometimes your best isn’t good enough.
Sometimes the world or the path Life places in front of you is more than what you have.
But … that’s okay. Life gives you hundreds of paths to walk.
Mind over matter opens you up to not only the first path you choose but offers you the resilience to walk another path should you stumble upon the one you first chose. And then another after that if needed.
Mind over matter doesn’t guarantee results but it certainly guarantees the energies needed to access & attain results.
“Results are nothing; the energies which produce them and which again spring from them are everything.”
Wilhelm von Humboldt
Mind over matter may actually be the difference in having a successful Life … and not.
Mind over matter is the engine that drives you to the opportunity for success.