Don’t Let the Consensus Stop You – Day 166 of 365 Days to a Better You

Every great advance is met with skepticism and derision by the purveyors of the status quo. The word consensus is used a lot today in politics and science. It’s this idea that something is true because practically everybody agrees it’s true. Damn the evidence! Damn pieces of data that don’t fit.

If you have a BIG idea or even a really clever one, expect “the consensus” to tell you it never can be.

  • Before 1903, most people thought humans would never fly. There were literally people who came out to make fun of the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk.
  • Before 1609, most people in Europe thought the Sun orbited around the earth. So dangerous was Galileo’s new idea that the purveyors of the status quo put him under house arrest for the remainder of his life.

You could literally make a list as long as your arm of ground-breaking ideas that were dismissed or squelched by the consensus. When you really peel away most consensus thinking, it’s more a belief than it is an evidence-based, final assessment of how the world is.

If you’re inspired to change the world, change it. If you’ve got the next big idea, don’t let “them” tell you it’s impossible.

Maybe you won’t leave the mark the Wright Brothers or Galileo did (or maybe you will), but don’t give up on your BIG idea. Keep pushing. Keep seeking. The truth is every consensus, every status quo was once a radical idea that changed everything.

Thank you for reading this blog. I hope that this series is keeping you on track in 2019. If so, please pass it along to a friend.


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Ray Davis - The Affirmation Spot

I am the Founder of The Affirmation Spot, author of Annuanki Awakening, and co-founder of 6 Sense Media. My latest books are the Anunnaki Awakening: Revelation (Book 1 of a trilogy) and The Power to Be You: 417 Daily Thoughts and Affirmations for Empowerment. I have written prolifically on the topics of personal development and human potential for many years. By day, I write sales training for Fortune 100 company. I began studying affirmations and positive thinking after a life-threatening illness at 25. My thirst for self-improvement led him to read the writings of Joseph Campbell, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Neale Donald Walsch, and many other luminaries in the fields of mythology and motivation. Over time, I have melded these ideas into my own philosophy on self-development. I have written, recorded, and used affirmations and other tools throughout that time to improve my own life and I have a passion for helping other reach for their goals and dreams. Ray holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Secondary Education in Social Studies from University of Kansas. He lives in Spring Hill, Ks with his wife.

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