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226 YOUR PORTABLE WISDOM GUIDE – Go back to where everything started.

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226. It becomes necessary to retrace your steps when you feel trapped in any situation. Go back to where everything started. See if you can identify when or where you stopped working in the reality mode and started focusing on an illusion. It is a total waste of time to spend your valuable energy on pursuing an illusion.

Rene

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Posted by on February 21, 2017 in WISDOM

 

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Replace the Images In Your Mind With What You Want.

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2017 in WISDOM

 

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Creativity is often/missing link between out-of-the-box thinking/bland, lifeless ideas.

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The ability to think creatively has been proven to be one of the most important abilities a person can possess. Along with intelligence, humor, focus and perseverance, creativity is often the missing link between out-of-the-box thinking and bland, lifeless ideas. So the next time you need a creative boost, take a look at one of these 101 ways to spur your imagination.

1. Take a walk and look for something interesting.
2. Make metaphorical-analogical connections between that something interesting and your problem.
3. Open a dictionary and find a new word. Use it in a sentence.
4. Make a connection between the word and your problem.
5. How is an iceberg like an idea that might help you solve your problem?
6. Create the dumbest idea you can.
7. Ask a child.
8. Create a prayer asking for help with your problem.
9. What does the sky taste like?
10. Create an idea that will get you fired.
11. Read a different newspaper. If you read the Wall Street Journal, read the Washington Post.
12. What else is like the problem? What other ideas does it suggest?
13. What or who can you copy?
14. What is your most bizarre idea?
15. List all the things that bug you.
16. Take a different route to work.
17. Make up and sing a song about the problem while taking a shower.
18. Listen to a different radio station each day.
19. Ask the most creative person you know.
20. Ask the least creative person you know.
21. Make up new words that describe the problem. E.g., “Warm hugs” to describe a motivation problem and “Painted rain” to describe changing customer perceptions.
22. Doodle
23. What is the essence of the problem? Can you find parallel examples of the essence in other worlds?
24. Go for a drive with the windows open. Listen and smell as you drive.
25. Combine your ideas?
26. How can a bee help you solve the problem?
27. Write your ideas on index cards. One idea per card.
28. Give yourself an idea quota of 40 ideas.
29. What can you combine?
30. Can you substitute something?
31. Which of two objects, a salt shaker or a bottle of ketchup best represents your problem? Why?
32. What can you add?
33. What one word represents the problem?
34. Draw an abstract symbol that best represents the problem.
35. Think of a two-word book title that best represents the problem. E.g., if the problem concerns receptivity to change a suggested book title could be Involuntary Willingness.
36. Write a table of contents for a book about the problem.
37. Ask the person you like least for ideas.
38. What is the opposite of your idea?
39. Imagine your idea and its opposite existing simultaneously.
40. Daydream.
41. Draw abstract symbols to describe the problem.
42. Think out loud. Verbalize your thinking out loud about the problem.
43. List 20 ideas or thoughts into two columns of 10. Randomly connect ideas from column 1 to column 2. Combine the ideas to see what you get.
44. How would Abraham Lincoln approach the problem?
45. Write the alphabet backwards.
46. How would a college professor perceive it?
47. How would an artist perceive it? A risk-taking entrepreneur? A priest?
48. Imagine you are at a nudist beach in Tahiti. How could talking with nudists help you with the problem?
49. Can you find the ideas you need in the clouds?
50. Eat spaghetti with chopsticks.
51. Make the strange familiar.
52. Make the familiar strange.
53. What if you were the richest person on earth? How will the money help you solve the problem?
54. If you could have three wishes to help you solve the problem, what would they be?
55. Wear purple underwear for inspiration
56. Write a letter to your subconscious mind about the problem.
57. How would George Clooney solve the problem?
58. Forget the problem. Come back to it in three days.
59. Look at the problem from, at least, three different perspectives.
60. Imagine the problem is solved. Work backwards from the solution to where you are now.
61. How would the problem be solved 100 years from now.
62. Think about it before you go to sleep.
63. When you wake write down everything you can remember about your dreams. Next, try to make metaphorical-analogical connections between your dreams and the problem.
64. Imagine you are on national television. Explain your ideas on how to solve the problem.
65. What one object or thing best symbolizes the problem? Keep the object on your desk to constantly remind you about the problem.
66. List all the words that come to mind while thinking about the problem. Are there any themes? Interesting words? Surprises?

67. What if ants could help you solve the problem? What are the parallels between ants and humans that can help?
68. Create a walk that physically represents your problem.
69. Talk to a stranger.
70. Keep a written record of all your ideas. Review them weekly. Can you cross-fertilize your ideas?
71. How would an Olympic gold medal winner approach the problem?
72. Read a poem and relate it to the problem. What new thoughts does the poem inspire?
73. What associations can you make between your problem and an oil spill?
74. If your problem were a garden, what would be the weeds.
75. Change your daily routines. If you drink coffee, change to tea.
76. List your assumptions and then reverse them. Can you make the reversals into new ideas?
77. Make something that symbolizes the problem and bury it.
78. Draw the problem with your eyes closed.
79. Create a dance that represents your problem.
80. Mind map your problem.
81. Become a dreamer and create fantasies that will solve the problem.
82. Become a realist and imaginer your fantasies into workable ideas.
83. Complete “How can I _____?” Then change the words five different ways.
84. Suspend logic and think freely and fluidly.
85. Learn to tolerate ambiguity.
86. What have you learned from your failures? What have you discovered that you didn’t set out to discover?
87. Make connections between subjects in different domains. Banking + cars = drive in banking.
88. Immerse yourself in the problem. Imagine you are the problem. What would you feel?
89. What are the parallels between your problem and the Viet Nam war.
90. Hang out with people from diverse backgrounds.
91. Create a funny story out of the problem.
92. Make analogies between your problem and nature.
93. Imagine you are the opposite sex. Now how do you perceive the problem?
94. Force yourself to smile all day.
95. Use mashed potatoes to make a sculpture of the problem.
96. Sit outside and count the stars.
97. Walk through a grocery store and metaphorically connect what you see with the problem.
98. How would you explain the problem to a six year old child?
99. Cut out interesting magazine and newspaper pictures. Then arrange and paste them on a board making a collage that represents the problem.
100. Write a six word book that describes your progress on the problem. E.,g, “At present all thoughts are gray,” “I am still not seeing everything.”
101. Still can’t find the answer? Buy a copy of Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative Thinking Techniques.

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By Michael Michalko, Author of Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative Thinking Techniques

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2017 in WISDOM

 

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225 YOUR PORTABLE WISDOM GUIDE – Thought without intent/action is a total waste of time.

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225. Intent is what drives people forward. Intent is the only thing that can minimise risk and that can remove vulnerability. Without intent, you become ineffective and dull. It is intent that powers the brave and that takes average people and make them champions. It is intent that makes people rich and influential. Intent must not be confused with thought. Thought without intent and action is a total waste of time.

Rene

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Posted by on February 20, 2017 in WISDOM

 

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Feeling Is The Force That Attracts!

 

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2017 in WISDOM

 

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To succeed you need to understand how failure is created.

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How many times have you found yourself thinking you’d like to develop a new skill or sharpen an old one? Maybe you’ve wanted to learn another language or play a musical instrument; further your education; or get up out of your easy chair and do some catch-up on that correspondence you’ve been putting off for weeks!

But in each, or at least most, of these instances, before you can even get started, you find yourself turned back — repelled from your upcoming chosen task by an onslaught of invisible forces! Suddenly, you’re surrounded by deep weariness, self-doubt, mental fog, or sometimes just plain fear.

Do you recognize any of these self-stalling inner-attackers? Would you like to be liberated from their limiting influences? Freed to pursue higher levels of your own inner development? That’s what this exercise is all about; teaching you how to take that next step each time you’re sure you can’t. Let’s begin by covering a few basics in higher, or esoteric, psychology.

Most of us wouldn’t be too surprised to hear that our mind has a will of its own. We all know what it’s like to be more or less helplessly doing something we wish we weren’t! We often feel the presence of this force within, but don’t understand it — or its implications.

Figuratively speaking, every cell of your whole body has a “will” of a sort. This is a well-known scientific truth. Both the mind and the body are always hard at work, at a cellular level, to keep their lives — as they know them — in what is called “homeostasis.” Don’t let this strange sounding term throw you. All it means is, “the tendency of any organism, simple or complex, to want to maintain within itself relatively stable conditions.” The translation as it concerns this exercise: There are more parts of you that want to stay the same than there are ones interested in growing, or achieving new heights through effort.

The good news is that who you really are is greater than any one of these invisible aspects of yourself which are mechanically compelled to maintain its status quo. Your true nature is greater than the sum of all these physical, mental, and emotional parts. If you have any doubts about this, it’s in your power to make this truth self-evident.

The next time you want to go ahead with any project — whether it’s designing a rocket ship or finally getting around to repairing your favorite rocking chair — and you start to feel those old familiar doubts, dreads, or doldrums rising up to block your way, just walk right through them. You can do it if you use your new wisdom to clear the way for you.

One excellent way to break through these seemingly impassable inner states is to see them as being the fakes they are. This isn’t to say you won’t feel their punishing presence when you first dare to defy their threats. But each time you’ll psychologically walk up to and past these inner disturbances, you’ll become increasingly aware that these task-resistant thoughts and feelings are just big fakes!

You must prove this to yourself to know the powers that come with such a discovery. Following is a glimpse of what you’ll learn each time you take that step you’re sure you can’t.

Those negative states that try to stop you from taking the next step of any chosen journey are just psychological special effects. These obstacles of psychic flash-and-smoke are generated by the mind to keep you from disturbing its established levels of comfort. But special effects, regardless of the kind of “screen” upon which they’re projected, have no reality outside of your temporary belief in their appearance.

The truth is these inner-barriers are without real substance, and so must vanish the moment you pass through them. Which brings us to a great spiritual truth; on the other side of the resistance is the flow. This means that each time you call on this exercise to walk through some pocket of inner resistance, you’ll find, on its other side, all the fresh energy and intelligence you’ll need to go through and complete your task.

All these years you’ve been taught to believe that before you can hope to succeed at something, you have to first feel as though you can. No! To succeed you need only understand how failure is created, and then consciously refuse to cooperate with what has been defeating you from within.

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By Guy Finley, author of
Breaking Dependency: Learning to Let Go and Be Free From the Inside Out

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2017 in WISDOM

 

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224 YOUR PORTABLE WISDOM GUIDE – Information can save lives, bring closure to disputes.

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224. Information becomes vital to you when you are at war with any rival. Use spies to gather data for you or better still gather the data yourself. Information will provide you with the winning edge. Information is often worth more than a fully-fledged high-risk war. Information can often circumvent a war. The more you know the stronger you become. A true warrior makes it his business to obtain high quality data on his opponents. Information can save lives, bring closure to disputes before they turn ugly, and start feeding the legal system.

Rene

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Posted by on February 18, 2017 in WISDOM

 

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