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Survival of the Smartest - How to Advance in Today's World

Updated on December 3, 2013

Survival of the Smartest

The old axiom, "Work smarter, not harder," was never more appropriate than in today's world. With every phase of technology, some humans begin to feel less and less valid. Empowering technology to the point of discarding the human element completely has consequences. Some of these consequences are already becoming clear:

. Lack of initiative

. Lack of ambition

. Lack of inspiration

. Lack of creativity

In order to survive, the human brain must be continuously and productively active. Even the toughest situations, total loss of personal belongings, home or family, show that certain individuals are encouraged by these unavoidable disasters to press on and persist in their survivalist efforts. It always comes down to who can survive and put disaster behind them most quickly.

Working smarter doesn't necessarily require superhuman intelligence. It does require training the mind to think a few steps ahead at all times. In most situations, humans have an uncanny ability to think ahead. This helps their decision making processes.

When we are confronted with a situation with A, B or C possibilities, this is the time to employ the natural human ability to think ahead and "see" clearly the possible outcomes of our decisions. This assumes that most individuals have reached a viable level of mental maturity. It's simply not possible to endow young children with the wisdom only natural aging and experience impart. In today's society, there is a peculiar push to take childhood away from the young completely and turn them into robotic adults long before they've had a chance to enjoy being a child. This only creates a huge gap for these children. They never learn the art of childhood creativity or inspiration. They know only what they are "taught" and they lose the ability to survive as adults as a result.

Train Your Brain

Self-discipline is likely the most difficult for some adults to wear like a second skin. Yet, it's in self-discipline our brains are retrained to work smarter, not harder. It's in self-discipline that the smartest become leaders and our most impressive survivors. Taking a cue from those who rely most heavily on self-discipline, athletes, musicians, dancers and others in the arts, we see how they literally train their minds to the highest levels of advanced thinking to survive. For these individuals, it's not about limitations. Their ability to discipline their minds and bodies to accomplish incredible feats of human endurance and talent is based on patterns of daily self-discipline that provides order in their lives. The undisciplined lack order and begin to adapt to chaos. Train your brain to enjoy self-discipline. It can help keep you healthier and more productive while you enjoy the rewards of unparalleled accomplishments.

Forward Thinking

To work smarter and remain ahead of the mundane, train your mind toward forward thinking. The past is a closed book, the future has not yet arrived. Empower the present with forward thinking based on a positive outlook on life. The reality is that even the most dire situations have a silver lining once the individuals chooses to look past the negativity. It's impossible to ignore that life has a continuum of evolution that has yet to fail. What we are in our present, is not what we will be in the future. Forward thinking is not a veiled attempt to read the future. Forward thinking is the march of the mind in lockstep with self-discipline that encourages meaningful attitudes of accomplishment.

The Truth About Success

When successful people are studied, the underlying factor is their initiative, ambition, inspiration and creativity pushed to the limits by their amazing self-discipline. The truth about success is that it's never based on a singular element. Success is merely accomplishment borne of working smarter, not harder. Most adults recall their parents admonitions to avoid wasting time, organize their personal spaces and to finish projects they've started without procrastination. The reason some individuals procrastinate is rather vapid when placed under a pyschological microscrope: Fear. For some it may be fear of failure. For others, procrastination may be the result of fear of entering a whole new venue of creativity. This type of fear is akin to a race car driver heading toward a cliff over which the mortal fear of danger is imminent. The smartest know that in order to know what lies ahead, they must first brave their worst fears and open the doors to opportunity. Oddly, even the most negative situations always contain a kernel of opportunity for those with a positive attitude.

Be Inspired, Quiet Your Mind

With the cacophony of white noise in every day living, the art of immersion into silence to allow the mind to create and be inspired has been lost. Every human being needs a few moments of silence each day to turn off the chaos of white noise that pervades their minds. Make a habit of seeking perfect silence, allowing your mind to drift where it may and to block out the random drum beats of mental confusion. To be inspired, it's necessary to place a premium on a quiet mind. New ideas come from deep within. This is proven by the most accomplished, self-disciplined individuals.

Tips For Survival of the Smartest

Upon waking each day, take five minutes to gather thoughts needed to make your day productive. This should include an interlude that focuses on your own personal happiness. Unhappy people need to take the time to create a written list of the things that annoy them most. Review this list quickly after it's completed. Put it away until the end of the month. Then, audit the list and cross off any items in the list no longer relevant. During busy days, keep reminding yourself to work smarter, not harder. Avoid insignificance at all costs. If it isn't life threatening, it isn't a major problem. This can relieve a lot of daily stress and tension. It may also shock co-workers who discover your newly found sense of efficiency and coordination.

At the end of each day, focus on what you've learned, what you need to improve and what you have to be thankful for. Choose one of each every day. You soon realize that much of life's difficulties extend no further than you. Self-improvement isn't a lifetime drudgery. It's a vehicle that drives human beings toward greater happiness and accomplishment.


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