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How to Use Mind Over Matter
Brought to you by cartoonist, writer and voracious reader Rick Zimmerman of Solon. Take note of rickzworld.
Ever wonder how Einstein came up with the theory of relativity? Have you wished for a ‘Eureka!’ moment like Archimedes, settling into his bath? Tired of all the other guys and gals getting the Nobels and Pulitzers? Then read on, as I guide you through some basic steps in learning how to use your mind over matter.
All you will need is one human brain and the will to try.
Begin by understanding the power of your brain. Your brain is truly your most powerful organ. Each and every human brain is deemed to have greater innate capabilities than any of today’s most powerful supercomputers. All that is required is to channel and use and benefit from that potential.
Next, learn to exercise your mind. Like any other organ of your body, you can either use your brain or lose it. Maintain the habit of exercising your mind. Whether it’s through day-to-day conversation, social networking, reading, music, theater, education, games, crossword puzzles, meditation, or any of life’s many other mental pursuits, keep stretching your mind and you’ll be extending your own long-term potential. (For a real stretch, travel to rickzworld.)
Healthy body = healthy mind. Your mind can best expand its reach if it has the support of a fit and healthy body. Good blood flow, optimal oxygenation, proper mood, adequate nutrition, and suitable supplies of adrenaline and other chemical regulators are all essential to your mind’s smooth running. Try to keep both body and mind well tuned.
Then, stand on the shoulders of giants. Don’t be afraid to learn from everyone you meet. As Galileo famously stated, “I never met a man so ignorant I couldn’t learn something from him.” And, to truly maximize your mental skills, try to learn from the greatest minds of the past. The great artist Raphael apprenticed under Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright trained under notable architect Louis Sullivan. All the geniuses of ages past are available to us through their past works, libraries and the internet; make the most of them.
Mind the main chance. Stay focused. When you have a goal in mind, keep it there, and in your sights. Don’t let all of the mundane distractions of daily life pull you off the course of your ambition.
Never become an old dog. Remain able to learn new tricks. Too many of us linger a bit too long in a comfortable groove, before realizing that it has become a confining rut. Don’t be afraid to change jobs, make new friends, develop a hobby, learn a language, relocate, go back to school, or take up a new pursuit, if that’s what becomes necessary to move closer to your ultimate goal.
Apply yourself. Nothing worthwhile is ever easy. If you have an ambition that matters to you, then give it the respect it deserves, by devoting consistent time and effort and brain power. Take the necessary incremental steps, day by day and week by week, to achieve your goal.
Develop an action plan, and stick to it. As you focus and train and educate and concentrate your mind on your goal, you will see an action plan develop — a sequence of steps that can take you from where you are to where you want to be, in discrete and manageable stages. Stick to that plan, refining it as you go, and you’ll eventually find yourself reaching your goal in ways you might not have thought possible.
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