Monday, February 20, 2017

How to Create a Whole New Mindset in 10 Simple and Powerful Steps (The Better Thinking Series) Part 1: Uncovering Our Ignorance on All Levels

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

(The Better Thinking Series)

Better Thinking

(A 10-part Series)

The quality of your thinking determines the quality of your life!


You’ve been doing it all your life. It's served you well or you wouldn't be here, reading this. Yet, when you learn to think in better, more powerful and meaningful ways, you change not only yourself, but the world around you.

You’ve been thinking in habitual patterns. Change the patterns of thinking and a new world opens for you. When your mindset changes, your life changes.)

Part 1:  Uncovering Our Ignorance on All Levels

An obvious (?) observation
There is more to know that we can ever know. On many levels we remain ignorant, which simply means we are unaware of most of what is happening around us—or within us, for that matter—at any given time.

Some new info:  we are designed to be resistant to change and novelty; yet, the only way to grow on any level is to step out of that resistance and move forward. But that isn’t easy. New goals, new experiences create fear and when the fear has been turned on, it is very difficult to turn it off. It can be done, however.

Neuro Plasticity
The brain is quite plastic. We used to believe it was fixed—no new neurons could grow. We now are fairly certain that new knowledge and experiences actually created to synaptic connections in the brain. That means we can actually change our minds; we can move beyond our fear. We can become a new person. That is, once we break the habit of being ourselves.

Do you know Kaizen?
Big fears are daunting. They keep us trapped, thinking there's no way out, or if there is, it will take a heavy toll. But there is a simple way to approach fears and anxieties that make them less formidable, more easily tamed. Through the practice of Kaizen. It means, in essence, small steps to continuous improvement. No large jumps, no pushing the limit. Just small incremental steps. Piece by piece, moment by moment.

During World War II, Japan was devastated by nuclear bombs and a humiliating loss to the Allies. Afterward, the US decided that it was in its own best interest to help Japan recover, to become part of the world community again. American ingenuity and products rebuilt the nation virtually from the ground up, one small step at a time. By the 1970s, Japan was a world leader in international markets. 

The recovery practices and methods came to be known in Japan as Kaizen.

If Japan can recover from two nuclear bomb blasts, it won't be difficult for you, too, to relieve your fears, one small step at a time. As overwhelming as it all may seem in this moment, through simple changes, it can all seem much brighter in the next.

How to practice spiritual Kaizen:

  • Ask yourself small questions that welcome creativity and playfulness
  • Small thoughts make imagining—or mind sculpture—not only easy, but accessible
  • Small actions, tiny steps, will help you go around fear and create a permanent new path to success on every level
  • Small problem-solving will keep them from turning into giant problems  
A practical approach:
  • Choose a specific area for improvement
  • Identify small but relevant tasks that will contribute to your goal
  • Prioritize your actions
  • Set up a timeline for each specific task
  • Always track your progress; it saves repetition
  • Continue to add steps until you reach your stated objective
  • And always keep it small, continuous, and gentle
Put the large goals away...for the moment
Large goals can overwhelm. Small, easy, even almost trivial-seeming goals are not fear-producing. They are easy to accomplish. 

The more small goals you accomplish, the more your mindset changes from one of fear, doubt, and misgivings to confidence, clarity, and eagerness to continue improving.

Begin today to take small, continual steps toward your new experience, your new relationships, your new life.

Ignorance? Not here. A few small steps and it's been fully uncovered!

“[It seems that] satisfaction comes less from the attainment of a goal and more in what you must do to get there.”
Gregory Berns, “Satisfaction” (2005)

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