Thursday, February 23, 2017

How to Create a Whole New Mindset in 10 Simple and Powerful Steps (The Better Thinking Series) Part 2: How to Open New Doors with Power Questions

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker


(The Better Thinking Series)
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Question continually...


(Thinking...

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.)

Did you know that....

Nearly everything that you think is true, everything you believe, is the result of someone else telling you? Unless you've experienced something directly, it's hearsay. In order to be truly aware, you question everything... continually.

What, then, is awareness?

The capacity to stand apart from ourselves, noting our thinking, our intentions, fears, and actions, and accepting more and more responsibility for the consequences.

When I was a child, my minister said to me, "Never question the bible." My parents said, "Never question our authority." My doctor said, "I'm the expert here. Don't question my diagnoses." And my teachers told me to believe everything they said. I did. Then, one day, I didn't. Why? I finally began to ask questions. About everything. I finally became aware of how manipulated I had been. Well, no more of that.

I discovered I can make a much better mark on the world when I operate from a place of confidence, a place of integrity. And I now question everything, especially when it's hearsay. That way, I tend to go in less nonsensical directions. 

You, too, have been manipulated a lot more than you may care to admit. Fine. You're not alone. If, however, you would prefer a bit more, shall I say, 'independent rule,' choose to become more aware. Discover how the media, the political structure, the religions, and even family members seek to move you around like a piece on a chess board.

How will choosing to become aware help me?

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!


(Thinking...

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.