How To Think

Notebook and Pen

Dr. Albert Schweitzer was asked, “Dr., what’s wrong with men today?” His answer: “Men simply do not think.”

We have unlimited power in our minds. Look around you. Everything you see around you was once only a thought (except some things in nature of course, but even your grass and flowers and shrubs in there positions were once the idea of you or a landscaper). Everything we create must first be a thought. We don’t accidentally create computers and cell phones. Someone imagines them first.

So you can probably see the benefits of using your mind actively to think. Specifically your subconscious mind, where the majority of that power is being held. Have you ever seen the movie Limitless? These types of things can be achieved without using those nifty-looking pills. Your mind has that power inside of it already.

The question, though, is how to use it. How can we harness the unlimited power? It’s fairly simple. It doesn’t require decades of Ayurveda meditation, or hours of intense focus, or little pills that unlock your subconscious mind. Instead, it requires only thought.

I’ve heard it countless times from countless people: actively using your mind is the best way to utilize this power. Sit down in the morning, get a cup of coffee (not required, but let’s be honest, it’s required), put a notepad and a pen in front of you, and think.

At the top of the page, write what you want. It could be a happier relationship with a loved one, it could be a date for Friday night, it could be a certain salary, it could be happiness in general, it doesn’t matter. Whatever you want most at this moment, write it down at the top. Underneath that, begin writing thoughts you have on how to get yourself to the realization of that goal.

You will come up with what you think are terrible ideas at the time, but write them down anyway. This is not a time for judgement. Write the idea down, and keep going. Do this for a half hour, but make sure that those 30 minutes are really spent thinking on that goal. Don’t let your mind wander. The first week or so it will resist this intense focus, but keep exercising it. It’s just like a muscle. When you force it to work, it will get stronger (the brain isn’t a muscle, but you know what I mean).

At the end of the 30 minutes, don’t look back and pass judgement. You can peruse the ideas if you’d like and think about the ones that you’d like to put into action at the present moment, but understand that no idea is a bad one, because “bad ideas” often lead to good ideas. The Ford Edsel was said to be Ford’s best idea, even though it was the worst-selling car, because it led Ford to create the Mustang, which is Ford’s best-selling car.

So, sit and think. Don’t let your mind wander. Just think on your goal for 30 minutes, and then continue on with your day. You will find that new ideas will come to you out of nowhere during the day. This is your subconscious mind at work, and when you’ve gotten to this point, you’ve trained your subconscious mind to work for you even when you don’t have the time to focus on your goal.

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