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How to Find out Whether You Have Psychic Abilities

How to Find out Whether You Have Psychic Abilities

Have you ever entertained the idea of possessing some kind of psychic ability? No need to laugh—a lot of people have them, but they either remain in latent form for their entire lives or they dismiss the possibility, trying to find mundane explanations to unusual things happening in their life. Are you one of these people? Do you wave off your déjà vu experiences, premonitions, and intuitions as coincidence and freak accidents? If so, you are probably missing out on a lot of things that may potentially change your life. And if you have even the slightest inclination to believe you have some kind of ability, check out this list—these are the most common signs that may help you come to a conclusion.

1. You have an unusual degree of intuition.

Have you ever noticed that you know who is at your door before checking, who is calling on your phone before picking up, knew what the person you are talking to is going to say right before they open their mouth? If so, you have a higher than usual level of intuition, which may serve as a sign of some other psychic abilities of a higher order—for example, many renowned Tarot card readers claim that they’ve first learned they are able to see farther than most people by simply using their better intuition.

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2. You dream frequently and vividly.

If you have dreams that feel extremely real, and dream more often than most people, it may be a sign of strongly developed psychic abilities. The reason is that when we sleep our conscious mind doesn’t stand in the way of subconscious intuition, which normally cannot manifest itself when we are awake. If it manages to get through when you are asleep, it means that it is already rather strong and, with the right training, may be controlled.

3. You have frequent Déjà vu episodes.

Déjà vu (lit. “already seen”) is a strong feeling that something that happens has already happened in the past, that you are already familiar with a place or a person you see for the first time in your life. Most people encounter déjà vu at least once in their lifetime, but if you experience it noticeably more often, there is a very good chance of your having some kind of psychic ability, probably precognition.

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4. You are able to sense it when your loved ones are in trouble.

Of course, we all, irrespectively of paranormal abilities, worry about those we love—especially when we have reason to. But people with inherent psychic abilities often tend not to simply worry, but to know that something bad has happened to their loved ones, even in cases when there is absolutely nothing to tip them off. It is especially common for parents and twins.

5. Your dreams come true.

All people dream, and most people remember their dreams; so it is only natural that from time to time we dream about something that to a lesser or greater degree comes true later. If, however, you often dream about events that haven’t happened yet, it is a sign of something more than mere coincidence. Prophetic dreams are often reported to be much more vivid, realistic, compelling and emotional than normal dreams—if you often experience them, you will do yourself and your abilities a world of good if you start writing a dream journal.

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These are, of course, far from being the only signs that may show that you have psychic abilities of some sort—but they are the most frequent and can most likely encourage you to look further. So start with analyzing yourself from these points of view, and who knows? Perhaps you will find out a lot more about yourself than you ever imagined!

Featured photo credit: PSYCHIC (Selfie, or Nosce te ipsum, NY, February 2015)/ Lepidoptorologic beauty* via flickr.com

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How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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