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Last Updated on April 22, 2020

10 Ways to Unlock Your Mind Power to Be More Successful

10 Ways to Unlock Your Mind Power to Be More Successful

Our brain is a powerful part of us. It’s more or less a supercomputer built within a human being. Though more complex than a supercomputer, our brain has the opportunity to unlock boundless success and growth in our lives.

The kicker to this is understanding how that’s all possible. And you may be surprised by what that answer might be — It’s mind power.

Mind power is simple but unlocking it is a whole other issue. There are many barriers in people’s ways when trying to unlock this potential. So to help with that, here are some tips to help you grow and begin to unlock your mind power.

What Is Mind Power?

One known fact about humans is that while our brain is incredibly powerful, people are only using a fraction of its potential. The reason we do that is due to two things:

  • Our brain is constantly bombarded with information to keep up.
  • And our subconscious mind.

Indeed, our brain is able to store vast amounts of information but our mind delegates this task to our subconscious mind. For example, all of the information we get from our senses moves to our subconscious mind.

Why it does that is again, our brain would explode if it had to review and process every detail on its own.

But at the same time, how our brain currently functions is often the big barrier people face when unlocking their mind power. In essence, tapping into our subconscious mind is using our mind power and what it is.

How Does Your Mind Power Work?

Unlocking our mind power comes down to understanding how our subconscious mind works. Whether we’re looking to be creative or successful in areas of our lives, we’re going to need the help of our subconscious mind.

And to tap into that, the best way is to see our subconscious mind as a wild monkey. People have made that comparison in the past and the argument makes sense.[1]

The wild monkey is an animal that doesn’t tire easily. After all, it’s treated as the backbone of our minds. It needs as much energy as possible. It also brings us random pieces of information to us. It’s why we only get vital pieces of information when we need them.

But the most important aspect is that, our subconscious mind can bring us many opportunities for us to succeed and grow. All that we need to do for it is to have a purpose in mind.

10 Ways To Use Your Mind Power

So what can we do to get along with our wild monkey? How can we unlock our mind power and have more opportunities and growth?

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My theory is nurturing this wild monkey but also looking at other tactics to grow our mindset as well.

For those looking to unlock their mind power, here are some strategies I’d suggest:

1. Be Conscious About What You’re Putting in Your Head

The first step to unlocking your mind power is removing thoughts that have negative emotions. This means removing negative self-talk and setting aside fear.

This is an important step as these break down your current belief system. While you may not be someone of faith, there are certain things you believe in.

What do you believe about your work? If you find it boring, your mind will believe and make you feel and act on those emotions.

How about the relationship you have with your children, relatives, partner or coworkers? Those beliefs will seep into how you treat those around you.

What do you think about your life overall? That belief will influence how you look at your life.

Those are examples but they apply to other aspects of life too. So make sure that you’re not harboring fear nor view those aspects in a negative light.

2. Work on Desire

While our subconscious mind acts on negativity, it’ll also act on positivity. In particular, it feeds off conveyed desire. Again, our mind power needs to have a goal in mind and, if that goal is fueled with desire, our mind will push for that.

We know this because we’ve seen this time and again. Entrepreneurs who make it big, athletes who become number one, and many other successful individuals made it due to a deep desire.

And best of all we can unlock that through some easy methods:

  • When you learn something, spend more time letting that information sink in. If it’s from a training session, extend the session for yourself and keep practicing.
  • Set your subconscious mind to seek opportunities to use the information to achieve your goals.
  • Don’t be afraid to explore and expand your skill set in that area too.

3. Have the Right Sources

One common blockade people run into is a lack of knowledge. Often, people know certain areas are problems in their lives but don’t know where to start. Or maybe where they’re getting their information from isn’t the best source.

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Whatever the case is, it’s important we’re looking for the right knowledge and to challenge it too. People settle with reading from a single book, or reading an article, or attending a seminar. But is that content true?

Just because one person said something doesn’t make it automatically true. As someone who is learning still, it’s our job to take the information at face value and work it out.

Have you run that information in your mind? Does it make sense?

Does the information apply to your specific situation? Can you use it? Have you tried it?

That’s not to say never look for answers or reject everything but rather, weigh the information and measure it.

4. Give Yourself a Drive to Learn

Feeding off the previous point, your hunger for knowledge and learning shouldn’t be small. But it shouldn’t be so big that you’re only learning and not applying.

While it’s a balancing act, this is one of the keys to unlocking your mind power. To do so, consider how you go about digesting information:

  • Ensure that what you are reading is something you’re passionate about.
  • Not only that, but when applying that information, find reasons to get excited about it. Make sure that what you are doing inspires you.

Here’re 10 Ways to Find Learning Motivation (Even After You’ve Graduated).

5. Be Open to Change

Fear and negative self-talk aren’t the only roadblocks to face. Another aspect is doubt and uncertainty. Yes the future is a mystery and we may experience failure, but change is always coming.

People say they’re open to the idea of change, but few take the leap when it matters. They shudder and are uncomfortable with the idea of stepping out of what’s so familiar.

To unlock your mind power, being open to change is necessary. After all, being more successful or more creative is a change in perspective and life too.

This isn’t to say you need to make massive changes right this moment. Instead, start shaking that belief until you’re convinced change is the answer.

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Focus on taking small steps. Instead of driving to work, you might consider biking or taking the bus. If you want to improve your relationship with your partner, start saying “I love you” more often and mean it.

Change doesn’t have to be a big leap. It can come in subtle and small ways that create larger ripples in our lives.

Try these 7 Practical Ways to Change Your Thinking and Change Your Life.

6. Allow Yourself to Be Creative or Successful

Many people hinge their happiness on various goals in life. You’ll hear them say “I’ll be happy once I’m 10 pounds lighter” or “I’ll be happy when I get my business off the ground.”

The list is endless but to those statements, I say “Why not be happy right now?”

These statements are not good because we’re hinging our happiness and growth on specific results. It’s a terrible mindset to have because you’re telling yourself that you’re miserable now and the only thing that matters is achieving these things. This creates more problems if your view of success is warped.

Allow yourself right now to be happy and to believe that your life right now is good.

Yes, it could be better, but remember that our mind power feeds on positive and negative energy. This, in turn, impacts what happens around us and how we see those aspects.

7. Don’t Let Others’ Thoughts Influence You

When you reach a point of success or change, people will respond to you differently. Pay attention to how people respond and it can give you an indication for how they’re doing with their lives.

All of this matters because how they view specific aspects of their lives will be projected to you as well. Any fears, doubts, or negativity they have will be passed on.

Remember that their own feelings and opinions in those areas, don’t apply to who you are now and what you are capable of doing.

8. Be Around Positive People and Things

Who you surround yourself with

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is very important. As a rule, spend time with positive people. This doesn’t mean people who are always saying yes, but at the very least, are positive. You want people to reinforce beliefs but also challenge them too.

What also helps is having other areas that provide positive reinforcements. Make sure that the things you are doing bring you joy and happiness. Have some inspirational content hanging around too.

9. Speak of Success in the Present

What I mean by this is to change your manner of speaking when talking about success. Instead of saying things like “I hope to do this someday,” train yourself to say, “I’m working on this right now.”

Instead of thinking “I’ll be happy once I get a new job,” think, “I can work on being happier right now with what I have in my life.”

Similar to what I mentioned earlier, when we associate success, creativity, or happiness into the future, it’s easy for our mind to tell us that may never come. All that changes when we tell ourselves we have the means to get there right now and choose to feel happy about it now instead of later.

10. Find Your Resistances

Despite all those fears, doubts, and negativity, there may be other areas where we have resistance. For some of us, we try doing one thing and then suddenly stop. Or maybe we procrastinate and don’t bother about it.

Whatever the case is, there is a reason we are doing that. So take time to figure out what that is. One way to do that is to question yourself:

Why do you feel good when you push this off? How does getting what you want in life make you more vulnerable?

Final Thoughts

Unlocking your mind power is a matter of working with your subconscious mind. It’s addressing the needs followed by giving your subconscious mind a purpose to work with you.

When you have this combination, you’ll be able to tap into your mind power and create what it is you desire. Whether that’s being more creative or a path to success, you can create anything with your mind power.

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Featured photo credit: Dan DeAlmeida via unsplash.com

Reference

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7 Most Effective Problem Solving Techniques That Smart People Use

7 Most Effective Problem Solving Techniques That Smart People Use

Problems are, by their very nature, problematic. There are life problems, work problems, creative problems, and relationship problems. When we’re lucky, intuition takes over, and we solve a problem right away. When we’re not so lucky, we get stuck.

We might spend weeks or even months obsessing over how to write that term paper, get out of debt, or win back the love of our life. But instead of obsessing, let’s look at some effective problem solving techniques that people in the know rely on.

Ideation Vs Evaluation

It’s important to first understand and separate two stages of creativity before we look at effective problem solving techniques. Ideation is like brainstorming. It’s the stage of creativity where we’re looking for as many possible solutions as we can think of. There’s no judgment or evaluation of ideas at this stage. More is more.

After we’ve come up with as many solutions as possible, only then can we move onto the evaluation stage. This is when we analyze each possible solution and think about what works and what doesn’t. Here’s when all those good ideas from ideation rise to the top and the outlandish and impractical ones are abandoned.

7 Problem Solving Techniques That Work

Everyone has different ways of solving problems. Some are more creative, some are more organized. Some prefer to work on problems alone, others with a group. Check out the problem solving techniques below and find one that works for you.

1. Lean on Your Squad

The first of our seven problem solving techniques is to surround yourself with people you trust. Sometimes problems can be solved alone, but other times, you need some help.

There’s a concept called emergence that begins to explain why groups may be better for certain kinds of problem solving. Steven Johnson describes emergence as bottom up system organization.[1] My favorite example is an ant colony. Ants don’t have a president or boss telling them what to do. Instead, the complicated organization of the ant colony comes out of each individual ant just fulfilling their biological destiny.

Group creativity can also take on an emergent quality. When individuals really listen to, support, and add onto each other’s ideas, the sum of that group creativity can be much more than what any individual could have created on their own.

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Therefore, if you are struggling to solve a problem, you may want to find a group of people with whom you can collaborate, so you can start riffing with them about possible solutions.

2. Regulate Your Emotions

The next of the problem solving techniques is to be honest about how you’re feeling. We can’t solve problems as efficiently when we’re stressed out or upset, so starting with some emotional self-awareness goes a long way in helping us problem solve.

Dr. Daniel Siegel famously tells us to “Name it to tame it.” [2] He’s talking about naming our feelings, which offers us a better chance of regulating ourselves. I have to know that I’m stressed or upset if I want to calm down quickly in order to get back to a more optimal problem-solving state.

After you know how you’re feeling, you can take steps to regulate that feeling. If you’re feeling stressed out or upset, you can take a walk or try breathing exercises. Mindfulness exercises can also help you regain your sense of presence.

3. Listen

One thing that good problem solvers do is listen. They collect all the information they can and process it carefully before even attempting to solve the problem.

It’s tempting to jump right in and start problem solving before the scope of the problem is clear. But that’s a mistake.

Smart problem solvers listen carefully in order to get as many points of view and perspectives as possible. This allows them to gain a better understanding of the problem, which gives them a huge advantage in solving that problem.

4. Don’t Label Ideas as Bad…Yet

The fourth of the seven problem solving techniques is to gather as many possible solutions as you can. There are no bad ideas…yet.

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Think back to the two stages of creativity. When we are in the ideation stage, we shouldn’t be evaluating each other’s ideas, input, and possible solutions.

When we evaluate, judge, and criticize during the ideation stage, we inadvertently hamper creativity. One possible outcome of evaluating during ideation is creative suppression.[3]

When someone responds to someone else’s creative input with judgment or criticism, creative suppression can occur if the person who had the idea shuts down because of that judgment or criticism.

Imagine you’re at a meeting brainstorming ways to boost your sales numbers. You suggest hiring a new team member, but your colleague rolls their eyes and says that can’t happen since the numbers are already down.

Now, your colleague may be 100% correct. However, their comment might make you shut down for the rest of the meeting, which means your team won’t be getting any more possible solutions from you.

If your colleague had waited to evaluate the merits of your idea until after the brainstorming session, your team could have come up with more possible solutions to their current problem.

During the ideation stage, more is more. We want as many ideas as possible, so reserve the evaluation until there’s no more ideating left to do.

Another trick for better ideating is to “Yes And” each other’s ideas[4] In improvisation, there’s a principle known as “Yes And.” It means that one improviser should agree with the other’s idea for the scene and then add a new detail onto that reality.

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For example, if someone says, “I can’t hear over your loud music,” the other person needs to go along with that idea and then add onto it. They might say, “Sorry, I’ll turn it down, but I don’t think everyone else here at the club will appreciate it.”

Now the scene is getting interesting. We’re in a club, and the DJ is going to turn the music down. Playing “Yes And” with each other made the scene better by filling in details about who and where the improvisers are.

Yes Anding also works well during ideation sessions. Since we’ve already established that we shouldn’t be evaluating each other’s ideas yet, Yes Anding gives us something we can do. We can see the merits of each other’s ideas and try to build on them. This will make all of our possible solutions more fully realized than a simple laundry list.

5. Approach Problems With Playfulness

Approaching problem solving too seriously can exacerbate the problem. Sometimes we get too fixated on finding solutions and lose a sense of playfulness and fun.

It makes sense. When there are deadlines and people counting on us, we can try to force solutions, but stepping back and approaching problems from a more playful perspective can lead to more innovative solutions.

Think about how children approach problem solving. They don’t have the wealth of wisdom that decades on this planet give. Instead, they play around and try out imaginative and sometimes unpractical approaches.

That’s great for problem solving. Instead of limiting ourselves to how things have always been done, a sense of play and playfulness can lead us to truly innovative, out-of-the-box solutions.

6. Let the Unconscious Mind Roam

This may seem counterintuitive, but another technique to try when you become too fixated on a problem is to take a break to let the unconscious mind take over for a bit.

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Our conscious brain can only handle a limited amount of information at a time. Plus, it’s energetically exhausting to use our conscious brain for problem solving. Think about a time when you were studying for a test. It’s draining.[5]

But we’re in luck. There’s another part of our brain that isn’t draining and can integrate tons more information at a time—our unconscious.

This is why you come up with your best ideas in the shower or on your way to work or while you’re jogging. When you give your conscious brain a break, your unconscious has a chance to sift through mounds of information to arrive at solutions.

It’s how I write my articles. With my conscious brain, I think about which article I’m going to write. My problem is how to write it, so once I think carefully about the topic, I take a break. Then, the structure, sources, content, and sometimes phrasing happens in fits and starts while I’m not thinking about the article at all. It happens when I’m lying in bed, showering, and walking in the woods.

The key is to get in the habit of practicing this alternation between conscious and unconscious problem solving and to absolutely not force solutions. Sometimes, you just need to take a little break.

7. Be Candid

The last of the problem solving techniques happens during the evaluation stage. If we’re going to land on the best possible solution to our problems, we have to be able to openly and honestly evaluate ideas.

During the evaluating stage, criticism and feedback need to be delivered honestly and respectfully. If an idea doesn’t work, that needs to be made clear. The goal is that everyone should care about and challenge each other. This creates an environment where people take risks and collaborate because they trust that everyone has their best interest in mind and isn’t going to pull any punches.

Final Thoughts

In order to come up with the best solutions for problems, ideation and evaluation have to be two distinct steps in the creative process. Then, you should tap into some of the above techniques to get your ideas organized and your problems solved.

Hopefully, these seven problem solving techniques will help your problems be less…problematic.

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Reference

[1] Steven Johnson: Emergence
[2] Dr. Dan Siegel: The whole-brain child
[3] American Psychological Association: Creative mortification
[4] Play Your Way Sane: And What?: Yes And
[5] Daniel Kahneman: Thinking, Fast and Slow

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