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10 Ways to Boost Your Imagination and Achieve Big Things

10 Ways to Boost Your Imagination and Achieve Big Things

We all want to accomplish goals in our lives, right? Whether they are huge achievements or small victories, getting that promotion at work or making time for people close to you, attaining something you’ve aspired towards feels great. Of course, for some this can also be a little overwhelming and it’s easy to find yourself wandering off into the back of your mind where things are less daunting. But that is exactly what this article urges you to do. It’s time to tap into the goal-accomplishing powerhouse that is your imagination.

An article from Dumb Little Man explores the important role your imagination can play in achieving real life goals. By empowering your mind you can empower your reality. Here’s how:

Imagination is more important than knowledge” ~ Albert Einstein

The reality is you can be anyone or anything you want to be; it just takes a pinch of confidence and a spoonful of imagination.  Do you want to write like Hemingway?  Paint like Michelangelo?  Or become the next big discovery on the Dragon’s Den?

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Guess what?  You can be any of these things; you already have all the tools you need right now to tap in and let yourself shine.

That’s what this article is going to teach you.  I’m going to tell you how.

1.  Realize your potential

Do you think Ernest Hemingway set out to be one the greatest writers of all time?  He was following his passion and with that came huge success.  What you think you become.

2.  Locate our thoughts

During meditation and exercise we can quiet the mental chatter and access a new part of our brains.  When you begin to experience stillness you can start to throw away the logic of the conscious mind and tap into the super conscious mind – responsible for unlimited creativity.Don’t underestimate the power of meditation and exercise.  Both will send feel good endorphins to your brain and release pent up stress and anxiety which is clouding your true potential.

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3.  Throw away preconditioned notions of you

What is it that you have always told yourself, are you lacking in creativity or originality?  Stop these thoughts, your mind is telling you things that aren’t true.  Remember impermanence?  Every moment is like a refresh, you are a blank canvas.  Choose what you want to fill your canvas with.Tap in and experience your truest form, you are a rich, alive and buzzing and nothing will change that.

4.  Decide where to channel your energies

Decide on an imaginative path, or decide on a few.  If you want to be a great painter, visualize yourself as Picasso, walk through your day pretending you are him.  What you think you become, if you imagine success you will create a path for success to find you.

5.  Research and ask questions

Always be inquisitive and most importantly listen to others without trying to form a reply.  You have so much to learn from your fellow peers.  Carry a Notebook and write ideas down; you might be surprised where inspiration finds you.

6.  Observe

Have you noticed what’s going on around you or are you still stuck in your racing mind?  Pay attention to what other successful people are doing.  Talk less and listen more.

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7.  Practice mindfulness

“Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.”

With this practice come vivid colours and heightened senses; use this new way of looking at the world to tap into your creative juices.  Venture out into nature and feel the aliveness of the forest.

8.  Take time to explore your passions

Music is one of mine; with my favourite song playing I visualize stepping out at dawn to snap a picture of the mysterious fog hovering over a still lake.  Read poetry, have fun with crafts or go to an art gallery, whatever gets you inspired; take a double dose.

9.  Understand that hesitation and doubts are normal, don’t be too hard on yourself

When the mind does take over and tells you you’re not good enough, and it will, let these thoughts go like clouds in the sky; acknowledge them and watch them pass by.  Thoughts will always arise the key is not reacting to them.

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10.  Always take time for yourself.

Don’t become so consumed with finding imagination that you have forgotten how to take time to just be.  Life needs to be a balance of all things.

Make a commitment right now to find your imagination – to be the most magnificent version of you. Every human has limitless potential, you just need to tear away the layers of doubt the mind has tightly wrapped.  Realize every second you are a brand new person and can make brand new changes.  Right now, now, now now!  Go ahead, do something amazing.

’10 Ways to Ignite Your Imagination and Accomplish Big Things’ – Dumb Little Man: Tips For Life

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The Gentle Art of Saying No

The Gentle Art of Saying No

No!

It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

  1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
  2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
  3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
  4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
  5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
  6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
  7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
  8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
  9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
  10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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