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Did You Know You’re a Genius?

Did You Know You’re a Genius?


    You might not be a genius right this second but guess what? You have just as much ability as anyone else to become one. Move over Tiger Woods, move over Einstein, move over all the geniuses of the past! It’s time to let your hidden talents shine!

    Did you know that genes only play a very small part when it comes to genius ability?

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    So, it doesn’t matter what genes we inherit from our parents, we still have the ability to improve ourselves to ‘genius’ level – whether it be our intelligence, our sporting ability, our artistic or even musical ability.

    Modern science has now revealed that:

    • Intelligence is not fixed
    • Talents are not innate gifts – but the result of a slow accumulation of skills
    • No one is genetically designed into greatness and few are biologically restricted from attaining it

    This groundbreaking research means that WE ALL have the ability to improve and become a genius at pretty much any skill of our choosing.

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    So – if genes don’t matter for much, what does make a difference?

    It’s been proven that there are distinct key themes for achieving genius ability. Over the last 3 decades psychologists have looked at a huge variety of high achievers, including golfers, nurses, typists, gymnasts, violinists, chess players, basketball players & computer programmers.

    Here’s what they found in common across all ‘types’ of achievers:

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    • Practicing a new hobby/sport/mental discipline actually changes your body. There are physical changes in the muscles, nerves, hearts, lungs and brains of those showing profound increases in skill in any domain.
    • People are not skilled at EVERYTHING. People who are amazing at one particular skill don’t automatically become good at other skills. E.g. poker players can remember hundreds of card positions in sequence but have an average memory for everything else.
    • Brain power excels. Even among sports athletes, changes in the brain have the most profound effect on performance.
    • Short-term intensity cannot replace long-term commitment. Change takes place over long periods. It does not happen overnight.

     

    So many of us doubt ourselves and don’t even try to learn new skills – usually because of fear and a lack of faith in our own ability. Geniuses really are no different to you or I – they’ve just put in the hard yards and believed in themselves.

    Now you know you have a genius lurking inside – what will you do differently?

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    Some practical steps you can take to become a genius

    • Embrace continuous learning. Look for ways to continually improve yourself. Take courses, regularly review your progress and look for ways to improve
    • Learn to love failure. Successful people understand that failure is a prerequisite for success. Each time you fail, you’re one step closer to reaching your goals. Let go of fear of failure and you’ll achieve so much more than you thought was ever possible.
    • Read more. Reading everyday will vastly improve your vocabulary, your knowledge within your chosen area and will set you ahead of your competitors. I like to devote half an hour to reading every day.
    • Set goals. Goals are essential if you want to succeed. Goals motivate you and provide the energy you need to commit in the long run.
    • Know your strengths. You’re much better off focusing on your strengths and not worrying about your weaknesses. As Einstein said: “everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
    • Find a coach or mentor. It’s important to have someone to work with you on your goals. Even Tiger Woods and Brian Tracey (who is over 70 yrs old) still have a coach to help them get achieve their goals!
    • Don’t expect success overnight. Chances are you won’t become a genius overnight. Extraordinary skills aren’t learned in a week. Only a long-term commitment and hard work will get you results.

    (Photo credit: Hand Showing 3D Pixel Brain via Shutterstock)

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    Last Updated on January 21, 2020

    The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

    The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

    Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

    your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

      Why You Need a Vision

      Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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      How to Create Your Life Vision

      Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

      What Do You Want?

      The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

      It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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      Some tips to guide you:

      • Remember to ask why you want certain things
      • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
      • Give yourself permission to dream.
      • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
      • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

      Some questions to start your exploration:

      • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
      • What would you like to have more of in your life?
      • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
      • What are your secret passions and dreams?
      • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
      • What do you want your relationships to be like?
      • What qualities would you like to develop?
      • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
      • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
      • What would you most like to accomplish?
      • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

      It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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      What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

      Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

      A few prompts to get you started:

      • What will you have accomplished already?
      • How will you feel about yourself?
      • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
      • What does your ideal day look like?
      • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
      • What would you be doing?
      • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
      • How are you dressed?
      • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
      • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
      • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

      It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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      Plan Backwards

      It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

      • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
      • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
      • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
      • What important actions would you have had to take?
      • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
      • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
      • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
      • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
      • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

      Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

      It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

      Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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