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9 Extraordinary Superpowers, You Didn’t Know You Already Possessed!

9 Extraordinary Superpowers, You Didn’t Know You Already Possessed!

What we think we “know” on earth, is just a little drop of water in the ocean! Following are some more drops to enhance your knowledge. 

1. Telekinesis

Telekinesis is basically a power or ability to control the physical world with the power of your mind. It’s like moving a particular object without even touching it, but just by thinking about it. A common belief is that psychokinesis works by energy fields or by some sort of “waves” of psychic energy which are actually dense enough to push an object or control it. There are many ways to put your telekinetic abilities into practice. One basic way is to concentrate on an object and thinking of your goal i.e. moving object, which gives the energy or waves to move that object (as per the belief mentioned above). It’ll take time to get the desired result nevertheless it could be worth it.Telekinesis is sometimes also referred as psychokinesis, mind-over-matter or object manipulation.

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2. Hypnotism

Hypnotism is the process through which the hypnotist bypasses your conscious mind and connects directly with your sub-conscious mind. It is used for many purposes like getting someone to stop smoking, treating phobias, increasing confidence and self-esteem or motivating someone. It is necessary to point out that hypnotism is pure science and it has nothing to do with black magic or something. You can learn more about hypnotism at sites like:http://www.miltonericksonhypnosis.com or http://stealth1.secrets-101.com. Although it is tough to learn, it can be useful in everyday living. 3. Telepathy Telepathy is a common power possessed by every human being. It is sending a message from one person to another, beyond any medium(excluding mind). We, in everyday life, many a times come across through situations when we are remembering someone or are wishing to talk to someone and at that moment itself that person calls us. Which is a practical example of telepathy. It is not a big deal to practice telepathy. There is one common game which can help you improve your telepathic skills. What you have to do is, tell your friend to think about any random number from 1 to 10 (being in same room) and you concentrate on his mind and try to catch what he is thinking. Take your time. Take the first number which comes to your mind and compare the number with the number which your friend thought about. This will increase telepathic communication between You and your friend. You can increase your game level by increasing the number from 1-10 to 1-100 and so on. Also, you can be at far distance rather being in same room and practice it. It is easy to do and you can easily improvise your telepathic skills by practicing it more often.

4. Psychomancy

Psychomancy is one of the most interesting psychic ability found very rare, used to see past of any object. Practically it is used by psychics hired by police and detectives when a object is found of a missing person, so that they could know about that person by knowing the past of that object.As this ability is rare, its hard to learn.

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5. Clairsentience

Clairsentience which means clear sensing, is ability to sense past/future, positive/negative energy,emotional state of a person or object by just watching or touching them.Many people have this ability without consciously knowing it. They feel good or bad about a new person they just met, or a house they recently visited, or a thing they are going to purchase.

6. Astral Projection or Third eye

Astral projection is an experience in which soul leaves the physical body and travel through the astral plane.It allows you to visit places or people far away from you without physically going there. There is a myth that practicing astral projection is dangerous. But as I said, it is a myth. Visit : http://themindunleashed.org/2013/06/20-astral-projection-myths-busted.html for more.

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7. Aura Reading

Aura is a Greek-Latin word which means “hue of air” or “shine”. Aura, basically, is a shine or color surrounding each living as well as non-living thing. Your aura shows your emotional/physical qualities, positive/negative feelings, thoughts, past/future and many more things. You can learn and practice reading your own and as well as others auras.

8. Law of Attraction

Law of attraction is the most basic and easiest yet most powerful technique. Many people must know about the movie and book The Secret which tells you every basic thing about the Law of Attraction. The Law of Attraction simply says that “What you think is what you get”. It is a universal truth that what you ask for is what you get whether it is positive or negative. Because your conscious mind only knows the difference between negative and positive. However, the part of your mind which helps you to get what you’ve thought is the sub-conscious mind and it oesn’t know the difference between them. So, it is essential to never think negative or you’ll be served with what you’ve thought. If you want to practice, first of all you have to relax your self for 5 to 10 minutes. Then meditate on it, concentrate on it, feel it, you must feel like the goal is already achieved,  enjoy the achievement, and show some gratitude for it. Then keep doing this until the goal is achieved.

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9. Déjà Vu

Déjà vu which means “already seen” is the phenomenon of having strong sensation of having already seen or already felt the event or experience you are going through. For example, sometimes you are in a deep conversation with your friend and suddenly feel like you’ve been through this before or sometimes you visit a place for a first time and you feel like you’ve been there before.This feeling or urge you have is “Déjà vu”. There is a belief that you experience it if you’ve been there or talked like that in your previous life.

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How to Set Stretch Goals and Keep Your Team Motivated

How to Set Stretch Goals and Keep Your Team Motivated

Stretch goals are a lot like physical fitness. When you adopt a physical sport such as running, continual practice leads to increased stamina, growth and progress.

While commitment to the sport improves performance, true growth happens when you are stretched beyond your comfort zone. I know this from personal experience.

For years, I was an avid runner. I ran with a variety of running groups in the Washington, D.C., area and in Columbus, Ohio, where I lived prior to moving to the nation’s capital in 2011.

While I was initially fearful about slacking off on my exercise habit when I moved to D.C., running enthusiasts in the area provided continual motivation, inspiring me to lace up my shoes day after day. Much to my surprise, many of the area’s running stores (including Pacers and Potomac River Running) boasted running groups that met in the mornings and evenings. So, it was relatively easy for a newcomer like me to connect with like-minded peers.

I was never a particularly fast runner, but I enjoyed the afterglow of the sport: being completely drained but feeling a sense of accomplishment; setting and reaching goals; buying and wearing out new tennis shoes. The sound of throngs of feet pounding the pavement in semi-unison is still enough to bring tears to my eyes. Yes, I sometimes tear up at the start of races.

Of all the groups I ran with, the Pacers Store group that met on Monday nights in Logan Circle boasted the fastest runners. I met up with the group week after week only to be the slowest runner. It was difficult to muster the courage to get up every week and meet the group knowing what was waiting for me: sweating and watching the backs of fellow runners.

Each time I joined the group, I was stretching myself without even realizing it. Instead of feeling like I was transitioning into a better running, for a long time I felt I was torturing myself.

Then something remarkable happened. I went for a run with a different set of runners and noticed my time had improved. I was running at a faster pace and doing so with ease. What was once uncomfortable for me I now handled with ease.

The reason I was becoming a better runner was because I was taking myself out of my comfort zone and challenging myself physically and mentally. This example illustrates the process of growth.

Fortunately, we can create situations that stretch us in our personal and professional lives.

What Is a Stretch Goal?

A stretch goal – as authors Sim B. Sitkin, C. Chet Miller and Kelly E. See detail an article “The Stretch Goal Paradox” in Harvard Business Review[1] – is something that is extremely difficult and novel. It is something that not everyone does, and it’s sometimes considered impossible.

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In general, you establish stretch goals by doing things that are difficult or temporarily challenging.

For instance, when I was first promoted to a senior communications management role, I knew I needed to beef up my relationships with media personalities. I set a goal to once a month book a day of media interviews in New York City – which is home to many media outlets, including SiriusXM radio, CNN, NBC News, HuffPost, VIBE.

This was a huge goal because it meant not only identifying the right people to meet with but convincing them to meet with me and my team. While I didn’t end up meeting the goal of doing a full day of media interviews in New York City, I met more people than I would have met had I not established the goal and instead stayed in the comfort of my D.C. office.

It is important to note that just because you establish a stretch goal doesn’t mean you’ll achieve the goal each time. However, the process of trying is guaranteed to provide some level of growth.

The Importance of Creating Stretch Goals

The beginning of the year is a perfect time to assess where you are excelling and where there is room for you to grow. I typically start the year by creating a yearlong strategic plan for myself.

I think about the things that are necessary to do and things that would be cool to do. I assess the people I should know and think through how to meet them. Then I ask myself if the goals are realistic and what would need to happen for me to achieve them.

Over time, I have learned that there are five things I can do to set stretch goals:

1. Get Outside of Your Head

If I exist within the confines of my imagination, I imperil my own growth and creativity.

If I examine my accomplishments and celebrate them in isolation of others’ accomplishments, my vantage point is limited.

I want to be comfortable with what I accomplish, but I also want to be motivated by watching others. In some respects, stretching is about expanding your network of friends, associates and mentors. These are the people who will propel or slow your growth and development.

Since two are better than one, I always value being able to share my progress with others, seek feedback and then map a plan for success.

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2. Focus on a Couple Areas at a Time

When setting goals, it is important to focus on a couple of areas at a time. Most of us are only able to focus on a few things at a time, and if you feel you are unable to tackle all that is before you, you may simply disengage.

I see this in so many areas of life:

When people get in debt, if they believe the debt is insurmountable, they refuse to look at incoming bills for fear of facing down the debt. Unfortunately, many businesses go awry when setting stretch goals.

In “The Stretch Goal Paradox,” Sitkin, Miller and See note:

“Our research suggests that though the use of stretch goals is quite common, successful use is not. And many executives set far too many stretch goals. In the past five years, for example, Tesla failed to meet more than 20 of founder Elon Musk’s ambitious projections and missed half of them by nearly a year, according to the Wall Street Journal.”

Goal-setting is like a marathon, not a sprint. It doesn’t all need to happen at the same time, and pacing is extremely important if you want to get to the finish line. It is better to focus on a couple goals at a time, master them and then move on to the next thing.

3. Set Aside Time Each Year to Focus on Goal-Setting

When I was a managing director for communications for the Advancement Project, I spent the first part of every year facilitating a communications planning meeting.

The planning meeting began with the team members assessing the goals the team had established in the preceding year, and whether those goals were realistic or not. If we failed to meet certain goals, we broke down why that happened. From there, we brainstormed about possibilities for the current year.

For instance, one year we set a goal of pitching and getting 24 opinion essays published. This was audacious because no one on the eight-person team had the luxury of focusing exclusively on editing and pitching opinion essays to publications around the world. We would need to focus on pitching in between the rest of our work.

We hit this goal within the first eight months of the year. Remarkably, in total, we ended up getting 40 opinion essays published that year, which was an indication that our original goal was too low. We upped the goal to 41 the next year, and amazingly, we hit 42 published opinion essays or guest columns.

From this experience, we not only learned what was feasible, we also learned the power of focus.

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When we focused as a team on getting the commentary on our issues out in the public domain, we were successful. The key in all of this is that there was a ton of discussion around which goal we’d pursue and why.

Equally important, as a manager, I didn’t set the goals alone; the team members and I established the goals collaboratively. This ensured buy-in from each individual.

4. Use the S.M.A.R.T. Goal Model to Set Realistic Goals

S.M.A.R.T.

is a synonym for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound. For the sake of this article, the realistic portion of the acronym is most important.

While you want to set audacious goals, you want to ensure that they are realistic as well. No one is served by setting a goal that is impossible to accomplish.

Failing to meet goals can be demoralizing for teams, so it’s important to be sober-eyed about what is possible. Additionally, the purpose of setting goals is to advance and grow, not depress morale.

For instance, my team would have been discouraged had I begun the year asking it to pitch and place 40 opinion essays if we didn’t already have a track record of placing close to two dozen essays.

By using the S.M.A.R.T. formula, we were able to achieve all that we set out to do.

5. Break the Goal up into Small Digestible Parts

I am a recovering perfectionist. As a writer, being a perfectionist can be counterproductive because I can fail to start if I don’t see a clear pathway to victory.

The same is true with goal-setting. That’s why I join Lifehack’s fellow contributor Deb Knobelman, Ph.D., in noting that it is critically important to break goals into bite-sized chunks.

When I had a goal of doing daylong media meetings in New York City, I had to think through all the barriers to achieving that goal and all the steps required to meet the goal.

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One step was identifying which reporters, producers and hosts to engage. Another step was writing a pitch or meeting invitation that would capture their attention. Another step was thinking through the program areas I wanted to highlight and the new angles I could offer to different reporters.

Since reporters want to cover stories that no one else has written, I needed to come up with fresh angles for each of the reporters I was engaging. An additional step was thinking through who from my team I’d take with me to the various meetings.

I was clear that, as a talking head, as public relations reps are sometimes called, I needed the right spokesperson in order to land repeated meetings with different outlets.

A final step was thinking through what I needed to bring to each meeting and which reports, videos and testimonials would buttress our claims and be of interest to media figures.

As I walked through what was needed to bring my goal of doing daylong meetings to reality, I realized that not only was the idea within reach, but I was excited to tackle the challenge.

From that point until now, I have learned to break down goals into smaller parts and tackle the smaller parts on the path to knocking the goal out of the park.

The Bottom Line

These are my recommendations for setting stretch goals, and there are a ton of other resources to support you in the workplace and in your community.

For instance, LinkedIn’s Lynda.com platform has a wonderful suite of leadership development videos, including ones on establishing stretch goals. This is a paid resource but may be worth the investment if you lead a team or want to invest in tools for your own growth and development.

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Reference

[1] Harvard Business Review: The Stretch Goal Paradox

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