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Monday, April 4, 2016

Cultivating your mind the right way

Napoleon Hill's quote - more gold had been mined from the mind of man than earth itself
The battles of life are primarily won and lost in the mind. Your mind is your greatest asset because it holds limitless possibilities when properly channeled. “Guard your heart with all diligence, for out of it flows the issues of life” is an admonition that shouldn’t be lightly esteemed. What the mind of man can conceive, it can produce. The tallest buildings we see today were first built in the mind before they were actually brought to life. The same goes for all the groundbreaking inventions made by man over the years.

It’s, however, disheartening to observe that a lot of people have allowed their minds to be occupied by junks flying across the airwaves and the social media. Many have become paranoid due to overexposure to negative news contents making rounds in the world. Warning! Minimize negative news intake, it can 'damage' your mind, making you see nothing good around you, except violence and evil acts that usually make the headlines.

For you to perform optimally in your chosen field, you need to habitually nourish and cultivate your mind. No engine will perform at its best without periodic servicing and maintenance. The funny thing is, too many activities do not allow us to optimize our minds for better results. For people like me that go to work very early in the morning and come back at night, you may ask, “What time do I have to develop my mind?” However, one will definitely create time for what he/she loves doing, especially things that are beneficial. 

To improve your mind continuously, you need to start doing the following on a consistent basis: 

1. Reading: Anyone that wants to attain greater heights in his business and career must be an avid reader. Reading, they say, makes a man. And I want to put it this way, reading good books makes a man. A man who cannot read has no future. It’s appalling to note that many after graduating from institutions of higher learning do not care much about reading. To keep your mind fresh, updated and ready to generate productive ideas, you must feed it daily with resourceful materials. The mind, like the physical body, atrophies the moment you stop feeding it. Read motivational books, business/career related journals, good novels and most importantly, your Bible. Feed your mind with quality books and the results you attain will surprise you. 

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2. Thinking: This simply means the act of brooding over an issue in your mind. Reading will not be enough if you cannot think. The mind is most productive when it is in a “thinking mode”. Don’t confuse this with worrying, which is counterproductive. Nothing kills a man so fast like worrying. 

Henry Ford once hired an efficiency expert to check his plant. Ford instructed him, "Find the nonproductive people. Tell me who they are, and I will fire them!" The expert inspected the plant and finally returned to Henry Ford's office with his report. "I've found a problem with one of your administrators," he said. "Every time I walked by, he was sitting with his feet propped up on the desk. The man never does a thing. I definitely think you should consider getting rid of him!" When Henry Ford knew the man the expert was talking about, he shook his head and said, "I can't fire him. I pay that man to do nothing but think - and that's what he's doing." 

Set aside quality time to think through your tasks. Remember, you don’t think like a peasant and emerge a king. 

3. Sharing your ideas with others: It is obvious that two good heads are better than one. Sharing ideas with others in an interpersonal or group basis has a way of improving one's mindset. To make most of this, listen more than you talk during discussions. Talking about your ideas with people of like minds will help you take them to the next level as well as sharpening your wit. Such deliberations will improve your thinking and in turn increase your productivity. 

4. Pray: There comes a time when all the motivational speaking in the world might seem inadequate in getting you back on track, when it appears the whole world is turning upside down. At this juncture, you need to look up to the Power higher than you. Pay heed to Apostle Paul’s admonition, “Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.” Prayer is indispensable. I don’t wait till I fall into a mind debilitating misfortune before I start praying. It is a daily habit. Make talking with God an everyday affair and your life will be better for it. 

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