“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.”
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One favourite traditional children’s story from Aesop’s Fables is The Tortoise and the Hare, which teaches us a valuable lesson in calm, slow, rational thinking: a cornerstone of personal and professional success.
Understanding the human mind gives you useful access to all the areas it can help you in life. Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of human decision-making helps you to develop yourself and to interact with others. From improving your relationships with loved ones to becoming incredible at disciplines such as marketing and investing, knowing how best to use your mind is one of the most valuable skills you can learn: one of the building blocks of life. Why they don’t teach this in primary schools, I don’t know! This post is to help you understand how the human brain works so that you can utilize it to improve all you do, to become the very best version of yourself there is.
1. Press Pause:
2. Press Fast Forward:
3. The Power of Why:
Young children ask ‘why?’ over and over, to the considerable annoyance of adults, yet this toddlers’ question time is a period of huge accelerated development in human understanding. It is an excellent learning process use this technique yourself. If you have a specific problem or issue – or a belief that’s unhelpful – keep asking yourself the question: ‘why?’. For every answer you give, ask yourself ‘why?’ to drill down to the root cause. If you think something, like, “I don’t have time to take breaks.”
Why? Because I’m too busy.
Why? Because I have too much to do.
Why? Because I can’t switch off.
Why? Because I feel worn out and overwhelmed.
Why? Because I could use some help…
4. Reframe Your Thoughts:
5. Slow Time:
How can you slow your organisation down to improve decision making?
How can you slow family life down to improve quality of life?
Other blog posts I have written on mind control:
The 7 books you must read (or listen to) to help you understand the human brain
Thinking, Fast & Slow by Daniel Kahneman
- The Chimp Paradox by Dr Steve Peters
- Brain Rules by John Medina
- The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
- Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
- Flip It by Michael Heppell
- Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
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