- Small questions that welcome creativity and playfulness
- Small thoughts make imagining—or mind sculpture—not only easy, but accessible
- Small actions, tiny steps, will help you go around fear and create a permanent new path to success on every level
- Small problem-solving will keep them from turning into giant problems
Thursday, May 28, 2009
It All Begins with Better Thinking
Did you know that the quality of your thinking determines the quality of your life? Your thinking will ultimately determine your habit patterns, which in turn, reinforce your thinking. And your life experience will unfold according those thoughts and beliefs. If you want a different experience, you’ll need to change your thinking.
An obvious (?) observation: there is more to know that we can ever know. Hence, on many levels we remain ignorant, which simply means we are unaware of most of what is happening around us—or within us—at any given time.
Some new info: We are designed to be resistant to change and novelty; yet, the only way to grow on any level is to step out of that resistance and move forward. But that isn’t easy. New goals, new experiences create fear and when the fear has been turned on, it is very difficult to turn it off. It can be done, however.
The brain is quite plastic. We used to believe it was fixed—no new neurons could grow. We now are fairly certain that new knowledge and experiences actually created to synaptic connections in the brain. That means we can actually change our minds; we can move beyond our fear. We can become a new person. That is, once we break the habit of being ourselves.
The way around fear: Kaizen, a Japanese word that means, in essence, small steps to continuous improvement.
How to practice spiritual Kaizen:
Large goals can overwhelm. Small, easy, even almost trivial-seeming goals are not fear-producing. They are easy to accomplish. The more small goals you accomplish, the more your mindset changes from one of fear, doubt, and misgivings to confidence, clarity, and eagerness to continue improving.
“[It seems that] satisfaction comes less from the attainment of a goal and more in what you must do to get there.” Gregory Berns, “Satisfaction” (2005)