Monday, October 19, 2009

Your subconscious mind can help you in solving problems.

Human mind has two levels of function, conscious and subconscious. An average person mostly uses the conscious mind, without realizing the possibility of leading a much better life by optimizing the use of subconscious mind. The advancements of the field of Neuro Linguistic Programming [NLP] have revealed many ways of using subconscious mind to improve the quality of life. Let’s discuss how you could use your subconscious mind to solve tough problems easier. It is recommended that you try each of the three different ways that are discussed here, preferably one method at a time for three months continuously, until you find what works for you best.

First, think of a problem that has been nagging you for a while. Write down the problem on a piece of paper in as much detail as possible including when and how it started, how it has affected you, what you have already done about that, etc. Then write a question as if to ask what you should to solve this problem. Phrase the question in a positive manner. For example, instead of writing ‘Why can’t I achieve any success in my career?’ put it in like this. ‘What do I have to do to be successful in my career?’ Then throw the paper away and get on with your work. An inspiration will occur, hinting you about how to approach the problem, when you least expect it. It’s your subconscious mind that gives you the inspiration. It happens when you are relaxed and calm. It may also come in a dream when you are asleep. So, always keep a pen and a paper close to where you sleep so that you can write it down just as you wake up. It is also possible that your problem will get solved due to a coincidence. The solution comes in those same ways for the other two methods too.

The next method is go to a quiet place and think of the problem for a while, covering every angle of it, like you did when writing about the problem in first method. Then just brush it aside from your mind and go on with your day-to-day work.

The third technique is to discuss the problem with a few people who are in some way affected by it or simply care for you. Try to cover every angle as in other methods, and then just leave it behind and go about doing your other work, until the subconscious mind guides you towards the solution as mentioned with the first method.

You must work on only one problem at a time and try only one method at a time. If a particular method doesn’t work for you within three months, go for another. You get best results if you don’t suspect whether these methods will work. The power of subconscious mind is surprisingly great.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Have you ever wondered what tiredness really is?

After doing some amount of work, we get tired. When you are tired, you can’t go on working, you need to rest. The tiredness sets up a limit to your performance. But have you ever wondered whether tiredness is what it appears to be? You are going to be surprised there.
Scientists have systematically proved that mental work itself doesn’t make you tired. During physical labor, the brain shows traces of toxic chemicals that are released by physical exhaustion. But the blood passing through the brain during a mental activity doesn’t contain those toxins. But then, why does almost everybody who works behind a desk gets tired? They get tired not because the work but their emotional reaction to the work. Yes! Stress, anxiety, sadness, anger, boredom, the feeling of lack of positive feedback, which you experience during a mental activity make you tired. Such imitations make you stiffen up, and a stiff muscle is a working muscle, and working muscles indeed get tired.
Stop reading this article for a moment. Run a check on the muscles of your body. Are you straining your eyes? Are your shoulders stiff? Are you leaning forward on your chair? Are you making your hands in to fists?
It’s not only your emotions that make you stiff but also the subconsciously accepted concept that there has to be an effort in any form of work.
So how do you get rid of this unnecessary tension? One thing you can do is to somehow make your work interesting to you. Try to think of all the good things about the work. Think of how many other people will be willing to take up your position which you think all boring work? Use your imagination to make your work more interesting and exciting. When I play some music in the back ground when I type my articles, I do it with much less effort and faster. When you choose your career, go for something that you really enjoy doing, and you will be less tired at the end of a working day.
The other way to tackle tiredness is staying relaxed throughout the work. How do you go about relaxation? Relax your muscles, that what you should do. You need to relax your eyes, shoulders, neck, the whole body. Relaxation is a very big topic. My intention here is to focus your attention on the importance of relaxation, there for I will tell you of only one basic relaxation exercise. It is relaxation by suggestion. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Focus your attention on your toes. Tell them to relax, to let go. Imagine the toes relaxing, that it feels as if they are not there. Gradually bring your focus upwards relaxing the feet, calves, thighs, knees, hips, belly, lower back, chest and upper back, fingers and hands, neck, eyes, and the head. You don’t necessarily have to follow this order as long as you relax all the major muscles, and most importantly, the eyes.
Make it a habit to relax at random instances when you are at work to avoid being tired in the first place, and if you do feel tired, don’t proceed without relaxing. With practice you can relax the whole body very quickly. Try this while traveling, waiting for your turn for something, working behind a deck, reading etc. Also do a relaxation exercise first thing in the morning and just before falling off to sleep at night every day.
Being tense is a habit, and so is being relaxed. It takes time to break the old habit and form the new one. Relax at odd moments. Always check whether you are stiff whenever you are engaged in a mental activity and relax if so. Check how tense you are at the end of every day and relax accordingly. The change this brings to your life will be revolutionary!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Self improvement, New ideas, Creativity

What happens to all those inspirations?
As we attend to our daily errands, various ideas come to our minds, as we take in the signals from our surroundings with our sensors. For example, you may go to a shop and feel that the sales staff can offer a better service by simply rearranging the shop in a certain manner. You may buy a consumer product and feel that it will be of more use if a certain feature is added to it. When I browse the web, I get frustrated with the way some people try to sell things with squeeze pages. When I launch my own squeeze page, I will do things differently.
So, what happens to all these bright ideas we get? In general, we forget most of them with our busy lifestyle. How would you put these ideas in to practice?
The very first thing you must do is to take them down. I came across this concept in a book about self improvement that I read. I thought it was worth giving a try. I got myself a small note book which I named ‘my ideas book’. I started carrying it around it with me and jotting down the new ideas that came to my mind on it. I committed myself to read through it at least once a day. That motivated me to try some of them out. Because they were my own inspirations, it was quiet enjoyable working on them. Reflecting back, I’m surprised to see how much I have accomplished and learnt ever since I started carrying my ideas book around with me. I have learnt a lot about computers and internet in particular. I have been able to lay out the foundation for an online business. One idea lead to another and a lot of exiting things came in my way. I’m still in to this habit and will be in to it.
Try this technique and it will help you to live the life that you always wanted. It is a very nice experience when your own idea adds some quality to your life. This habit will boost your creativity too.