Transformation Part V: Transforming the mind.

Clark GaitherNow you have come to the action phase of Transformation. This is where the work that is required will separate those who want to transform from those who will transform. There are four realms each individual must work on and within before a miraculous transformation can occur – the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual realms.

We will begin with the mental realm first. Here are the fundamental steps needed for addressing the obstacles, challenges, shortcomings, and barriers to a meaningful trans-formative change of the mind.

Stimulate and nourish your brain. These are one and the same. Do this before you even come up with a plan for action. I can’t think of anything that will get your idea machine cranking faster than reading good books.

Pick your area of interest and read to find out what you don’t know. Sometimes, you might not even know what you don’t know, or what you need to know, until you start reading. Pick books that are on topic for your area of interest.

Also, pick books on topics at the periphery of your interests but are in support your interests. For instance, you might have a great idea or make a great product but you are going to have to eventually market that product so books on marketing are a must.

Read off topic books and periodicals as well to stimulate your thinking. Foster a hobby. Read poetry and awesome quotes. Listen to a variety of music and podcasts that interest you.

Whatever else you do, unless you are watching something purely educational, turn off the TV. Most of what is on TV is crap and will make you stupid. If you must watch something for mindless entertainment, keep it under an hour a day. But just remember, they don’t call it mindless for nothing.

Go out and find the tools that you will need for your success. You simply can’t fix something or create anything without the necessary tools. I can’t tell you how many people I talk with that complain of some problem that they are unable to solve yet when I ask them what research they might have done in order to solve their particular problem, all I get in return is a blank stare or a “nothing” or “I don’t know” in reply.

Good grief. We have the world at our finger tips these days with smart phones and home PC’s. Virtually any problem you might come up with has already been addressed by someone else who’s answer is posted on the internet. There is more information out there than you could possibly review in a million lifetimes, most of it free.

Years ago I read a Scientific American article about Tunisian throat singers who are able to produce up to six or more distinct and separate sounds using just their vocal chords and mouth while singing. It is an art that might take a throat singer 10 or more years to learn.

It was a very interesting article and I thought, I have got to hear some of this. In less than three minutes of searching the internet I found a music store in South Africa that offered a CD of Tunisian Throat Music. In less than 10 days, I had the CD.

There is nothing of interest that I can’t find on the internet. I have made this bet countless times with friends. I always win.

It has been said that there is nothing that would prevent you from becoming an expert on any subject within six months through intense study. Well, of course, except you.

Don’t be your first and last barrier to learning whatever it takes to propel you forward.

Are you stimulating and feeding your mind daily? If not, why not? What are the barriers to learning that you perceive? Please return for the next part in this series when I will discuss the emotional realm of transformation.

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