We all know what we know. We are not aware of what we do not yet know (consciously), until we stretch our mind through our thinking.
I hear people say often, ‘Yes, I know about this or that …’, when in fact they only know very little about the subject, which is often very insignificant. Through this thinking it creates us to think we know much more, when in fact we do not know very much at all in the scheme of life.
I am reminded of a wonderful quote: ‘The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions’ by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Once we learn something new it is impossible to unlearn it in relation to not knowing about it. We can stop if it is a habit but we are still aware of the habit, it just is not controlling us anymore.
We are all unique beings, with our own set of innate gifts that we have to give to the world. Understanding these gifts and using them to expand ourselves and our thinking, is the gift we give to ourselves and others.
Through stretching ourselves, we can grow, learn and become the best we can be.
We are never aware of just how incredible that can be as we only know what it is we know … so let’s expand our thinking as much as possible!
It is time to consider that we know very little, thus create the space for more ideas and knowledge to come into our minds consciously.
We now find in the world of life and business that every subject has specialists. One is no longer ‘just a’ GP, a Lawyer, or an IT person. No matter what it is, there are people who do aspects of every subject that make them specialists.
We can be a generalist who knows lots about many things, but not in the in-depth knowledge of one particular area. This is something that one masters by being focussed on one precise area of a subject.
Here are some ways to expand your mind and thinking in business:
- Focus on the one thing that you love to do most that expands your work
- Read more books, listen to more podcasts, watch more videos (personal development, autobiographies, experts on your subject)
- Open up to the spiritual/inner side of your life though meditation or mindfulness
- Use both the left (logical) and right (creative) sides of your brain
- Rest, exercise and nourish your body
- Listen to beautiful music and open your imagination
- Recall good memories
- Use all your senses by heightening them all
- Memorise new things eg a song, a book, a new computer tool
- Develop new habits that help you grow
- Learn and understand how your own brain processes information
- Have a thirst for learning new things.
I find it important to endeavour to expand my own mind every day, as often as I can, and do my best to do so to others, especially my clients, as often as possible. Do you do the same?
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