We are blessed with mental muscles yet most of us aren’t even aware of them, let alone use them!
We may or may not develop our physical muscles & rarely develop our mental muscles.
So what the heck are our mental muscles, also known as our higher faculties?
They are Perception, Will, Reason, Imagination, Memory & Intuition.
When we take time to develop these, we start to create the life we want. Successful people have developed these, sometimes unconsciously & we tend to assume that they have been blessed with some talent that the rest of us don’t have. That’s like watching an athlete & saying that they’re naturally gifted without acknowledging the hard work & training that has got them to where they are.
These mental muscles can be developed just as our physical muscles can so let’s take a closer look at each of them.
Perception is our point of view. This is usually based on our previous experience. When we change our perception, we can change the outcome. Wayne Dyer said that when you change the way you think about things, the things you think about changes. Our perception is only one point of view & there are always others. Explore them & discover what else you can find in a situation.
One of the most powerful stories I ever heard was a man on a train letting his kids run riot & disturbing the passengers until someone asked him to control his kids. He looked up, dazed & apologised, saying that they’d come straight from the hospital where their mum had just died. Now while this is a very abridged version, I remember when reading the full story, how I sympathized with the other passengers, even thinking to myself, why don’t parents take responsibility for their kids? Yes, I was that judgemental! By the end of the story, I felt humbled & embarrassed by my reaction. A simple change of perception changed my whole thought process. It has had a powerful effect on my life.
Will gives us the ability to focus, to hold one picture in our mind & exclude all external distractions. Developing this mental muscle will help us reach our goals. Will can be developed by something as simple as watching a candle flame or a dot on the wall. Whenever your mind wanders, bring it back to the flame or the dot. If you can focus on one thing, you can focus on anything. Think of a time when you were totally focused. What was it that created that focus?
Reason is what gives us the ability to originate individual thoughts & bring them together to form ideas. We can look at a situation & work out a way to improve it. We often use this faculty to justify why we shouldn’t/can’t do something so developing it to find solutions will create opportunities for growth & success.
Imagination is what really sets us apart from the animal kingdom. Imagination creates fantasies & every single invention or creation started in the imagination. The creative process starts with fantasy which becomes a theory before becoming a fact. Our biggest problem is that we’re chastised for day dreaming as kids so stop doing it. Have some fun with this & really allow your imagination run wild. Remember that if you can see it in your mind, it’s possible to create it, even if you don’t know how.
Memory can be developed. There is no such thing as a bad memory. There are only untrained memories. There are some great books & apps to help you develop your memory so have some fun with the games & build that memory muscle.
Intuition allows you to pick up vibrations & translate them in your mind. Often called a sixth sense. Vibration is all around us & I’m sure you’ve walked into a room & could cut the air with a knife! Intuition is being able to pick up vibration before you enter the room 🙂 Have you ever had a feeling about something & later discovered that something unexpected had happened? That was your intuition. Become aware of vibrations to improve yours.
All of these faculties can be developed with practice, just like our physical muscles can be developed. Listen to what my mentor Bob Proctor has to say about them here
Which are your strongest ones & which need more developing?
Lisa Bowen is a global gypsy who is also a Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner, a Thinking into Results Consultant with the Proctor Gallagher Institute & has a Diploma in Neuroscience Leadership.
She is passionate about inspiring & empowering others to be the best they can be & believes that by developing powerful mindset skills, we can all make the world a better place. Change starts within & then ripples out. Be the change you want to see.
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