Mind Power

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Skills, talents and abilities can vary from person to person. Natural ability can guide someone to become better through practice while still other skills and talents are developed and learned over time. What makes any one person more capable than another? How do people of equal skill and training excel more than others? The untapped potential of our mind has been the focus of much discussion. Can we, by finding this potential increase our achievements, elevate a skill to new heights or push our bodies physically to new thresholds? I think the answer is definitely, yes. Testimonials, research and time has given us insight to the possibilities. Just like our capacity to learn new skills this idea requires us to use it repeatedly in order to reap all the benefits. Sports has been a common area for using this technique but consideration should be given to the affects such power could have in education, business or just in our personal everyday lives. Think about how different life has become. Times have changed in that we now have too many experiences to count, whereas the past wrote the life you would have. Your family environment determined much of what you would see and do and consequently experience over your lifetime. {text:bookmark-start} The advantages of the past would be the simplicity and sameness in what our ancestors and future generations would understand. Today is a far different world where “our everyday lives reflect this quantum leap in the complexity and pace of human experience” (Houston, 1997) {text:bookmark-end} . The most overlooked tool for understanding and feeling the full dimension of all our experiences is the power of the mind. Internally enhancing and focusing on a skill, trait, and talent or wished for objective will greatly contribute to satisfying results. Our internal thoughts have been discussed in many college classes because of the capacity and strength in which this dimension can enhance us. Look at business classes such as Human Relations where chapters are dedicated to attitudes, emotional balance and positive energy. All of these require learning how to set you up from the inside first. Price Pritchett of EPS Solutions say, “the biggest career challenges these days are perceptual…psychological. Not technical. Not even skills based. The major adjustments we need to make are mental {text:bookmark-start} ” (Pritchett, 1999, 2,143) {text:bookmark-end} . Business Leadership class discusses the five personality dimensions to leadership which includes “adjustment or being able to find emotional stability” and “openness to new experiences” which requires a willingness to change and try new things {text:bookmark-start} (Lussier, Ph.D. & Achua, D.B.A, 2007) {text:bookmark-end} . Both of these traits can be enhanced through mental exercises. Managers use tools such as reinforcement to create positive attitudes in the work place. These may be money initially but for workers to be satisfied in the long run they need to feel they are contributing. The affects from the power of thought on employees or on managers or in the interaction between the two can provide a contagious and positive effect in the workplace. Work is only the start of where mental activity can play a role in achieving more than what is consciously believed. Sports and athletic figures have for years hinted at the benefit of mental power through visualizations and internal focus. Putting yourself through the event in your mind makes it like you have done it before, your mind can then assist your actions because when practiced enough mentally, the action becomes automatic. Dennis Best suggest that the mental “blueprint” you make in your mind by visualizing the activity carries as much weight as completing the action physically because the mind does not know the difference between imagined and actual {text:bookmark-start} (Best, 1999) {text:bookmark-end} . I can only begin to conceptualize the power that could be if I imagined I...
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