The United Negro College Fund used a slogan: “A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste!” It doesn’t matter if you are African American, Caucasian, Chinese, Indian, Native American, or whatever politically correct phase you want to put here – “A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste!” Be grateful for the education received whether it is from a school teacher, coach, mentor, or the school of hard knocks.
I have written a few times about the movie: “A Beautiful Mind” regarding the Nobel Lauriat: John Nash. Although he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, Mr. Nash made major contributions in the area of Economics. The power of the mind can be miraculous.
Albert Einstein said: “Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.” Think about that. To have the foresight to consider a potential hurdle is laudable. To take the time to implement a plan to avoid an obstacle is inspiring.
I preach that people should train their mind with the same diligence that they train their bodies. We exercise our muscles, why not our brains? Is the job done once we graduate high school, college, trade school, or any other form of higher education? I think not!
Experiences greatly influence the workings of the mind. We perceive life through our five senses and our conscious thought form opinions and make judgments. This is a natural phenomenon. Yet, to properly train the mind, it is necessary to delve deeper into the subconscious. Intuitively, we receive signals and uncover the facts. This data is “truth.” Reality without judgment is the proper way to train a mind.
Take, for example, a person who has trouble saving money. Furthermore, let’s say that the cause of this difficulty is due to teachings as a child saying “money is the root of all evil.” How do you overcome this hurdle? First is to recognize that this belief is holding you back. The second step is to re-train, or reprogram the mind with an alternate thought process. Money is not evil but that it can be used for evil purposes (i.e. funding terrorist) and that money in itself is inanimate and therefore has no fault. Use this same principle with any thought process that is limiting progress. Another example is the way I define some labels that people put on me. I do not like being called: handicapped, disabled, or crippled. I gave these words distinct definitions and created a term that is acceptable to me: “diffabled” (the combination of the words differently and abled). Some might consider this insignificant but it was stopping me from moving past the label. These words no longer have a negative affect on me.
Wisdom is obtained when knowledge and experience are combined. Learn from any source whether it be books, life experiences, mentors, etc. Just remember that old saying: “Garbage in – Garbage out” meaning that if you fill your mind with nonsense, your thought process will produce the same. Analyze events to obtain the truth (pure fact) and keep the judgment out. Be creative! “Don’t Worry – Be Happy!” Have fun! It’s all in your mind.