We all know that the way we think about ourselves and our abilities will determine the direction of our lives. But often, during stressful or challenging times, we choose to forget the immense power we have to forge our own reality. It starts with control over our mind. We need to remember that it’s hard enough to move towards our goals without self-sabotage.
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Whenever I feel less than confident, I pull up a poem by one of the most egotistical and bombastic persons who has ever walked this Earth…Muhammad Ali.
This three time world champion heavyweight boxer was a master at attempting to intimidate his opponents with his powerful words. I don’t know if his crazy statements really worked on his adversaries, but they sure work for me. Here’s one of my favorites:
“I’ve wrestled with alligators,I’ve tussled with a whale.I done handcuffed lightningAnd throw thunder in jail.
You know I’m bad.
Just last week,
I murdered a rock,
Injured a stone,
Hospitalized a brick.
I’m so mean,
I make medicine sick.”
Every time I read this over-the-top proclamation, I chuckle. But you know, it works its magic by somehow making me instantly feel more buoyant, confident and alive.
The power of words are real.
Creativity finds its most expressive outlet during the act of brainstorming. The successful brainstormer bypasses the need to come up with the “right” answer or, in fact, any answer at all.
He is not concerned with what others think of him. Smart, ignorant, wise, dumb, it just doesn’t matter. He knows those types of thoughts would only serve to shut down his creative flow. He is fearless. His only interest is letting the random ideas, no matter how impractical or useless, out into the world.
Judging the relative merits of the ideas is a task for later. He understands that deeply and anchors himself firmly in the present moment. His priority is quantity, not necessarily quality of ideas.
Have you convinced yourself that this is not a state of mind which you will ever be able to achieve? Well, as Henry Ford, once said, “whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.”
Try letting your “craziest” ideas out into the light of day. You don’t need to tell anyone about them if you don’t feel comfortable doing so. Simply write them down.
The awesome thing is that after you do this exercise a couple of times, you’ll experience a feeling of liberation, of freedom, and of surge of inner strength. And once this happens, there’s no going back. You’ll be hooked on your own inherent power of creativity.
Ideas CAN change your life if you want it. Start letting them out of your head today. And remember…the more, the better.