Listen to Your Subconscious Mind
If you study the lives of people who have had Eureka moments, you'll discover that their breakthroughs almost always came after extended periods of intense, conscious effort.
They worked. They struggled. They abandoned all hope. They recommitted -- and then the breakthrough came. And often at the most unexpected of moments.
They weren't buying lottery tickets at their local deli, hoping to win a breakthrough fortune. They were digging for treasure in their own back yard.
Rene Descartes (Mr. "I-Think-Therefore-I-Am") got the Scientific Method revealed to him in a dream. Elias Howe arrived at the final design for the lock stitch sewing machine in a dream. Richard Wagner got the idea his uber work, Das Rhinegold, while stepping onto a bus after long months of creative despair.
In other words, the conscious mind works overtime in an attempt to solve a problem or achieve a goal. Unable to come up with the solution, the challenge gets outsourced to the subconscious mind, which then proceeds to figure things out in its own, sweet time.
Of course, all of this assumes we are listening to that still small voice of wisdom within us.
Well then, what's a not-so-still, left-brained, bottom-line-watching business person to do if he wants to increase the odds of tapping into his inner Einstein.
Here's a start:
This week, keep a log of your most inspired ideas, intuitions, and dreams. When something pops for you (an inspired thought, an inkling, a sudden insight) write it down -- even if it doesn't make sense. Then, at the end of the week, read your log.
Look for clues. Notice patterns. Make new connections. See what insights come to mind -- and if they do, let us know.
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Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at January 21, 2011 11:48 PM
THANKS for a beautiful and Inspiring post....
However, I feel that you should rename it to:
Listen to Your Heart....
unless you are willing to rename your blog to:
The Subconscious Mind of Inspiration....
Your on Mitch, I'm in the middle of a huge brainstorming time so this post came at the perfect moment. I will record every idea and intuition this week and see what comes through. Thanks again.
Posted by: Steve at May 24, 2010 09:05 PM
There was a very good article in the New Yorker on this topic last year that is worth checking out: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/07/28/080728fa_fact_lehrer
- Brian Halligan
Posted by: Bhalligan at August 14, 2011 12:31 AM
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