Article Title: How to Make the Most of Your Mind
- How to Get What You Most Want in Life (Updated)
Author: Craig Lock
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Craig's new manuscript (on which he's currently working) on the link between the mysteries of the human mind and spiritual truths.
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"We share what we know, so that we all may grow."
HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MIND -
How to Get What You really Want in Life
"The mind is the citadel of the soul, wherein is housed the
connecting link between the conscious thinking process of man and
Infinite Intelligence. The only thing the Creator has given man
is the right of absolute control - it is the most imporant of the
gifts of the Creator...and the means by which man may control the
major part of his earthly destiny.
- Napoleon Hill
"Within you right now is the power to do things you never
dreamed possible. This power becomes available to you just
as soon as you can change your beliefs."
- Maxwell Maltz
"What would you do in life, if you KNEW you could not possibly fail?"
In this work we'll explore the link between the mind and spirituality, by taking a brief look at the relationship between the psychological and the higher dimension of the spiritual realm.
This work is a practical guide to help you make the most of your
circumstances, through utilising the amazing power of the human mind.
I hope that it will help you, as much as it has helped me in writing my
journal (keeping a daily record of my thoughts and progress).
If I'm on the wrong track, I've really made an ass of myself!
This work is a practical look at the steps to take to see one's wildest dreams turn into reality...through making the most of the amazing powers of the human mind.
I have brought in some spiritual aspects, as I believe we are all on a
spiritual journey in an "earthly existance" (and the spiritual is just another and higher dimension to psychological principles and truths of life). We are spiritual beings; because we humans do not live solely by instinct, as we have the POWER to make CHOICES in our lives - to make them better and more comfortable, or to help others in some way ( as we live at a higher plane than animals...at least most of us!).
So I'll be sharing some philosophical principles in life, based on MY beliefs.
1. Firstly, ask yourself this vitally important question:
WHO AM I?
This is the "core of you and the real essence of our being". What excites you and makes you "tick-tock-clock". It is not WHAT I am (in other words what you DO or a living), eg truck-driver, laywer, sales clerk, nurse, accountant (oh dear!) and so on.
It is father, husband, wife, provider, encourager, carer, and so on.
2. What "fires you up" with passion?
These are what brings you most pleasure, activities that you are best at, ie. your God-given gifts. I love writing to "touch" and hopefully help in encouraging others to be all that they can become and so live more joyful and fruitful lives.
For most people their jobs (= "just on broke") are merely a means to the end - paying the bills and earning a living, but the means usually becomes the end in itself. That is how most people define themselves, eg homemaker.
Incidentally, if you are really stuck in the deep brown stuff, our greatest problem is also God's greatest opportunity - to work miracles in our lives.
I truly believe that!
3. Ask yourself this important question:
What can I do to make my life more SIGNIFICANT?
4. What is your PURPOSE - your reason for taking up space on the planet?
This is closely related to your concept of the meaning of life.
For example, many people think they believe that life is about
sharing their blessings of time, talents and money with others. Great!
Everyone has unique gifts and we are all different.
I truly believe my purpose is to be an encourager and "bridge-builder" through the power of words. Anyway what "normal" job would be suitable for someone like me!
All one needs to do is follow ones heart and TRUST fully, taking one step at a time in total faith...then one step leads naturally to the next.
Now, HOW TO GET THERE?
Analyse where you are in life and how you got there.
Oh well, that's another book!
This state provides clarity of thinking through drawing on intuition, the "still calm voice within". I find it helps me greatly in choosing the path ahead, the "road less travelled": to give me an opportunity of clear thinking and total peace of mind on where to put my mental and physical energies. To know where you want to go, you first have to know where you are standing on the "map of life".
And thank goodness we are all unique creations wanting different things out of life!
What do I most want out of Life?
PRAY, if you do that. Prayer operates through the subconscious mind connecting to God, "Infinite Intelligence", the Creator of the Universe, "Higher Self", Divine Wisdom. You are drawing on a 'Higher Dimension' we can't (nor are we supposed to) understand. The subconscious mind is your gateway to unlimited power.
Write down a mission statement for your life. What is your main PURPOSE for being on this planet? Not just to take up space or inhale oxygen, please!
Who do I want to really Be?
It all starts with DESIRE (intense/burning).
The first step is making a DECISION:
I want to be a writer, who uplifts and inspires people to reach for their ultimate dreams and become all they can possibly be.
"My dream is encouraging and helping other people to fulfill their potentials , to reach for and even realise their dreams."
This is the path I KNOW that I am headed to achieve my destiny, even though logic (and some "well-meaning" acquaintances have said it's impossible from here in "Sleepy Hollow" near the bottom of the world). I took the DECISION to work really hard, follow my heart and not my mind (logic) and just TRUST the universe for a favourable outcome to my endeavours.
I truly believe God, Life, the Universe has a plan or every life, but it's up to each individual to FIND it themselves, then take the decision to follow that path, "come what may". Life is all about CHOICES...and making the right ones for YOU in total FAITH.
In so doing, I believe we glorify our Creator. The purpose of life is expressing our individual talents for the good of humanity and I believe, God is happiest when we can express our love back to Him/Her/It.
""Every man has his own destiny; the only imperative is to follow it, no matter where it leads him."
- Henry Miller
"The task ahead of you can always
be overcome by the power within you...and the seemingly difficult
path ahead of you is never as steep with the great spirit that lies within you."
- Craig Lock
"Our talents are our gifts from God... but what we do with them
are our gifts TO God."
Here are some recent notes from my journal (as I believe my path illustrates the practical principles that I'm writing about in this piece...
I DECIDED to put my main FOCUS into studying the human mind and writing this account ("hence"- nice word eh?) this journal. I am just TRUSTING (unlike a 'net' colleague, who purely look at the financial rewards for the effort) and "some sane" acquaintances who say, "get a proper job". I believe GIVE FREELY, without expecting, then you'll be surely blessed.
Signed off with an attitude of GRATITUDE that I love my fascinating "work" and am living the perfect life ("crazy" to others) for ME.
Thursday 8th April 2004:
My goal or the Easter long weekend to is work on this manuscript and read more on the unlimited powers of the human mind (don't worry about mundane domestic issues, like housekeeping, gardening and mowing the lawn). Who cares about those things!
So made the decision to continue along this path.
The four "D's":
It all starts with:
* DESIRE (intense, burning and passionate)
What do you really want out of life?
What is your DEFINITE PURPOSE?
* Make the DECISION to go for it and neglect boring domestic chores.
In order to get there, you'll need to develop
* DISCIPLINE (self) - usually in big doses.
(I'm typing this on a "wild" Saturday evening in "Sleepy Hollow").
DEVELOP A SENSE OF PURPOSE OR YOUR LIFE:
What are your deepest DESIRES and VALUES?
2. SET YOUR PERSONAL GOALS:
Make the DECISION to go for your deepest desires, your wildest dreams.
Are you honestly prepared to make all the sacrifices, no matter how long it takes to "get there"? Man was made to create through the amazing powers of the human imagination. What do you like CREATING most? I believe our Creator is happiest when we are our "Authentic Selves" doing what we are "destined to do".
What is a miracle? I don't think a miracle an only be defined as an occurrence violating natural laws. In fact, I see my situation as a miracle, considering how far I've come and where I am now in my life with my resources.
I truly believe my calling is building bridges through the net at this stage and still believe my path and vision lies in electronic publishing.
TOOK THE DECISION: WRITING (and web publishing) IS MY MAIN PATH in the future - encouraging others through my writings online + people in the "real world". So made the personal decision to be an "incorrigible encourager" (and an "information and inspiration distributer").
Make the DECISION:
to FOCUS on your desired outcomes. EXPECT a favourable outcome to your endeavours.
"Blessed are those who expect little...
because they will receive little."
I'd better expect "heaps" then from endeavours.
Never mind, I'll just work steadily and see what happens. What the Universe brings forth, but I love the uncertainty of the journey anyway!
The key, I believe is INTENT - the SPIRIT with which you undertake any course of action. ACT. Just DO, without focussing overly on results. Of course, the hardest thing is getting the right balance between objectives (results) and just doing for the pleasure.
(This will depend on things, like your personal needs at the time, mind-set, temprament, outlook on life, attitude - whether optomistic or pessimistic, etc.).
As the sportspeople say, "get in the zone" and "go with the flow". I find I get my best results when I just do my very best at a particular task or goal, work steadily and consistently each day, taking one step at a time. Stop striving and simply "let go and let God."
...and that's what I'm doing greatly enjoying writing this "work".
THINK, like a child. Children have incredible imaginations. What were the dreams you had as a child (before the responsibilities and "burdens" of adult maturity)? NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!
As Walt Disney once said...
"It's kinda fun to do the impossible."
We CAN/we WILL do it with God's help.
Keep a POSITIVE ATTITUDE at all times, when you encounter seemingly insurmountable obstacles (and you WILL),
Trust your intuition/God.
Do not wait! The time will never be 'just right'.
"Start where you stand and work with whatever tools you may have at your command
and better tools will be found as you go along."
- Napoleon Hill (author of the classic work 'Think and Grow Rich')
"There can be no shadows unless there is a sun."
Pray about the right path for YOU.
TAKE ACTION (massive).
ACT "as if" you are already successful and visualise "arriving there". Crazy!
The future does not have to be the same as the past. Say, "everything in my life has prepared me for this journey".
Follow the Laws of the Universe: ie. the Law of:
1. Cause and Effect
2. Attraction (= Gratitude)
4. the Power/Magic of Belief
"Work as if everything depended upon YOU and TRUST (and pray) as if everything depended on God."
Take one step towards God (or Allah, the Life Force, or whatever you understand a higher being to mean to you) and God takes three steps towards you.
Have "heaps of patience". Your desired results may take months or even years to materialise. Lord, please give me patience... but I want it right NOW!.
What would you DO if you knew you could not fail? Embrace the journey.
Then watch "miracles" happen in your life, as you one day achieve your most earnest desires.
Just do your very best to make A DIFFERENCE in this amazing world and have great FUN along the way. That to me is true success*.
* (like loving a lot, laughing a lot and having good friends).
This path will be used as a testimony to the unlimited power and love of God, our Creator, who know's each one of us intimately (and consequently our unique purposes) and consequently what's best for YOU...
so love the magical journey of life.
Happy travelling in finding your true purpose for being on this planet,
ie God's plan for YOUR life.
How much music can you make out of your life, with the time
you have left?
"The future really does belong to those who believe in the
beauty of their dreams."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
"Man is mind
and evermore he takes the tool of thought
and, shaping what he wills,
brings forth a thousand joys,
a thousand ills.
He thinks in secret
and it comes to pass -
Environment is but his looking glass."
Thanks so much for sharing with me, dad
“Try not to become a person of success but rather try to become a person of value.
"I believe that God creates us with different gifts; so that in life's journey each one of us, experiences challenges (often severe and our attitude will depend on how we get through them), things that give us joy and using our gifts allow us to bless the world around us."
Uplifting, encouraging and empowering people through the power of words and thought energy. Change YOUR world and you change THE world."
THESE THOUGHTS MAY BE FREELY PUBLISHED
Don't worry about the world ending today...
as it's already tomorrow in little scenic and tranquil New Zealand
Craig is living the life that he loves. He believes in sharing information and insights to make a difference in
this world: to help and especially encourage people along life's magical journey ... and that brings him the greatest joy.