Monday 24 February 2014

The Mind Game (Part 3)

On the previous parts of this series - The Mind Game; I have said that it’s possible to set out your formations, like setting new goals for a project or the year, conceptualizing a new vision, trying to initiate and enforce some new disciplines, but still, with all such noble efforts achieve nothing until victory is gained first in the mind.
Open Your Mind
With that opening phrase in mind, the law of the universe is this: no matter how fragile it may seem, the world of circumstance shapes itself to the inner world of thought.
If a person is just keenly a physically oriented kind of individual with less focus on internal subjects, then such a person is doomed to failure at all the deciding corners of life.
Hear James Allen – “man is buffeted by circumstances so long as he believes himself to be the creature of outside conditions, but when he realizes he is a creative power, and that he can command the hidden soil and seeds of his being out of which circumstances grow, he then become the rightful master of himself.
Earnestly you have to keep watch over the kind of thoughts that emanates from your mind, because they are responsible for forming your personal philosophy which in turn is directly responsible for the outcome of your life.
A wise man once said that thoughts are things. How true!
Society itself is a collective fabrication of the mentality of its citizenry. Now if the thought pattern of people is sufficient to reflect the state of a nation, then what do you think a certain thought-pattern will do to a single person. So it is a valid fact that the quality of any community is a direct mental framework or quality of its immediate indigenes.
My advice then is this: watch carefully the kind of thoughts you generate; Fight to preserve the sanity of your thinking. Don’t just allow any thought in and stay in your mind. Engage a screening process.
“Be cautious,” said a sage “for circumstances grow out of thought and any person knows this, who has for a given time practised self-control, will notice that the alternation in his circumstances has been in exact ratio with his altered mental condition.” Wow!
Professor of Anatomy at Harvard and Father of Modern Psychology in America – William James concluded at the end of his industrious career that, “the greatest discovery of his generation is this, that human beings can alter their lives by altering the attitude of their mind.”
Friend, you may be poor, your shoes may be broken, but if your thoughts constantly align and reason with kings in the confines of your mind, then one day you will dine with them in their very earthly palaces.
Remember the saying that what the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve.
Just thinking is work-in-progress, so once again be cautious!

POINT TO RUMINATE ON: “The soul attracts that which it secretly harbours; that which it loves, and also that which it fears.”

Authored by: Anointed Enoh

Monday 10 February 2014

The Mind Game (Part 2)

I started a series on the subject – The Mind Game and I stated emphatically that if we must win the numerous battles of life and make meaningful progress towards our goals then the mind game or battles must be to our advantage.
Amongst the many phrases that I mentioned, one which resonates a lot with me is the witty words of Sir Winston Churchill that “the empires of the future are the empires of the mind.”
This further goes to express how sacred the activities of the mind are, in terms of our well being.
In this episode, let me further emphasize a little more on the importance of securing dominant control of the activities of your mind.
On this, another sage has this to say, “What lies before us and what lies behind us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
Another added that a man’s felicity consists not in the outward and visible blessing of fortune, but in the inward and unseen perfections and riches of the mind.
Don’t try to gain prominence by enforcing external changes at the expense of internal changes, because it will ultimately mean nothing has or will change.
Great Wall of China
For instance, Ancient Chinese had the problem of enemies invading their territories and they decided to do something about it. They built, still standing, one of the world’s longest structural projects – The Great Wall of China to protect its most volatile areas. Let me quickly and briefly provide you with some of the features of the Wall to help you understand the magnitude of the project:
·         Ranging between 15-30 feet wide and 25 feet high; though the highest point on the wall is over 5,000 feet.
·         The wall has more than 10,000 Watchtowers and each up to 40 feet tall.
·         It is said that the Wall can be seen from the moon/space.
·         As I earlier mentioned, it is the longest man-made structure in the world – over 6,000km long and considered the longest cemetery site because of the over 1million people that died during its years long construction!
But guess what? This Wall was invaded twice on the account of Barbarians simply bribing the gate keepers without lifting a weapon on those two occasions.
So what was the problem? Simple; premium was given to external activities, but internal ones were trivialized – like educating its citizens about the value of patriotism.
In the same vein, the mind must be taught or given expectation or else it will run anarchy.
The Legendary actor, Charlie Chaplin said of himself, “Even when I was in the orphanage, when I was there I thought of myself as the greatest actor in the world. You had to feel the exuberance that comes from utter confidence in yourself. Without it you go down to defeat.”
Seneca added, “It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable.”
Don’t ignore your within and don’t act at the expense of your internal processing.
Keep ensuring that your content is not compromised, that you are doing everything possible to grow your mind because for a fellow that has a lot of external glamour without growing him or herself internally, there is no hope of a glorious future.

POINT TO RUMINATE ON: “One of the early signs of sophistication is not giving way to all inclinations but rather sending your emotion to school so they will learn how to behave.”

Authored by: Anointed Enoh