The Mechanics of Thinking

Relaxing outside with the sun beaming warm rays on my face and a slight breeze in the air helped me to enjoy the greenery coming to life around me. It’s not often one can simply immerse himself in a cocoon of solitude while the noise of life whirls around him. This was a short time trade that I was thoroughly enjoying. It was a time that I was taking to reflect on new goals in life.

It had been a few weeks since I had the chance to just think and contemplate, well, nothing in particular, just whatever came to mind. I was able to let my mind catch and hold onto thoughts then let them go, and all without any sense of guilt.

As I succumbed to this moment of self-reflection old sociological theories popped into my mind helping me remember that we have no conscious experience of what happens in the human mind. Even though I felt at this moment some conscious control of my thoughts.

Much of our conscious thinking is usually conducted well in advance of any conscious action we take. Our actions are a result of our thinking, not the process of thinking. It is like a system, which is an organization of related parts. For a system to survive it requires inputs, processes, and outputs that utilize information and energy. This is what makes the system active. Our ability to think is a system. We need information about our environment, then we process it, then we generate thoughts, and throughout this cycle the strength of our thoughts leverage our energy cycle.

The process of thinking leads us to conceptualize our goals, and our goals can be expressed as getting the inputs needed to support and sustain our system. The strength of our belief in those goals is supported by our emotional investment and motivational desires to realize those goals. The goal, in large respect, becomes a “need” that we’re motivated to satisfy. We feel that something is amiss, or we feel “pain.” It’s this pain that motivates us to realize our goals, and the realization of our goals itself leads us to experience pleasure. Thus, if we want more pleasure, we seek out goals to eradicate the pain we feel.

We inherently create our model of reality based on the inputs in our core system. How we process it is by and large a by-product of our experiences. Essentially, we see the world through our own constructed lens. To think more freely, we need to visualize our thoughts through a different lens. We can do this by broadening the inputs we process and being aware of the inherent bias of our lens. We create many assumptions of our reality that we take for granted. Take, for instance, that each and every one of us assumes every day of our lives that when we go to bed at night, we’ll wake up in the morning. How is that for taking things for granted!

Have you taken time to think?

Feel free to share your answer in the comments.

Time

Dale Shanklin presents Take a Snapshot of Your Life. What’s Really Important? posted at Dale Shanklin’s Personal Development Blog, saying, “It’s common to periodically feel a little lost in life. You’re not sure where to go next or if you still want the same things you’re working towards. This post contains a quick exercise that can help you get back on-track and feel content with what you’re doing. It outlines an efficient way to set meaningful goals in the major aspects of your life and help you figure out what’s really important to you!”

Gabriel Rocheleau presents Need more time? You have MUCH more time than you think! posted at Up Development, saying, “This article aims to help people realize that they actually have much more time than they think if they manage it smartly.”

Flexibility

Shaun Rosenberg presents Is The Path You Are Following Really Your Own? posted at Shaun Rosenberg, saying, “Just because we have goals and we are working hard to achieve them doesn’t mean we are going to where we want to go. Sometimes you have to ask yourself why you have a specific goal and if it fits what you actually want out of life.”

Jon Rhodes presents Stop Feeling So Tired All The Time posted at HypnoBusters, saying, “Do you find yourself feeling tired too often? If so, here are some simple solutions to stop you feeling tired all the time.”

Fitz Villafuerte presents 15 Things You Should Stop Doing If You Want a Better Life posted at Ready To Be Rich, saying, “Change begins within you. Stop your bad habits, and good things will come.”

Money

Eran Eyal presents Social Media Marketing advice: Why your ads are not converting in your Facebook Campaign posted at StartupHat – Eran Eyal on startups, raising funding, design, UX and Innovation, saying, “You can’t get your conversions on your ads. You keen pumping more cash in and creating ads in your campaign… and still most of your ads don’t get you impressions. Here’s some social media marketing advice to help you understand why your ads are not converting in your Facebook campaign.”

Jason Hull presents When Do You Need to Write Your Business Plan? posted at Hull Financial Planning, saying, “I sold a multimillion dollar company using a 12 page Power Point presentation. Here’s why the business gurus who tell you that you MUST write a formal business plan are wrong.”

John Schmoll presents What is Mobile Wallet and is it Worth the Risk? posted at Frugal Rules, saying, “As technology continues to expand more and more business are looking to mobile wallet as a desirable option. There can be some potential risks associated with it, but would that keep you from using your smartphone as a payment method?”

Mr.CBB presents Life, Money and Retirement~Skype Doesn’t Reach Heaven posted at Canadian Budget Binder, saying, “Sometimes we need to ask ourselves why we work so hard for all the money we make and whether we are spending our time wisely. Pouring your life into one basket risks leaving behind potential memories that you might not be able to go back and get. Take time to evaluate your life, your priorities and your future”

Theresa Torres presents Pay Off Debt or Save: Is It Better to Save Money? posted at CreditDonkey Tips.

The DREAM Process

Jana presents How To Uncover Our Intuition posted at Wisdom Ink, saying, “Intuition is our inner gps that can guide us to saving more time and money. The key is to be able to listen to it and make the distinction between your mind and intuition.”

Rob Graumans presents Quantity versus Quality: which one to choose? | The Young Socrates posted at The Young Socrates.

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  9. When I wrote my blog post about Life, Money and Retirement, Skype Doesn’t Reach heaven it was at that moment where time meant more to me than anything else. When you read the post you can clearly read why I think I/We need to take a step back and take a look at our life. You are right, we do take for granted waking up every morning. Take the time to do what we need to do today so we don’t look back and wish we could Skype Heaven. Cheers mate.

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