Mindset: What do YOU see in this image?

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What sentence do you see?


Your mindset is perhaps the most crucial piece of the puzzle in getting to where you want to be. Without a strong mindset and the desire to do well, you will find yourself procrastinating hour after hour and without really knowing where it is you want to go.

A recent technique I used to create a positive mindset is to balance the things in my life out on paper. I drew a vertical line through the middle of a page, on one side I had "benefit obtained" and on the other, "negativities eliminated".

Break down your personality (honestly...) traits and where you want to be.

So for example I know that I am often impatient with others and always consciously found myself talking rather than listening. I wrote down what it was I was focusing on; patience. I wrote down what I want to achieve; to become a better listener of others.

The benefits gained would be that I'd be more critical of my own ideas and processes. In turn, I would hopefully make less work of change and would take on board more suggestions. Another benefit would be the ability to formulate better ideas for others. If I listened more to what they were saying, absorbed it and deliberated over it, I would ultimately have more to offer that person.

Negativities eliminated - I would lose that narrow-mindedness I often get when I go head on into an idea. I would also lose a touch of my arrogant side and become more favourable with my peers/collegues when it came to choosing the best decision for the task at hand.

Picture yourself in third person, imagine you're watching a video of yourself in situ and be critical of yourself. Don't be afraid to pick out your bad habits and you will grow stronger as a result. Just by losing a little bit of ego, a little bit of your pessimistic side, you can become more opportunist. Imagine yourself 12 months from now, what opportunities do you want to come your way?

So what did you read first, "Opportunity is nowhere" or "Opportunity is now here"? Honest discussion please... What version did you read, and why do you think that was?

Alex
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  • Profile picture of the author don21stc
    Hi Alex,
    I've often tried the same exercise as you but some time ago I tried to think of what I was like in terms of characteristics rather than strengths and weaknesses. My idea is that each so called strength can be a weakness in a different set of circumstances and vice versa but by thinking of attributes as characteristics made me ask myself how I could best use them in a permanently positive way. I often repeat the process (say once or twice a year) and I know that I've made progress but I find that self analysis isn't easy. I've also found that it's no good asking my wife what her thoughts are because they're too coloured with emotion I suppose but I went to a hypnotist over 10 years ago who was in her seventies. She insisted that she was only going to give me three one hour sessions and after that the rest was up to me - that's how I formed the idea of having sufficient knowledge to do anything by the age of 40 provided you can recognise and use what you've got.

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  • Profile picture of the author ASM Marketing
    Interesting point Don, I agree that our minds are often clouded when trying to be self-critical and the same goes for asking anybody connected to us. It's optimistic I guess, to expect a friend or a loved one to be honest and be really critical of how we act.

    Right now I'm trying to completely reassess my self knowledge so that I can sort of mould myself into a better character for my career ahead. At 22, I am lucky in the sense that time is on my side... it's also difficult to weigh up not what's important now but what will be important in say five years time when my priorities will no doubt have changed. I see myself in a planning stage I guess. I'll certainly make a note of the characteristics point, it makes for an interesting outlook.

    Alex
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  • Profile picture of the author jrmnlitt
    You both made some good points. I believe the major thing that stops most people from succeeding is being unorganized and the fear of the unknown. Its easier to procrastinate than to do the things that they believe will change their life. Even if the are suffering finacially. We always see people who have made it big saying you can do it to, but if you have struggled most of your life as many of us have it becomes hard to see your self succeeding the way they have. So many people give up before they have even started. Before any one trys any new business they need to get organized and set a mind frame that will allow them to not hold themselves back.
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  • Profile picture of the author don21stc
    Hi jrmnlitt,
    I think the point about being unorganized is right on the button. As I said, most people have more than enough knowledge and experience by the time they're 30-ish to be a success in anything they choose but organizing that knowledge to deliver the goods is the key. Alex, who started this Thread, is only 22 so he's way ahead of the game in his thinking - I'd never even heard of 'self knowledge' at that age!
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  • Profile picture of the author lakshaybehl
    Its Now Here.

    Swami Vivekanand Said this to a BIG audience in US, almost a century back, and when he showed them a space between now and here, the hall filled with tens of thousands of people roared with the music of a giant applause.

    He showed them God is Now Here.
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    • Profile picture of the author Nail Yener
      To be honest, I read it as "opportunity is nowhere" at first glance. I don't know why. Maybe it is the trick of words or my mindset. Though I wouldn't be here working on this stuff if I believed that. Because I believe the opposite: "opportunity is now here".
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      • Profile picture of the author wyrge
        Interesting exercise. I saw Opportunity is nowhere too. I don't believe it has anything to do with what I believe however. I think it is simply a trick of the mind because of the way the words/letters are spaced.

        All the letters are spaced out very close together. The "W" and the "H" might be said that they are spaced out far enough away to separate them as being two words but the "'W", being a wide letter, "stretches" it making it appear closer to and connected to the "H".

        The point here is well taken though and a great way to open a discussion of this nature. I most definitely believe that all opportunity is right between our ears. We can have virtually anything we want if we believe. We literally create our own reality.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rob Quieny
    Excellent exampl to differentiate the mindset and the way one can think. The words are meaningless until a person understands what he realy wants to presume or do. I feel every circumstance will make a person understand about his strength and weaknesses, a person who can convert his weakness to his strength based on the circumstance is the one who will achieve success. Thanks. Opportunity is now here!
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    • Profile picture of the author ASM Marketing
      Originally Posted by Rob Quieny View Post

      Excellent exampl to differentiate the mindset
      and the way one can think. The words are meaningless until a person understands what he realy wants to presume or do. I feel every circumstance will make a person understand about his strength and weaknesses, a person who can convert his weakness to his strength based on the circumstance is the one who will achieve success. Thanks. Opportunity is now here!
      Yep, this is something I've found very intriguing recently. It's amazing how simply taking a step back and viewing something in a different light can bring out strengths and weaknesses. What I've found is essentially not much actually matters - we tend to create problems for ourselves and then procrastinate or become disillusioned at the task of overcoming that problem.

      When we read "Opportunity is nowhere" and then re-read it as "Opportunity is now here" instantly makes something tick and we then see the same image in a completely different light. Imagine treating every problem like this!

      Alex
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  • Profile picture of the author websitemrktg
    Very cool I saw "now here" first thing I thought was oh he is selling something then I read on lol.
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    • Profile picture of the author Lady_T
      I saw "opportunity is now here" which tells me
      that my mindset about money and wealth has
      changed dramatically.

      I've been reading an oldie but goodie about
      how everything we need to be successful
      lives inside of us and HOW to tap into that
      Infinite source.

      A few months ago I'm sure I would have seen
      opportunity is nowhere - but thank God the
      idea of riches and wealth are sinking down
      into my subconscious.

      One of my mantra's is this...

      "I solve all my problems by placing my
      complete trust in the Divine Power
      within me. I know that this presence
      sustains everything. I now rest in
      security and peace."


      I wish for each of you health, happiness,
      abundance, and all the blessings and riches
      of life.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gavin Stephenson
    Now Here!

    I didnt even notice there was a NO Where LOL untill i read the whole post.

    I am a mindset FREAK and what ive learnt over the past few years is that "You will only earn money to the degree your awarenesss will allow you to keep" Meaning what you see, what you hear, what you feel is what you are THINKING (awareness)

    What you thinking mostly SHOWS UP period.

    Most of the time what shows up is unconscious. This test is a great test to see if the unconscious is prepared for success that you desire.

    AWSOME Post
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    • Profile picture of the author jestershaw
      Your reply is very insightful and I am glad you posted it.

      Very profound statement "you will only earn money to the degree your AWARENESS will allow you to keep". It simply points back to what many spiritual teachers of the past have said, "those who haveHAVE get more and those who have noHAVE NOT get what they do have taken away."

      "Have" refers to beliefs and acts of kindness and the "Have not" refers to lack of belief and lack of kindness. If you give a dollar to a poor man you will get it back 10 fold. If you pass a beggar and say "get a job loser" you will find that what you have will be taken away.

      I am not the best writer or speaker but I hope my message means something to someone.

      Again, nice reply to this post.
      Originally Posted by GavinStephenson View Post

      Now Here!

      I didnt even notice there was a NO Where LOL untill i read the whole post.

      I am a mindset FREAK and what ive learnt over the past few years is that "You will only earn money to the degree your awarenesss will allow you to keep" Meaning what you see, what you hear, what you feel is what you are THINKING (awareness)

      What you thinking mostly SHOWS UP period.

      Most of the time what shows up is unconscious. This test is a great test to see if the unconscious is prepared for success that you desire.

      AWSOME Post
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  • Profile picture of the author Agnes Lyle
    Quote from #3:
    "Interesting point Don, I agree that our minds are often clouded when trying to be self-critical and the same goes for asking anybody connected to us. It's optimistic I guess, to expect a friend or a loved one to be honest and be really critical of how we act."

    It is true that it's hard to be self-critical, but I do think we can get help from those close to us. If they love us, they can often see our weaknesses without distortion, but also without rejection.

    When we look at ourselves without outside help, we need to be very alert to the weak points we fear the most. One thing I have learnt over the years: Beware of the person who constantly tells you that they have a particular quality, e.g. warm-heartedness, loyalty, honesy, discretion, intelligence, culture... They are certain to have the opposite quality - or else they wouldn't go on about it. No comment, however well meant, will help them change, because this imaginary quality is central to their image of themselves. Don't we all cherish an image of ourselves that blinds us to parts of our personality?
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  • Profile picture of the author shermanbir
    A strong mindset comes from having three things present in your life all the time:

    1. Vision-thats full of passion of leaving your mark on this world, by leaving it a better place then you found it.

    2. Purpose-that full of compassion for achieving your vision by linking it up with other peoples vision to your purpose and vision becomes bigger and more meaningful to others who want to achieve it with you.

    3. Objective--of having the courage, strength and desire they do the right thing when the wrong and easy looking way is being presented to you. its means doing what is positive and construction for the best possible good for all parties concern.

    a hearhy mindset only comes when you are happy and in control of your life
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  • Profile picture of the author lakishacopeland
    At first glance I saw opportunity is now here. I agree, it is imperative to have the right mindset if you want to achieve success. Personal development is something we all should work on daily.
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  • Profile picture of the author FreedomBuilder
    In rereading Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends... the other day I came across a marked sentence- "If you tell me how you get your 'Feeling of Importance' I'll tell you what you are. That determines your character. That is the most important thing about you." I think we sometimes tie ourselves up with the details and semantics of self analysis. When were you really proud of yourself? What did you do to get that feeling? What did you really feel ( a la NLP)? If you can replicate those times, you will be working from strengths, with happiness, towards success.
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    • Profile picture of the author ASM Marketing
      Originally Posted by FreedomBuilder View Post

      In rereading Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends... the other day I came across a marked sentence- "If you tell me how you get your 'Feeling of Importance' I'll tell you what you are. That determines your character. That is the most important thing about you." I think we sometimes tie ourselves up with the details and semantics of self analysis. When were you really proud of yourself? What did you do to get that feeling? What did you really feel ( a la NLP)? If you can replicate those times, you will be working from strengths, with happiness, towards success.
      Great point and an interesting point. Could you elaborate perhaps on exercises to help this association of good feeling/bad feeling?

      I'm getting into NLP a lot recently, I've increased my understanding of body language and voice tonality so much over the last few weeks and this is reflecting in how I handle clients. I'm constantly trying little tricks and tells on them.

      For people who don't know, NLP is short for Neuro-Linguistic Programming and is the study of excellence. It basically picks out top body language, mindset and tonality of great speakers/negotiators/leaders. It puts lots of focus on ensuring you are in the best placed position to make calculated decisions and reactions. Very interesting stuff!

      Alex
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  • Profile picture of the author FreedomBuilder
    As to be expected, the NLP idea has been interpreted and touted in a hundred different ways, so Bandler & Grinder's book, Frogs Into Princes, is a MUST READ, but generally what I am talking about when I say feeling is not the evaluative interpretation of general state (I feel great!), but rather the details of the experience - sounds, pictured memories (images, colors, movement), physiological sensation of any kind and where it starts and where it moves to. It's all about the details of the experience, not some evaluation or "meaning".
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    • Profile picture of the author keddy1
      at first instance I read it " opportunity is nowhere".truely tricky....
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      • Profile picture of the author Hyaku_Man
        I read it as "Opportunity is nowhere" but then I laughed out loud and was like "You've got to be kidding! Opportunity is all around us, dude!" So I don't know if my mindset is right or not.
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  • Profile picture of the author maggie2
    I first read nowhere but then realized almost instantly that it was now here. So what does it mean if you see it one way and then the other? And does it matter which way you see it first?
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    • Profile picture of the author ASM Marketing
      Originally Posted by maggie2 View Post

      I first read nowhere but then realized almost instantly that it was now here. So what does it mean if you see it one way and then the other? And does it matter which way you see it first?
      I don't think it matters that much, the fact you are on this forum suggests you have a positive mindset

      What I do think it does very well is make you stop and think to yourself "oh yeah, opportunity really is everywhere". It makes something tick in all of our minds and hopefully this converts to taking positive action.

      If you ever feel yourself struggling to jump a hurdle, re-read that line and think to yourself there's two meanings, the one you take depends entirely on you.

      Regards,
      Alex
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  • Profile picture of the author SeattlePurple
    I read nowhere, but quickly saw now here lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author bobcath
    Hey Alex and all, here's another little mind trick.

    It's themed around theories of perception, language understanding, context and the type of reader you are. I used it a lot when teaching basic psychology and it never fails to amaze. It underlines your point about how powerful mind is over sensory input.

    Ok here's what you need to do.....read the following passage at normal reading speed. After reading follow the instructions below the passage.



    FINISHED FILES ARE THE RESULT
    OF YEARS OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
    COMBINED WITH THE EFFECTS
    OF EVIDENTIAL FACT-FINDING







    Ok now go back quickly over the passage and count the amount of appearances
    in it of the letter which follows E in the alphabet (hint....pronounced 'eff').
    Write down your answer and give it another quick read to confirm you are correct.

    Now all warriors report back on how many appearances there are!

    Bobby

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  • Profile picture of the author 12holger34
    I believe it is a good exercise to set up your mind in the right way. If you are a positive thinker, you will see the oportunies you have right now. If you think negative you can´t see opportunies and you will never be successful.
    In the moment I see too many opportunities and I don´t know where to start. Every evening I am reading a chapter of the Author "Pat Mesiti" with the tittle : How to have a millionaire mindset.
    I can recommend this book, because it is so exiting and true, covered in simple words and examples.
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  • Profile picture of the author bobcath
    Ok Alex guess if I tell you the others will still be able to try it out.

    There's 10 appearances!

    Your mind doesn't always recognise the f's in the word 'of', as you are conditioned to pronounce it as a 'v'.

    Proof readers do best in this test, but it does reinforce your initial point about seeing what isn't there or not seeing what is there!

    Also helps to bring home the point to us that we shouldn't always trust our eyes!!

    Bobby
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    • Profile picture of the author maggie2
      I found 10. It is one of those things where you have to really look though.
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  • Profile picture of the author bobcath
    Well done Maggie, you should consider going into the proof reading business!

    Regards
    Bobby
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  • Profile picture of the author glide21
    In the context of this forum it is clear that there are many struggling to make anything with IM. This is not surprising given that they are repeatedly sold lies and half truths. All the "big names" in IM seem to make their money selling 'How to make money' to a naive audience. Reminds me of the Secret and how the only people who made money were those who sold it, not by applying it. Peoples dreams and aspirations are constantly being given the push as vendors display their toys (rented for the day or otherwise) and rub peoples noses in it. People are convinced their happiness in under the bonet of a Ferrari or inside a beachside mansion and their frustrations mount exponentially as they hand money over fist to marketers and advertising sites. Would be interesting to see a serious "Guru" say, "here you can have my course for free, just hand over 25% of the profits when in profit", I am yet to meet a Guru who puts his money where his mouth is. I am new to this IM biz and am enjoying what I read here, luckily my livelihood doesn't depend on the advice given.
    In any event, there is only now, rest is thoughts about yesterday and tomorrow, no value in that. A negative mind cannot turn itself positive by thinking about it, that is the same as a Sword cutting itself (Zen saying). Negativity is overcome by the divine once accepted.
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  • Profile picture of the author Maddi
    Great Post and some really great comments there.
    I'd think of it as an example one should take in real life situations. Rather then quickly skip reading through the chapters of life if we wait a second re-assess the situation we find ourselves in situations where we might have to change our perception/initial judgement about anything that we might have missed if we didn't stop and think/see/listen twice.
    I saw it as Opportunity is Now Here btw.
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  • Profile picture of the author MarkAse
    I was waiting for the glass of water picture.....maybe a bad sign I read it incorrectly...you know what I mean!
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    • Good thing I Refreshed the page (laughs). First, allow me to thank you Alex for starting this thread. The topic is really interesting.

      To add some value here, let me tell you, I saw "Opportunity Is Nowhere." So I scrolled down to the end of your post and saw the other option. That's the time I saw "Opportunity Is Now Here." I thought this will be another Freud's. Good thing it's about Buzan.

      Buzan what? Mind Mapping is essentially a technique formulated by Tony Buzan, an educational consultant and mental literacy expert. Like you, Alex, Buzan believes plotting out plans on piece of paper not only encourages creativity but also excites the mind to eliminate externatilities and formulate strategies in order to arrive at one point: your end goal. Whether it's earning your first million or knowing ways on how you can be happy, Buzan believes that "scribbling" ideas on a piece of paper makes a person more creative, giving him never before seen concepts that will work on his favor to achieve his goal.

      But what's the difference between your technique and Buzan's? From what I deduced from your post, I believe you, well, believe that being clear on your main goal is important. By clearly defining what you really want, your mind can throw out the irrelevant thoughts and concepts that will not contribute to the end goal. From this central idea, you then work outwards, a technique that will give you clearer concepts that will work with or against the central concept. Very much like your linear technique.

      So, what's there difference between a linear model and Buzan's mindmapping technique? Buzan essentially encourages people to put in concepts that will work for the achivement of the goal. You concentrate on the things that will help you reach what you want. Of what you dream of. So does this make Mr. Buzan a non-believer of negativities? I sincerely believe no. He just believes in being organized. Separate the negatives from the positive ones. If I can speak in behalf of Buzan, I believe what he is trying to say is, "Do it in another paper."
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  • Profile picture of the author Sylviane
    Great post, Alex. I read "opportunity is now here" This is because I have ALWAYS been looking for opportunities since I was a child, I never had a mind which would settle.

    Sometimes, children are very different than their own parents and I was one of them. As much as I love my parents, and always been very very close to my mother. especially, I have NEVER had a settle attitude like they have.

    I never thought being poor was an asset in any way, shape or form and I couldn't believe the church leaders and other teachers who were trying to teach me such things.

    Great idea about creating a list of things to work on and the results you would get from it. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author DPSikes
    I also so 'now here' and you're right: success does depend on your mindset. Half-empty versus half-full. Great post!
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  • Profile picture of the author rjrv10
    Its now here for me. Not nowhere. :p
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    There is no limit to a open mind.
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    • Profile picture of the author glide21
      Originally Posted by Sheraton View Post

      There is no limit to a open mind.
      Right, how's this for truth Video
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  • Profile picture of the author akiimski
    To be honest, I didn't read the title/image and went straight to the first sentence of the post, so I couldn't possibly look at that image again without a biased perspective.

    I must say, visualizing one's self as third party is a neat trick! It opens up a whole new dimension in self-reflection.
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  • Profile picture of the author FreddieJones
    I read at first glance "now here". This is more related with aptitude and psoitive thinking of mind, such kind of practices are easy to diagnose if you are a positive thinker or negative, I have been though such kind of test once and i still remember one question...I hade to complete this in one second

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  • Profile picture of the author Sue McDonald
    Great post - I saw Now Here and I got the 10f's but I must admit when someone gave a similar sentence a few years back I got that wrong.

    Yes it is a matter of mindset and I would like to quote Napoleon Hill "Whatever the mind can conceive and believe- the mind can achieve." Believing plays a huge part in achieving.
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