How To Think: Unlocking The Mysteries Of Positive Programming

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Most people aren’t taught how to think!

I’m not trying to be smart—honestly. For the most part we’ve been taught what to think.

Our parents, care givers, teachers, peers, media, etc. all help to programme our brains as we grow up. This programming isn’t necessarily sinister—it’s just part of life and learning. However, the programming can continue on for the whole of our life.

If we don’t learn the ability to think for ourselves, and understand our thinking processes, we’re destined to be influenced by those around us.

Knowing how to think helps us break free from unhelpful programming. It expands our freedom and gives us more options to live our best potential life.

In this podcast with Aaron Mooar on Raglan Community Radio we discuss how people think. And what little understanding we have about our thinking processes. We talk about the Inside Your Mind workshop, including why I developed the course.

But why a training course?

Rather than just coaching people and helping them resolve specific issues, Aaron asked why I also facilitate training courses. Attending the workshop gives you an enlightened understanding of your thinking processes. There are many opportunities to learn and discover how and why your thinking differs from those around you.

You uncover the structure of thinking and how to change any unhelpful ‘programming’ that is not leading you in the direction you want to go.

Participants have an opportunity in the classroom situation to change some aspects of their thinking, and to notice how those changes affect their behaviour and levels of stress or anxiety.

We perceive the world through our five senses

baby using senses in coloured balls

However, we all filter the incoming information differently. Our minds filter the information in our environment by deleting, distorting and generalising it according to our values, beliefs, memories, time, space and language. The residue from these filtering processes forms our ‘map’—or our perception—of reality.

“A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.” ~ William James, American philosopher and psychologist.

Unfortunately, some folk believe their map is reality—that everyone observes life in the same way. As a participant on the Inside Your Mind course you’ll experience clear demonstrations that this is definitely not the case. It opens your mind to other ways of thinking. It will change your perceptions of yourself and others.

Time coding

But wait, there’s more! Ever felt like you’re living in a different time zone to others? We’re not talking GMT or PST here; it’s all about how we process time. It’s a revelation that’ll make you reconsider every ‘why are they always late?!’ moment.

Variations in time processing can create massive problems and misunderstandings in personal and work relationships, and our understanding of others’ behaviour. The way we code time can also affect our stress levels.

Aaron relates his experiences of having lived in a Pacific island culture where the inhabitants perceived time differently to their overseas visitors. The visitors constantly attempted, unsuccessfully, to bring some structure to the islanders’ work life, without any idea that it was the concept of time itself that was causing the problems.

How to think differently

You’ll also learn about the difference between Global and Specific thinking patterns, and how these distinctions can cause misunderstandings, frustration and communication breakdown!

 I’m sure you’ll relate to these examples of how to think

So, grab your headphones, folks. This podcast isn’t just a talk; it’s a full-blown mental turnaround. You’ll laugh, you’ll ponder, and who knows, you might just find yourself waltzing away with a brand new way of thinking. Tune in, turn up, and let’s get those mental gears whirring! 🎧🕺💭

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