How many of us tend to act without thinking? Or, instead, tend to over think things before acting? When relaxed, we tune into a natural rhythm inside us that starts with an inspiration. It could be a dream, a picture in our mind’s eye, the still small voice inside us, or just a feeling.

The next part of this natural rhythm is the thinking part, the part of us that puts organization behind our inspiration. This is the pulling together of the facts to support the implementation of our inspiration. These are the important details of what we will implement: the timing (when), the location (where) and the reason (why). Doing this, will help ensure success; so that we have what we need when we need it!

For example, you may start with a strong feeling of going to the beach. The thinking step is designed to come up with what you need for your successful trip to the beach. You will probably need the right sort of clothing, sun protection, your swim suit, drinking water etc. When is the best time to go? (The weather forecast might help you decide the timing.) Where is the best beach to go to? (if you have a choice!) Then, finally, what do you sense is the reason behind your inspiration: relaxation? fun? getting together socially with family and/or friends? The reason(s) could be one, several, or all of these.

Here are a few secrets to successfully implement the thinking step:

  1. Having just enough organization – not being too under or too over organized.
  2. Not forgetting your original inspiration. Let this drive your organization.
  3. Then, of course, the third and last step is the doing of what you have organized. If we have the right amount of organization, to match our inspiration, then the doing will just flow naturally.

Sometimes, the thinking step may be more of a challenge. For example, your head might want to talk you out of your inspiration or significantly change it. This could be because of many different reasons such as family traditions, the society you were brought up in, or other reasons to do with your early training, education etc.

If you are faced with this sort of challenge, a useful key is to remember that you are in charge of your thinking part (not the other way around). This means that you can decide what thought patterns are serving you well and are leading to success and joy in your life, and which ones need modifying to serve you better.

Another key is your attitude. A positive attitude leads to constructive thoughts and organization to back your inspirations. The next time, you find your enthusiasm has dipped a little, try saying a few positive words to yourself or complementing a friend, family member or work colleague and notice how this can change things instantly.

By taking the time to think and then act on your inspirations with a positive attitude, just as night follows day, you’ll find success in life.

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