How to Optimize the Awesome Power of Thoughts and Imagination

Written by Michael Lee

Have you encountered a time when you were in a traffic jam and was running late for an important meeting? Did you stay calm and focused? Or did your mind wander intorepparttar dark side ofrepparttar 126121 impending consequences that may occur?

If you're always picturing people getting mad at you and thinking of negative outcomes, then your body suffers as well. You may experience chest pains, anxiety disorders, indigestion, and other health problems. Why worry when you can't do anything aboutrepparttar 126122 situation? Moreover, you don't even know yet what will happen. Both good and bad things happen unexpectedly. Why bother to worry? It's just not worth it.

Your mind directly influences your body's capabilities and reactions; so if you always project negative thoughts and images in your mind, your body suffers as well. But if you always think of positive and enthusiastic stuffs, your body will react positively too.

The mind is an absolute powerhouse, a dream granter, and goal achiever, all rolled into one. But do you know how to optimize it for best performance?

Many times we've heard people say that "If you think you can or you can't, you're right."

That is so true. But do you know exactly how to use your thoughts in reaching what you desire to achieve?

They say affirmations work. Yes, they do. Butrepparttar 126123 results might be minimal and might not turn out according to your expectations.

Do you want to know a method that is much more powerful? What I'm going to tell you is a technique that is so effective in itself; that if you combine it with affirmations, then you possess one ofrepparttar 126124 deadliest combos of self-improvement.

Want to knowrepparttar 126125 secret? Here it is.

Visualize images. It's as simple as that. Our mind communicates with our body using images. You know thatrepparttar 126126 thought of people getting angry with you can negatively affect your health. Otherwise, picturing yourself relaxing at your favorite vacation spot can ease some of your stress. Take this exercise.

How to Tell What They Really Meant

Written by Susan Dunn, MA, Emotional Intelligence Coach

Part of Emotional Intelligence is understandingrepparttar emotions of others, and one ofrepparttar 126120 most important channels we use to communicate emotions is nonverbal communication.

When we’re engaged in communication, we must pay attention to all sorts of things besides justrepparttar 126121 actual words. No matter how we try to define words, they still mean one thing to one person, and another to another.

To understand this, all you need to do is take a sentence and emphasize different things, or use a different tone of voice. For instance, try saying this sentence 5 different times, each time emphasizing a different word: “I know what he said.” The emphasis makes quite a difference.

Now consider that what “he” said was, “I love you.” How would you say “I know what he said”? Certainly with tenderness, love, and maybe even awe.

However, ifrepparttar 126122 person who said “I love you” was someone you despised, you would say “I know what he said” with resignation, or pity, or maybe even disdain.

Now consider what “he” said was that you wererepparttar 126123 one solely responsible forrepparttar 126124 demise ofrepparttar 126125 project. How would you say, “I know what he said”? Agitated, and there’s a big “but” about to follow.

Included in nonverbal communication are tone of voice, pace, posture, proximity (how closerepparttar 126126 person is to you), gestures, facial expressions, and movements (small and large). All ways of communicating besides language.

Nonverbal communication is important because it is less under our conscious control thanrepparttar 126127 words we speak. Therefore it tends to reveal our emotions, whether we intend to or not. After all, there are times when we wouldn’t want someone to know how we “really “ felt.

With practice you can learn to modulate a good bit of your nonverbal communication, but not all of it. For instance, there’s something called “the Adam’s apple jump” that remains involuntary. According to The Nonverbal Dictionary©, this jump ofrepparttar 126128 cartilage inrepparttar 126129 throat is “an unconscious sign of emotional anxiety, embarrassment, or stress.” It meansrepparttar 126130 man doesn’t like what’s going on, or strongly disagrees.

The expansion and contraction ofrepparttar 126131 pupil’s in our eyes is another example of something that’s very hard to control. Our pupils expand when we like something (“let more of this in”) and contract when we do not (“I don’t want to see this”). We do this in response to sunlight, but also to emotional things.

So how do you interpret what’s going on? The first step is to notice change. Ifrepparttar 126132 person’s been sitting in a certain position for quite a while and then shifts dramatically, something has happened you need to take note of. However, here’srepparttar 126133 tricky part. It could be they think you’re lying, it could be they got a cramp in their leg, it could be they love what you’re saying and wanted to move closer (unconsciously), it could be they have to go torepparttar 126134 bathroom, it could be something you said angered them.

Someone told merepparttar 126135 other day how much they liked doing phone work. I agreed with her, saying that it filtered out a lot of distractions. “Yeah,” she said, “all those things I’m imagining that aren’t really going on.”

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