HOW TO DISCOVER AND USE THE POWER OF "YOU!" (ŠLee Wise 2002)
I've mentioned it time and time again in class.
"You have incredible potential. Potential you don't even know about. I believe in your potential. Do you?"
And I say it more than once. Why? Because we all need to hear it. Students need to hear it. I need to hear it. And you need to hear it!
I trust that after reading this short article you will begin to see once again, or even in a new way, incredible power of "You!"
I will share with you a simple "formula" for discovering your potential. I'm absolutely convinced that most of us have a "hidden" wealth of information at our finger tips.
And where is this hidden wealth of information? It is inside.
My "formula" is based on three simple principles.
*Principle Number One: The power of a good question.
*Principle Number Two: The power of "grids."
*Principle Number Three: The power of compressed time.
THE POWER OF A GOOD QUESTION
Asking *yourself* a simple question to answer can be a very powerful tool in terms of uncovering insights you already have within.
Hold on! I will explain in just a moment. Why? Because I need to share next two points first. Then we will bring everything together in a way that *will* help you discover power of "You!"
THE POWER OF "GRIDS"
I tell my students that a "grid" is a "way of seeing." With use of a "grid" I can focus on any number of things in my world.
For instance, let's suppose I decide I want to gain insights for an article I plan to write in future. And, let's suppose my article will deal with subject of how fathers relate to their children.
To gain information for my article I could do any amount standard research. Books, other articles, newspapers -- you name it!
That's one way -- and a good one I might add!
But I also could do something else. I could set up a "grid" -- a life filter if you please -- and say to myself, "For next three days I'm going to observe how fathers relate to their children. I'll note good, bad and ugly."
What have I done? Answer: I've created my own "grid" to view life through. I have defined exactly what I want to "see."
Here's point: simply creating this mental "grid" helps me to gain insights regarding specific, isolated information I want to discover. My mind enters "search mode" and looks at life just a bit different. It goes on its own disovery quest!!
You're getting picture now, aren't you?
This is extremely simple, and I would love to "carry on" for a while about this principle, but I can't do that now. Maybe another time!
Now on to principle number three.