How to increase power of the mind?

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Just as physical work is fatiguing and puts a drain upon a person’s energies, so does mental work. A day of heavy mental work can make a person just as tired as if he had done a day of heavy physical work."

It is not surprising, therefore, that people generally tend to shy away from tasks that require deep thinking and mental strength.

However, by continually giving in to the desire to do things that do not require mental exertion, you can form the bad habit of avoiding mental labor.

Once it is formed it is not easy to break, especially when the habit has been carried on for a long period. This will result in a person having a weak power of the mind.

This is evident from the type and amount of reading people do. How many read more than a newspaper or magazines?

How many ever pick up a quality book that requires deep thought? Or do they prefer a publication that entertains or contains light reading material?

Usually what people want is to read material that puts no load on their thinking ability.

That explains why the most popular newspapers are not those that give a thorough coverage of world events but those that feature sensationalism and require very little thought. In fact newspaper surveys have revealed that people pay more attention to the comic than anything else in the newspaper.

By avoiding reading matter that requires more mental powers, a person establishes a habit that prevents him or her from becoming a productive and creative thinker.

It keeps one in a state of mental inertia or stagnation and thus one is unable to harness the full power of one’s mental strength.

Measuring your mental powers

It would be worthwhile for you to take stock of yourself and see whether you have been caught in the pitfall of mental laziness.

If you find that you have, you should make a strenuous effort to get out of it and increase your worth in the eyes of others, as well as improve your prospects for the future.

There are number of things on which can measure your mental powers on.

When evening comes and you have time to do some studying or thought provoking reading, do you do it?

Or do you give to mental laziness and spend the entire evening watching TV or seeking some other entertainment that puts no burden on your thinking?

Do you permit other people to do your thinking for you?

If your thinking is nothing more than the thinking of the groups with which you associate, it is not your own.

It requires far less mental effort to adopt the views of other people, than to analyze matters yourself.

Certain political ideologies seek to mold public thinking through their propaganda so that it will suit their selfish interest. Their best fans for this are mentally lazy people who are unwilling to search out facts. It is easier to express popular accepted views than to come to our own conclusion on the basis of an examination of facts.

The same might be said about decision making. At times it takes great mental powers to make important decisions.

Factors for and against a course of action have to be carefully examined. Then conclusions drawn must be put into action.

There is of course nothing wrong in seeking advice from others. However, do not expect them to bear the burden of deciding for you as to what you should do.

Exert your mental powers by weighing the factors involved and the advice you receive from them.

There are many ways in which bad mental habits are manifested, so exercise your thinking ability as you examine yourself.

Doubtless you will find some ways in which you have bad mental habits that have developed.

You will get much better service from your mind if you break those habits and put your mental powers to work.

Increasing mind powers

Look at mental tasks you are given as valuable mental exercises. Although they may appear to be heavy loads that require hard work.

Their accomplishment strengthens your mental powers just as a muscle is strengthened through use by being put to work on heavy loads.

Do not permit the strong desire to follow the course of least mental effort to cause you to be like a complaining Camel that hates to have a load put on its back.

Instead of putting the most difficult last in a day’s work, put it first. While you are fresh you can tackle it with less effort than when you are tired.

Do not regard a difficult mental task with distaste and try to postpone it. Tackle it it promptly. That will be better for you.

Be willing to search out information for yourself, realizing that the intelligent use of information is a big factor in good mental powers.

As you research, you gather and store up information that can be drawn upon whenever you need it.

Although you may not be able to remember all the details, you will remember where to go to if you want the information again.

This is one of the benefits of doing your own research instead of expecting others to do it for you by asking them your questions.

When studying or listening to a public lecture, keep your mind actively focused on the material under consideration.

Resist the inclination to let the mind to wander, giving it over to passive thinking, or daydreaming.

There is a time for passive thinking, but not when the mind should be doing active work.

Conclusion

When a person exerts himself to improve his mental powers and channels it in a wholesome direction, he benefits not only himself but those around him.

It opens up the understanding of how to cope with or overcome life’s many problems.

However, this can only be achieved if one taps the full potential of the power of the mind.

This can be achieved by reading well enough to be informed and educated, not just entertained.

This will indeed open up a way to a more productive way of life.

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