A commercial for the United Negro College Fund
which aired frequently in the 1980s used the
slogan 'the mind is a terrible thing to waste'.
We're not talking about college educations here
today, but this is a slogan which is absolutely
true. Your mind has lot more power than you might
think; and the power of the mind is indeed a
terrible thing to waste. When you can access the
power your mind contains, you can use it to change
the world around you for the better.
You've certainly heard about the law of
attraction; the idea behind the book and film 'The
Secret'. Whatever you put your mental energy
toward will come to you is the message of the
work. Whether you do so consciously or not, the
power of the mind is such that you can make
whatever you focus on happen, whether for good or
As an example, take the placebo effect - people
who are receiving a placebo in clinical trials of
medications often experience the effects caused by
the actual medication since they believe that they
are receiving the medication.
We do this kind of thing to ourselves all the
time. For instance, when you wake up thinking that
this is going to be 'one of those days'; and it
turns out to be a bad day. It's actually the power
of the mind that causes this to happen.
There is an ever growing amount of evidence for a
scientific basis to the power of the mind, with
one of the most intriguing ideas coming from the
world of quantum physics. This is the possibility
that matter either does not take shape until an
observer is there to witness it. This suggests
that the power of the mind may actually be what
shapes the universe, not the other way around.
Many scientists now believe that many things which
we think of as supernatural are in fact
explainable through hard science, although we're
only beginning to understand just how it is that
telepathy, ESP and other mental phenomena work.
The power of the mind is something that you can
train yourself to use for your own benefit. If you
could use your own mental energy to bend the
universe and make positive changes, wouldn't you
want to learn how? There are a couple of methods
which can help you to learn to access your own
latent mental powers.
The first step is to have a goal; this has to be a
specific, rather than a general goal. Instead of
thinking 'I want to be rich', think 'I want three
million dollars'. Having a specific goal makes it
easier for you to focus your mental energies on
achieving your objective. Learning to focus is the
key here; most of the time, you may have dozens of
different thoughts going on at once.
There are people who already know how powerful the
mind is and put their mental energy into the
achievement of their goals. They focus on specific
objectives and put all of their efforts towards
their objective, using the full power of the mind.
This is what makes it happen; it's more difficult
than it sounds on paper, but it's something that
all of us can achieve if we put our minds to it.
Suppose that there's a house that is just perfect
for you - but it's not even for sale and you're
not ready to buy a home at the moment. However,
the power of the mind can make it all happen.
Start focusing your mental energies on this goal.
Visualize what vegetables you'd plant in the
garden and what color you'd paint each room in the
home. Put your energy into things which will help
you be ready to make this home yours, such as
looking into how to get a good mortgage, getting a
better job or a promotion so that you'll be better
off financially and other preparatory steps.
When you make this goal the target of the power of
the mind, you begin to set the events in motion
which lead to it coming to pass. The home will go
on the market, your offer will be accepted and
you'll easily secure a great mortgage. It's not
luck that made this happen; it's not just your
hard work either - the power of the mind played
the starring role.
This is something that any of us has the ability
to do. When you learn to tap into the power of the
mind, you can use it to achieve nearly anything in
life. The important thing is to start small and
then work your way up to ever bigger and better
things until you've accomplished everything you
want to in life.