Deprecated: mysql_connect(): The mysql extension is deprecated and will be removed in the future: use mysqli or PDO instead in /home/a26f9f83/public_html/articles/includes/config.php on line 159
Top Three Secrets To Becoming A Better Thinker > NetSparsh - Viral Content you Love & Share

Top Three Secrets To Becoming A Better Thinker

We all know there are ways to become a better thinker. We should read more books. We ought to go to lectures and concerts. We need to visit exhibits and appreciate art. We can take classes and expand our horizons through travel.

Blah, blah, blah. Those are the easy answers.

If we really want to become better thinkers, there are three ways to do it that are guaranteed to get you tuned in to your brain and everything going on in it.

Ready? Here are the top three secrets to becoming a better thinker:

#1 Interrupt yourself.

That's right. The next time you find yourself talking for any period of time, or even thinking about something for more than a few minutes, simply stop. Ask yourself: "Where did this thought start?" "Have I had this thought before?" "Have I already examined this concept at length?"

We tend to reiterate our opinions. We repeat ourselves (like I did right there). Imagine all the time we spend on thoughts that just aren't taking us anywhere new and interesting. How many times have you had the same conversation?

Make a habit of stopping yourself to check in. Steer your thoughts or your conversation in new directions. Make room for new ideas by recognizing and interrupting repetitive thoughts, and you'll make huge strides toward becoming a more excellent thinker.

#2 Appreciate lulls.

You know when you're talking to someone, and there's a moment of silence before anyone says anything? Our tendency is to jump in, even if what we have to say is pointless. We talk for the sake of filling up that few seconds of silence to keep that pause from becoming uncomfortable.

Next time you find yourself with an unexpected moment of silence, try this: Smile and nod. You'll look thoughtful, and you won't fill the air with silly-sounding expressions of agreement. Once you get good at the smile-and-nod routine, you'll find that you'll use that moment as a way to be open to new thoughts that wouldn't normally have room to sprout through your typical "uh-huh, that is so true" or "yeah, I totally agree with that" comments.

Appreciate those moments during the day when you have no choice but to be silent and patient. Waiting for your email to download? Standing in line at the checkout? Riding in an elevator? Fill the lull with observations. Look around. Notice scents. Pay attention to lighting. Listen. Think of these pauses as opportunities to sharpen your senses. Enjoy a Da Vinci moment.

#3 Define Your Life Philosophy.

Quite frankly, I don't understand how this one gets so neglected in our culture. We do a whole lot of talking about being authentic, honoring our individuality, and finding our true passion. Well, how can anyone be true to themselves if they haven't taken the time to figure out who they are? If you don't know your values and beliefs, you're never going to get to where you think you ought to be.

A defined life philosophy serves as a road map. It gives you landmarks to recognize, navigation tools to guide you, and a clear destination. Just like the greatest road trips, you may end up going in a completely new direction that's nowhere on that original map. That's okay. But knowing your starting point is the most crucial part of any journey.

Fate, birth, death, love, freedom, responsibility, morality, faith, destiny--these are the concepts we need to explore in order to develop and define our own unique life philosophy. Thinking about these ideas is the coolest thing we can do. We feel alive and connected whenever we dig deep into the Real Stuff.

Don't shy away from delving deeply. It's the only way to develop as a thinker and as a human.

Take these three secrets--interrupting yourself, appreciating lulls, and defining your life philosophy--and run with them. Pick one as a New Year's resolution and commit yourself to mastering it.

Vow to become a better thinker in 2004. It may be your most meaningful--and enjoyable--resolution ever!

About The Author

Maya Talisman Frost is a mind masseuse. Her work has inspired thinkers in over 70 countries around the world. This article appeared in the Friday Mind Massage, a free weekly ezine serving up a satisfying blend of clarity, comfort and comic relief. To subscribe, visit

In The News:

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at

Deccan Chronicle (satire)

Having positive attitude helps fight cancer, says study
Deccan Chronicle (satire)
Tel Aviv: While having a positive attitude in life has it's owns benefits, a latest research by Israeli scientists claimed that positive emotions can also be helpful in fighting cancer. A study titled "Modulation of anti-tumour immunity by the brain's ...
Cancer patients benefit from positive thinking, can boost survival ...Hindustan Times
Being positive helps fight cancer | Business Standard NewsBusiness Standard

all 3 news articles »

Science Daily

Science fiction enthusiasts have a positive attitude to the digitizing of the brain
Science Daily
The development of this technology, which involves scanning of the brain and detailed cell-specific emulation, is currently receiving billions in funding. Science fiction enthusiasts express a more positive attitude towards the technology compared to ...

Science fiction enthusiasts have a positive attitude brain uploading
Mind uploading is a prospective method to create functional copies of the human brain on computers. The development of this technology, which involves scanning the brain and detailed cell-specific emulation, is currently receiving billions in funding ...

and more »

Teenagers can thank their parents' positive attitude for avoiding obesity
Science Daily
Using answers from more than 7000 parents who took part in the Children of the 90s longitudinal study about their personality, mood and attitude during pregnancy; similar answers from their children at age of eight and the child's fat mass measurement ...

Positive attitude boosts Texoma woman with rare diseases
SHERMAN, Texas -- You can't tell by her smile, but Sue Kibby suffers from two very rare diseases that have no cure. "One called gastroparesis, which is a paralysis of the stomach; and the other is superior mesenteric artery syndrome," she explained.

Great Falls Tribune

Positive attitude helps Lady Griz star Sophia Stiles in her recovery from knee surgery
Great Falls Tribune
Six month ago, Sophia Stiles was playing the best basketball of her life. But 10 days later that life was turned upside down. “It was really hard,” she said. “It still is really hard.” Stiles, the former Malta High superstar athlete and University of ...

Ridiculous Upside

Positive Attitude and Patience Can't Be Overestimated In NBA Summer League
Ridiculous Upside
With NBA Summer League underway, it's easy to recognize the faces of a slew of journeymen currently in Las Vegas ready to compete. Young players are most certainly chomping at the bit for their first chance at exposure. In addition, players with G ...

Independent Online

Positive attitude during pregnancy may keep your kids in shape
Independent Online
A new study has found that teenagers are less likely to be overweight if their mother or father had a positive attitude during pregnancy. Negative attitude, or a lack of self-belief in your ability to bring in changes to your lifestyle through your ... WXIA

Employee lifts spirits with positive attitude at Georgia Panera WXIA
Every now and then you'll find an employee at your favorite shop or restaurant that just makes your day. Carlos Slaughter is that kind of guy. Angel Goodwin works at the Panera Bread on Tom Hill Sr. Boulevard with Slaughter and says if folks had their ...

Daily Times

'The Power of Positive Thinking' — how a positive attitude can do wonders
Daily Times
The Power of Positive Thinking is a self-help book by Norman Vincent Peale. In this book, the author makes use of positive case histories and practical instructions to propose the method of positive thinking. He talks about the supreme tendency of ...

Google News

Do You Neglect The Power Of Your Mind?

James Allen, who wrote the masterpiece, As a Man Thinketh,... Read More

Does Lack of Confidence Stop You?

Ever had the sense that there is more to life... Read More

Such Is Life, And Its Getting Sucher And Sucher

Problems, disappointments and trouble; the three skunks that sometimes think... Read More

Four Powerful Pathways Into The Light And Sound Of Ones

The easiest, most exciting adventure in consciousness follows the lamplit... Read More

Quick Tips On Making Change Work For You

Facing a change and want to make it work for... Read More

The Power of Positive Thinking - Turn a Bad Day Around!

Turn brutality into kindness. There is no small deed and... Read More


With the beginning of a new year, are you happy... Read More

Stream of Consciousness

One thing that is important to realize about thought: one... Read More

Cleaned Up or Cleaned Out?

I need your help. I did a good deed recently,... Read More

Powerful Insights

? If it takes me to periphery (Drifted into continuous... Read More

Cant Take a Compliment?

"Putting ourselves down, is an insult to our worth." --Helen... Read More

You Have All The Resources You Need

You already have all the resources you need to accomplish... Read More

5 Ways To Use Mind Power To Maximise Your Potential

Why do patients who are given placebo pills report that... Read More

Your Choice of Music can Shape Your Beliefs

Music is very powerful. The kind of music you listen... Read More

Dump Those Negative Tapes

Every time something doesn't go quite right (rather frequently for... Read More

How to Plan a Vacations of the Mind

Part 1Recently, in a women's therapy group that I run,... Read More

Dealing with Criticism and Rejection

Whether it's the other kids making fun of you at... Read More

How I Make And Save Thousands Of Dollars Using Only My Subconscious Mind-You Can Do The Same!

Thousands of dollars will be yours, just by using your... Read More

Embrace Change

We all have a unique way of communicating our story,... Read More


When you look at your future in terms of your... Read More

Condition or Definition?

In talking with a coaching client recently, she made a... Read More

Develop Yourself - The Power Within

Living without limits. Living your life to the fullest. Living... Read More

Let Your Subconscious Be Your Guide... Oh Really? Not!

Do you ever feel sorry for yourself? Do you ever... Read More

10 Tips to Cope with Negative Emotions at Work

It's a fact of life - if you want to... Read More

What Do We Choose?

Life is an enigma...It starts without our knowledge, grows without... Read More