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What Innovation Can Do to Your Life (Part 1 of 2)

Bring Innovation Into Your Life

The power of innovation

It’s a talent that everyone has, yet they think they don’t. The power of innovation. If you’ve ever marveled at somebody’s creative prowess, guess what, you can create and innovate too.

It just takes time. Everyone is born creative. The box of crayons in kindergarten were not limited to those who possessed potential; because the truth is, everybody has potential.

Look back

You know how long it took to learn to ride a bike or drive or to never commit the same mistake again? It’s the same with innovation. It takes a bit of practice and a lot of time before this mind function comes easily when called.

This article will teach you a few tips on how to bring innovation into your life.

Don’t listen to what other people say

Follow the beat of your own drum. Allowing for the input of other people will only bring cacophony to the music you are trying to make.

If you have an original idea, don’t waste your time and effort trying to make people understand. They won’t. And the help you will probably get comes in the form of negative feedback.

If all those geniuses listened to their peers, we would probably still be living in the middle ages.

Spend time on it

I cannot stress that enough, although, please do not mistake this tip to tell you to quit your day job entirely. Do not. This involves some tricky time management but with a little discipline you’ll be able to squeeze both in.

Exercise

Take a walk. Run a mile or two. Send all those endorphins coursing through your veins. Exercising certainly clears and relaxes your mind and allows for anything to pop up.

Record your dreams

Aren’t some of them just the craziest things that your conscious mind would never have thought of? If you’ve had these dreams before, and I’m sure have, this only shows you the untapped innovative power you have lying within.

So jot down those notes. Those dreams may just create an innovative spark in you.

 

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What Innovation Can Do to Your Life (Part 2 of 2)

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Future Plans or Dreams?

Rationale

People tend to look in the future with perspective. That is, probably, a remarkable characteristics of human beings.

Sure, very often future seems quite vague and uncertain, which makes people feel distressed and at a loss. For this reason we plan events and dream of achieving best results in what we plan.

The dream

So, what is the key difference between a future plan and a dream? A dream has some special taste or smell, whatever. It is very often our fantasy, our cherished desire, some crazy wish.

We may know that we’ll never get what we dream about but still have and keep our dream for quite a long time.

Moreover, some really funny things can turn into dreams for someone, like having a bath full of macaroni (as it was described in one movie), and a person will live the entire life with such a dream.

Plans

Plans are considered to be much more down-to-earth. Nowadays planning is everywhere: when at job we have daily schedule, even household chores are planned.

But of course there are more “global-like” or serious plans, like buying a house at the seaside in 10 years or so. The latter example can be attributed to both dreams and plans.

Thus a dream can turn into a plan, if you have some strategy of achieving your aim. There is one more aspect: plans are not always what we really want to get; very often we have to plan unpleasant things for us.

A school-boy plans to write his final essay by the deadline, but that’s not what he wants to do. Well, he wants to get a good result, but the whole process may be far from pleasant for him.

However, the plan is with him. A new bike can be a dream for this boy, if his family is not rich or is against such presents. Still, this dream can soon transform into a plan.

As we see, plans and dreams, despite some differences, are often inter-connected and inter-dependant. That is because they have one important thing in common: they are about future, which is indeed uncertain.

Because of such uncertainty, dreams at times turn to be more realistic than plans. That’s life.

We dream then plan

Since childhood we dream and plan. We want to open at least a small slot in the doors to the future; that is the sweetness of uncertainty, which may end with bitterness or a greater sweetness.

Anyway, both planning and dreaming follow us in the course of our whole life, because they give us grounds, which is more, they provide us with a reason for living.

 

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Why Should You Set Goals? (Part 1 of 2)

The big WHY

Wonder why some people could not even achieve an inch of what they dream of becoming? Blame it on pure dreaming and lack of setting goals for achieving their dreams.

Setting goals is a very significant part of success and positive accomplishments. It is like scaling a 20 feet building. And then marking early on what feet you would like to reach at this specific period.

How people usually start in setting goals

People who set goals literally create a map of their target achievements in life. They do the marking where they should begin and where to pause. Where to delve a bit, and where and when to stop.

Once this map is created, it allows the map drawer to check where he is in the scheme of things. He will see whether or not he is making some achievements that will take him closer to his goals.

One good reason

By setting goals, people will know how they are doing. As well as what they should be doing to achieve their targets or dreams in life. They will know if they can relax. They will know if they have to double their efforts. He know when he is falling short of expectations.

Proactive person

Goal setting means a person is proactive in dealing with challenges that may affect his plans. Being proactive means one is able to outline possible difficulties that may occur as well as the solutions to these difficulties.

By doing this, a person is not easily afraid when challenges occur because he is prepare to face for them. He knows they can happen and he has prepared a solution or strategy when that time comes.

Setting goals will enable people to track their progress in whatever endeavor they have set out to do. It will help people become more confident in themselves and more motivated to achieve their plans.

 

(TO BE CONTINUED)

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Dream Interpretations (Part 2 of 2)

Learn to interpret dreams. In case you miss out the previous article, read it below:

Dream Interpretations (Part 1 of 2)

 

Continuation:

 

Common dream symbolism

Water – associated with emotion.
Ocean or any large body of water – often represents the subconscious mind. The state of the sea often is an indication of the emotional state as well.
Eating/digesting– Trying to understand an issue/situation.
Walking – associated with learning and assimilating.
Path, road or pavement – symbolizes life or spiritual path/journey.
House – symbolizes our self. Within the house, the various rooms could represent the various aspects of self.
Snake – symbolizes knowledge.
Tree and forest – subconscious feelings that governs our emotions.
Bridge – a transitional phase or period of transformation / change.

Sample Interpretation

Below is an example of a dream and its interpretation. Like any other types of skills, dream interpretation is an art in which one’s proficiency improves with experience.

Dream

Miss A was visiting a foreign country. She boarded a train that has a stop in a shopping complex that meanders through mountains and terrains. She remembered telling the train driver that she wanted to alight in the shopping center. By doing so, she can find her way home.

Instead of alighting at the intended destination, she alighted at a strange place. She had difficulty getting to her destination. She contacted her partner (boyfriend). Though they communicated through the phone, she was still stuck and lost in that unfamiliar place. By this time, she was starting to get depressed. In the moment of depression, she woke up from the dream.

Symbolism involved

Foreign country means unknown knowledge, new experience. Train means accelerated learning and understanding. Through mountains and terrains means ups and downs. Find the way home means spiritual path. Train-in-charge means guiding aspect. Her partner is male, means mental aspect. Shopping center station, means an intermediate stage that must be attained.

Interpretation

Miss A is currently experiencing and/or learning something that is still unknown to her. It is something that is rather difficult for her to grasp and apply. She is/will be experiencing some feelings of ups and downs. However, if understood, the newfound understanding and knowledge could significantly accelerate her self-growth and discovery. However, for the time being, it is something not within her experience yet. As symbolized by alighting at a strange place instead of the designated station. When she tried contacting her male partner (which symbolizes using her mental reasoning), she was still confused and thus became depressed.

 

Well, that’s all for a quick lesson in dream interpretation. I hope it is informative and beneficial.

Happy Dreaming…

 

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Dream Interpretations (Part 1 of 2)

Dreams

Only a very small percentage of us understands the meaning of dreams. Dreams hold much importance and opportunity for our self-growth, improvement and self-discovery. This article is a guide to dream interpretation.

Most of us dream

But only a very small percentage of us understands. As i said, dreams hold much importance and opportunity for our self-growth, improvement and self-discovery.

Many mystics of both Eastern and Western origins are aware of the fact that dreams hold a wealth of untapped knowledge. Because of its inherently vague nature, dreams and the art of interpreting them never entered mainstream sciences.

Jungian psychology is the closest mainstream science that took dreams seriously.

Interpretations

This article is a concise description of the method of dream interpretation that I use. There are several points and guidelines to take note.

Symbolic Representations

The dreams are often symbolic representations of what we are experiencing or are about to experience in the near future. I find that my dreams often convey messages of occurrences that will most likely happen within a month or so.

Different Characteristics of Ourselves

Usually the people that we encounter in the dream symbolize the different aspects/characteristics of ourselves. For example, a woman may represent a feminine aspect of oneself even when one is male in the waking hours.

Much of our repressed tendencies also tend to manifest themselves as characters in dreams as well. Have you ever wondered why we sometimes appear and behave so differently in our dreams?

My take is that dreaming offers an outlet for us to be ‘somebody else’ that we never had the opportunity if we are awake.

Emotions Says a Lot

Often how we feel and the emotion we felt during the dream reveals and conveys much about the meaning of the symbols. Intuition and the willingness to examine ourselves with brutal honesty are two very important factors for successful analysis.

Common Symbols

Below is a list of commonly encountered symbols. In my opinion, we should always take into consideration the fact that symbols hold certain semantics. Meanings that are specific to individuals. Thus the interpretations of symbols are not generic. Therefore there can be no hard and fast rules with regards to dream analysis.

 

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Dream Interpretations (Part 2 of 2)