Notes From “The Knack Of Using Your Subconscious Mind”

I haven’t the foggiest idea how I came across the book titled The Knack of Using Your Subconscious Mind by John K. Williams, but I’m glad that I did. It reinforced an idea that I’ve been kicking around in my head best described as “Speeding Up by Slowing Down.” Basically, I’ve been exploring ways to use my brain as the wonderful tool that it is for developing and connecting ideas and patterns, instead of using it as a workhorse by always keeping it busy with activities and tasks. Simply put, I’ve had some of my best ideas while sitting around thinking and not while “grinding”…which seems to fly in the face of most of the #entrepreneur #hustle advice out there today.

  • The person who expects intelligently and constructively to control his experience in life through the use of only the conscious part of his mind neglects the larger area of the subconscious.
  • Relaxation is the key by which the door to the subconscious is opened.
  • A good method is to jot down the problem…on a sheet of paper, and add brief notes of all the possible ideas or solutions the conscious mind can think of at that particular moment. The subconscious mind will take over from this point. If you keep the paper on which you have made your notes, the next morning – or whenever you take up the subject again – as you glance at your notes you may suddenly see the solution to your problem. Your subconscious had it ready for you and needed only to be jogged.
  • “In Leisure There Is Luck” – Andrew Mellon…related is this passage “The really efficient laborer will be found not to crowd his day with work, but will saunter to his tasks surrounded by a wide halo of ease and leisure. There will be a wide margin for relaxation to his day. He is only earnest to secure the kernels of time, and does not exaggerate the value of the husk. Why should the hen set all day? She can lay but one egg, and besides she will not have picked up materials for a new one. Those who work much do not work hard….The extremely busy, overworked person will benefit little from the services of his subconscious mind unless or until he slows down and gives it a chance.”
  • The businessman who takes many hours to mature his plans, and comparatively few to carry them out…will come out fully as well. It is the accomplishment philosophy as contrasted with the activity fetish.
  • As for desks, they are not thinking machines; in fact they, with the papers that clutter them, are apt to be distractions rather than helps to thinking. They are the one place where a man gets so close to his problems that he can get little perspective on them.

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