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Learning 693

Nothing is impossible, it is rightly said, “whatever your mind can conceive, it can achieve.”
When I was a child, and had an interest towards sports, while trying myself at high jumps and long jumps, my mind conceived an idea that we humans can fly, if we try to jump and take another jump midway in the air and keep repeating so several times. 

That way we can fly to a little extent and it could be the highest high jump or longest long jump ever. But the gap lies in the conceivement of the idea and trying ourselves on that idea. 

For me it was just an idea, untill today I read something which is real and reminded me to the same idea, popularly known as Fosbury flop long time ago.

In the 1960s, athlete Dick Fosbury developed a unique approach to his high jump and improved his performance by six inches. Fosbury’s awkward, midair rotation became known as the Fosbury Flop, and even though experts dismissed it at first, the Flop landed him a gold medal at the 1968 Olympics. Eventually, the experts and fellow high-jumpers caught up with Fosbury’s “weird” technique – the Fosbury Flop has been the technique used by every gold medalist since 1972.

Go against the flow, and with enough persistence and clever placement, you’ll be well on your way to getting luck on your side.

Who knows the idea of human flight can be real, if someone tries hand on it and succeeds after several attempts? 

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Learning 674

Imaginative thinking can change the brain by improving performance and strengthening muscles.  

we can use visualization to improve our performance of an activity. In one experiment, Pascual-Leone, a reknowned psychiatrist assembled two groups of people who had never played piano before. One group sat in front of a piano, twice a day, five days a week, and imagined playing and hearing a piano sequence. The other group actually practiced piano for the same amount of time.

People in both groups had their brains mapped before, during and after the experiment. At the end, both groups played through the piano sequence they had studied and a computer recorded the accuracy of their performance.

Astonishingly, mental practice alone had caused the same physical changes in the participants’ motor systems as those who had actually practiced, and both groups showed comparable brain maps and approximately the same skills!

How is that possible? Well, from a neuroscientific point of view, imagining an action and performing an action aren’t really that different.

Brain scans show that numerous areas in the brain are activated through both imagination and action. For example, the primary visual cortex of the brain is activated when people visualize the letter A with their eyes closed, as well as when they look at the letter A. In this way, visualizing is a powerful tool for improving performance.

But it goes further than that: you can use imagination to actually strengthen the muscles in your body. 

In one study, doctors Guang Yue and Kelly Cole observed two groups, one that did physical exercise over four weeks – 15 finger contractions with a 20 second rest between them – and the other just imagined it, including a voice shouting “Harder! Harder! Harder!”. At the end of the four weeks, the group that actually performed the physical exercise increased their muscular strength by 30 percent. However, the group that visualized the exercise also increased their strength by 22 percent!

Learning 581

There is no standard price on ideas. The creator of ideas makes his own price, and, if he is smart, gets it.

Learning 565

“If you think you are beaten, you are,

If you think you dare not, you don’t,

If you like to win, but you think you can’t,

It is almost certain you won’t.”

“If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost,

for out of the world we find,

Success begins with a fellow’s will –

It’s all in the state of mind.”

“If you think you are outclassed, you are,

You’ve got to think high to rise,

You’ve got to be sure of yourself before

You can ever win a price.”

“Life’s battles don’t always go

To the strongest or faster man,

But soon or late the man who wins

Is the man WHO THINKS HE CAN!”

Somewhere in the cells of your brain lies sleeping, the seed of achievement which, if aroused and put into action, would carry you to heights, such as you may never have hoped to attain.

Learning 498

Imagination is a faculty of mind which can be cultivated, developed, extended and broadened by use. Wherever you are, whoever you are, whatever you may be following as an occupation, there is room for you to make yourself more useful, and in that manner more productive, by developing and using your “imagination.”

Learning 479

Use your imagination, you can create wonders. Fortunate is the young man or young woman who learns, early in life, to use imagination, and doubly so in this age of greater opportunities. Imagination is a faculty of mind which can be cultivated, developed, extended and broadened by use. – The Law of Success

Everyting you can imagine is possible and real in this universe

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve” – Napoleon Hill

“Everything you can imagine is real.” – Pablo Picasso

The Stained Glass Driver less Sleeper Car of the Future

by Dominic Wilcox