if we hope to understand it… ”
Dr. Eric Amidi’s professional background spans authorship, science, and technology.
He is a Quantum Physicist. Along with a group of great physicists at Fermi National Laboratory (Fermilab) in Batavia Illinois, he discovered a long sought elementary particle called the Top Quark.
Dr Amidi used Artificial Neural Networks to search for the Top Quark. Artificial Neural Networks are sophisticated software programs that can learn. These networks simulate the inner workings of a learning brain. Dr. Amidi’s interests span a wide range of topics from Particle Physics, Psychology, and success mindset to Math, and advanced technologies…”The universe does not divide itself into various departments such as physics, biology, psychology, etc and neither should we, if we hope to understand it”.
Quantum Physics has had a fundamental impact on our understanding of the universe. This impact is not only due to its practical applications, but more importantly due to the shift in how we view the world. The philosophy of Quantum Physics at its core is in conflict with objective and solid reality. Basically it asserts that we don’t measure and experiment to learn what world is. The world “is” what we measure and experiment. Prior to our measurements and experiments, reality is not solid or determined.
Human brain is a huge network of interconnected synapses. The way these nodes are connected is impacted by our learning and experiences in life. Artificial Neural Networks are software programs that simulate human brain. Through artificial neural networks many functionalities of a learning brain can be replicated.
Eric has combined his experience in Artificial Neural Networks and Quantum Physics to lay the foundation for his approach in self improvement and success mindset. In the book “Cracking The Success Code”, he highlights the mindset of highly successful people. Eric co-authored this book with Brian Tracy, who’s well-known in achievement mindset circles. This book turned out to be a best-seller in multiple categories.
The remarkable impact of self-improvement in your life
As we grow, we eventually come to the realization that there is no blueprint for us to follow in life. We realize that no one is going to hold our hands and tell us how to go about things. In time, life’s struggles catch up with us and often leave us feeling overwhelmed and helpless. Yes, you will feel this way and it’s not your fault. You just need to develop the necessary skills and attitude to help you control your life and not the other way around. Self-improvement is the deliberate development of self to bring out your capabilities and potential. It makes you more aware of yourself; your inhibitions, likes, dislikes, and belief systems. It is the place to start from, so as to mature into a wholesome individual that is more conscious.
Self-improvement has been part of human culture for millennia. Modern self-improvement derives influences from Ancient Greek philosophy, existentialism, religion, hypnotherapy, psychoanalysis, and humanistic psychology. It is now more alive today than ever before because let’s face it; life today is a lot different from that of our forefathers. Today, technology has afforded us something that they could not even conceive; luxury. Our social ties, however, have taken a hit. The average person has more ‘friends’ on social media than they could ever have in real life. This constant state of being alone has ensured that we lack the growth that comes in being within a community.
While it may not be feasible to live like our ancestors; learning how to thrive in the world is. Here are some of the popular concepts in self-improvement that you will come across on your journey:
You are responsible for the direction your life takes. People on the path of self-improvement understand that there are consequences to every action that they take. They realize that they can only hold themselves accountable for their decisions.
You need to know what you want from life. Many people wander through life aimlessly. However, you need to know what you want from life before you can achieve it.
Short-term sacrifices often lead to long-term benefits. Actively trying to change your life is not easy. You will have to go through the initial discomfort first since you are attempting to go against everything that essentially defines who you are at the moment. This will take a lot of sacrifice on your part but ultimately, the long-term rewards of who you become will be worth the effort.
You are always evolving. Fact of the matter is whether you are keen on self-improvement or not, you are always changing. You have to play an active role in ensuring that you are in firm control of your destiny.
Our thoughts matter. Often, we tend to think that our thoughts are abstract and inconsequential; they’re not. How you think will determine how you act. The actions you take thereafter will determine what you achieve out of life.
Your habits have a strong influence. The same way your thoughts influence your actions is how our habits determine the kind of life that we lead. After all, the famous quote goes, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” To change your habits is to change your life.
Exercise the power of now. You do not live in your past and neither are you in your future. However, you have control of the present. The more you dominate the present time, the more you build your character.
Learn from your mistakes. Wallowing over the poor decisions you made in the past isn’t going to change a thing. Accepting that you are flawed and actively working towards correcting them will prepare you for the future.
Practice optimism. Life will not always be a beautiful walk in the park. We do not know what lies ahead of us but if you remain optimistic, and act in ways that fuel that fire, good tidings are more than likely going to come from it.
Self-improvement is the key to making your life better. Here are some of the reasons why you need to develop yourself:
You get to understand yourself better. More often than not, we never question how much we know ourselves. Many people go through the motions of life reacting to events. This is damaging because you never know what you stand for and what you want. When you get to understand yourself, decisions become a lot easier to make. You will not be bombarded by emotions when a certain thing happens because you know who you are and what you want. Any decision that you make will be satisfying to you because you know that is what you are comfortable with regardless of what anyone else may think or say. You need to perform a self-analysis and become aware of your strengths and shortcomings. What you like and what you do not like. Observe how you react to things, your mood, and how these things affect your state of mind. Actively work towards changing what you don’t like about yourself and growing the traits that you like.
You get a step further to discovering your purpose. Not all of us are born knowing what our calling is in life. Understanding who you are will allow you to sort through the clutter much faster.
Helps you in creating your goals. When you understand yourself and have an inclination of what your life’s purpose is, you are more apt to make better decisions. This will involve setting appropriate goals and having a strategy for achieving them. Creating goals is a powerful mechanism for determining how you want your future to be like. Dream of the future you want. Do not be afraid of how crazy it may sound. The next step is to break it down to smaller specific goals. Every time you achieve a goal you have set, celebrate and jump onto the next one. They will greatly build your self-confidence to a point where nothing will seem too big for you.
Helps you manage your time more effectively. Time; you can either invest it or waste it. When you are actively seeking out your life’s purpose, you precisely know what you want. You know where to direct your focus. You will then be able to spot distractions that would have otherwise led you astray. Effectively managing time is a skill that makes you more productive and content. The secret to efficient time management is to always plan your day, week and even months in advance so that you do not fall into temptations. Spending time with your family is not wasting it so you have to plan for that too.
You are able to handle stress. When you are finally under the realization that you are responsible for your life, that your thoughts and emotions are under your control; stress will be more manageable. Every obstacle that you come across will be viewed as a problem to be solved rather than something to worry about. This is the basis of personal development; to be bigger than your problems.
You build better relationships. Many times, our insecurities are what prevent us from seeing the beauty in others. We are afraid that what we think about ourselves is what they see in us. This couldn’t be further from the truth. When you understand yourself better and you are comfortable with whom you are, you are able to understand others better. You realize that everyone has their insecurities and fears and you become more accommodating to them. Loving yourself is fundamental to being able to love others.
You live a balanced life. Self-development encompasses all areas of your being. This includes your emotional, mental and physical aspects of your life. This path allows you to improve on all these aspects. The attainment of the goals that you set on those individual aspects will ensure that you lead a fulfilling and happy life.
The above seven reasons are why self-development is so important into transforming to a healthy and successful individual. But what are the steps that you take so as to becoming the best version of yourself?
An Alternative Approach to Self-Improvement
Neuro Linguistic Programming is an alternative approach to self-improvement that attempts to draw connections between the neurological functions of the brain to the function of language socially and the way people behave subsequently. In human terms it means that if you change the way you communicate, it will affect the way you perceive things and react. Similarly, when you change your thought patterns, the way you express yourself socially will also change.
In a nutshell, NLP is an incredible effective tool that an individual can use to change the patterns of their thoughts, negative attitudes and behavior, and social disorders simply by focusing on how they communicate. Here are five techniques that enable you to channel the power of NLP to transform your life.
Rapport is the most important strategy in NLP simply by how effective it can be if used properly. Rapport is the art of empathizing and getting along with other people. It encompasses a blend of body language, tact and listening. An individual that is able to build rapport with those around them is more likely to feel more fulfilled and happy with their lives. Human beings are social creatures; we need close bonds amongst ourselves so as to feel complete.
Naturally, we are all prone to feelings of negative energy. Maybe it’s a certain person that you just don’t like; it could be something that someone does. Negative emotions hinder your development and are toxic to your physical and emotional health. Dissociation means cutting the links between those emotions and the events that cause them. You consciously decide that you will no longer feel that way about a particular thing. This technique can be used to heal from psychological issues that are entrenched deep within you. It will solve issues that you may be having at work or home.
Content reframe is a NLP visualization technique. It encourages you to step outside of the situations that cause you to have stress and look at them from a broader perspective. Whenever you are in a situation that makes you feel vulnerable and out of control, accept what is happening and then try and see whether you can derive a positive outcome out of it. You could choose to see a failure as a lesson learnt, a failed relationship as a sign of things you need to change about you or accepting that you did the best you could and maybe your partner wasn’t the right match for you. Content reframe will help you find hope in the bleakest of situations.
Anchoring involves associating certain things as positive indicators of your growth. An example of this is whenever you are feeling down, remind yourself of your successes. These successes serve as your anchors. Write down a note to yourself whenever you accomplish a goal. When the hard times come, read that note and you will certainly feel your spirits rise.
From childhood, we acquire beliefs from those around us or even create some of our own. Some are lucky to have had positive influences in their lives since birth and this most likely reflects in their lives. Some of us may not be so lucky and thus we may have acquired negative or self-depreciating beliefs about ourselves that are deeply engrained. When you decide to take control of your life, this has to start with your beliefs and values. Do an honest analysis of your beliefs and decide which ones you want reinforce and those that you need to discard. Re-programming your belief set will change how you view the world.
Self-improvement is the key to living a successful, happy, and fulfilled life. After all, isn’t that what we all want?