Let me first explain what I mean by ‘out of your mind’…
It fundamentally means the absence of thinking.
We are addicted to thinking. Our training, culture, parental influences and schools all encourage thinking as the best way of solving problems, getting ahead and being powerful. Universities are centers of intellect, and held up as the best way of getting ahead and being successful in life – statistically, graduates are paid more and have better job prospects than non-graduates. Science is held up as the best model on which to make advances. The nation values intellect and rationality above all else.
But where does excellence exist? Always in intellect – in your thoughts? No.
Great results are caused by a bit more than intellect on its own. Gifted performance, talent and genius have other components – intuition, creativity and imagination, and these only exist in spaces uncontaminated by thinking.
Were you ever ‘accused’ of being ‘dreamy’ as a child? Many of us learned that this was an inappropriate way to be, and as a result learned to not trust and develop our intuition or feelings, instead becoming trusting only of our senses – what we could see, touch, feel, hear and smell – rationality becoming our truth.
Yet great breakthroughs in performance, though possibly initiated and supported by thought, are accompanied by illogical insights or intuitive hunches. These occur independent of thinking.
So if you are looking for breakthroughs, it’s a good idea to allow yourself to learn to develop the weak muscle of intuition. You won’t get breakthroughs from only thinking.
Long term sustainable excellence exists when a person commands fluent and uncontaminated thinking. And the way to create breakthroughs is to get out of your head (thinking) and let your intuition (heart) make some choices for you.
Allow yourself to wander outside the normal constraints of the intellect – there are many things to be found out there which will contribute to your being at your best. Try entering a state of ‘no-thought’ from time to time. It’s harder than you think (because it is beyond thought…!), but is a vital component in breaking through issues you may be stuck with.
And rest assured; everything that you need in the way of creativity, freedom, intuition and excellence are to be found within you always. They just need a bit of help surfacing and being heard from time to time.