Change Your Habits and Move Mountains
If facts are the most interesting things in the world then the phone book would be the most interesting book. — Werner Herzog
A journalist maybe more accurate about telling us the facts, but a poet will go beyond the framework of reality. This moment of ecstasy is the moment of truth. When we see a culture through literature, art, music, film; we gain a better understanding of that culture, that language, that individual.
What really matters is not how much intelligence one has but how one uses what they have. The thinking that guides that intelligence; as David J. Schwartz states in his book, The Magic of Thinking BIG:
The thinking that guides your intelligence is much more important than how much intelligence you may have. Let me repeat, for this is vitally important: The thinking that guides your intelligence is much more important than how much intelligence you may have.
Habits form our daily routine; we strengthen those habits, day-by-day, and year-by-year. Some are good habits, others not so good. Habits determine what we do, and how we do it. They are the building blocks of our actions. If action is the cure for fear, then what we do regularly plays a major role in our ability to succeed in whatever aspect important to us. Motion affects emotion. Ever wear a suit and feel different? The way you walk and talk?
It boils down to self-knowledge, the ancient Greek Aphorism “Know Thyself”; or as Lao Tzu put it: Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”
Understanding and monitoring what you do on a daily basis is the first step to changing habits. Changing habits changes ones attitude; and if you are able to change how you see a situation, your response towards it, you are able to guide that thinking and use it to your advantage. Remember what David J. Schwartz said:
“The thinking that guides your intelligence is much more important than how much intelligence you may have.”
There’ s the famous story of Henry Ford, where he was involved in a libel suit with the Chicago Tribune. I believe the Tribune called Ford ‘IGNORAMUS;’ they were critical of his intelligence due to his little formal education. So the Tribune asked him a number of miscellaneous questions, in return he could not answer.
Finally Ford became impatient and replied:
“I don’t know the answers to those questions, but I could find a man in five minutes who does.”
Henry Ford knew the ability to get information is more important than a mind full of facts.
Today, we live in a global village; everyone is connected with everyone, and information is right at our fingertip. Anything we want to know, we obtain in a few seconds. Google it, bingo, and there it is.
So is knowledge power? No, knowledge alone is idle intelligence as idle intelligence can be, even if idle intelligence were of genius calibre. But, it’s how we use our intelligence that makes it powerful; guided by our actions, which determines our habits, and our habits determine our future, and the future determines what the world will be. So, “Know Thyself,” and go ahead; change your habits, create, innovate, dream, believe… and while you’re at it, move mountains and change the world.
Motion Director at Qufi Creative
Originally published at www.quficreative.com.