We all know someone who we think is a genius. They always seem to have a brilliant idea, an incredible thought or a unique way of looking at things. These people are an amazement to most of us who can count our truly brilliant ideas on one hand. The most interesting thing about genius is that it is totally natural, it is easy and it is inborn. In fact, to watch a true genius in action is practically a spiritual experience.
Genius… these ideas, these thoughts that just pop into our heads – they are truly a gift. They are given to us. There is no reason, no logic, no way to explain them. They are just there, and they pop in at just the right time. They are completely original thoughts. Many people believe that there is genius in each of us, and all we have to do is find a way to tap into it. I’m one of these people.
After years of studying many different mentors, it appears that there are a few ways for us to tap into our genius. First, we must recognize, acknowledge and accept the genius within. We must believe that we possess it and that it is available to us. Next, we can stimulate the genius in two very easy ways: Exercise and Meditation.
It is commonly known that moving our bodies rhythmically and breathing deeply stimulates certain areas of our brains. These activities allow all parts of the brain to communicate freely and perhaps trigger activity that is otherwise dormant. When you need a fresh idea, try taking a brisk walk, swinging your arms and concentrating on the air you are breathing. Often, you will find that an idea, answer or course of action that has eluded you will suddenly be at your disposal. Often, when it comes to you, you will think, “Of course that’s it, I knew it all along”.
Meditation is another way to get connected with your inner genius. Meditation that is practiced on a regular basis can provide a direct link to your inner self, your higher self and God. Great thoughts and divine ideas will come instinctively at the exact moment they are needed when you are truly connected. Many people believe this is because meditation relieves stress and tension, and therefore allows for free-flowing thoughts. Others believe it is the deep breathing and relaxation that is promoted by meditating that “unclogs” ideas. Either way, it is a good way to open yourself up and tap in to your very own genius.
Talent, on the other hand, is cultivated. It starts with a vision, a desire, a dream. It lies in believing in self and team and vision. It lies in a willingness to take risks and a willingness to fail, often to fail many times before reaching the goal. Mostly though, talent lies in perseverance. It lies in hard work, long hours, blood, sweat and tears. It lies in the ability to make connections with others and garnering support to further a cause, a dream or a mission. Talent lies in the desire to produce, to lead, to be your personal best. Talent lies in recognizing your God-given abilities and molding them into something that is special and beautiful and rare.
There are many people who have developed their true talents: Celine Dion has the voice of an angel; Derek Jeter of baseball and the Williams sisters of tennis dominate their respective sports with ease, grace and poise; Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey have built empires that have changed the way people communicate, learn and reach one another.
These people are not geniuses – or perhaps they are. Perhaps they have tapped their inner genius and have taken it to the next level. They have proven in their own right that talent takes time and devotion and drive, it takes belief and perseverance – and it even takes love!
Now, that’s Powerful!
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About the Author: Sue Urda is an Author, Speaker, Inspirer and Co-Founder of Powerful You! Women’s Network, She was named twice on Inc. Magazines list of the 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies and is the author of two books, Powerful Intentions Everyday Gratitude and Empowering Transformations for Women. Sue’s vision is to contribute to a global consciousness of women helping women succeed in business and in life and to open them to truth of who they are. www.sueurda.com