The subjective mind is entirely under the control of the objective mind. With the utmost fidelity, it works to its final consequences whatever the subjective mind impresses upon it.
Imagine that you had just moved into a new house and the previous owner, just before leaving, took you aside privately. He explained that there was a special room in the basement that contained a most amazing computer. You could program any goal or question into that computer and it would give you exactly the right answer for you at exactly the right time. It worked every single time. And every answer would turn out to be perfectly correct. Imagine what an incredible difference this could make in your life!
The fact is that you do have such a computer. It is available and accessible to you at any time. It is called your “superconscious mind.” It is the most powerful faculty ever discovered in all of human history, and you can tap into it any time you want.
Throughout this book, I have repeated that “you become what you think about most of the time” and “whatever you can hold in your mind on a continuing basis, you can have.” In addition, we discussed the Laws of Attraction and Correspondence and the importance of absolute clarity in determining exactly what you want to be, have, and do. In every case, I was referring indirectly to the power of the superconscious mind.
An operating system’s look is more than just eye-candy, it sets the tone for how you and your computer interact. If you’re an iPhone or iPad user, you’ll notice right away how much Yosemite looks like iOS 7 and iOS 8. And that’s not a bad thing ①.
① From a slimmer system font to revamped icons and toolbars, Yosemite gives OS X a fresh new face. Background colors peek through the menu bar, title bar, Dock, and even an incoming notification.
Apple has long prided itself on making its design beautiful, consistent, and accessible. One of its key techniques has been making virtual tools imitate real ones—making, for instance, the edges of virtual pages curl when turned, or windows on the desktop (themselves part of a real-world metaphor) cast shadows.
Note: If you need basic help with opening and working in System Preferences, see Using System Preferences, part of the free Read Me First crash course.
But overt skeuomorphism, as it’s called, has fallen into disrepute as old-fashioned. After all, critics say, what’s the point of a digital calendar with torn paper edges and leather binding—as Apple’s Calendar (previously known as iCal) recently had—in a world where many, if not most, young people have never used a paper calendar before?
To join the small community of leaders who understand what it is to be inspiring, you have to ask yourself the right questions the ones that can help you to improve your performance as an inspiring communicator. If you can do that, you will more easily make a difference that changes poor performance into exceptional results. These are the 13 questions you must ask yourself if you want to benchmark and improve.
Leadership and the ability to inspire is the greatest intangible asset of all.
Great leaders make organizations profitable and successful. They help to drive enormous value from all of the other soft assets of an organization culture, knowledge, reputation and relationships. They create great places to work and they enable their followers to grow and develop and perform. They inspire success. The skill of inspiring people is of enormous value.
So how do you begin to make such a valuable intangible more tangible?