- This weeks posts will de delivered in 5 parts. 1 each day of the week. Leading into the the New Year, when we will begin our journey of discovery.
Question yourself, know where it is you come from. Why are you seeking this information? What is your motivation and underlying desire? What is it you would like to achieve? Why have you been offered this information? Who can help you obtain this information? What does it mean to you? Where are you receiving this information? How can you use this information to your best advantage?
Q: Who are you, really?
A: Look inside yourself to discover who you are and what is important to you. Look outside yourself. It is important to know how people see you, how you look to outside observers.
Q: What do you want out of life?
A: Document your dreams and goals in life. If you discover what it is you really want then you can discover your direction in life.
Q: Where are you going in life?
A: Now that you know what you want, you can begin to head in a predetermined and definitive direction. Are you looking for success? Fame? Riches? Spirituality? You know what you want, now go out and get it.
Q: When are you going to do something about it?
A: There is only one answer to this question. NOW! If you don’t do something about it now you never will. Don’t put it off. If you have an idea or concept. Go for it. Make a decision, right or wrong. Do it NOW!
Q: Why do you want it?
A: When you what you want, you must first question why you want it really. This is really important in keeping you motivated and moving in the right direction. When you get discouraged, and you will, then you can revisit your why as a reference to re-determine you direction.
Q: How are you going to obtain it?
A: It matters not how really. What really matters is that you take action. Make decisions based on the answers to the above questions. Make another decision, take another step. Action leads to attraction. What you want will come to you if…you want it bad enough…you keep in pursuit of your goals…have unwavering faith that it will come to you.
The expression goes that necessity is the mother of all invention, but I ask you to question even that. If all action is born of necessity, how do we take action, and what action do we take? Therefore necessity must be married to thought in order to create anything. You must know what it is you want, envision it and consider it thoroughly before you can achieve your vision. If you are looking for any data or fact, then you must know what information to seek, where to find it, when you can seek it out and how to apply it. Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?
It’s as simple as that. Anytime you are provided with information whether in print, on the TV; news, documentaries, or verbally directly from a source, you must now ask more questions to determine the validity and justification for the information transfer. Again, can you trust the source? What information are you being inundated with? Why? Is this information I sought out or something that was delivered unsolicited? The faster you are able to sift through the data, the easier and more genuine facts you are able to absorb. In time and with consistent practice you will begin to do this almost instantly as a secondary natural instinct.
Now that you have been taught a new method to filter the information you hear we must be able to put it into action. Not only that but we must be able to do this quickly during the course of a conversation or interaction. You have to learn how to file this information while you assimilate it. Where do you begin and how best can you put that into practice? You must use the aforementioned technique that reporters use to get to the “facts”.
Who? You must question the source of the information. Who (or what) is the source providing you this information? Did you read it in a magazine, a book, on the internet, or even an encyclopedia? Each of these have different reasons for feeding you this information. While most of these methods are put there for you to gain knowledge, not all of them may be valid resources. You might be taking a course and trying to gain valuable knowledge from a textbook, or you might be reading a book or magazine for a bit of pleasure and escape.
Now some of these books you read might be fiction or non-fiction and you are usually able to quickly determine which source you are reading from. While fiction books are self-explanatory, they are not completely without facts. Some historical fiction or even general fiction books may contain certain elements of fact. You must decide whether to investigate further and should probably do so before you assimilate any of this information as fact, (who wants to take a break from their delicious and enticing story?) Non-fiction book are a bit tricky, however. By their very description they are designed to inform you of some relative and usually factual information. Yet they may not necessarily be filled with whole truths and may be clouded by the authors’ judgement and opinion, as much as any magazine.
Magazines often have an ulterior motive. While they will need to fill up their pages with some valuable information. They are ultimately trying to sell you something, whether it be their magazine directly through sensational copy or the advertising that dawns the pages of about half of the magazine. They do need to keep you coming back for more however and must do so using valid information, yet some of those pieces are fluff and opinion based. Not all of the information, in fact very little of the information found in magazines is valid, though you must again consider the source. Are you reading People or Vanity Fair, or are you reading Science Digest, Time or News Weekly. The former are created to excite and titillate, while the latter are designed to enlighten and inform with useful dedicated knowledge, though either may hold opinions of others and not necessarily fact.
Encyclopaedias and textbooks are another category in which you are hoping you might be able to trust the source as valid and thus valuable information. I would like to state emphatically that you could, but I must again refer you to, “Question everything.” While these collections are certainly taken as truthful and almost infallible as far as their motives, there is still a slight chance that the information is not wholly factual. First of all you should question the reason this “fact” is there for you in the first place. Was someone trying to teach you or others? Were they just trying to make sure they covered all bases, or be seen as an expert in a particular field? While we can be relatively confident that they investigated and thoroughly thought out their premise, there is a chance that they missed something or that their work is biased by their opinion or personal motivation. There is also the possibility that their work is outdated. Newer and more impertinent information is always possible.
Lastly in the print category is the newest medium for receiving information. It has been referred to as the “Information Super-Highway”. We now go to it as the definitive source, and it is the quickest way to confirm something we heard or read? We call it the internet to the world-wide-web (www.) Is it the definitive source though? It certainly is our go to resource these days. What is the value of the information though? Question Everything!