Your greatest wisdom exists deep within because as you age layer upon layer of false assumptions, comparisons, judgments and the opinions of others are piled on top of it. For an exploration of this nature you need the proper excavation tools to dig past all of that outside junk.
Yet your beautiful, powerful mind is so protective of past conclusions that you have to resort to trickery so that your conscious mind can step back and allow your inner wisdom to emerge.
The key to authentic business building is to operate more and more consciously and less and less mechanically.
When we look to others to supply our wisdom we are often in misalignment with our own original potential. By going deep and extracting your own wisdom you automatically have increased the probability of success.
The right tool will facilitate high performance by raising self-understanding, self-esteem and personal effectiveness. This allows us to access wisdom and other resources that normally remain hidden from our consciousness. Without digging deep this wisdom does not normally show up in our behavior.
One of the most powerful tools I use in this work is sentence stem completion. I first read about it in Nathaniel Branden’s book The Six Pillars of Self Esteem. Sentence stem completion is most effective as a tool to facilitate understanding, liberate self-expression and activate self-healing.
Sentence stem completion rests on he premise that all of us have more knowledge than we are normally aware of – more wisdom than we use, more potentials than typically show up in our behavior. Sentence completion is a tool for accessing and activating these “hidden resources.” When we intensify awareness, we tend to generate a need for action that expresses our changed psychological state. Nathaniel Branden
Sentence Stem Completion Instructions
1). Begin with an uncompleted sentence stem in the area of your exploration. Here are some possibilities that have served my clients well.
If I really wanted to achieve this goal …
When I apply 10% more consciousness to my activities …
If I truly wanted to create my own unique product I’d …
My most powerfully productive business decision this quarter would be to …
2). Repeat the stem each time out loud and then jot down the completion. Some feel more comfortable working with a tape recorder and then going back and transcribing. It’s the speed and lack of self-judgment that lowers repressive barriers and allows the wisdom to emerge. This is a rapid-fire exercise — do not sit and stew over answers. Just say the stem and complete the sentence as rapidly as possible. No pauses, the game is to answer quickly one after another. Don’t worry about the validity of what you’re coming up with while you’re doing it. Just complete each sentence and then again.
3). For each sentence stem keep adding completions as fast as possible. Work with the same stems for seven days in a row. No pauses to think in between. Just write. Each stem must be a complete sentence. Stems may be repeated on different days but on any one day, all stems need to be different. Complete at least six endings for each stem, each day.
4). At the end of the week reflect on what you’ve written. Allow yourself to be surprised about what you’ve written. At the end of seven days look at all of your completions and select the top three you are willing to act on. This wisdom may need further refinement but it will beat the root of your most optimum and effective actions.
Here’s the good news. The wisdom you seek is seeking you. Your internal guidance has been trying to get your attention to shine a light on your optimum path. You willingness to go deep and bring it forth will definitely accelerate the process.
Wisdom serves as widening of perception and somehow allows us to see situations and intentions in a new light.
This new light expands possibilities so we don’t jump to limiting conclusions based on past experience. Instead we are emboldened to create our very own brave new world.