A Whack on the Side of the Head: How to Unlock your Mind for by Roger von Oech

By Roger von Oech

Revised and elevated for the Nineties, this is the bestselling creative-thinking vintage written via America's ultimate creativity advisor. Illustrated.

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By taking on very small and manageable tasks, he was able to work toward that goal. The reminder by the television doesn’t have to be anything too overt that may embarrass you. In his case, he used a small model of an elephant, using the saying that “An elephant never forgets” and he found that this was sufficient to remind him to switch off the TV when the programs were not interesting. Whatever you need to remind you, incorporate it into your life and make positive steps toward achieving everything you ever wanted to achieve.

You have an “eyes on” view of your life and can watch your progress and enjoy the positive changes that you incorporate into your life. You make this the focal point of each day and give yourself purpose for achieving small changes that really do make you into a different person. Life is filled with stepping stones. If you live a life where you cannot even see these stepping stones, you will stumble. The idea of this system of self-improvement is that you become more aware of your own bad habits – learn to swap them for good habits – and eventually find that this shift makes your life an improved place to be.

Allowing Yourself To Make Mistakes Only a perfectionist would expect a whole new lifestyle to happen without pauses or lapses back into bad habits. Remember that habits may have been learned over a period of years so don’t be too hard on yourself when you make a mistake. Recognize the mistake. Diary it and see how long you can go before you make the next one. However, do not feel remorse and failure. Once you see yourself as a failure, you reinforce self-esteem issues and that’s not what it’s all about.

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