25 Apr 2021

[87] Focus with Awareness

The Alchemist // Paulo Cuelo

Rearranging the mind and having the mind reflect to rearrange reality. In other words, bringing forth a vision

Mental Alchemy

  • The medieval forerunner of chemistry, based on the supposed transformation of matter. It was concerned particularly with attempts to convert base metals into gold or to find a universal elixir
  • James Allen
    • A speculative philosophy will prove a shadowy thing in the time of calamity; a man must have the inward Wisdom which puts an end to grief
  • Focus
    • The center of interest or activity
    • The state or quality of having or producing clear visual definition
  • Awareness
    • Knowledge or perception of a situation or fact
    • Awareness is the state of being conscious of something. More specifically, it is the ability to directly know and perceive, to feel, or to be cognizant of events
    • Concern about and well-informed interest in a particular situation or development

Four Stages of Competence (Raising Awareness)

  • Unconscious incompetence
    • The individual does not understand or know how to do something and does not necessarily recognize the deficit. They may deny the usefulness of the skill. The individual must recognize their own incompetence, and the value of the new skill, before moving on to the next stage. The length of time an individual spends in this stage depends on the strength of the stimulus to learn
  • Conscious incompetence
    • Though the individual does not understand or know how to do something, they recognize the deficit, as well as the value of a new skill in addressing the deficit. The making of mistakes can be integral to the learning process this stage
  • Conscious competence
    • The individual understands or knows how to do something. However, demonstrating the skill or knowledge requires concentration. It may be broken down into steps, and there is heavy conscious involvement in executing the new skill
  • Unconscious competence
    • The individual has had so much practice with a skill that it has become “second nature” and can be performed easily. As a result, the skill can be performed while executing another task. The individual may be able to teach it to others, depending upon how and when it was learned


  • A disciplined life (The One Thing // Gary Keller)
    • Success is about doing the right thing, not about doing everything right
    • The trick to success is to choose the right habit and bring just enough discipline to establish it
    • When I do the right thing, it can liberate me from having to monitor everything
    • Build on one habit at a time
    • Why, what, how, and what if learners
  • Imagination
    • How to Make Our Mental Pictures Come True // George Schubel
    • I must be familiar, by means of outward observation and experience, with the things which relate themselves to my inner picture
    • If my thought of two-hundred and fifty thousand dollars is a vague one, then before I try to see it clearly in my mind, I must go to the bank and ask the teller to show me two-hundred and fifty thousand dollar bills which I study carefully, and in this way, I get “more light” upon the money; I am able to see it mentally more clearly
    • So with the business enterprise. If it is an automobile business I have in mind, I must visit automobile factories and observe the method of building an automobile
    • So with the home. I visit the homes of my friends, I become acquainted with the various kinds of architecture, the kinds of brick and timber, the arrangement of rooms and every detail which will help to “throw light” upon the thought of the home which I am contemplating now

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