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We all have hopes and dreams that need to be nurtured.
We discover and acknowledge them. We refine those wishes, making them relevant to our world today, and choose to believe in them. And we step forward with purpose and faith that we are living our best life, becoming all that we can imagine.
But sometimes, we get stuck.
That is when we need a Gentle Nudge.
This book is a collection of profound and provoking thoughts. These ideas will introduce you to new ways of thinking about your life’s dreams.
There are short musings, tips, encouragements, and quirky memes. There are also longer pages with examples and self-exploratory exercises.
You will find answers, and you will find questions.
Most importantly, these 151 Gentle Nudges will help you discover your true motivations and desires. The insights you have as you respond to these pages will help clarify exactly what it is that you truly want.
What is a Gentle Nudge?
Test-drive your dream.
Take it out for a spin.
Try it in small increments
to see if you like it
and to find out what
is really required.
Think of these prompts as a gentle, kind soul who is trying to wake you up to information that you have not looked at closely enough, to decisions you may not have ever consciously made, and to the potential of being the best version of yourself and living the life you dream of.
You do have permission to dream! Both the slightest inspiration and the most unlikely fantasy contain information that points you in the direction of your hidden needs.
Challenge the myths that have been stopping you in the process of bringing your dreams to life. Learn to write your own story and find simple ways to ensure that those hopes and goals are right for you.
What is a touchstone?
It is that “thing” that draws us to our dream.
We recognize it in the brief sense of awe, the shiver on our spine,
those goosebumps, the unexpected revelation.
It is the epiphany that occurs
when some “thing” touches our soul for just a moment,
perhaps the lightest brush.
We choose to notice that moment in time,
to identify it as our touchstone.
Or we don’t.
This book, from the author of Thinking with a Bigger Box, encourages you to dare to dream.
Your life’s dreams are meant to be lived today, not in some nebulous future. You can create space for them right now.
Choose personal growth and be successful in the pursuit of your goals and dreams. Self-awareness and knowing more, imagination and knowing differently, all result in creative solutions.
Is thinking inside your box currently limiting you? Do you find it difficult to think outside the box? We all have life dreams that require us to generate ideas. We want to figure out what steps to take, and we need to refine the nature of our goals. But more importantly, we have to generate ideas in order to solve problems because obstacles do crop up.
The biggest issue that we face when we run into barriers is that our go-to, habitual solutions fail us when we try something new. And we get stuck: we give up or we settle for less. But those obstacles are just a surface problem. What we really need is to grow out of our old thinking patterns and make new behavioral choices.
The fact is, inside the box is always where we are, it is our current everyday reality. And thinking outside the box really refers to the exchange of information that takes place with a group of people. But who has a think-tank handy? Nope, we have to do that type of thinking by ourselves, and that requires a different skill set.
The solution is thinking WITH A BIGGER BOX!
This book is a personal growth workshop designed to help you do exactly that. The “bigger box” metaphor will reveal the secrets to developing two simple skills: know more and know differently. Learn to expand your thinking, to embrace that change, and to use that greater base of knowledge to orient toward creative problem-solving. When you do this as a part of your normal daily life you increase your chances of finding viable and uniquely personal solutions that will work.
This practice is known as creative thinking and you, too, can learn to use it effectively. Everyone can.
Thinking with a Bigger Box contains 35 in-depth exercises! These practices are effective strategies, and you will learn to:
· Expand your awareness of yourself and your world
· Harness the power of holistic comprehension
· Discover answers within mindful attention
· Embrace both random and specific knowledge
· Use empathy as a superpower
· Reawaken your imagination skills
· Gain assistance from personal allies
· Rewire your thought patterns and develop creativity
· Generate ideas for everyday problems
· Use leaps of logic and experience epiphanies
· Seek new adventures and guide your personal growth
· Nurture insightful actions and become solution-oriented
The author, Cathryn Zeleny, lives an eclectic and creative thinking lifestyle. She has years of experience teaching, speaking, and writing in the fields of motivation, self-exploratory psychology, and fine art. This book highlights her clear understanding of the creative process as a personal growth tool. She shares her wisdom in this safe forum with progressive, yet simple, steps for expanding your horizons and pursuing your purposeful intentions.
The cornerstone of this approach is your willingness to learn. As you become more aware of your inner self and your connections to the broader world, you will define meaningful objectives and goals. You will institute new thinking and behavioral patterns that ensure you succeed. And as you embrace these changes, you will grow into your dreams.