How Aware Are You About You?

Really, how aware are you and do you have a desire to grow? 95% of what we know about the capabilities of the human brain has been learned in the last twenty years. I know I am not using all of my brain, but definitely want to learn how to use more of it. I read and listen to books a lot and have a crazy desire to learn. I listened to the book How To Think like Leonardo DaVinci about 2 years ago. It is a great book that challenged my thought process. In fact, I had to purchase the hard copy along with the workbook to make sure I had it to flip through when I had random thoughts of things I learned.

I have been pondering what I learned about whole brain thinking and DaVinci’s principles for a while. They definitely stretch me in a new way of innovative thinking that push me beyond my normal. The Seven DaVincian Principles take time to process, but I recommend keeping the principles close to you, your daily thinking, your thought processing as well as incorporating them into your life plan.

DaVinci’s 7 Principles are:

Curiosity (Curiosita) – An insatiably curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning.

Demonstration (Dimonstrazione) – A commitment to test knowledge through experience, persistence, and willingness to learn from mistakes.

Sensation (Sensazione) – The continual refinement of the senses, especially sight, as the means to enliven experience.

Smoke (Sfumato) – Becoming open to the unknown. A willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox, and uncertainty.

Art and Science (Arte/Scienza) – Whole-Brain thinking. The development of the balance between science and art, logic and imagination.

The Body (Corporalita) – The cultivation of grace, ambidexterity, fitness, and poise. Balancing the body and mind.

Connection (Connessione) – A recognition of and appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things and phenomena. Systems thinking.

Think about the above categories. Something that he created so long ago is still very applicable today. We live in an accelerated world which I totally understand. Technology and the doubling affect is real and has been and will continue to happen. Keeping your feet on a solid foundation with principles that have stood the test of time is something I can support.  Although they are classified as principles, they are foundation points which all of us should have and understand.

We all should be growing in some part of our life. If not, we are dying a slow death. Do the below action items to keep yourself in a state of growth, learning, and feeling.

Enjoy your life, it is a gift.

Action Items

  • Buy and Read the Book – How to Think like Leonardo daVinci
  • Buy and Do the Workbook – How to Think like Leonardo daVinci workbook
  • Do the 100 Question Exercise (from the workbook)
    • Make a list of 100 questions that are important to you.
      • Write Quickly
      • List anything that comes to mind
    • Review for Themes
      • Discover Highlights, Themes, Things you didn’t expect
      • Review for common points: relationships, business, fun, money, meaning of life
    • Choose Your Top 10 Questions
      • Then rank them
    • Reflect on Your Answers
      • At this point, you should be in a new space.  For now just reflect.  Get the workbook and continue.

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It’s your life, go enjoy and be intentional.