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John Adair's 100 Greatest Ideas for Smart Decision Making by John Adair

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Idea 5: Become aware of your depth mind

Unconscious thought, there is the only method: macerate your subject, let it boil slow, then take the lid off and look in – and there your stuff is, good or bad.

Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island

The first step to making productive use of your depth mind is becoming more aware of its powers.

One of the daily wonders of the mind, for example, is how we can recall things so swiftly on demand. If you are asked a fact, such as someone’s name, you may often say (if you are like me), ‘Give me a minute or two and I’ll remember it.’ A few minutes later the name pops into your conscious mind. Amazing.

Memory as our private data bank plays a central part in our thinking, but is not the only contribution ...

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