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This exercise has a very long history. It's been described - using
various symbols and names - in places as diverse as Crowley's Book of
Toth (the Tarot) and Van Hoeck's "A Whack On The Side Of The Head" a
book, on creativity.
Here it is here presented according to the 3000+ year old version
handed down by the Jaguar-kings of Mesoamerica.
"Strategic thinking" is a behavioral technique that will help you
shape new input into creative ideas and projects. It's based on the
natural working of the quadrant brain, and involves seeking out new
information, treating it on both conscious and subconscious levels
for insight, analyzing it to provoke creative breakthrough,
implementing the fruit of that labor and adjusting it to the real
world before communicating your intent.
The following formula shows that the personality can be influenced
by role play or by adopting a specific "identity". Inspired by the
list of suggestions that the following roles suggest, seek out new
information and shape it into a winning idea. Then try it. Adjust
where needed. Tinker until it's perfect and then sell the idea to
some one who'll buy it.
The strategic formula:
Ego + Identity = Personality ->
Ego: What we are (education, knowledge, experience,
Identity: The strategic role (the attitude) we can
Personality: The fusion of the ego and the id
SELF-Empowerment: MASTER STRATEGISTS learn to play 5
roles - STALKER OF INFORMATION, DREAMERS OF POSSIBILITY (+ -),
SEER OF OPPORTUNITY, WARRIOR IN ACTION TO ADJUST AND PERSUASIVE
COMMUNICATOR - and to change them according to need.
Stalkers seeks out information. In their continuing search
to fulfill their needs (personal, cultural, social, professional,
global, etc...) they must:
- Have clear goals
- Transcend their fears
- Be as curious as possible
- Look for many different ideas
- Be extremely broad minded
- Participate in various kinds of networks
- Open their closed loops (i.e. paradigms of thought)
- Understand their "whole" quest
- Let themselves become inspired by all kinds of things
- Understand and use obstacles
Dreamers transform information into creative concepts. They
dream of the result of what they are stalking and must therefore:
- Put order into their findings (classify information)
- Imagine the impossible
- Identify contradictions
- Become extravagant with hope
- Consider change as a precursor of utopia
- Be "open" to every potential
- Avoid getting hooked on a particular idea
- Adapt and change continuously
Seers judge the pertinence of concepts and of their
application. They question information and different facets of an
idea/project by questioning themselves:
- What am I trying to accomplish?
- On what aspects of my idea/project must I build?
- What are the disadvantages of this idea?
- Have I thought the idea through to a realistic
- Am sure of the information I am using?
- If my idea/project cannot be developed, what aspects of it
could I salvage?
- What am I assuming? Are my assumptions still valid?
- Has this idea/project been done before?
- Of what facts am I unconscious?
- Am I ready to make a decision?
Warriors take action and actualize their ideas/projects.
They know that they are their own main obstacle and battleground.
They are aware that as a strategist, they must:
- Have a battle plan
- Go from "if it..." to "it is..."
- Be ruthless, cunning, patient and kind
- Take responsibility for every detail
- Vanquish procrastination
- Get rid of all their excuses
- Let go of all defensive attitudes
- Be extremely persistant
- Master the win/win/win scenario
- Be pragmatic
Communicators are the "word" of creation. Authors of their
own good fortune, they must therefore:
- Understand the nature of, and the resistance to change
- Put their emotions in "neutral", ie. resonate love as
- Speak with the light of passion in their eyes
- Give directions as clearly and as simply as possible
- Realize that "speed kills"
- Be totally receptive at all times
- Continuously re-establish a link with their "Creative
- Promote excellence and "the idea of good"
- Understand the power of silence
- Separate questions from objections
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