Michele: One thing I do to practice with intention, I learned from Jim. I was watching him give a speech, which he loves doing, and he came to a point in the speech where he was at a loss for words.
I panicked, watching him.
Then he paused and said the most beautiful sentence; as if he had worked on it for days. It just popped out of him. Afterwards I asked him . . .
Michele: “Did you realize you had nothing to say?”
Jim said, “Of course, that always happens during a speech.
I said, “that would make me panic.”
“Oh no,” he said. “That’s when I decide, ‘Oh now I’ve got to get myself out of this. I have to come up with something REALLY great to say and I do.’”
That’s when it hit me - you can be smart on purpose!
Pixie: I love that! You said Jim and I give speeches the same way - we get up and talk. For me it's a state of flow.
Michele: Right. Yes, Jim experiences it that way as well.
Pixie: If I have nothing to say, I don’t panic. I trust and wait. The next thing just comes to me and flows out of my mouth.
Michele: Well, Jim decides NOW is the moment he’s going to say something great. He makes himself smarter on purpose. So I started practicing that. I’d get defensive or stuck and pause. I’d think, "Okay, NOW, GO SMART = LEVEL 10!" And it worked!!!
Pixie: That's so you.
Michele: That was such a huge revelation! I can decide to make my IQ go up in a moment!
Pixie: I think we’re saying the same thing. I practice trusting that I can tap into a Higher Intelligence and that it’s always available to me like Jung’s collective unconscious. I think it’s a matter of faith that comes from disciplined practice with that intention.
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