“There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself.” – Miyamoto Musashi

Miyamoto Musashi is arguably the greatest warrior to have ever lived. Known as “Japan’s Greatest Swordsman,” Musashi wrote The Book of Five Rings; a manuscript on philosophy, strategy, and tactics that is, to this day, studied by both warriors and non-warriors alike.

In his book, Musashi repeatedly emphasizes the importance of the mind to win in any endeavor. In any battle, internal or external. The great swordsman was well ahead of his time in this respect, as were many other people of warriors as well as spiritual leaders.

Fast-forward to present day, and this knowledge acquired long ago continues to be passed on. Even some within the scientific community – one known for its rigorous criteria – have reaffirmed the findings of ancient teachers. Neuroscientific research, for example, has conceded many of the Great Buddha’s meditative teachings; namely, his declaration’s on meditation and the mind (or brain).

The point: the mind’s power is nearly limitless – a manifestation of the vast Universe.

In this article, we discuss 15 mind “tricks,” that you can use to gain an advantage. Mr. Musashi would be proud.

HERE ARE 15 POWERFUL MIND TRICKS YOU CAN USE TO:

1. REMEMBER PEOPLE’S NAMES

Terrible with names? Most of us are. Remembering a person’s name, especially in an office setting, can help make a great impression.

Try your best to memorize the name after it’s said the first time. Repeat the name a few times, and make it a point to greet the person by first name the very next time you seem them.

2. EXPERTLY NEGOTIATE

Most people are genuinely uncomfortable with silence. The next time you’re able to bargain or negotiate, make an offer and then stay quiet. This discomfort may be enough to tilt the odds of a good outcome in your favor.

3. PORTRAY CONFIDENCE

It’s said over and over that good eye contact is importance in forging strong connections. The problem is that not everyone is comfortable with initiating and maintaining eye contact for this reason.

Instead, try to determine the person’s eye color or eye size. This may help sustain eye contact and reduce the sense of awkwardness.

4. FINISH A MEETING

What do most people do who’re ready to end a meeting? They stand up and everyone follows, right?

If you find yourself leading a group meeting, remain sitting until the very end. This will help ensure that people stay in place until you’re ready to finish.

5. BUILD TRUST AND COMFORT

Mirroring body language has a distinct way of gaining someone else’s trust and respect. Clearly, this cannot be effective without subtlety. As such, mimic small movements to avoid instigating a sense of discomfort in the other person.

 

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