Plan to Stretch Your Mind

Man’s mind, stretched to a new idea, never goes back to its original dimension.” –Oliver Wendell Holmes

When we push ourselves to expand beyond routine, we expand our capacities. Significant events, experiences, education can change us–over time, so can seemingly small improvements in attitude, fitness, and use of time.

You likely know people who went on a mission trip and came back changed–at least with a different view of themselves, often with changed priorities. Veterans and civilians alike who experience trauma and/or injury can grow from it and become stronger than before.

We can plan to (intentionally) expand our minds, bodies, and spirits, for example:

  • Outlining a plan for life and investing a few minutes daily to review and improve usually adds inspiration and focus that leads to better action.
  • People who follow through on goals to improve or achieve often prove something to themselves (earning a college degree, running a race, or just sticking to a resolution…) and expand courage for the next challenge.
  • Spending time with or reading books about people of courage and example (people who have done what you want to do) can inspire thinking to form healthier beliefs and habits.
  • Reviewing how we spend our time invested in what we say are priorities almost always inspires improvement, especially when we set appointments with ourselves and others to help us live our priorities.

When something happens to us, our responses can change how we think and behave–for the worse or for the better. We can lead our lives better if we have a positive planned response for how we will react to ambushes, challenges, and disappointments, as well as daily opportunities for joy. We also can intentionally stretch ourselves through plans and actions that lead to better mental, physical, and spiritual fitness. -David

Part of the mission for Life Leaders is to help people PLAN and LEAD in LIFE to flourish at our callings and choices. /


About Dr. David Dyson

Mission: To empower people and communities to PLAN and LEAD in LIFE. Service Vision: 1) advise and assist educators to help students write Plans for School and Life, 2) help universities expand impact on students, alumni, professionals, plus branding for Colleges of Education. 3) help boards and management in communities to develop and improve plans, processes, and performance. Service niches include: Plan for School and Life - Best-Self Leadership - Community Founder and Director of Life Leaders America which provides monthly seminars on planning, best-self leadership, patriotism, and freedom as well as community development programs. Author, lecturer, and workshop leader using books and workbooks such as: Earning and Delegating Empowerment, Master Your Goliaths, Patriotism in Action, Professionalism Under Stress, Founding of America's Veterans Day Education, The Purpose of Life, Best-Self Leadership.
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