Do You Have Any Idea?

Have you ever said "I have no idea" to a question put to you, when you really
didn't stop to think about it at all? With just a little application of logical thought, you
will find that you can easily have an idea on matters that you previously thought you
had no idea about. If you take the trouble to solve problems by breaking them down
into smaller subproblems, many ideas will come to you. For instance, do you have
any idea of what the circumference of the earth is? No, Huh? OK, let's break it
down. There's a 3-hour time zone difference between the East coast and the West
coast of the U.S., right? They are also about 3,000 miles apart, right? If it takes 24
hours in a day for the earth to complete one rotation on its axis, and 1 hour is
equivalent to about 1,000 miles, then the earth must be about 24,000 miles in
circumference, right? (It is actually 24,902.45 miles.)
Are you fed up with pollution of the air, water, food and soil? Do you feel
helpless about it? Do you have any idea how to stop it? Of course, you're not the
president of the United States, but you ARE an exceptional thinking citizen of the
As an exercise, close your eyes for a moment, and step into the feeling of being
such a special individual. Trigger your anchor for self-confidence (review "Exercise
-- Anchoring Positive States of Mind"). Feel the power at your command as your
mind fills and surges with ideas. Now open your eyes, and as this citizen of the
U.S., break down the problem of air pollution into smaller subproblems, and write
down in a notebook a creative way to solve the problem of air pollution from your
citizen level. Afterwards, proceed with water, soil and food pollution in a similar
fashion. Most people don't think about large problems for too long because they feel
that it's just too sizable for them to do anything about. When you seriously do think
about such problems, you quickly find that there is something you CAN do about
them after all.