What You’ll Find on this page . . .
- Boosting Your Linguistic Intelligences
- Boosting Your Logic-Mathematical Abilities
- Boosting Your Visual-Spatial Abilities
- Boosting Your Body-Kinesthetic Abilities
- Boosting Your Musical Abilities
- Boosting Your Naturalist Abilities
- Boosting Your Interpersonal Abilities
- Boosting Your Intrapersonal Abilities
How much can you improve your Intelligences?
- You can boost or strengthen them, as much as you are willing to practice them.
- Pick one that you are low on, and practice some of the exercises.
- Play with the suggestions below, like kids do. Soon you will have access to more of the intelligences you want.
Boosting Your Linguistic Intelligence
- Play a word game like Scrabble with someone with highly developed linguistic ability.
- Do crossword puzzles and other word puzzles in the newspaper.
- Spend time in libraries or book stores and browse through books, periodicals and magazines.
- Adapt a fairy tale to the 21st century. Try: Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, The Three Little Pigs, Sleeping Beauty.
- Read versions of the great classics of literature. Then download or rent the movie version. How did the movie differ from the original story?
- Really listen to the language used in popular songs.
- Help someone with a writing project.
- Read Reader’s Digest especially the section where you can add one new word to your conversation everyday.
- Write poetry and share it with someone you trust to appreciate it. Submit your work to a publisher.
- Strike up an email or snail mail correspondence with someone you know in another city.
- Practice explaining things to someone you know, and ask them how you did.
- Try using new words in your conversation that you are unaccustomed to using.
- Make a list of scientific terms you don’t understand and look for explanations.
- When you are shopping, try to calculate the amount of the bill before the cashier rings up your purchases.
- Pick a scientific discovery and research when it was made. e.g. that earth revolves around the sun and not vice versa.
- Learn how to play chess.
- Work with someone else who likes to figure out answers to math problems.
- Gift yourself with $500,000 and build a virtual stock portfolio. Track your stocks daily.
- Turn to the Science Channel on TV.
- Estimate how many vehicles will pass a certain point on the street in the next 5 minutes. How will the time of day affect your observations.
- Guess how many SUVs will pass you on the street today compared to ordinary cars.
- Guess what the ratio of red cars to blue cars are on the road today.
- Read a mystery story, and try to figure out the ending from the clues given in the story.
- Play video games requiring logic to solve puzzles.
- Learn how to use computer graphics applications.
- Look at collections of photographs by famous photographers. Ask yourself what makes them special.
- Look at maps and globes of the world, and try to see relationships.
- Tell a story, using pictures only.
- Think about how you’d redecorate your room, apartment or your home. Draw sketches of your ideas.
- Look at things like clouds, buildings, and landscapes and try to see different shapes and outlines there.
- Design yourself a business card.
- Think about how you’d get from one place in your town to another. What direction would you give to someone else? What are the important visual landmarks?
- Take a fresh look at your favorite films or videos. What colors are important? What camera tricks were used to create the special effects?
- Learn how to paint, or draw. Practice doodling.
- Put up your own website.
- Use emoticons in your emails.
- Sign up yourself and your pet for Obedience or Agility or Field Trials courses. And practice everyday.
- Learn to tap dance, line dance, square dance, the Tango, Spanish dancing, Latin American, African dance.
- Take a martial arts class.
- Learn to figure skate, or join a field hockey team or the curling team.
- Play tennis, badminton, pool.
- Take a sign language course.
- Take up a sport you’ve never done before: horseback riding, bowling, skateboarding, skydiving, parasailing, white water rafting.
- Get a Do-It-Yourself Book. Watch Do-It-Yourself Home Decorating Programs on TV.
- Learn to change a tire, or change the oil in your car. Practice this skill.
- Undertake a project in your garden. Use only hand tools to do the job. Avoid using power tools.
- Every time you see a dog or cat stretch, do the same.
- Take a craft course like woodworking, operating a loom, etc. get involved in a hands-on project.
- Call a friend on their birthday and sing happy birthday into their answering machine.
- Sing in the kitchen, Sing in the shower, Sing in the car.
- Take music lessons on an instrument you’ve always wanted to play – drums, saxophone, the harp, trombone.
- Take a walk in the woods, and listen to the sounds of nature, a waterfall, the different bird calls, the sounds of silence.
- Go to a Karaoke Club with friends and join in.
- Visit music sites on the Internet and read what people are saying about different kinds of music.
- Go to free concerts and recitals, hear local jazz, blues, country singers at community centers, neighborhood houses, churches, etc. Let the rhythm, the beat of the music get into your bones.
- Trade CDs with friends and relatives and make an effort to listen to a wider range of music: rap, rock, classical, folk, choral and nature sounds. Aim for at least an hour a week.
- Learn more about the lives and careers of famous musicians – today’s stars and yesterdays too.
- Make up your own lyrics to familiar tunes.
- Watch a scary movie (or romantic, or thriller flick) and try to be conscious of the background music they use and how it enhances the emotional high you are experiencing.
- Be consciously aware of the sounds in your immediate environment wherever you go.
- Go for a hike or nature walk. Use binoculars to get a closer look at the wildlife and other surroundings.
- Get a CD or Sky Chart on Astronomy and learn more about the planetary constellations and the galaxies.
- Get into reducing, re-using, and recycling your garbage.
- Develop your knowledge of birds with a bird book that will help you identify them, learn about their habits and migration patterns. Invite birds to your window with a bird feeder.
- Plant a small garden, weed and water it and watch it grow. What kinds of pests do you need to watch for.
- Look for environmentally safe ways to protect your plants from pests.
- Collect herbs and dry them. Use them for infusing teas. Study how herbs are used to treat various ailments.
- Observe the color combinations you see in nature. Try dressing in those colors.
- Watch Science, and Nature Shows on television.
- Subscribe to a Nature Magazine.
- Search for websites that address environmental concerns.
- How can you help promote the protection of our environment and nature.
- Get in the habit of introducing yourself to others. A good place to mix with people is in the Food Court of a Mall or people sitting on park benches. Approach people who are sitting alone and introduce yourself saying: “Hello, I’m Jim/Judy. May I join you.” Be careful who you approach.
- Offer to work on a community project. Keep a journal of all the things that happen to you on this project.
- Thank people who serve you in stores, banks, post offices, restaurants and wish them a good day.
- Speak to the security guards on the doors of banks, stores, if they look like they could use a word of recognition.
- Give someone a compliment about a task that they have accomplished. Notice something about the task that you particularly like.
- When you feel an emotion, learn to express it in a non-threatening way.
- Watch body language. What does it tell you about the person who is doing it?
- Find a book on body language and study it.
- Tell someone you know about a time they did something for you that you remember and appreciate.
- Take a course in Conflict Mediation. Use the techniques you learn to resolve issues in your workplace.
- Communicate non-verbally.
- Join a group and look for ways to contribute in group discussion.
- Decide on a simple goal for today, for the end of the week, for the month. Write it down. Achieve it. Record the outcome in a diary. If you fall short, set another goal and try again to reach it.
- Practice “Random acts of kindness” by doing something thoughtful for someone else. eg. Help someone on the bus. Help a senior citizen who obviously needs some help.
- Do something different for yourself. Change your routine. Rearrange your apartment. Change your hairstyle or hair color.
- Notice when someone around you looks a little lost or left out. Make a point of being nice to them.
- Be a mentor to someone. Meet with them regularly. Work out a plan together to help them in some way or just spend some time together and be interested in what they like.
- Read articles on healing, self-improvement, New Age information on the Internet. Try to understand the new mindset.
- Read about your Dream Job. What is one thing you can do now to move towards it? Do it. Practice moving towards it.
- Read Eckhart Tolle’s book The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment. Practice being present and living in the moment.
- Be calm, spend some time in meditation. Try yoga to strengthen your focus.
- Think about your day: Did you miss an opportunity to help someone? Could you have been nicer or more thoughtful and less aggressive in your interactions?
- What did you learn today? At the end of each day: Keep a journal about your thoughts and feelings for each day.
- Practice spending a quiet day by yourself, without talking very much to anyone.
This Link Will Take You Through Steps 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the Program
Links to Step 1 - The 5 Career Tests on This Site
Step 1 - Discovering Who You Are
- 1. Your Work Style Preferences
- Your Work Style Preferences Overview
- 4. Your Central Motivations
- Your Central Motivators - An Overview
- 5. Your Multiple Intelligences
- Multiple Intelligences - An Overview
- Multiple Intelligences Descriptions
- 60 Ways to Boost Your Intelligences
- How to Develop Your Intelligences
- The Quick Job Analysis Guide
- Career Chart
Links to Step 2 - Career Exploration
Step 2 - Exploring Your Career Options
- Get the FAQs About Career Exploration 9 Frequently Asked Questions on Job Searching
- Researching the Major Occupational Groups How to Do Job Research - Your Search Tool Links
Links to Step 3 - Getting into the Nitty Gritty
Step 3 - Doing the Research For Your Dream Job
- Paper Research
- Help For Doing Paper Researching
- Online Research
- Help For Doing Research Online
- People Research Links
- Help For Doing People Researching
- How to Prepare for the Information Interview
- 20 Interview Questions for Informational Interviews
- Sample Phone Scripts for Information Interviews
- Writing the Interview Thank You Letter
- Participation Research Links
- Help For Doing Participation Researching
- Open Houses in the Workplace and at Schools
- Job Shadowing
- 21 Sample Job Shadows in the Workplace
- Temping & Volunteering as Participation Research
- 50 Basic Questions Checklist For Job Researching
Links to Step 4 - Taking Care of Your Career
Step 4 - Managing Your Career - Doing Career Planning
- Taking Care of Your Career - Building Your Toolkit
- Arriving in Your New Career - 8 Workable Career Management Options
- Preventing Burnout: The Burnout Checklist
Are you wondering: "What Career is Best for Me?"
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