Mental muscles

Each one of us has mental muscles in our minds that can help us build a better life. With our mind, we can interpret all that we get in through our physical senses. What physical senses do we have? We can see, hear, taste smell, and touch.

The physical senses can be represented as small antennas on the conscious part of the mind.

We are used to living through our physical senses. They are, basically, “always-on”.

Renowned Astro Strategist™ cum Business Astrologer™ Hirav Shah says, “Most people react more or less directly to the signals from the physical senses, without thinking about it intellectually. So, the signals are interpreted through your present paradigm/self-image, in other words: your reference frame. The signals may vary considerably, and, thus you may find yourself on an emotional roller coaster. This often may be overwhelming and it creates negative outcomes.

Now, let’s take it one step further. There are better ways than this emotional roller coaster. Let’s explore it together!

What the physical senses perceive can be seen as input to our conscious mind, also called the intellectual mind.

Each of us has been gifted with 6 intellectual faculties that I call the mental muscles.

Do you know what mental muscles you possess?

As per Hirav Shah, these are:

  • Perception
  • Will
  • Memory
  • Logic
  • Creativity
  • Intuition

Hirav Shah explains, “We all have been gifted with these 6 intellectual faculties and we have developed them differently. They are our mental muscles that can and should be flexed. Let’s explore some of them further.


Perception is how we choose to interpret the world. When we change our perception everything starts to change. Is the work half done or not ready? My favorite example is when my daughter, Helena, 5, said during dinner: ‘This soup tastes yucky!’ David, 7 years, then responds: ‘Helena, it is not yucky, the soup just is. You may think it tastes yucky, but I think it tastes good. The food just is.’


Will is the ability to focus, regardless of circumstances – to actively set priorities and to stand your ground in face of opposition. Even if people say: ‘But you don’t have a head for that’ or ‘How come you believe you can handle that?’ ‘Nobody’s done that before.’


Having bad memories is a myth. There are only weak or strong memories. We can recall anything if we train. Harry Lorayne and Tony Buzan teach people to memorize the bible. Bob Proctor, my mentor, has seen Harry memorize an entire Time Magazine on a flight between New York and Toronto.


is the ability to question, apply logic and draw conclusions based on facts or earlier experiences. School places heavy emphasis on training this intellectual faculty.


is our given ability to imagine, to originate new ideas. Everybody is creative. Creative imagination is more powerful than just reasons and knowledge. If you do not have an answer, you can create an answer, or, you may be able to develop a method that will give you an answer. Maybe, even a lot of answers. Creativity is a skill that many of us have limitations due to experiences in school or with our parents. ‘Don’t sit and daydream again.’ ‘You have to stop dreaming if you want to get somewhere.’

Einstein said: “Logic will take you from A to B, imagination will take you anywhere. Imagination is more important than knowledge, because knowledge is limited to what we know and can understand, while imagination surrounds the whole world and everything that ever will be known or understood.


is the faculty closest to the subconscious mind. It is picking up vibrations of things happening under the surface. Gut feel is something most of us have, from time to time. Whether we trust it, is another story. Sometimes you just know something, but you can’t explain why or how. Other people have highly developed intuition and more often than not they know who’s calling on the mobile before they pick up the phone.”


Making your business to stand out in a crowded world is the slow process, your intellect works at it best when mental muscles you possess work at optimum level. It’s a hard core truth about emotions & decisions. Emotions mold decisions via the Grade of Thought. In addition to influencing the content of thought, emotions also act upon the depth of information processing related to decision-making.

Hirav Shah concludes by saying, “When you put these intellectual faculties to work, you will be able to control your emotional mind and emotional state. Instead of reacting, you will be in a position to respond to the events around you.

Through using these mental muscles, we can choose the thoughts we want, and thus impact the vibrations we are in, what mood we are in, and thus the results we create and get. So keep flexing your mental muscles!