Many people view the brain as a mysterious structure incapable of change. However, with the help of advancing brain scanning technology, we now know that our brains are continually learning and processing.
We can boost our memory, retention and ability to learn new skills and concepts by using these 8 strategies. Pick one or two strategies this week to uplevel your own successes.
Eight Success Strategies:
- Self-Awareness: Know your strengths and develop them, so you can reach your goals. Select goals that intrinsically motivate your unique passions and drive, so that you fulfill your own definition of a meaningful life.
- Emotional Regulation: Thoughts and beliefs affect feelings and subsequent behaviors. Reflect upon how your self-esteem and your world directly affect your feeling and actions. If you are not satisfied with it, take steps to change it.
- Cognitive Reframing: Repeatedly engaging in negative thoughts and actions results in undesirable brain alterations; actively engaging in positive thoughts and actions leads to beneficial ones. You won’t always achieve your goals, but you can benefit from failure. Put positive spin on those failures and start a change from them which in turn changes the brain and primes it to be resilient and motivated.
- Deliberate Practice: London taxi drivers train very hard to memorize city street addresses and in doing so enlarge certain areas of their brains. Musicians experience that same brain growth in other areas. We all do. The key is to keep practicing in spite of setbacks.
- Meditation: An interesting thought: Practicing even small doses of daily meditation can improve your focus and attention. You don’t have to be a Zen master; sitting calmly for several minutes is a start. Try to add a minute to your meditation every time you try it.
- Physical Exercise: A regular exercise program increases your focus, improves learning and memory, reduces impulsivity, enhances mood, and lowers stress and even helps the brain improve its functioning. As little as 20 minutes of cardio exercise releases BDNF, a chemical neurotransmitter, which support the growth of new neurons; this enables you to learn even more.
- Nutrition: What’s good for the heart is also great for the brain. Fruits and vegetables, low fat sources of protein, berries, apples, fish and omega oils all are needed provide for a healthy successful brain.
- Sleep: Sleep is vital for optimal brain function; it helps restore the balance of communication between reasoning and emotional centers and even improves your memory.