The human brain is an amazing piece of bioengineering. It is incredibly complex, with processing power the equivalent of a supercomputer. To truly utilize it, we need to take care to feed and stimulate it in the right way.
This isn’t just beneficial on a physical level, but it also expands our mind.
The brain and the mind are inseparable. Perhaps this fact has been neglected by many while constantly asking the question “how to be successful in life”, when really all it needs is to maximize the capabilities of our brain. Only a select few know that this is essential to achieving the success that we have envisioned for ourselves. The brain controls what becomes of your mind, and that’s where you should focus your attention. When your brain is working at peak performance, it allows you to be at peak performance because it controls everything.
Given how complex the brain is, there are a lot of factors that influence its behavior and development. These factors can be everything, from genes, self-esteem, life experiences, self-beliefs, stress, fear, study and so on. These factors do heavily influence the brain and in turn, the mind, but they do not determine the limits of what it’s truly capable of.
In other words, do not worry if you feel stressed or in fear all the time. There is still a great opportunity to expand your mind and achieve what you’ve always wanted.
Going forward we’re going to talk about a few of the many things you can do to truly unlock the potential of your mind, and become the best version of yourself.
Challenge Your Own Preconceptions
Most people have pretty firm beliefs in what they can and cannot do, even though these beliefs might have been built a long while back. But because of these beliefs, people think they’re not able to learn, master the knowledge or ‘become smarter’. These sorts of beliefs are far too common but ultimately, they’re holding us back.
People have a capacity to change dramatically, as long as they’re willing to challenge their own preconceptions. It is totally up to you to do the heavy lifting of changing your beliefs. Once you start believing that something is possible, you’ll start taking the first steps required in order to do so.
On the other hand, if your belief limits you from even starting something, then that is, unfortunately, an opportunity that your mind has closed for you.
This is why it’s important to always have an open mind, and to not be limited by our own preconceptions and beliefs. The truth is that we’re always changing, and our mind is amazing at adapting to new things.
Let go of your beliefs and you will set your mind free to do its own thing.
Acquire the Right Knowledge
Knowledge is the secret key to unlocking the power of the mind. Opening yourself to acquiring the right knowledge will unleash the hidden potential of your mind, once it discovers the different things that life has to offer. Some people will choose not to indulge in acquiring new knowledge or are unfortunate not to have access to it at all.
But we argue that even in the remotest areas, getting the right knowledge is possible as long as you have access to books or even other people. People are an excellent source of knowledge if we get to know them beyond the mere surface level.
And as a learner, it is important that each one of us should be open to conflicting belief systems that other people might have. Rejecting other people’s knowledge on the basis that they have a different belief system isn’t just nonsensical, but dangerous as well.
So open your mind, get the right knowledge from the right people, and then put it through the test by implementing it yourself.
See how you’re able to use that knowledge, and perhaps you’ll learn something that nobody else as. Apply it to your daily life if you feel it might help you succeed. This is how we as human beings progress in life. And once you discover the path of constant learning through knowledge, your mind will be primed for success.
Enthusiasm to Be Better
Some people simply do not have the right growth mindset or the desire to enhance their minds and become better. I have a friend who is really forgetful, so I sent him a few books on how to improve memory. To that, he told me he had no desire to become better at remembering things, and that was the end of that conversation.
Whatever reasons he might have, forgetfulness does impact his life in an undesirable way. And his desire not to learn and be better is something that should be discouraged for other people.
You see, you should always be seeking out learning and believe in its positive impact. You should have a passion to learn and be better, which in turn will expand your mind.
An easy way to get into the habit of learning is to learn about things that have an immediate impact on your life. So you might as well start by learning about healthy cooking and seeing how it immediately makes you feel better. Not only will this feel good from the get-go, but it will inspire you to learn new things you hadn’t paid attention to before.
Acquiring knowledge and implementing it is a lifelong process and takes time to master. But before you master it, you need to become disciplined in it. No one will come up to you with the relevant learning items and say “learn this and you’ll become better”. You will have to find for yourself what works and what doesn’t.
So learning, while great, is a long process. It involves reading, listening, reviewing, implementing, experiencing the outcomes, readjusting and so on. All of this takes a lot of time, and for some people, it might be too much to handle. But in order to unleash your mind, you need to become disciplined in the art of learning. Know that acquiring knowledge and applying it in real life will be a long process. Slowly, you will master this art as you discipline yourself, gaining more knowledge in the process.
As you become more disciplined while gaining more and more knowledge, you will start to realize the true potential of your mind.