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Building a Smarter, Stronger Brain – Part 2

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Building a Smarter, Stronger Brain – Part 2

Part 1 of this series introduced you to the parts of your brain, how your brain computes, and also how your brain improves. Finally, 3 types of brain workouts you can use to improve your brain were presented. Today Part 2 brings you 3 more brain workouts for you to enjoy as you stretch your brain “muscles.”

Brain Workout #1 – Memory

Create your to-do list for today or tomorrow on a piece of paper or index card. Only write down 6 items on it. Only write down items that you will actually do (tasks, appointments, leisure events.) In other words don’t write down more than is actually possible. Next to each task write down the approximate time you expect to do each item. Read it over and memorize it. Put the paper in your pocket. Go about your day and complete your task list. Each time you complete something write down on a new piece of paper the time and task as you remember writing down on the original list. At the end of the day, compare the two lists to see how you did. You may even want to turn this into a daily habit for working your memory by increasing the complexity by one item each day!


Brain Workout #2 – Drawing + Goals

Think of a goal. It can be a big goal such as starting your own business or it can be a small goal like going to the grocery store this afternoon. Draw the major steps you will take to reach that goal. Use as few words as possible in the picture. If it is for an important goal such as starting a business or losing weight, you can hang the picture somewhere that you will see it every day! Here is a picture of my goal for the weekend: traveling to a friend’s wedding and our safe return.

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Brain Workout #3 – Day Dreaming

Set aside at least 30 minutes. Find a comfortable, safe, and quiet place to sit. Close your eyes and imagine a goal that you want to achieve. Picture all the steps that you need to take to reach that goal. Imagine accomplishing all of those steps in a steady and successful progression over time. Imagine reaching your goal. How will that feel? What will it look like? Sound, feel, and taste? Use the full 30 minutes. Now when you “awake” from this day dream instead of merely remembering it like a dream, be the person who has reached that goal today. Do this every once in a while to build confidence, grow enthusiasm, and create energy for implementing your action plan steps day by day.

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8 Responses to Building a Smarter, Stronger Brain – Part 2

  1. ufc & mma fan September 5, 2007 at 10:23 am #

    I do enjoy letting my mind wander from one thought to another…

  2. agentsully September 6, 2007 at 11:26 am #

    UFC & MMA Fan – glad to hear it!

  3. Akavar 20/50 September 15, 2007 at 1:47 pm #

    I recently learned a technique for losing weight that includes writing down 10 positive affirmations, e.g. (I can lose weight) and then and writing (each time) the first response that comes to mind, (like, “yeah right” or “whatever” or “no way”. Be they good or bad responses, by doing this everyday it will help to identify what is really going on the subconcious mind and then be able to make strategies accordingly.

  4. Sityodtong Muay Thai February 9, 2008 at 9:30 pm #

    Wow…I’m gonna start trying these workouts! Good stuff!

  5. Ben June 12, 2008 at 1:46 pm #

    If only i spent less time day dreaming, lol. nice article.

  6. Muay Thai Expert August 20, 2008 at 2:13 pm #

    Great stuff! I am not the best artist in the world, but I will have to give all of those a try despite that.

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