Do you want to know how to unlock your full brain potential? We all know we could be doing more, but in what ways? Marketers tell us we could be spending more; fitness gurus think we aren’t exercising enough; billionaires believe we aren’t doing enough with our money, but where does it end? When can we finally be doing enough to get what we want?
Well, there’s one place you can start, and it takes a good shot right between the eyes to land there. That’s right. It’s your brain—the strongest muscle in our body and an unlimited area of growth.
Do We Really Only Use 10% Of Our Brain?
The truth is that a regular healthy human person is constantly using 100% of their brain’s power, and while different tasks use different parts of the brain, the entire pink mass is always putting in its fair share of work. Similarly, according to Dr. Chudler, 10% of a human brain would be equal in mass to that of a sheep, and while some would make the case otherwise, we are definitely not sheep.
If there were parts of the brain that we didn’t use then, that would mean we could damage that area without causing any damage to our regular mental functions, which is not the case. We know from decades of actual research into brain damage that any area being impaired has serious ramifications.
So to sum it up, yes, it is a myth that we only use 10% of our brain.
Then Why Am I Here?
Wait just a minute, now. I’m not telling you that there is no way to improve your brainpower. Because while we are constantly using all parts of our brain, it is still a muscle that can be trained to do what it needs.
So, if we are intentional about what we want to accomplish and go about it the right way, it is easy to unlock our full brain potential. Of course, there are theories about why this could be and the best way to go about it. But some easy steps will definitely help you on your self-improvement path.
Why We Need To Stop Multitasking
I hate to burst all of your bubbles in one day, but you aren’t actually great at multitasking. The fact that humans can even multitask, to begin with is, unfortunately, just another myth.
We are really switching rapidly from task to task, while the whole of our attention remains focused on each one. So, while we are outstanding at tasks and changing our attention quickly, our brains can’t handle multiple things simultaneously.
A study showed that trying to handle three tasks simultaneously took on average three times as long as handling two at once. Since our brain is essentially split into two halves, it can delegate a task to each side, allowing us to do two unrelated things, such as eating and reading. But doing two similar functions simultaneously, like writing a blog post and talking on the phone, is impossible.
Now how do we actually get those bigger tasks done?
The Importance Of Setting targets
Now that we know to focus on each task as we complete it, we need to know how to tackle those tasks that seem too large for even our entire brain to handle. In part because you are trying to bite off more than you can chew.
Targets mean turning our dreams into smaller and more manageable chunks that our brain can snuggly wrap its little pink arms around. Set a specific goal for 6-8 months into the future, then decide what you need to accomplish (smaller targets) within that time to reach your goal.
Our brain loves to accomplish things, so let it!
Take Advantage Of Technology
There are so many resources available to help us with our day-to-day tasks, and the secret is to identify where technology can fill in your weaknesses. For example, maybe you struggle with organization and keeping track of everything on your plate for the day.
Then, use an organizational program like a journaling app or Monday. You can find an endless amount of help and information just through one Google search.
It’s a great way to eliminate some unnecessary tasks that are creating unwarranted stress.
Find Ways To Rest
Yes, you heard that right, rest! This should be part of your business strategy, build breaks within your day. Your creative breakthroughs will likely happen on a walk or in the shower versus at your desk.
Some Easy Ways Rest
- Read a good book
- Get outdoors, go for a walk
- Eat your lunch without a screen
- Take a nap
Try some of these out and find something that works for you.
Keep Your Body Healthy For The Sake Of Your Mind
Our bodies are machines, and for one part to work, the whole body has to be at its best. Eating right and exercising keeps us healthy, which lowers stress, and makes it easier to get our work done.
I’m not saying that you have to go out and purchase a Planet Fitness membership, but at least work in some movement every day.
Exercise Your Brain By Learning New Skills
Like I mentioned above, the brain is a muscle and should be exercised just like your body. Every new skill that we learn activates a different part of our brain, and it’s through that constant use that learning new things becomes even easier.
Take learning a new language. Bilingual people find it much easier to learn a third language than a regular person to learn their second. Why? Because they have already developed the cognitive skills necessary to make it so.
While many myths surround our brain’s capabilities, there’s no doubt that we all have untapped potential. By following the suggestions within this blog, you can bring yourself that much closer to greatness, but it doesn’t stop there.
There is always something new to learn, so get out there and do it! But if you ever find yourself in need of help, then get in touch. I’d love to help you achieve your dreams.