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Science Explains Why Daydreaming Is Good For Your Brain

Science Explains Why Daydreaming Is Good For Your Brain

Daydreaming is always perceived as a bad behavior that lowers productivity. However, a study has found that it can be good for our brain and actually increases productivity.

Findings

study done by Benjamin Baird and Jonathan School tested participants by asking them to come up with alternative uses for everyday objects. They were given two minutes to come up with the uses and went through two sessions. After two sessions, the participants had 12 minutes where they either rested or performed a demanding mental exercise.

When the alternative uses tests resumed, the people who had let their minds wander during the rest period did 41% better on the re-tests than those who had focused on another mental exercise.

Explanation

It is suggested that mentally walking away from a task is a good way to creatively solve a problem that you are already working on.

There are other reasons that it is good not to focus only on the present. When you consider the past and the future, it is either to make better long term decisions because you are not fixated precisely on what is directly in front of you. If you're trying to work towards a long term plan, it is easier to accomplish long term goals when you're not thinking about the here and now.

Besides, if you couldn’t let your mind wander whilst doing mindless work, life would be much harder. Imagine sitting in a waiting room for three hours. If you had to focus on waiting for hours on end, you would walk out a lot more frustrated than you would if you just drifted off to a tropical beach somewhere.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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