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1 Simple Technique to Visualize Better

1 Simple Technique to Visualize Better

One of my favorite things about buying a lottery ticket is the dream that comes with it.  It doesn’t matter what my odds of winning are. I buy the ticket and almost immediately my imagination goes wild on what I’ll do with the money.  Buy a house, travel the world, etc.

Now a lot of skeptical people will wonder why I even bother thinking about it since the odds of winning are so low.  But I’m a believer in Law of Attraction. I understand the importance of visualizing or using my imagination.

The Science Behind The Power of Visualization

For those who don’t know what visualization is, it’s the deliberate creation of images in one’s mind.  It’s a very effective way to achieve your desires, if done correctly. Without going into too much detail, achieving this state includes being in a relaxed state, holding a clear idea of your desires in mind and most importantly ensuring that you have the feelings associated with manifesting that desire.

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Now some people may think that visualization is new age garbage, but rest assured its benefits are real, and science is backing this up. A 30-day visualization study conducted by Dr. Blaslotto in 1996 showed how effective it could be.  Three groups of random people were selected to highlight their skills at free throws.

The first group was the control group.  They shot free throws on Day 1 and Day 30 of the experiment and nothing else.  Their success was tracked. The second group shot free throws every day for 30 minutes, and their success was tracked on day 30 compared to day 1. The third group also only shot free throws on day 1 and day 30 of the experiment, but with one significant difference from the control group.  They spent days 2 through 29 of the experiment visualizing shooting free throws for half an hour.  Their success was tracked on day 30 as well.

The results were amazing. The control group, of course, showed no improvement in their free throws. The second group that practiced daily showed a marked improvement as a result of their practice. The amazing part comes with group three.  They improved almost exactly as much as group 2, suggesting that the brain doesn’t know the difference between physically doing something and imagining it in your mind.

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Many people have expanded on this idea, suggesting that the brain doesn’t know the difference between forms of physical manifestation and your imagination. For example, there is no difference between imagining yourself rich and actually being rich, as long as the feelings associated with being rich go along with your imagination. This has profound impacts in terms of achieving your desires, with the idea being that you have first to imagine or visualize something before it physically manifests in your reality.

How to Visualize Better

Now for those of you who have tried to visualize something before, you’ll understand when I say that it’s very difficult to effectively visualize something if you’re currently not experiencing it. Using the example of money again, it’s very difficult to feel rich if you’re deep in debt. I mean you’re essentially being asked to replace your current reality with a made up one in your mind. It takes a strong mind to do it effectively.

What can we do to improve our ability to visualize and to actually feel the feelings associated with visualizing?  Well, there are many suggested techniques out there, but there is one in particular that can really have an impact.  That technique is taking action.

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Here’s what I mean.  Do you think it’s easier to visualize winning the lottery if you buy 20 tickets, versus buying no tickets at all?  The answer’s pretty obvious. Again, it doesn’t matter what your odds are. The very act of buying the tickets is enough to trigger a strong form of visualization, feelings and all. That’s what I’m suggesting you do with anything you desire in life.

Now let me qualify by saying that it doesn’t matter if that action is successful or not. What matters is that you take it, because what you’re doing is psychologically taking a step in the right direction. Let me suggest some more examples to make it very clear.

Visualizing yourself as an entrepreneur will be much easier if you do something about your business than nothing at all. It will be easier if you take such steps as creating a logo, securing a domain name, looking for a loan or putting together a business plan. These actions will suddenly make your desire much more real and therefore much easier to visualize.

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Visualizing yourself in a relationship is much easier if you put a profile on an online dating website. So will placing yourself in situations where you’ll meet people, or sprucing up your wardrobe, or going on blind dates.  In the same vein, it suddenly feels real.

One final example, visualizing yourself as healthy is easier if you start exercising more. Even light exercise will make a difference. Same thing with modifying your diet, walking more or learning about how to be healthy. By taking the action you’re sending a suggestion to your subconscious mind that you’re moving in the direction of your desire. Suddenly achieving that desire doesn’t seem so farfetched. It’s like buying that lottery ticket.

So the next time you want to achieve something, first take a step in the direction of where you want to go and then begin visualising your life with that desired fulfilled.

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8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

When you train your brain, you will:

  • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
  • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. Hello promotion, here I come!
  • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. No, thanks Alzheimer’s; you and I are just not a good fit.

So how to train your brain to learn faster and remember more?

1. Work your memory

Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

For example, say you just met someone new.

“Hi, my name is George”

Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.” Got it? Good.

2. Do something different repeatedly

By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

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But how does this apply to your life right now?

Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

3. Learn something new

It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

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Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

4. Follow a brain training program

The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

5. Work your body

You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

6. Spend time with your loved ones

If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

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I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

7. Avoid crossword puzzles

Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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