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10 Ways to Become Unstoppable

10 Ways to Become Unstoppable

Our highest potentiality is fulfilled when we realize that we create our own destiny.  We cannot expect to achieve our goals through others, instead we achieve our goals through our own actions.  In the phenomenal book The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, the protagonist Howard Roark is confronted by Ellsworth Toohey, “Mr. Roark, we’re alone here.  Why don’t you tell me what you think of me?  In any words you wish.  No one will hear us.” for which Roark replied, “But I don’t think of you.”

This is the perfect response in dealing with people who add no value to your life.  Once we can grasp this we can achieve greatness – greatness through our own efforts and creation without guilt.  We can do this by the construction of a framework that makes us unstoppable.  Here are 10 ways to become unstoppable.

1. Be Your Own Creator

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Quantum physics has demonstrated that we have very little understanding of our world.  It has also provided us a beautiful playground for our mind.  In an experiment that still baffles us today – The Double Slit Experiment – we have found that electrons exist in a state of pure potential when they are not being observed.  The act of simply observing is the same as creating.  Through our observations and expectations, we literally create our own reality.

2. No Fear

“In times of adversity and change, we really discover who we are and what we’re made up of.” – Howard Schultz

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The moment you quit worrying about what other people think of you is the moment you truly realize what freedom feels like.  Elite performers will meet resistance at every turn.  People will become jealous and will attack top performers.  However, these people play at a lower level and will never confront you, they will always go behind your back.  Just remember that these people bring no value to your life and if they are jealous of you then you must be doing something right.

3. Be Crazy and Different

“Your theory is crazy, but it’s not crazy enough to be true.” – Niels Bohr

It takes a vast amount of courage to act on crazy and different ideas.  However, the people who move the world forward are those who act on their crazy ideas.  Like flashes of lighting swirling around the sky, bold and crazy ideas will make their way into your mind.  Just make sure you are crazy enough to act on them before they disappear.

4. Put a Dent in the Universe

“We’re here to put a dent in the universe.  Otherwise why else even be here?” – Steve Jobs

Top performers truly dream big.  If you desire to put a dent in the universe, just as Steve Jobs did, then act as if it were impossible to fail.  Quit discussing and just do.  Set a goal that is so unbelievably extraordinary that you can’t achieve it until you develop into the person who can.  Remember, if you can dream it, you can be the first to achieve it.

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5. Visualization

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” – Norman Vincent Peale

I came across an intriguing idea regarding visualization in Psycho – Cybernetics by Dr. Maxwell Maltz.  The idea was to create a mind movie where the brain thinks and creates in terms of images.  Maltz instructs us that the brain and nervous system are obeying servants of pictures placed in our mind.  The key in using the mind movie is to dive deep into the movie and visualize the small details to make it as real as possible.

6. Exercise and Neurogenesis

“Exercise is Miracle-Gro for the brain.” – Dr. John Ratey

In the best-selling book Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, Dr. John Ratey discusses the correlation between exercise and intellect.  He found that aerobic exercise is the optimal vehicle for the production of a magical substance.

This substance is Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which is a nerve growth factor that impacts the development, function and growth of our brain cells.  BDNF is the most powerful and active substance stimulating Neurogenesis.  By simply exercising, we can literally grow our brain cells and increase our intellect.

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7. Read

“We become the books we read.” – Matthew Kelly

BDNF is a protein that encourages the growth of new neurons and synapses through axon and dendrite sprouting.  Continuing our discussion from exercise and neurogenesis; since running increases BDNF production, which increase neuron growth, we must use our brain in order to keep the wiring strong.

Read at every available opportunity – while exercising and driving (audio-books), to your children, and while waiting in line.  Never miss an opportunity to read.  Reading allows doors to open in your mind; doors that were always present, but previously closed.

8. Focus and Intensity

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand

Grant Cardone wrote in his awesome book The 10X Rule that we must take massive action to succeed in life.  He commented, “Assume that every project you attempt will take more time, money, energy, effort and people than you can imagine.  Multiply every expectation by 10, and you will probably be safe.”  Cardone’s bottom line is that once you define what you want, put the intensity and hyper-focus into it and define what 10X activity means then you will achieve your goal.

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9. Map Your Mind

“A bad system will beat a good person every time.” – W.Edwards Demming

As a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, I understand the significant benefits of simply mapping out a process.  I also understand the benefits of using a powerful technique in generating unique and creative ideas for sorting your thoughts.

Mind mapping is an impressive tool that allows you to map connections in your mind, brainstorm new ideas, and uncover new relationships between ideas.  Simply start by exploring an idea or concept then create branches and sub-branches around the main idea.

10. Discover Your Purpose

“Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.” – Pema Chodron

In order for us to use each of these powerful hacks to become unstoppable, we must first have a solid foundation.  We must discover what drives us, we must discover what our purpose is.  In my life, my beautiful wife and daughter provide my purpose, they provide meaning in a world of chaos.

When my daughter was born, she motivated me to create my own life, to become fearless, to be crazy and different, to put a dent in the universe, to visualize success, to keep my mind and body in peak condition, to adopt a hyper-focus mindset and even to map out my life.  But the greatest thing my daughter provided me was the ability to love my wife more than I ever have.  This provided me a lifetime of motivation and fuel to become unstoppable.

Featured photo credit: Image by Warner Bros. via warnerbros.com

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Last Updated on February 21, 2019

How to Improve Your Memory: 7 Natural (And Highly Effective) Ways

How to Improve Your Memory: 7 Natural (And Highly Effective) Ways

How is your memory? Is your cognitive function as strong as you’d like it to be?

If not, then you’re definitely going to be interested in the memory improvement tips I’ll be sharing with you in this article.

Despite what you might think – or have been told – improving your ability to recall information is certainly possible. You just need to know the right ways to do it. (Don’t worry, as you won’t need to make any significant lifestyle changes.)

So how to improve memory? Let’s dive straight into the first of seven easy ways to improve your memory significantly.

1. Meditate

We live in a world of non-stop, 24/7 information. It’s like a waterfall that’s endlessly pouring news, data, facts and figures into our conscious minds.

Unfortunately, our brains are not designed to absorb this tremendous amount of information. It’s no wonder then, that most people struggle to remember information and recall things.

Even if you believe you have a good memory and are comfortable with multi-tasking, you’ll also be aware that there’s only so much information your brain can process at one time. And research suggests that the more information and distractions, the harder it is for you to transfer information to your long-term memory.[1]

Fortunately, meditation can help you out.

Even if you just meditate for 10 minutes per day, you’ll boost your ability to focus, which in turn, will make it easier for you to remember important facts.

If you need help in shifting into a meditative state, I recommend trying an app like Headspace – which can assist you to achieve this in a convenient and structured way.

And don’t forget, meditation doesn’t just have to be closing your eyes and sitting in a lotus position. Some people prefer to simply take a short walk in nature. This clears and calms their mind, and still provides the all-important boost to their focus.

2. Get plenty of sleep

If you’re sleep deprived or have not been sleeping well, then I’m guessing you’re not remembering well either. This is because sleep and memory are intimately connected.

If you have a busy life and regularly find yourself not getting enough sleep, then this will negatively impact your cognitive abilities – including your memory.

How much sleep should you be getting?

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Well, according to the National Sleep Foundation, you need a minimum of seven to nine hours of sleep per night. If you get this amount of sleep regularly, then within just a few days, you’ll see a tangible improvement to your ability to remember and recall things.

Now, I’ll be honest with you, maintaining a proper sleep cycle is not always easy (especially when the latest Netflix series has just been released!). But if you care about improving your short-term and long-term ability to remember things, then it’s critical that you try to get at least the recommended amount of sleep every night.

Are there ways to hack the sleep cycle?

Yes, there are.

Try these three things:

  • Have a fixed bedtime (preferably before 10pm)
  • Don’t eat too late
  • Make sure your bedroom is as dark as possible

Sleeping is a precious activity. It regenerates your body, clears your mind, and helps with the storing and retrieval of information.

However, don’t sleep just yet, as I want to tell you about another great way to increase memory…

3. Challenge your brain

When was the last time you challenged your brain?

I don’t mean challenged in the sense of overeating or undersleeping. I’m referring to stretching your mental capabilities through things like crossword puzzles, Sudoku and memory games.

To expand your memory bank, and to make your recall razor-sharp, you need to continually challenge your brain.

Feedback from Lifehack readers such as yourself, has suggested that brain training apps are a super-effective way of doing this. Used regularly, these apps can enhance your focus, attention span, problem-thinking ability and memory.

There are hundreds of these apps available (most of them for free), but I recommend starting out with one of the big three:

  • Peak (Android/iOS, free, 10 million+ downloads)
  • Lumosity (Android/iOS, free, 10 million+ downloads)
  • Elevate (Android/iOS, free, 5 million+ downloads)

If you normally spend a chunk of your week playing computer games, then instead of shooting and killing your enemies, why not let some of them live – while you put your attention into boosting your brain power!

Challenging your brain will strengthen your neural pathways and enhance your mental abilities. But don’t just take my word for it, try one of the apps above and see the positive benefits for yourself.

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4. Take more breaks

When I think back to my days as a budding entrepreneur, I distinctively remember working all the hours under the sun – and many under the moon too!

At that time, I believed that breaks were for the weak, and to become wealthy and successful, I needed to shed blood, sweat and tears.

However, I was wrong.

Taking regular breaks is the best way to keep yourself productive, creative and alive to opportunities. It’s also the best way to learn new information.

Let me explain.

Typically, when studying lots of new information, most people will spend hours reading it – in an attempt to learn and remember the content as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, they’ve overlooked something.

Namely, extended study sessions are rarely a good thing, as your ability to retain information naturally declines after a certain period of time.

It’s similar to physical exercise. You wouldn’t attempt to train vigorously for four hours in a row. Instead, you’d take regular breaks to give your lungs, heart and muscles adequate time to recover. Failing to do this will result in muscle cramps and overexertion.

It’s the same with your brain. If you overload it with information, you’ll suffer from mental fatigue.

What’s the answer?

Make sure you take regular breaks when learning new information. I recommend at least a 10-minute break every hour. (You may also want to take a look at the Pomodoro Method.)

If you don’t want to be as regimented as that, then take breaks as soon as you find yourself losing the ability to focus on the new material. Your brain will thank you – and your learning aptitude will move up a level.

5. Learn a new skill

I love this quote, as it’s 100% true – but frequently overlooked:

“Learning never exhausts the mind.” – Leonardo da Vinci

From my experience of helping to develop the careers of dozens of Lifehack employees, I can definitively say that participating in meaningful and purposeful activities stimulates the mind. It also reduces stress and enhances health and well-being.

Let me give you an example of this:

Imagine you work for a global financial institution in one of their call centers. You take over 100 calls a day – many of them complaints. When you started the job a few months back, you were excited to be in full-time employment and working for a household name.

Unfortunately, your initial enthusiasm quickly turned into frustration.

The endless complaint calls began to take their toll on you. And the supervisors irritated you too, as they were far too interested in micro-managing you – rather than letting you work in your own way.

Now, in the story above, the ending could be that you put up with a job you didn’t like, and led a dull and frustrated working life for years and years. However, an alternative ending is this: you channeled your dissatisfaction in to learning a new skill (computer coding). It took you a year or two to get up to speed, but it allowed you to successfully upgrade your career – and the ongoing learning made the call centre job much more bearable.

Clearly, learning new skills gives you impetus, focus and something to aim for. Your brain loves to learn, and you should tap into this by always seeking our new information. And when learning becomes a habit, you’ll find your ability to remember and recall things effortlessly, becomes a habit too.

6. Start working out

If you’re not already working out regularly, then here’s another reason to do so:

Exercising for 20-30 minutes three times a week will improve your long-term memory.

Regular exercise increases blood flow in your body and supplies the brain with extra oxygen and nutrients. And a well-nourished brain is a well-functioning brain!

“But I just don’t have the time?,” I hear you say.

Not a problem.

A research has shown that a daily burst of 60 seconds of high-intensity exercise, offered many of the benefits of the longer exercise routines.[2] So, if you’re short on time – now you know what to do.

Interested in getting started?

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Here are five different ways that will help you work out:

  • Join a gym
  • Join a sports team
  • Buy a bike
  • Take up hiking
  • Dance to your favorite music

7. Eat healthier foods

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression: “You are what you eat.”

This applies to your brain too.

The food that you eat helps determine your brain’s capacity to store and recall information. A poor diet (think junk food + soda!) harms not just your physical health, but your mental health too.

Fortunately, there are several foods that are especially good for your brain and your memory. These include: blueberries, celery and dark chocolate. But anything high in antioxidants will have a positive effect on your brain and memory.

Conversely, highly-processed foods and those loaded with sugar will have a negative impact on your memory. This is due to them providing insufficient nutrients for your brain – leading you to easily suffer from mental fatigue.

Want to be mentally healthy? Then eat and drink an abundance of these for brain health:

  • Turmeric – helps new brain cells grown
  • Broccoli – protects the brain against damage
  • Nuts – improves memory
  • Green tea – enhances brain performance, memory and focus[3]
  • Fish oilfish oil supplements can increase your brain power

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Final thoughts

I sincerely hope these seven memory boosting ways that I’ve covered in this article will be of help to you.

You don’t need to implement them all. I suggest just trying the ones that appeal to you.

But, if you’re serious about dramatically improving your memory, then make a start right now on adopting one or more of the ways I’ve suggested. I’m confident you won’t regret it.

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