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Published on January 13, 2020

10 Ways to Unlock Your Mind Power to Be More Successful

10 Ways to Unlock Your Mind Power to Be More Successful

Our brain is a powerful part of us. It’s more or less a supercomputer built within a human being. Though more complex than a supercomputer, our brain has the opportunity to unlock boundless success and growth in our lives.

The kicker to this is understanding how that’s all possible. And you may be surprised by what that answer might be — It’s mind power.

Mind power is simple but unlocking it is a whole other issue. There are many barriers in people’s ways when trying to unlock this potential. So to help with that, here are some tips to help you grow and begin to unlock your mind power.

What Is Mind Power?

One known fact about humans is that while our brain is incredibly powerful, people are only using a fraction of its potential. The reason we do that is due to two things:

  • Our brain is constantly bombarded with information to keep up.
  • And our subconscious mind.

Indeed, our brain is able to store vast amounts of information but our mind delegates this task to our subconscious mind. For example, all of the information we get from our senses moves to our subconscious mind.

Why it does that is again, our brain would explode if it had to review and process every detail on its own.

But at the same time, how our brain currently functions is often the big barrier people face when unlocking their mind power. In essence, tapping into our subconscious mind is using our mind power and what it is.

How Does Your Mind Power Work?

Unlocking our mind power comes down to understanding how our subconscious mind works. Whether we’re looking to be creative or successful in areas of our lives, we’re going to need the help of our subconscious mind.

And to tap into that, the best way is to see our subconscious mind as a wild monkey. People have made that comparison in the past and the argument makes sense.[1]

The wild monkey is an animal that doesn’t tire easily. After all, it’s treated as the backbone of our minds. It needs as much energy as possible. It also brings us random pieces of information to us. It’s why we only get vital pieces of information when we need them.

But the most important aspect is that, our subconscious mind can bring us many opportunities for us to succeed and grow. All that we need to do for it is to have a purpose in mind.

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10 Ways To Use Your Mind Power

So what can we do to get along with our wild monkey? How can we unlock our mind power and have more opportunities and growth?

My theory is nurturing this wild monkey but also looking at other tactics to grow our mindset as well.

For those looking to unlock their mind power, here are some strategies I’d suggest:

1. Be Conscious About What You’re Putting in Your Head

The first step to unlocking your mind power is removing thoughts that have negative emotions. This means removing negative self-talk and setting aside fear.

This is an important step as these break down your current belief system. While you may not be someone of faith, there are certain things you believe in.

What do you believe about your work? If you find it boring, your mind will believe and make you feel and act on those emotions.

How about the relationship you have with your children, relatives, partner or coworkers? Those beliefs will seep into how you treat those around you.

What do you think about your life overall? That belief will influence how you look at your life.

Those are examples but they apply to other aspects of life too. So make sure that you’re not harboring fear nor view those aspects in a negative light.

2. Work on Desire

While our subconscious mind acts on negativity, it’ll also act on positivity. In particular, it feeds off conveyed desire. Again, our mind power needs to have a goal in mind and, if that goal is fueled with desire, our mind will push for that.

We know this because we’ve seen this time and again. Entrepreneurs who make it big, athletes who become number one, and many other successful individuals made it due to a deep desire.

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And best of all we can unlock that through some easy methods:

  • When you learn something, spend more time letting that information sink in. If it’s from a training session, extend the session for yourself and keep practicing.
  • Set your subconscious mind to seek opportunities to use the information to achieve your goals.
  • Don’t be afraid to explore and expand your skill set in that area too.

3. Have the Right Sources

One common blockade people run into is a lack of knowledge. Often, people know certain areas are problems in their lives but don’t know where to start. Or maybe where they’re getting their information from isn’t the best source.

Whatever the case is, it’s important we’re looking for the right knowledge and to challenge it too. People settle with reading from a single book, or reading an article, or attending a seminar. But is that content true?

Just because one person said something doesn’t make it automatically true. As someone who is learning still, it’s our job to take the information at face value and work it out.

Have you run that information in your mind? Does it make sense?

Does the information apply to your specific situation? Can you use it? Have you tried it?

That’s not to say never look for answers or reject everything but rather, weigh the information and measure it.

4. Give Yourself a Drive to Learn

Feeding off the previous point, your hunger for knowledge and learning shouldn’t be small. But it shouldn’t be so big that you’re only learning and not applying.

While it’s a balancing act, this is one of the keys to unlocking your mind power. To do so, consider how you go about digesting information:

  • Ensure that what you are reading is something you’re passionate about.
  • Not only that, but when applying that information, find reasons to get excited about it. Make sure that what you are doing inspires you.

5. Be Open to Change

Fear and negative self-talk aren’t the only roadblocks to face. Another aspect is doubt and uncertainty. Yes the future is a mystery and we may experience failure, but change is always coming.

People say they’re open to the idea of change, but few take the leap when it matters. They shudder and are uncomfortable with the idea of stepping out of what’s so familiar.

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To unlock your mind power, being open to change is necessary. After all, being more successful or more creative is a change in perspective and life too.

This isn’t to say you need to make massive changes right this moment. Instead, start shaking that belief until you’re convinced change is the answer.

Focus on taking small steps. Instead of driving to work, you might consider biking or taking the bus. If you want to improve your relationship with your partner, start saying “I love you” more often and mean it.

Change doesn’t have to be a big leap. It can come in subtle and small ways that create larger ripples in our lives.

6. Allow Yourself to Be Creative or Successful

Many people hinge their happiness on various goals in life. You’ll hear them say “I’ll be happy once I’m 10 pounds lighter” or “I’ll be happy when I get my business off the ground.”

The list is endless but to those statements, I say “Why not be happy right now?”

These statements are not good because we’re hinging our happiness and growth on specific results. It’s a terrible mindset to have because you’re telling yourself that you’re miserable now and the only thing that matters is achieving these things. This creates more problems if your view of success is warped.

Allow yourself right now to be happy and to believe that your life right now is good.

Yes, it could be better, but remember that our mind power feeds on positive and negative energy. This, in turn, impacts what happens around us and how we see those aspects.

7. Don’t Let Others’ Thoughts Influence You

When you reach a point of success or change, people will respond to you differently. Pay attention to how people respond and it can give you an indication for how they’re doing with their lives.

All of this matters because how they view specific aspects of their lives will be projected to you as well. Any fears, doubts, or negativity they have will be passed on.

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Remember that their own feelings and opinions in those areas, don’t apply to who you are now and what you are capable of doing.

8. Be Around Positive People and Things

Who you surround yourself with

is very important. As a rule, spend time with positive people. This doesn’t mean people who are always saying yes, but at the very least, are positive. You want people to reinforce beliefs but also challenge them too.

What also helps is having other areas that provide positive reinforcements. Make sure that the things you are doing bring you joy and happiness. Have some inspirational content hanging around too.

9. Speak of Success in the Present

What I mean by this is to change your manner of speaking when talking about success. Instead of saying things like “I hope to do this someday,” train yourself to say, “I’m working on this right now.”

Instead of thinking “I’ll be happy once I get a new job,” think, “I can work on being happier right now with what I have in my life.”

Similar to what I mentioned earlier, when we associate success, creativity, or happiness into the future, it’s easy for our mind to tell us that may never come. All that changes when we tell ourselves we have the means to get there right now and choose to feel happy about it now instead of later.

10. Find Your Resistances

Despite all those fears, doubts, and negativity, there may be other areas where we have resistance. For some of us, we try doing one thing and then suddenly stop. Or maybe we procrastinate and don’t bother about it.

Whatever the case is, there is a reason we are doing that. So take time to figure out what that is. One way to do that is to question yourself:

Why do you feel good when you push this off? How does getting what you want in life make you more vulnerable?

Final Thoughts

Unlocking your mind power is a matter of working with your subconscious mind. It’s addressing the needs followed by giving your subconscious mind a purpose to work with you.

When you have this combination, you’ll be able to tap into your mind power and create what it is you desire. Whether that’s being more creative or a path to success, you can create anything with your mind power.

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5 Proven Memorization Techniques to Make the Most of Your Memory

5 Proven Memorization Techniques to Make the Most of Your Memory

Do you forget stuff every now and then? Are you trying to enhance your memory but not sure how?

All you need is the right memorization techniques to make the most of your memory.

The human brain is fascinating. More specifically, the vast interconnections within our mind. Mendel Kaelen compares the human brain to a hill covered in snow,

“Think of the brain as a hill covered in snow, and thoughts as sleds gliding down that hill. As one sled after another goes down the hill a small number of main trails will appear in the snow. And every time a new sled goes down, it will be drawn into preexisting trails, almost like a magnet. In time it becomes more and more difficulty to glide down the hill on any other path or in a different direction.”

The intent of Kaelen’s discussion is to think of new ways to temporarily flatten the snow. Kaelen remarked,

“The deeply worn trails disappear, and suddenly the sled can go in other directions, exploring new landscapes and, literally, creating new pathways.”

The idea here is to temporarily rewire your brain, or as Michael Pollan remarked in How to Change Your Mind,

“The power to shake the snow globe, disrupting unhealthy patterns of thought and creating a space of flexibility-entropy-in which more salubrious patterns and narratives have an opportunity to coalesce as the snow slowly settles.”

So, how can we rewire our brain allowing deeply worn connections to disappear and new connections to form? The answer is quite simple. We must change the way we store information in our mind.

    Let’s examine 5 specific memorization techniques that will change the way you think and remember information.

    1. Build a Memory Palace

      What is it?

      The method of loci[1] (aka memory palace) is a method of memory enhancement using visualizations with the use of spatial memory. It uses familiar information about your environment to quickly recall information. It is a method that was discussed by Cicero in an ancient dialogue called De Oratore.

      How to use it?

      Ron White discusses in How to Memorize Fast and Easily: Build a Memory Palace, that it’s essentially a room or building that you have memorized and you use locations in the room to store data. Ron informs us,

      “You memorize locations in a room and then you later go back to those locations to retrieve the data that you want to remember.”

      Example

      An easy 5-step example, in the form of a Wiki, can be found at Artofmemory.com. Let’s examine the the steps:

      • Step 1. Choose a place that you know well. For example, your house or office.
      • Step 2. Plan the route and pick specific locations in your route. For example, your front door, bathroom kitchen, etc.
      • Step 3. Decide what you want to memorize. For example, geography, list of items, answers for a test, etc.
      • Step 4. Place one or two items, with a mental image, and place them in your memory palace. Exaggerate your images. For example, use nudity or crazy images forcing it to stick in your mind.
      • Step 5. Make the image into a mnemonic.

      You can learn more about this technique here: How to Build a Memory Palace to Remember More of Everything

      2. Mnemonic

        What is it?

        A mnemonic is a memory device that aids in retention and/or retrieval of information. Mnemonic systems are techniques consciously used to improve memory by helping us use information already stored in long-term memory to make memorization easier.[2]

        How to use it?

        Mnemonics make use of retrieval cues to encode information in our brain allowing for efficient storage and retrieval of the information. The trick is to learn how to easily create mnemonics. If you find that you struggle with creating your own, try the following website: Mnemonic Generator.

        Example

        I recently came across a video using mnemonics to memorize countries. Memorizing Countries using Mnemonics is a video created as an introduction to a class for using memory techniques to learn the names of countries on maps.

        I actively search for videos that provide enormous educational value, yet receive very little exposure. At the time of this writing, this video has received less than 4k views. Let’s examine the video.

        Goal: Create a mnemonic to memorize the countries in the Caribbean (just the countries you need to learn).

        Step 1. Looking at a map – write out each country (for which five were chosen).

        Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico.

        Step 2. Write the first letter of each country vertically.

        C

        J

        H

        D

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        P

        Step 3. Create a sentence or phrase.

        Cubs

        Just

        Hate

        Doing

        Push-ups

        Cubs just hate doing push-ups. (Cuba Jamaica Haiti Dominican Republic Puerto Rico)

        3. Mnemonic Peg System

          What is it?

          According to Artofmemory.com, a mnemonic peg system is a technique for memorizing lists and it works by memorizing a list of words that are easy to associate with the numbers they represent.[3] These objects are the pegs of the system.

          How to use it?

          The trick is to create a Number Rhyme System with each number having a rhyming mnemonic keyword.

          Example

          Let’s look at an example of a Number Rhyme System:[4]

          0 = hero

          1 = gun

          2 = shoe

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          3 = tree

          4 = door

          5 = hive

          6 = sticks

          7 = heaven

          8 = gate

          9 = line

          Another technique like the Peg system is the Number Shape System.[5] Here you are assigning mnemonic images based on the shape of the number. Watch the following video for an example of this system: Number Shape System for Memorizing Numbers.

          4. Chunking

            What is it?

            Chunking is a way to remember large bits of information by chunking them into smaller pieces of information. We are more likely to then remember the information when we put the small pieces back together to see the entire picture.

            How to use it?

            In the video Chunking – A Learning Technique, we can see that there are several ways to chunk information.

            Example

            Let’s examine a simple example using a nine-digit number.

            Step 1. What is the number you are trying to remember?

            081127882

            Step 2. Cut the number into smaller pieces through chunking.

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            081 – 127 – 882

            Let’s look at one more example from the same video.

            “Piano teachers will first demonstrate an entire song to students. They will then ask their students to practice one measure at a time. Once the part has been learned and the neural connections in the brain have been built, then students go on to the next measure. After all chunks have been played separately, they are combined until the entire piece is connected.”

            5. Transfer of Learning

              What is it?

              Transfer of learning is a way to learn something in one area and apply it in another. Authors of Thinking at Every Desk, Derek and Laura Cabrera inform us about the transfer of learning,

              “If a student has a high transfer skills, she can learn one thing and then teach herself 10, 50, or 100 additional things.”

              How to use it?

              There are two specific ways to use it:

              1. Vertical Transfer (aka Far Transfer). Think of learning something in grade school and applying it another grade or later in life.
              2. Horizontal Transfer (aka Near Transfer). Think of learning a concept in history and applying it in math.

              Example

              I provide a detailed step-by-step example for this technique in this article:

              Learn How to Learn: How to Understand and Connect Difficult Ideas Easily

              The Bottom Line

              The key to using the techniques discussed here is to remember that we must actively think about information.

              We cannot simply drill information into our brain through rote memorization. We must change the way we think about memorization. We must find a way to “shake the snow-globe” in our mind or flatten the snow so that we can create new learning paths.

              Or as Derek and Laura Cabrera point out, we must insert “Thinking” into the equation,

              “Information X Thinking = Knowledge”

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              Reference

              [1] Remember Everything: Memory Palaces and the Method of Loci
              [2] The Learning Center Exchange: 9 Types of Mnemonics for Better Memory
              [3] Art of Memory: Mnemonic Peg System
              [4] Art of Memory: Number Rhyme System
              [5] Art of Memory: Number Shape System

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