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Did You Know You’re a Genius?

Did You Know You’re a Genius?


    You might not be a genius right this second but guess what? You have just as much ability as anyone else to become one. Move over Tiger Woods, move over Einstein, move over all the geniuses of the past! It’s time to let your hidden talents shine!

    Did you know that genes only play a very small part when it comes to genius ability?

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    So, it doesn’t matter what genes we inherit from our parents, we still have the ability to improve ourselves to ‘genius’ level – whether it be our intelligence, our sporting ability, our artistic or even musical ability.

    Modern science has now revealed that:

    • Intelligence is not fixed
    • Talents are not innate gifts – but the result of a slow accumulation of skills
    • No one is genetically designed into greatness and few are biologically restricted from attaining it

    This groundbreaking research means that WE ALL have the ability to improve and become a genius at pretty much any skill of our choosing.

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    So – if genes don’t matter for much, what does make a difference?

    It’s been proven that there are distinct key themes for achieving genius ability. Over the last 3 decades psychologists have looked at a huge variety of high achievers, including golfers, nurses, typists, gymnasts, violinists, chess players, basketball players & computer programmers.

    Here’s what they found in common across all ‘types’ of achievers:

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    • Practicing a new hobby/sport/mental discipline actually changes your body. There are physical changes in the muscles, nerves, hearts, lungs and brains of those showing profound increases in skill in any domain.
    • People are not skilled at EVERYTHING. People who are amazing at one particular skill don’t automatically become good at other skills. E.g. poker players can remember hundreds of card positions in sequence but have an average memory for everything else.
    • Brain power excels. Even among sports athletes, changes in the brain have the most profound effect on performance.
    • Short-term intensity cannot replace long-term commitment. Change takes place over long periods. It does not happen overnight.

     

    So many of us doubt ourselves and don’t even try to learn new skills – usually because of fear and a lack of faith in our own ability. Geniuses really are no different to you or I – they’ve just put in the hard yards and believed in themselves.

    Now you know you have a genius lurking inside – what will you do differently?

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    Some practical steps you can take to become a genius

    • Embrace continuous learning. Look for ways to continually improve yourself. Take courses, regularly review your progress and look for ways to improve
    • Learn to love failure. Successful people understand that failure is a prerequisite for success. Each time you fail, you’re one step closer to reaching your goals. Let go of fear of failure and you’ll achieve so much more than you thought was ever possible.
    • Read more. Reading everyday will vastly improve your vocabulary, your knowledge within your chosen area and will set you ahead of your competitors. I like to devote half an hour to reading every day.
    • Set goals. Goals are essential if you want to succeed. Goals motivate you and provide the energy you need to commit in the long run.
    • Know your strengths. You’re much better off focusing on your strengths and not worrying about your weaknesses. As Einstein said: “everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
    • Find a coach or mentor. It’s important to have someone to work with you on your goals. Even Tiger Woods and Brian Tracey (who is over 70 yrs old) still have a coach to help them get achieve their goals!
    • Don’t expect success overnight. Chances are you won’t become a genius overnight. Extraordinary skills aren’t learned in a week. Only a long-term commitment and hard work will get you results.

    (Photo credit: Hand Showing 3D Pixel Brain via Shutterstock)

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    Last Updated on December 2, 2018

    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

    The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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    The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

    Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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    Review Your Past Flow

    Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

    Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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    Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

    Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

    Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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    Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

    Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

    We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

    Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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