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10 Reasons Why People Who Like Drawing Are More Likely To Be Successful

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10 Reasons Why People Who Like Drawing Are More Likely To Be Successful

Drawing dates back to pre-historic era when it was the only form of communication between humans. Hence, it is through drawings that we study our history. These drawings have been found everywhere. From vases to walls of tombs, to walls of houses, pots, anything! And now, in the present time, this medium of drawing is more polished, more advanced and more intelligent.

We are presenting 10 beneficial factors that indicate why people who like drawing are more likely to be successful.

1. They have active brain cells

Now when I say drawing is intelligent, I literally mean intelligent. It is not only an art that certain talented people, named artists, do, but studies have found the impact drawing has in one’s brain. The right hemisphere of our brain is responsible for creativity and imagination. While the left hemisphere is involved in logical task. Now, as you draw, 80% of your right hemisphere gets activated. Therefore, when we are drawing, not only do both our hemispheres work simultaneously but develop its capacity as well.

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2. They have sharp memory.

Did you know that drawing and art are used in therapies as well? Dr. Arnold Bresky, a physician, has created a program, “Brain Tune Up“, where he uses art as a therapy for Alzheimer and dementia patients. And the result has been amazingly successful with 70% improvement in his patients’ memories. He believes that drawing and painting helps growing new brain cells. This is not only applicable to patients but in a normal person, drawing actually adds synapses to the brain’s transmitters. This means that the memories and experiences reserved in your brain are stronger, more striking, and more accessible.

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    3. They are more observant and can concentrate better.

    Artists need all the concentration in the world while they are drawing. And this helps into building concentration power, making them focus totally on one thing only.

    As Leonardo da Vinci once said,

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    “Painting embraces all the ten functions of the eyes, that is to say, darkness, light, body and color, shape and location, distance and closeness, motion and rest.”

    Through such concentration, you can “see” details around you, your surroundings, your environment.

    4. They can communicate finer.

    Through drawing you can express various emotions, train of thoughts, and collective feelings. Drawing expands the option of an assorted communication field. Through drawing you can express what you feel, what you want, your perception, etc. Shy people, or people with verbal disabilities find drawing a better communication to enunciate with others.

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    5. They can release depression through drawing.

    Drawing is an art with a healing power. As I have mentioned before drawing has been used as a therapy to patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s, it can also be used as a therapy for depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. Because drawing produces positive brain chemistry like Serotonin, Endorphins, Dopamine, and Norepinephrine.

    6. They have strong motor skills.

    Parents introduce children to drawing at a very tender age, even before they can hold pencils properly. That is why researchers believe that children develop stronger motor skills because manipulating and gripping of the different devices like pencils, charcoals or brushes with the hands go impeccably with this median. The working capacity improves, therefore, for the adults, their motor skills increases a lot!

    7. They have improved self-esteem.

    How does drawing boost your confidence? Say, your child drew a piece of art, however gibberish it is, you will still put it up on your fridge, or attach it to the wall in your child’s room. This lifts up the self-esteem. It encourages to draw more, and thus, gradually improve. The same applies to adults as well. If you draw something and you like it, you will definitely hang the art on the wall. This gives out satisfaction that stimulates you to move forward.

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    8. They can easily reduce their stress through drawing.

    You are thoroughly stressed out at the office. And the next thing you know is you are drawing something on a piece of paper. Does this help? Of course it does! I know a mum of two toddlers who paints whenever her children are sleeping, even if it is only for a short time. Painting, sculpting, drawing, these are relaxing and fruitful distractions from your everyday hectic chores.

    9. They can express themselves in a unique manner.

    An important benefit of drawing is to express oneself in a unique manner. Sketching out your thoughts and ideas, or oozing out your imagination on paper can make you explore yourself into a deeper trance. When you are painting a portrait, the colors you choose express your feelings for that person. Or even when you are composing a landscape, the exaggeration of colors indicate your emotions, your take on the world. It is something truly beautiful!

    10. They can have FUN!

    This goes without saying. Drawing is fun regardless of you being an adult or a child. Especially when you are in company. Painting builds a bridge towards a stronger friendship. It is a way of unwinding yourself in the company of others. Imagine you and your gang of friends, spending a lazy weekend afternoon at a park, painting and sharing jokes, laughing away to your heart’s content! Absolutely picture perfect!

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    You don’t have to be Van Gogh or Pablo Picasso. All you need is a paper, a pencil, colors and some brushes. Go and draw something, unwrap yourself, stimulate your brain cells and boost your energy! Have fun!

    Featured photo credit: monika strataki via flickr.com

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    How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

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    How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

    Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

    Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

    The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

    Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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    Program Your Own Algorithms

    Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

    Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

    By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

    How to Form a Ritual

    I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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    Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

    1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
    2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
    3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
    4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

    Ways to Use a Ritual

    Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

    1. Waking Up

    Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

    2. Web Usage

    How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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    3. Reading

    How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

    4. Friendliness

    Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

    5. Working

    One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

    6. Going to the gym

    If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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    7. Exercise

    Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

    8. Sleeping

    Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

    8. Weekly Reviews

    The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

    Final Thoughts

    We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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