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Are You Passionate About Something?

Are You Passionate About Something?

How often do you get up in the morning feeling excited about the day ahead? Not a once-off good morning, but actually feeling that way most days in a week? It’s not easy finding things to be passionate about, but it could be the determining factor as to whether or not you’re able to live the life you dream about. This article seeks to motivate you into self reflection in an attempt to help you find the things that excite you.

What Excites You?

It’s hard feeling happy and passionate about something you dread. Sadly, it’s one of the reasons many people struggle to get out of bed every morning for work. If a person actually had a forceful passion about the work he does, would he need 3 alarms to get him up in the morning? Highly unlikely. He’d be feeling so stoked for the day ahead that getting up is no issue at all.

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With that being said, find something in your day, something at work, something at home that makes you happy, and put your focus on it. Think about being back at school. Most kids feel annoyed about being at school; ask a kid if he likes school and he’s response to it is probably that he can’t wait to be done with it.The moment that very same kid meets someone in school that he likes, suddenly school excites him—he wakes up every morning feeling excited for the day ahead.

The key is to find a detail in your day that you can use as a reason to feel passionate.

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Make a List

Take some time off in your day and make a list of things that you like. It could be the most simplest of things. Write them down on a page. After doing that, start eliminating items in order of how passionate an option makes you. Keep this up until you find something that really makes you feel excited and passionate.

With that being said, if you’re unable to find something, do some research online. You may have always wanted to learn how to cook or make music with FL studio, so research things that you would like to learn. Make a similar list as mentioned above, and eliminate options until you have the “golden” one.

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Last but Not Least, Do it!

Don’t prolong or procrastinate—just jump onto the bandwagon. There’s no time like the present, and it’s best that you invest some of your time into finding a hobby or reason to feel passionate right now. If you’re not convinced as to why, try looking at it from a different perspective: most successful and happy entrepreneurs of today do the things they’re passionate about. The reason for this is simply because passion is known for evoking other positive emotions such as ambition, joy, and even perseverance.

Can you imagine the things you could accomplish if you were to have a passion filled day all week? It could be the reason why you excel at work. It could become the inspiration for a thriving social life and relationship. It could become the driving force that turns you into the next big entrepreneur of this decade.

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Don’t wait until tomorrow or the next day: get started right now. Dig deep into your mind and figure out exactly what you would like your life to be. Picture yourself 10 years from now and ask yourself what you would like to see yourself accomplish. Do all of these things and I promise you the results will be astounding. The difference and change you may seek in your life rests in your hands: you have the power to turn a sucky day or a sucky year into one that feels phenomenal.

Do this with Passion!

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

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. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
  • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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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.

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!

The bottom line

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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