Whether we want to improve our performance as employers or train our minds to be capable of more accomplished work for a day, we’ve always been drawn to being better. Doing more, Succeeding faster. And thanks to our 100 billion nerve cells we constantly think, plan, talk, imagine, and repeat that all again. But how do we focus our immense energy into higher performance?
As Ron Kness mentions in his book “Brain Power. How to Nurture and Nourish Your Brain for Top Performance” “our brains are what we use for the majority of careers these days, they are what we use to manage our relationships and they are what we use to handle money, navigate, learn and more.” This is why we feel the urge to improve ourselves. We’ve come to believe that this is how we can impress at that job interview, or how we can provoke a salary raise. And of course, that is true, but only slightly.
Instead of everyone trying to meditate, eat well, work out, learn new skills daily, do as much as possible every second of their working time, and limit their sleep in order to enlarge their day, maybe, just maybe, they need to focus on what they are good at. Improving is mandatory but enhancing one thing at a time and starting from the skills we already have is the key.
Researches from the National Institute of Health show that the brain can’t learn or concentrate on two things at once. It can, however, quickly toggle back and forth between tasks but doing so increases attention span, ability to actually learn and overall the mental performance. So why do it? Instead of trying everything all together, simply focus on your goal.
Train Your Mind Like It’s Any Other Part of Your Body
Because it is. You can train your brain the same way you train your body. And just like every body is different, so is every brain. Various exercises work individually for everyone. However, there are a few things you can try to nurture your mind to be sharp.
It doesn’t matter what sector of work you’ve chosen to prosper in, your brain will become faster and brighter with every new thing you try to challenge it with.
For example, try driving without navigation and trust your instincts. Don’t open your calculator every time you need to figure something out just because you are in a hurry. Instead, use your mind. Constantly try brain puzzles, sudoku, crossroads, and other brain games. This will help you see perspectives and flex your brain to follow the logic.
Read, Learn, and Try
The latest Quick Reads study shows that adults who read for 30 minutes a week report feeling 20% more satisfied with their lives. Now, imagine reading for at least 30 minutes every day. Not only you will feel better, but you will allow your brain to expand its mindset.
You can read articles, case studies and subscribe to websites with insights and resources. Or you can watch technical know-how videos and online learning platforms. Whatever it is, learn from it. Every new insight is essential to your brain training.
As well as that, try new things daily. If you see a post about a new mind-blowing recipe try it, even if your last best homemade dish was a toast. Try the newly launched app you know nothing about, go to a seminar you are not really interested in. You will be surprised to see how much that changes your points of view.
Last but least, to fully nurture a high-performing brain you need to feed it with what makes you passionate. No one can tell you how to motivate yourself, but you. Talking to yourself may not be the best idea, but asking yourself what makes you do what you do is significant to doing it more and doing it better.
When you feel the satisfaction of doing what you love, your brain produces stimulation. You feel more and more motivated to work, explore, and follow your goals. So, whatever motivates you, do it.