Life Advice

3 Aspects of Life That Have Changed Since Training My Brain

I am in a constant state of reinventing myself and wanting to become a better version of what I envision my future self may be. When studying memory and the ways in which you can better your memory, I’ve found fads that seemingly take too much time or inadvertently distract me from the goings on in my life. My desire to strengthen my mental aptitude stemmed from the understanding that mentally you can conquer anything you set your mind to. Although you may have physical impairments or deficiencies, your mind can still be taught to grow and strengthen itself.

With this in mind, I sought to find a way to improve both my cognitive thinking and my overall memory. I wanted to find something that was both simplistic in nature and not too time demanding.

Enter the Pythagoras Memory Technique.

This technique is most famously associated with Pythagoras; the creator of my favorite high school math formula, the Pythagorean Theorem. Outside of his vast geometric knowledge and study, he prided himself on the preservation of thought in what is now called memory. His study of memory took years and years of trials and tribulations and testing and re-testing, but luckily for you and me, I have the opportunity to put a life’s worth of work into a compact format.

Now into the good stuff..

The original application Pythagoras adopted was through a series of memory recollection immediately upon awakening. He sought to remember everything he did in the day before in a chronological order attempting to not miss anything. He quickly realized how much he forgot throughout his day and thus did this daily in attempts to strengthen his memory.

Enough about him however, let’s talk about me. I quickly realized that although I am a morning person, my mornings are rushed. I am either in a haze from my alarm going off or rushing to get out of bed to begin my day. So the idea of recollection in a hurry didn’t seem appealing to me. Rather, I adopted this process as I was falling asleep and/or preparing for bed.

My first three to five days that I began this process, I quickly realized I could barely even remember what I had eaten throughout the day much less conversations I held with others. I thought I was doomed with the little progress I had seen, but it was as if something clicked after my first week.

I quickly realized that I was looking forward to recapping my day as I prepped for bed and was becoming better and better at remembering many little aspects of my days. I noticed outside of the excitement that I had to recall my day, three really important things happened additionally.

  1. Deep Sleep. I kid you not it was like brain exhaustion that knocked me out within minutes and kept me asleep through the night.
  2. I noticed my short-term memory was vastly improved. My recollection of names of those who I had just met or retention of quick information was much faster in comparison to times past.
  3. I became aptly aware of my immediate surroundings and was more immersed in experiencing my own life than ever before. I noticed I began to look for ways in which to describe situations and picking up on subtleties that I could better recollect.

 

This has been one experiment that I’ve taken much pride in and I want you to share the same feelings I have when accomplishing something so small, but so important. Try this out and give it some time for success. Let me know how it goes and how your life improves!

 

Wishing you a wonderful day and as always

“There is no such things as strangers, just friends we’ve yet to meet.”

Brant

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The 48 Hour Rule

I am fortunate enough to interview high level entrepreneurs on a weekly basis and learn valuable lessons from them that propelled their lives into not just monetary prowess, but a wisdom that is unavailable from a collegiate standpoint. I had the pleasure of speaking one on one with an individual that amassed nearly 2 million followers on Facebook and spoke on topics ranging from entrepreneurship to religion to monetizing your own personality. It was within this conversation that one slight tip popped up that I will never forget.

This tip is the 48-hour rule.

The idea is simple. We are bred to plot and plan and wait to strike at the perfect moment rather than just doing. The 48 hours collectively are the time period for your reactive state. If the idea is still lingering in your head even after 48 hours, immediate action is required on it.

Waiting will kill your dreams. There has never, in the history of the world, been someone that garnishes success just by sitting back and thinking about ideas. It is all about execution and your willingness to execute. Often, I see discouragement comes into play from others because it is unreasonable or unfathomable so it sways you from pursuing it. This isn’t just about possible entrepreneurial ventures or business as a whole, but can be anything pertinent in your life. Starting that blog you’ve always wanted, learning about photography, pursuing your art, or even just wanting to go to the gym. If you never act on your impulse or your thought, you will be stuck in limbo and become dissatisfied at what you did not do.

I part with this; You personally can create and become an amazing version of yourself, but it requires time, energy, and a willingness to perfect your craft. Whatever that may be or how far from reality it may seem to be, you can accomplish it. And even if you fail, that’s just one thing that led you to something even better. Have a great Friday and an even better weekend!

 

Song of the Week: Colors – Audien Remix

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“There is no such things as strangers, just friends we’ve yet to meet.”

Brant A. Wickersham

Monday Motivation

One month of intensive and always varying work. I’ve been in South Beach for a month working with one of the top sales training companies in the world and learning the ropes starting at 7 in the morning until the time I go to bed. This summer has consisted of learning in mass amounts and learning the material presented in front of me quickly. I am incredibly fortunate to be able to work alongside Grant Cardone and his entire team and know the skills acquired will directly affect my life, but the area I want to focus on is the initial jump you have to take into the real world.

I think the best way to learn is being submersed entirely. I say this because although it is taught to doggy paddle first, being thrown into the deep end requires you to figure out ways to stay afloat. As the time passes the muscles used to swim, or even stay afloat, become stronger and stronger until it is a conditioned response to swim. I am at the point in which the swimming has become easier and the surprises are not so surprising anymore. But this is the point where a lot of people make a fatal mistake. When the swimming becomes a normalcy, boredom and other emotions come begin to surface. People will take this as an opportunity to just stay afloat and stay in the same position. It’s important to remember how difficult it was at first and how far you’ve come, but not slow when normalcy settles in. It is your choice entirely to swim and push forward re-training the muscles and pushing onward and upward. This is an opportunity to grow into something you previously may not have even imagined, but you have to ignore the complacent mindset and want more. The motivation of knowing that you can single-handedly change the course of your life is something that can spark a change of thought, a difference in self-motivation, or even a change to your personality.

In regards to complete submersion, it isn’t solely about figuring out how to stay afloat, but also using what is around you to further excel growth. One thing I’ve learned this summer is to surround yourself with success and surround yourself with those who want to be successful. Imagine being on a row boat and there are two people that rely on the rest of the team to carry the load of the work and kind of sit along for the ride. Apply this to your life and realize there will be people who will try to stick on to you only because you are creating a bigger wake then them. They will try to take credit for your hard work and your accomplishments and say that they were carrying the weight just as much as you. It is important to acknowledge those people and to simply get rid of them. The negativity they bring about and the lack of motivation they have will prevent you from reaching your full potential. This process may be difficult, but blocking out the bad from your life and encouraging self growth is the best investment you will ever make.

I hope you guys enjoyed my take on complete submersion and encourage you to go out and grab what is yours. Be a difference maker. Be the person others want to surround themselves with. And finally, just be the best version of YOU that you can possibly be.

What I’m Listening to: (Song of the Week)

“There is no such things as strangers, just friends we’ve yet to meet.”

Brant A. Wickersham

Seriously Silly

“Time and place..” currently one of my favorite phrases because it seems to be applicable to almost everything. There is a time and place for all actions you take, but the one that is most relevant to me currently is seriousness. We’re constantly told to act this way or react in a particular manner, but always told to maintain composure and be serious. Being serious is tiring, it wears away on how you actually want to act and molds you into that cubicle worker with a 9-5 shift. Boring, boring, boring. It’s time to alter the norm and change up what is so common in business’ today. Look at Google for instance, they allow their employees to be creative and work in a “silly” atmosphere. This encourages workers to embrace their individuality and doesn’t tie them down to the seriousness usually involved with big corporations. They work for enjoyment and therefore get more things done and know when to be serious.

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The reason why I talk about this seriousness is because if you are continually serious and just conform to what everyone else is doing, you are bound to make your personality more shallow. Be yourself and let out your creativity. Don’t get trapped behind the molded exterior people may want to see. Follow your dreams and pursue what actually interests you. Above all, enjoy your work and love what you do because if you can do that, your “silliness” will be as much a part of you as it is your work.

Hope you all have a wonderful week. Seriously.

“There is no such things as strangers, just friends we’ve yet to meet.”

Brant A. Wickersham

 

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Letting out my inner sorority girl..

Bought some hightop white converse this weekend and I still can’t stop laughing