Is problem-solving easy for you? Do you learn new things quickly? Can you improve your brain function? Your answers to these questions will have an effect on your brain function because brainpower and psychology are intimately connected.
Brain Function and Expectation
1. A friend spent his childhood with wealthy kids and their families. He now makes more money than most of us. Coincidence? Did rich friends give him money? Did they help him in business? No to all three questions. He just grew up with an expectation of a certain level of income. His mind will always push him to take action towards that level.
2. The book said there was checkmate in four moves, so I looked until I found it. I used to think those elegant solutions to chess puzzles were very rare in real games. I eventually realized they are there, but that without the expectation of finding them, I settled for less worthy moves. Now I find the elegant moves more often.
Do you see how expectations and beliefs expand or limit your mind and your life? Now, to apply this to better brain function, you need to adjust your expectation and unconscious beliefs about your brainpower.
What you think certainly affects what you accomplish. When you believe you can improve your brain function, you are far more likely to do what’s necessary to get that result. So how do you adopt the most useful beliefs and expectations?
Okay, don’t worry. I won’t tell you to stand in front of a mirror making positive affirmations. I have an easier way.
Affirmation or Evidence?
Try this experiment: Watch for polite drivers for two days, making a mental note to yourself each time you see one. Notice the polite ones, ignoring the rest. By the way, this will change your experience of driving positively. Then watch for rude drivers for two days, and you’ll see them all over.
Do the exercise above, and you’ll understand that you experience the world not just according to what is there, What you pay attention to is the more important part of your experience. Ready to apply this to your thinking process?
Notice your success. When you learn something new, make a mental note, or write it down even. Point out your problem-solving successes, and you’ll have more of them. When you’re thinking clearly and effectively, tell yourself, “Look at that brain go!”
Go ahead and make those affirming statements, but why not make them when you are looking at the evidence? Evidence is more convincing than affirmation. Watch, and you’ll find examples of progress, however large or small. Focus on these, and remember them. You can start doing this right now. That’s how to improve brain function.