Let me start asking you a question: How many times have you thought about doing something and did not even start simply because you thought you could not do it or not complete it? Like you, many people feel the same. Unfortunately, many people tend to underestimate the power of their minds.
Know that you are mentally stronger than you think. As your brain can make you believe that you have reached your physical limits, you can also convince your brain that you can do more, do better.
In fact, neuroscientists have discovered that “repetitive thoughts form neural pathways as neurons that fire together gets wired together. Thus, the more a particular thought or belief is activated and reinforced, the stronger these neural pathways become and the more automatically they become our “go-to” pattern of perceiving.”
But how can you brush the negative thoughts and the negative state of your mind to harness your energy to empower yourself and your brain to think, believe, control, and accomplish?
How to train your brain
Your brain is in charge of your body, not the other way around. If you think in your mind, I am tired, it hurts, or I cannot do it, then that is exactly how your body is going to respond.
And believe me, I have put this theory to the test. As a former basketball player, I have endured many physical challenges in my career, including many surgeries that could have easily made me feel defeated. In this Youtube video, I tell you how I not only believe that your mind is stronger than you think, but I can prove it.
Like anything else in life, being able to have a better mental state and mindset does not always come easy; it takes a lot of hard work and perseverance. Our brain function is essential in increasing our ability to get tasks accomplished.
There are several ways you can boost your brainpower to maximize your cognitive ability, memory, and decision-making skills. Here are some proven ideas:
- Physical activity – The World Health Organization recommends one hour of physical activity three times a week to help new cells grow in our brain, helping to increase memory.
- Learn a new skill – A new study published in the journal Nature finds that learning to juggle may cause certain areas of your brain to grow. This study concluded that learning new skills strengthens the part of the brain that is responsible for coordination and balance.
- Avoid chronic stress – Practice more yoga, meditation, breathing techniques, and other powerful methods that help control your anxiety and stress. Prolonged exposure to stressful conditions damages cells and kills neurons by overstimulating them to death.
- Eat brain food – Consuming foods that are rich in Vitamin B, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants helps the brain function.
- Get enough sleep – Scientists at UC Berkeley found that subjects who were able to sleep longer had better memory and brain performance.
The bottom line
The bottom line is: When your feel physically, mentally, emotionally exhausted and feel like you cannot go on, do not believe the lie. You are stronger than you think. Your mind is stronger than you think.
Written with the 2021 Olympics and Post Covid-19 in mind, Eric Bailey does share not only his personal stories but also his strategies and tools to help us all thrive in our lives, Going for Gold. Click on the link for your playbook to win the Gold…And Live Your Personal Best.
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