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11 Ways To Enhance Your Mind & Memory For Success

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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Memory is the ability of the mind to store what it perceives, whether it is from sensory perception or from events created in the mind like dreams, thoughts, or decisions.

The good news is that everyone can improve their memory. Memory is made, not born. Like any muscle, the more you exercise it, the better it gets. By employing the right techniques, you can take your memory to a level you never thought before. Below listed are 11 ways that can help you improve your memory and enhance your mind.

 

11 Mind & Memory Boosting Techniques

 

1. Food, Herbs & Exercise

Research on memory improvement indicates a healthy lifestyle–including exercise, regular social interactions and healthy eating habits–can help prevent memory loss. Studies on herbs and foods for memory are beginning to show that some foods and herbs are more effective than others. Including these possible memory enhancers in your diet could give you a cognitive boost.

Some of the best brain food and herbs are as follows: Grapes, Berries, Walnuts, Fatty Fish, Seeds, Ginko Biloba and Rosemary.

Just 5 minutes or more of quick exercise is enough to stimulate the receptors in your brain.

 

2. Positively Memorable

In order to succeed in anything, including supercharging your memory, you need to cultivate a strong belief compatible with success. So what are beliefs? Beliefs are thoughts that you hold to be true. For example, “the sky is blue” is a statement you accept as true.

Inside your mind, you hold all types of beliefs. You have beliefs about your environment, whether it is safe or dangerous. You have beliefs about people, whether they are fun or boring. Above all, you have beliefs about yourself and your abilities, whether you are smart, adept, and admirable or dumb, inept, and worthless.

 

 

3. Associating With The Right Crowd

One useful technique is associations. An association is connecting a topic you want to remember with something you already know or with something that may prove easier to learn.

Associations are effective because everything you know, every idea you have, and every thought in your head is linked to or associated with other thoughts and ideas. As you can see, your thoughts are not stored individually. Rather, they are linked together like an intricate web.

 

4. Play The Brain Game: Lumosity

Sign up to the brain games website Lumosity. This is a fun and challenging tool that will help improve your attention, speed, flexibility, problem solving and memory.

Researchers have measured significant improvements in working memory and attention after Lumosity training.

 

 

 

5. Visualization

Visualization is a key element in memory. That is because the mind is a visual machine. It thinks not only in words, but pictures. When you have a thought or idea, images run in the background to help you make sense of that thought. When you give directions, you are able to do so from the image of the neighbour-hood you have inside your head.

Most, if not all, of your thoughts are connected to mental images in some way – even if you are not consciously aware of them.

 

6. Repeat After Me

Repetition is repeating information that you want to remember. It is presenting to your mind a thought, idea, or other material over and over again to make it stick. For example, if you want to remember a new ATM PIN, you would repeat 5689, 5689, 5689 in your thoughts or out loud until it becomes engraved in your mind. This is the essence of repetition.

Although basic, repetition is quite powerful. In fact, it is the most effective way to remember information. Most, if not all, learning uses repetition in one form or another.

 

 

7. Take notes

Taking notes is the act of jotting down any piece of information you want to remember. The information can be jotted in a notebook, on a sticky pad, in a smart phone, on your refrigerator, in a tablet, or just about anywhere else you can think of.

Evernote is a great app to store all of your notes, pics and links when a great idea sparks.

 

 

 

8. Memory & Comprehension

There is a strong correlation between memory and comprehension. The better you understand something, the easier it is to remember. Certainly you can memorize words from foreign language you don’t know the meaning, or memorize a string of symbols you cannot even pronounce, but this proves to be far less effective than learning something you can understand.

Learning through comprehension is more permanent and more useful than memorization by rote.

 

9. Conquering Forgetfulness

Imagination and humor can help lock an important memory in place so that you do not forget. Let us say that you have an appointment with an important potential client, Mr. Patel, this coming Thursday. If you enjoy watching television every night, imagine Mr. Patel acting like a clown, coming out of your TV screen saying, “See you on Thursday!” You might even imagine Mr. Patel replacing one of your favorite characters on a Wednesday night program. Add more staying power to this by imagining Mr. Patel on TV crossing the desert, thirsty (sounds like “Thursday”) for water. Such funny or outrageous images can help trigger the needed memory.

The more outrageous and funny you make the image, the better.

 

10. Pay attention

One of the primary causes of poor memory is lack of attention. When you don’t pay attention, your mind does not receive the information. If your mind is not able to receive information, it is not able to remember it. To illustrate, say you are in a meeting and your boss is discussing an upcoming report that is due. If you are day dreaming about what you are going to do this weekend, you won’t “hear” his words. If you don’t actually hear his words, how can those words be stored in memory? Your mind cannot store that which it does not receive.

 

11. Clusters

A concept similar to acronyms and acrostic is clustering. Clustering is a method of breaking long pieces of information into smaller groups. For instance, a phone number in the United States uses a very specific pattern of clustering—(999) 555-1234. The numbers are grouped into 3 clusters and no one cluster is more than four digits long. Grouping numbers like this is far easier to remember than “9995551234.”

You can use clustering not just with numbers, but also words. Trying to remember the spelling of the word supercalifragilisticexpialidocious from the Disney movie, Mary Poppins, is a monster that makes the eyes glaze over with disinterest or even dread. However, if you divide the word up, it’s easy to conquer. First, learn “super,” then “cali,” “fragi,” “listic,” “expi,” “ali,” and finally, “docious.” It’s not so dreadful in smaller pieces. Simply learn the smaller pieces and then put them together.

 

Article By: Joel Brown

I am the the Founder of Addicted2Success.com and I am so grateful you're here to be part of this awesome community. I love connecting with people who have a passion for Entrepreneurship, Self Development & Achieving Success. I started this website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.I'm proud to say through my podcast and through this website we have impacted over 100 million lives in the last 6 and a half years.

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  1. Willie

    Jun 12, 2016 at 4:02 am

    Excellent post. I’m experiencing manyy of these issues as well..

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  3. Jon S

    Oct 3, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    This is in line with Rosenblatt’s theory of learning.

  4. Adeli

    Apr 9, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Thk u for sharing i like it.:-)

  5. anandan rk

    Sep 30, 2013 at 10:15 am

    16 words for made the great history 🙂 addicted2success

  6. Jill St. Angelo

    Aug 3, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Thank you for sharing this. Great tips.

  7. Divyesh Lappawala

    Jun 29, 2013 at 2:37 am

    Good one!! thanks

  8. Kumar Gaurawuraw

    Feb 25, 2013 at 3:26 am

    These definitely are some of the best tips to ehance the memory and mind. Why just mind, even the body. A healthy and happy body can foster better mind power and I am sure these can help having a great health as well. Thank you for sharing.

  9. M U Sheikh

    Nov 27, 2012 at 11:00 am

    All I would say is welldone, as your tweets say every thing about your thoughts. Thumps up

    • Joel

      Joel

      Nov 27, 2012 at 11:08 am

      Thank you M 🙂

  10. sas

    Nov 23, 2012 at 10:21 am

    a good and detailed article. asked permission to share. thank U

  11. jermaine

    Oct 12, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    This article contains very informative insights. very nice.

  12. mohamed helmy

    Jul 26, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    thanks for you

  13. Alan Pemberton

    May 27, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    This is a good guide-thankyou

  14. Alex Horak

    May 27, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Great article!

    Evernote is great for longer notes but fetchnotes.com makes it easy to write down and organize things extremely quickly.

    • Joel

      Joel

      May 28, 2012 at 12:11 am

      Hey Alex thanks for letting us know about fetchnotes. Great choice!

  15. Bright mintah

    May 20, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Wow, great inspirational qauots.

  16. VARUN

    May 16, 2012 at 6:47 am

    so nice and really enhancing thoughts for personal breakdown.

  17. Deeone Higgs

    May 15, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Awesome techniques here, mate! I really enjoyed the breakdown of each one too. I believe you nailed this post! I will have to incorporate the clustering of words… that’s a good pointer there, my friend! Thanks for the share!

  18. Belinda J

    May 14, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    “Memory is the ability of the mind to store what it perceives.”
    Well said! You had me at the first sentence and I thank you for holding that standard for the entire article.
    Looking forward to being in touch with this site.
    ~Belinda J

  19. Joan Hunt

    May 12, 2012 at 7:23 am

    You are right! I clicked on your tweet to this page and it had my attention! Thanks for sharing! Will check back regularly… 🙂
    Cj

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Why You Should Prefer Emails to Phone Calls if You Want to Be More Productive

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“Email” and “productivity” rarely go together in a sentence. Emails have been declared as one of our largest time wasters. A McKinsey report stated that people spend around 2.6 hours each day responding to emails. That’s 13 hours a week, 52 hours a month and over 60 days a year! Imagine what you could’ve achieved in 60 days!

Emails also negatively affect our cognitive resources. When we think of responding to them while doing other important tasks, it takes up to 23 minutes and 15 seconds after being disrupted to return to full attention to a current task. Imagine how much our cognition and productivity gets fractured when we get distracted over and over again.

Constant emailing also drains us mentally. And at the end of a day, we realize that we’ve achieved nothing worth mentioning. With a phone call, you can sort issues and solve problems quickly, right? In theory, you’re right. But we live in a practical world where many variables come into play.

Below are three variables that make phone calls adversely affect our productivity, and why emails are a better alternative:

1. Wasting Time

Most “five-minute conversations” can quickly turn into 35-minute calls because people ramble about irrelevant aspects. This derailment, several times a day, severely limits the limited time and energy you have for important tasks.

Emails, on the other hand, force writers to streamline their thoughts and stick to the point. Emails can save you plenty of time and energy because you avoid lengthy phone calls. The constant strife to keep your own emails short and crisp also makes you a clearer thinker, which rewards you in other aspects of your life.

“It’s better to waste money, than it is to waste time. You can always get more money.” – Hal Sparks

2. Inaccurate Responses

An unexpected phone call can catch me caught off guard on a topic. I might respond emotionally or give an answer that doesn’t do justice to what I want to share. In a world dominated by panic buttons and fire-fighting, these don’t just stress me out but the caller as well.

Emails give me flexibility to prepare a coherent response and share it when I’m satisfied. If I feel a surge of emotion, I can sleep over the thought and share a better (more rational) response the next day. Many page-long email responses to emails that upset me have turned into a simple “thank you for your email” the next day.

3. Constant Back-and-Forth

Phone calls often are ineffective to solve business problems. Accounting for multiple people, their views, their timelines… One phone call can quickly turn into three.

Emails are quicker and more effective than even conference calls. They let you communicate with multiple people at the same time. You can share information, assign tasks and give status updates while being as specific as possible.

You must be wondering, “What about back-and-forth emails then? Why do we waste precious time on them?” Yes, email has earned a bad rap. But it’s not because of the medium; it’s because we handle it ineffectively.

A Better Approach to Emailing

For most people, constantly refreshing the inbox is part of the daily to-do list. It keeps them busy and gives them a kick of dopamine – the feel-good chemical.

Ironically, this quest to remain busy makes people compromise on taking action that can move them forward. Using emails prudently, rewards you with plenty of energy and mind space to focus on tasks that truly matter.

Here are three steps that benefited me without succumbing to the side effects of email:

1. Checking Them Less

I check emails just 3 times a day – at 9:30 AM, 12:00 PM, and 4:30 PM. If you don’t have the luxury to do the same, you can start by checking your emails for ten minutes at the end of each hour. Most senders expect a response in a little over an hour. So they won’t mind a slightly delayed response. This gives you 45 undisturbed minutes each hour to work on your core tasks.

2. Responding Quickly

People delay responding to emails at least 37% of the time, which turns finding emails and responding to them into additional tasks that cost time and lead to attention residue. Most emails take under two minutes to respond. When you can respond to an email, do so instead of putting it off. This won’t just put your mind at peace, it’ll also reduce the number of “did-you-see-this” follow-up emails in your inbox.

“I do love email. Wherever possible I try to communicate asynchronously. I’m really good at email.” – Elon Musk

3. The If-Then Technique

The If-Then technique helps you address multiple scenarios at once. For instance, an email that says, “Can we meet at 3:00 PM?” becomes, “Can we meet at 3:00 PM? If not, please advise three other times that work for you.”

This technique is also effective when you want to suggest ideas or provide instructions on alternative steps. For example, “Here’s Plan A. If it doesn’t work, connect with [name] and ask for [specific information]. If you don’t get what you need, inform me.”

I’ll admit. This sounds like more work in the current moment, but it drastically cuts down the number of trail mails, confused correspondences, and fire-fighting instances that occur due to miscommunication.

The If-Then formula is the single most effective technique I’ve learned from The 4-Hour Workweek. All of this doesn’t mean that you abandon phone calls, In fact, it’s better to use the phone for sensitive topics or if an email conversation gets dragged. But remain mindful to not let phone calls waste your time.

If you want to pursue a meaningful life, place a premium on your time. Do things that create time for you to pursue meaningful actions and avoid doing what pulls you away from them. In the knowledge economy, this is the key to success.

Do you prefer email or talking on the phone? Share your thoughts below!

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4 Questions You Need to Answer Before You Reach the Level of Success You So Desperately Crave

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It’s normal that every person in the world wants to reach success and happiness. Yet, everyone defines both of these things differently. For some, success is making a whole bunch of money while for others this can be to become a good parent. Happiness is defined differently as well. Some people need to own a jet, boat and 3 cars to be truly happy, while others are happy just to be able to wake up in the morning.

It doesn’t matter how you define success and happiness, the truth is, you want to achieve them both. But, to be able to reach success and happiness, you need to answer 4 questions for yourself.

Here are the 4 questions you need to answer before you can achieve success and happiness:

1. Where Are You?

No, not geographically. It doesn’t matter where you live. What matters is where are you in life. Where are you in your way to success and happiness. Let’s say you are lost in the woods. You know exactly where you want to go, but you don’t know where you are. Even a map doesn’t help you with that.

The same is true in life. You may have a goal, but until you truly define where you are in the moment, you can’t move toward this goal. So, step 1 on your way to success and happiness is to define where you are right now.

“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” – Jim Rohn

2. Where Do You Want to Go?

When you define where you are in life, then you can think of where you want to be.

There’s this saying:  When you don´t know your final destination, you´ll end up somewhere you didn’t want to be. Until you don’t know clearly where you want to be in life and who you want to become, your life doesn’t have a true purpose.

Without purpose, there´s no motivation. Without motivation, there´s no energy. And without energy, you´re not living, you´re just existing. I am sure you know someone who looks like a walking corpse everytime you see them. Do you think this person lives a successful and happy life? Most likely not.

So, step 2 on your way to success and happiness is to clearly define your goal. What do you want to accomplish and who do you want to become?

3. Why Do You Want It?

Okay, you know the basics. You know where you are and where you want to be. But, as Rocky Balboa said, “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows.” And as you already know, life usually doesn’t go according to your plan. There will be hard times and to overcome those and not give up, you need to know WHY you do what you do.

You need to know WHY you want to accomplish your goals. When you answer this for yourself, you don’t struggle so much to motivate yourself. You will be motivated every minute of every day.

So, as a step 3, sit down and think of WHY you want to accomplish your goals. What’s the big purpose?

“We can change our lives. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish.” – Tony Robbins

4. How Are You Going to Get There?

And finally, how are you going to get there? What’s your plan? You may know where you are, where you want to be and why you want to do it, but until you truly understand how you are going to get there, there won’t be much success and happiness in your life.

For example, you want to become a bodybuilder. You want to do it because you want to have big muscles and you want to look fit. But, you have no idea how to work out, how to build muscle and how to lose fat. Do you think, you´re going to be happy? No. As Tony Robbins says, “true happiness comes from progress.”

To make progress, you need to have a specific plan; how to get from point A (where you are) to point B (where you want to be). So, as a step 4, sit down and make a specific plan for how you’re going to get what you want in life.

In order to reach success and happiness, there are 4 questions you need to answer for yourself. Without answering them, you´re not going to  get ahead in life, you´re just bouncing around. Success and happiness never come from just bouncing around in life.

Good news is, that these questions are really simple. It won’t take much time to answer them. Just be aware of where you are and where you want to be. Don´t forget to understand why you are pursuing your dream and finally, how are you going to get what you want.

Answer these 4 simple questions today and you won’t struggle with finding success and happiness in life anymore.

Which one of the above 4 questions resonated most with you and why? Share your thoughts and ideas below!

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The Empathetic Heart: How The CHO of VaynerMedia Is Changing The Way We Work

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A month after I had joined LinkedIn back in July of 2018, I sent Claude Silver a connection request and began following her content. One day she made a post saying “Ask and you shall receive, what can I do to help you today?”. I commented on that post asking for a 5 minute interview and to my surprise she agreed by asking me to send her a message (I was given a full hour). This was the first example of pure kindness I witnessed from Claude.

The first message you see on Claude’s website is: People need people. People need people that listen and then do something. That message spoke to me on an emotional level, and I believe it will speak to you too. I wanted to know how she created such an amazing culture, what being a “culture carrier” meant, and how the employees at VaynerMedia have been changed by her work there.

A culture carrier in Claude’s own words is “someone who is aligned with our values, I can’t teach someone to be kind they have to already be kind. The process of developing a culture carrier takes about 6 months. It’s about bringing people together and having strong core values of kindness and empathy.”

Gary Vaynerchuk, co-founder of VaynerMedia, is often referred to as a combination of hustle and heart. With the hiring of Claude and the work she has accomplished within the company, it speaks to the level of empathy that can be felt throughout the entire operation.

Although business can be a challenging, tough, and often cut-throat terrain, by putting employees first and providing honest feedback the company has grown to include offices in New York, Chattanooga, Los Angeles and London, and continues to dominate the market.

Below we’ll see 3 different ways the CHO of VaynerMedia is changing the way people work:

1. By being unafraid to share her own story

Claude has been an influential part of breaking the stigma surrounding vulnerability in the business arena. Not only does she openly share her own story, but she sits down with employees to better understand their vulnerabilities and how to use characteristics that previously would have been considered weaknesses as strengths.

When asked what her biggest adventure to date was she replied “Having Shalom (her daughter). I have had an amazing life, I moved, worked hard, landed an amazing job and fell in love but it didn’t come without its challenges.”

Claude is openly gay and is living proof your sexual orientation doesn’t matter. Nothing matters but your character, your track record, and if you leave people a little better off than before you met them. From Claude, business leaders, employees and entrepreneurs can learn to be more open both on social media and in person, allowing them to build more meaningful relationships and connect on a deeper level. A deeper connection can mean more leverage but it also means a more lasting impact on the world.

“Everyone has something they can share. I’m not famous. I don’t have anything that would be newsworthy, but I have stories.” – Tafta Johnson Watson

2. Committing to a strong value system

VaynerMedia has some serious values for such a large company and those values are expected to be upheld by every employee and visitor. Values like kindness, empathy, honesty, hustle and the art of not complaining.

With Claude holding the title of Chief Heart Officer, she is the guiding light for others. When recruiting, she says she “takes the time to evaluate an individual’s talents but most importantly their own heart”.  

Gary Vaynerchuk is quoted as saying:”To me, there’s no debate that kindness is a strength. And it breaks my heart to know that so many people believe it’s a weakness. So many people are afraid that other people will take advantage of their kindness or make them feel “used.” But the truth is, those who take advantage of your kindness are weak on the inside. Feel bad for them, don’t let them make you feel bad about yourself“.

Both Claude and Gary teach aspiring entrepreneurs that it is okay to live with an open heart and that having the strength to commit to and live with a strong value system, will be a powerful tool during the hustle journey. It also allows you to go to bed at night actually liking the person that you are, nothing will kill a business faster than going to bed at night and hating yourself.

3. Listening with action

As mentioned above Claude’s slogan is: People need people. People need people that listen and then do something.  As a woman who wears many hats, she is also an Outward Bound Instructor, taking individuals on amazing adventures in the outdoors.

Taking action on any given day can mean a number of different things but it speaks to her own character and driving force that she is able to not only guide people through the world of office politics but also through the serene and sometimes challenging wilderness.

Claude cultivates an environment of trust by first offering individuals her own trust. It is a huge and vulnerable action that leads to a relationship of love – heart – and productivity. Listening as an action is something that has the power to change an entire organization from an unproductive, toxic environment to one that promotes creativity, passion, inclusion and positivity.

“Relationships are leverage. If you give value to someone else first, you have leverage.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

To get the truest sense of how Claude was changing the way people work, I asked her co-workers to tell me what working alongside Claude has done for them. Here is one of the answers I received:

“During my time working alongside Claude, I’ve really come to appreciate her example of being a good listener. As a society, we tend to praise the power of speaking. But Claude demonstrates on a daily basis that the most important thing everybody wants is to be heard.” – Steve Babcock, Chief Creative Officer VaynerMedia.

I tried looking for images of Claude on her website and I think it speaks to how focused she is on holding space for others, because I couldn’t find a single full sized image of her to use. I googled. Writing this piece has opened me up to evaluate my own values and the way I connect with people in my daily life.

From this article, it is my own hope that entrepreneurs come to the understanding that although tenacity and true grit are really important, the whole of what Claude represents is something to strive towards. The “soft” skills you develop are humongous strengths and to truly impact an entire organization.

What’s the last random act of kindness you did for someone? Share with us below!

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The 7 Secrets of High Achievers Revealed

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We all have goals in life, but very few of us ever learn to consciously set, work on and see our goals through. In our naturalness bias, we marvel at those who have set and reached their goals thinking they have some esoteric abilities that we don’t. We overlook that the final product is the result of a series of mistake-ridden, unrecorded pains. What if we could learn from the process, the habits and rituals of the high achievers? (more…)

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