Your brain is the most powerful technology on the planet. You have a right-brain controlling your creativity, a left-brain controlling your logic, and whole-brain integration where you come into your flow state and achieve your fullest and highest potential.
Our brains function in different states, and from 0-7 in the theta wave state, we were little mini tape recordings listening to what every caretaker, parent, babysitter, and television around us said, and those recordings became the framework for our subconscious mind. Our subconscious mind controls 95% of our thoughts and houses our belief systems, which unconsciously control our life.
5 tips to hack your brain to achieve success
It’s no wonder that when it comes to goal achievement, self-sabotage, bad habits, confusion, and “how do I start’s” are more common than the actual completion. Luckily for us, even though we didn’t originally program our brain for success, we have the power to reprogram it now. We are able to completely hack our brain and our subconscious mind to achieve our goals one thought at a time.
1. Get really clear on your goal
Ask yourself what it is you really want to achieve. Most often, we have no idea what it is we really want. If you want to lose weight, how much do you want to lose? When do you want to lose it by? How do you want to lose it? Get as specific and write as much detail as you possibly can.
2. Write your goal down
Writing down a goal makes it actually physical. It’s the first step in taking a dream and making it a reality. Physically see it on paper and put it in a place that you will see it clearly multiple times per day. The more that it is in your sight, even if you’re not fully focusing on it, the more that your subconscious mind, that little tape recorder, will know what it is you’re trying to do.
3. Take one small action every day
Your brain is programmed to keep you safe, and anytime that your schedule or routine is interrupted, your nervous system takes that as something is wrong, which is why it’s so hard to break a habit. Take one VERY small action every day, and when I say SMALL, I mean SMALL. The smaller, the better. Trying to take on everything at once will overload and overwhelm you to where your brain will come up with every excuse not to do it. Take one small step, something that would barely interrupt your daily routine until you can take a bigger one.
4. Take advantage of the morning and night
The two most important times of day are when you first wake up and when you’re falling asleep. Your brain enters that same state that it did when you were 0-7 years old. You are in an altered state of consciousness where your brain is most receptive. Take this opportunity to visualize what the goal would be like completed. Feel the emotion.
Emotions are e-motion, energy in motion, and that energy, that feeling will trick your brain into thinking it already happened. Your subconscious mind will then look for evidence of this in your experience.
Your brain doesn’t know the difference between something imagined and a real, tangible memory. If you’re able to visualize the outcome as if it already happened, you’ve won half the battle.
5. Speak about it in the past tense
Whether looking in the mirror, writing in your journal, or talking to yourself at your desk, talk about the goal as if it’s already been completed. Again, your brain doesn’t know something that’s “true” or something that hasn’t yet happened. When you act as if it’s already come to completion, your brain thinks it has. You then think of ideas from that space, which creates your goal to fulfillment.
Your brain is more powerful than any iPhone, Macbook, or AI technology, and when it comes to achieving your goals, understanding, and inner-standing how your brain works is all it takes to make everything you’ve ever wanted already yours.
Focus and productivity are two things that can be hard to achieve nowadays. Why? Because we are constantly tested by so many technological temptations.
Moreover, one study found that the human mind only has a short span of attention . This means that we cannot be attentive to something for a long period of time. I often see this in my students. When the class lecture lasts more than an hour, the majority of them are not listening anymore.
Our mind is like a driftwood floating in the vast sea. It is constantly pulled by a current in all directions. This makes staying focus difficult.
But the problem is, when the focus is lost, productivity can be impossible. Given the current life situation, can we still achieve focus and become productive?
Fortunately, there are techniques you can apply to achieve focus. You can actually hack your mind to remain attentive. If you can exploit these amazing techniques, you’ll become more effective and productive even in the face of distractions.
Hack your brain with these simple steps:
Harvard experts have found techniques on how to hack your brain to be productive by maintaining focus. Amazingly, these techniques are simple and free.
1. The ABC rule.
Accordingly, there are three things you need to do to combat distraction. First, you need to be aware of the different options that you have. Second, after weighing your options, take a deep breath. Lastly, choose the best option and go on. These steps can make you back on track again.
2. Define your intentions.
Before starting your day, take a moment to reflect. What would be your priority for the whole day? Once you know your priority, focus your attention on those things. Set aside the things that are not meant to be doing. This process is important to make you more focused on one goal.
If things do not work as planned, do not focus on the intensity of the mistake. Rather, focus on possible ways to get out of the setback and move forward. Don’t spend time blaming others or yourself. Remember, your ability to get focused is so brittle. So guard your emotion.
3. Use technology to your advantage.
Technology is the biggest factor that can easily ruin your focus. A simple vibration, beep, and light from the computer’s monitor are enough to distract you. Why do you think you become always excited to read the notification pop-ups from your cell phone?
The reason being is that these “technological stimuli” trigger the brain to release dopamine , a neurotransmitter that causes addiction.
Fortunately, you can make these technological distractions to your advantage by automating them. Use free tools that can do the extra work. It saves you precious time and strength.
4. Avoid negative emotions.
When we feel bad, there are a lot of things happening in our brain. You need to guard your emotion. If you experience it, just take a break and do something that can bring back your happiness. Talk to your officemates, or call a friend. This can help divert your attention to something positive.
5. Make your own space and time.
Ed Batista, in Harvard Business Review, said that “Recent research indicates that meditating for just a few minutes a day, spending just one hour a week in nature or jotting down a few reflective notes in the evening has a noticeable impact on well-being.”
Most people don’t realize that what makes them unable to focus is their busy daily routine. In the world of haste, you need to find time to detach yourself from your world. You can stay outdoor on weekend and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Successful people love outdoor adventures, not because of coincidence. They do it because they know it is beneficial to their success.
We all get distracted easily. Our focus can be hard to sustain. But it must not be a reason for failure. There are a lot of options in which you can pursue – a lot of ways to gain focus.
These techniques can be a great help to hack your brain. In the coming days or weeks, your performance will be getting better and better. And ultimately, greater success awaits you along the way.
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Some of the most rewarding and exhilarating times in life are when you achieve something you set out to do, right? You feel on top of the world! The opposite is also true: some of the most testing and depressing times in life are when you really want to have or do something, but you can’t muster up the willpower in that moment to do what you want.
What is willpower anyway, and what makes you have more or less of it? Willpower is, to put it simply, a combination of self-discipline and control over yourself and your behaviour. You especially need more willpower at those times when you exert yourself to do something that doesn’t come easily.
If you have ever thought that you don’t have willpower, the good news is that you were wrong. Willpower is not a gene, it works like a muscle. And the more you practice it, the more you will have. But like any muscle building, you also have to be careful not to overdo it and wear yourself out.
Here are the top six willpower hacks to help you achieve your goals.
1. Boost your energy supply
Studies have shown that exerting your willpower reduces your energy and blood glucose levels. Replenishing glucose is key to having more willpower because willpower is a mental muscle that is directed by glucose levels. When your sugar levels in your blood are low, you will most likely find it more difficult to control your urges.
So, the better the food that you eat, the more willpower you will feel. Leading professors and health psychologists suggest the following for a quick boost. Eating any foods that are naturally high in sugar will give you the boost you need, so carrots, raisins, almonds, or apples, for example, will fuel your brain. Also, drinking lemonade will give you a quick glucose hit without the caffeine of other sodas.
2. Reduce the amount of decision making
You already know that willpower gets depleted the more you need to practice self-control. Did you also know that making decisions uses up your self-control? In other words, the more decisions you make in a day, the lower the self-control you will feel by the end of the day.
If you want to strengthen your willpower muscle, start planning ahead more often and try to decrease the number of decisions you make on a daily basis. If you are running around like a headless chicken all day making decisions, you are not going to have a lot of willpower left by the end of the day. An alternative is to start brain-dumping, taking your main thoughts and concerns out of your head and getting them onto paper. Those thoughts are taking up energy that can be better used elsewhere.
3. Finding a connection in the moment
Think back to the last time you struggled to muster up the willpower to do something, whether it was avoiding the delicious donut in the bakery on your way to work, or finding the energy to go to the gym. What tends to happen in those moments is that you focus only on that moment and subconsciously disconnect the intention from the overall goal or value. The more disconnected you feel from what you are doing now and what you want in the future, the harder it will be to take action.
Always keep top of mind what is most important to you and connect what you are doing now to the future. Your ‘future-self’ will be so thankful for it. Keep focused on how this will benefit you in the future if you can keep pushing forward at the hardest times.
4. Inhibit the ‘pleasure seeking’ part of your brain
You have a very strong part of your brain that is constantly seeking pleasure and it never gets tired. This is actually why we procrastinate at a very ‘basic’ level: it is normal. However, this doesn’t always serve us, of course. As a result, it doesn’t make sense to go to a bakery and have a coffee when you are trying to avoid the pastries.
Don’t make things harder for yourself, make them easier! Your brain is using precious energy in that moment fighting those temptations, and it’s depleting your willpower. Don’t try to ignore or block out distractions, rather aim to eliminate them. Whether it’s at work when you need to focus more or in your personal life, make things easier for yourself if you can.
5. Don’t be so hard on yourself (yes, it makes it worse)
Thing you can expect to face when you embark on any type of change are, of course, challenges and hard times. It doesn’t make sense to think that change is going to be an effortless and easy ride, or that if you struggle at times then there is something wrong with you.
Ironically, we expect things to be easy and when they aren’t, a lot of negative self-talk usually follows. When you feel bad about yourself and guilty because you didn’t follow through on your intention, research shows that you will almost certainly go back and do what you didn’t want to do.
On the other hand, when you are kinder to yourself and you show more self-compassion, you give yourself more motivation to keep going. This happens because you are talking to the part of you who wants to change, and not that part of you who feels like you can’t.
6. Strong habits means stronger willpower
Another great way to strengthen your willpower muscle is to start doing simple, challenging exercises more often by giving yourself small goals throughout the day. Let’s imagine you are at the gym and you have done 50 sit-ups. Push yourself to do one or two extra. It’s a small challenge, but it builds more discipline, not to mention confidence!
Think about your daily life at home. How about putting away those clothes on the floor or doing the dishes before you go to bed? They are small actions, but ones which in due course make your willpower muscle stronger.
If you know that you could do with a little more willpower in your days, start by employing these six top willpower hacks today and you will achieve far more in a few months than you have in years.
Recently, my editor invited me to write an advice letter to my 17-year-old self. It was an opportunity to reflect on the many benefits of 50+ years life experience. Of course, the flip side was realizing lost benefits of youth. The mature brain may be wiser, but even my simple “senior moments” like loss of thinking speed and recall can be a bit unsettling (particularly to my wife.) Since I am a physically fit guy, and I’d like to make sure my brain stays as sharp as my body in my upcoming golden years, I did a little digging into the subject of brain fitness.
YPO member Tej Tadi is a neuroscientist and now the founder and CEO of MindMaze. He has made it his life’s work to learn about the functioning of the brain, and his company is at the forefront of brain technology.
Working at the intersection of neuroscience and computing, MindMaze is building the next generation of mind/machine interactions designed to improve lives through healthcare products and beyond. Tadi thinks everyone should know about the ownership, maintenance, and care of their human brain. Here is where you can start.
- Every brain is wired in its own unique way.
That means you need to find methods that fit with how you personally learn. Tadi explains: “Everyone learns and communicates differently and each style uses different parts of the brain. For example, auditory learners use hearing to process information while visual learners rely on seeing to learn. If you want to get the most from a learning experience, find a strategy that offers more than the sum of single stimulation. The best bet is to find multimodal learning strategies.” The same is true for others around you–don’t assume they can benefit from the same modalities that are optimal for you.
- It’s never too late to learn.
“Neuroplasticity lasts throughout your life,” he insists, “so it is never too late to begin learning new things.” In fact, new knowledge builds on existing information in the brain, so the more you know the better you will be able to learn in the future. “The important thing to remember is that learning requires repeatable goal directed tasks. If you have a goal or specific target and can combine repeatable tasks, it will consolidate memory in your brain and improve executive function.” Leaders can put this to work for their own growth, and also for those they lead. Challenge others to take on new projects and opportunities, and lead by example.
- Physical activity benefits mental health.
According to Tadi, the brain needs chemicals like endorphins that are released through exercise. “Physical activity stimulates the release of growth factors–chemicals that affect the of brain cells, the growth of new blood vessels, and even the abundance and survival of new brain cells. It changes the brain in ways that protect memory and thinking skills.” The easiest exercise regimen to stick to is the one you like best. Consistency is key, so find an activity you love and can enjoy throughout your life.
- The brain is the original social network.
Tadi describes the importance of mirror neurons, “brain cells that fire both when a person acts and that person observes the same action performed by another person.” The action, execution and observation system helps in fine tuning abilities like empathy and understanding. “If you can’t put yourself in another person’s shoes,” he says, “you’ll never be an . Make an effort to develop your self-awareness and empathy skills through active listening, reading, or looking at another person’s point of view. Get a coach if you just can’t seem to develop these on your own.”
- Every brain has emotional triggers.
While every brain is capable of reason, no brain makes every decision from a rational place. Emotions can have a strong impact, and can even overrule logical thought. Emotions also feed into reward and punishment systems. Positive feedback is a better long-term motivator than fear or embarrassment, but negative feedback can create aversions or avoidance that affect your performance (or your employees’). “In a new, difficult, or stressful situation,” Tadi suggests, “learn to listen and absorb questions first. Don’t be pushed into an immediate response, but learn to self-regulate your emotions first. It will put you in a better position to make decisions with a rational perspective.” If you learn to consider the impact of others’ emotions on their thought processes, you will also become better at convincing or motivating them.
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Published on August 5, 2020
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In this episode of The Lifehack Show, I’m interviewing Antonio Neves on how to stop living on autopilot and start living intentionally.
Antonio Neves is an internationally recognized leadership speaker, author, podcast host and award-winning journalist. He’s the author of three books, including his next book, Stop Living On Autopilot: Take Responsibility For Your Life and Rediscover a Bolder, Happier You. On his podcast The Best Thing, Antonio talks with fascinating people about the “best thing” to happen to them that would never appear on a resume, bio or come up in conversation.
For nearly 10 years, Antonio has helped organizations increase workplace engagement, create strong cultures of accountability, and tell stories that make people lean in. Antonio’s clients and audiences are some of the largest brands in the world including: Google, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Stanford University, and countless more more.
An award-winning journalist, Antonio worked as a correspondent, host and producer for over 10 years in New York City with top networks including NBC, PBS, BET Networks, Advertising Age and Nickelodeon. Antonio is a graduate of Western Michigan University and earned a masters degree from Columbia University.
Watch the interview and learn how to live life with intention instead of letting it drift by.
Get your mind right to unlock your best performance.
Success is all in your head.
Your mental attitude could make the difference between hitting the winning shot in the game or clanking it, finally pumping out your bench press PR or failure, and nailing a new record time on the track or pulling up short of the finish line.
When it comes time for those big events, you can’t control every single circumstance. Even if you’ve trained hard and primed your body for the task, sometimes the unforeseeable happens and roadblocks can throw you off your plans. To take on these challenges, your head has to be in the game. Developing mental resilience to match your physical strength can be challenging, but it’s an important process for everyone, from Olympic athletes to weekend warriors.
That’s where people like sports psychologist Dr. Jim Afremow can help. Dr. Afremow has worked with everyone from top Olympic athletes and Major League Baseball players to regular gym goers, helping them to meet their goals. He’s the author of several books, including The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train and Thrive.
“The goal is to be in a winning state of mind every day.”
Afremow spoke to Menshealth.com about the importance of staying mentally fit and how to stay motivated to meet your fitness goals. He shared his five top tips you can put into practice, whether you’ve hit a roadblock in your training, you need to start from scratch, or you just need an extra edge when it comes time to put up or shut up. Training can be hard, but remember—it’s just as important to focus on mental strength as your physical performance.
Champions don’t just talk to themselves—they listen, too
Sometimes the best thing you can do to get out of a funk is to start paying attention to your feelings and respond accordingly. If you tend to doubt yourself, or think your efforts will result in a negative outcome, try to flip the script and say positive things to yourself.
“We can’t control all the thoughts we have, but we can control what we say to ourselves,” said Afremow. “You might have a thought such as ‘I’m not good enough,’ and the self-talk in response could be, ‘hey remember your success, let’s go!'”
Afremow is a believer in the power of the positive. “If you’re going after big things in life, you’re going to hit a lot of walls. Staying positive at one end is important, and at the other end we need to remain human natured,” he said.
It’s vital to give yourself encouragement to succeed and to try and achieve the goals you are after, but it also pays to be realistic. You don’t need to be a perfectionist and guarantee that you’ll ace every single challenge on the first go—but you need to believe in yourself no matter what.
Winning is an attitude
Sometimes it can be hard to stay upbeat when things aren’t going your way. Remember, winning is an attitude, and only you can control your outlook on the world. Having a positive outlook can help set the tone for your workout—and beyond.
“The goal is to be in a winning state of mind every day,” said Afremow. “We’re not always going to be one hundred percent, but we want to get one hundred percent out of whatever we do that day.”
Having the tools to possess a can-do-attitude is not as hard as you might think. Track your goal on paper to make it real, taking it out of your head or the less tangible world of your smartphone. Create a calendar or training plan and put it somewhere visible throughout your day to help reinforce the things you’re after. Posting motivational quotes or signals around your house, office, car, etc. can also help establish the positive tone you’re after. Once you expand your goals, you can keep yourself motivated in the long-term.
Remember, it’s not a one size fits all approach. It can be a process to find what works best for you.
Visualization is a superpower
Afremow is a big believer in visualizing your goals. Just imagine yourself finishing the race, or finishing that last rep—and it could become reality.
He calls the practice a superpower, and says it has helped many athletes reach a top level. Still, he doesn’t think the average person uses visualization nearly enough.
By spending a few minutes every day visualizing yourself performing up to your standards and the triumphant feeling you’ll have after accomplishing your goals, you can get yourself in a mindset primed for success. You’ll get a better sense of what you’re after, and your brain is already in the right headspace to get there. Success doesn’t come as a surprise, since you’ve already been there in your head.
As you go through these visualization exercises, bump your experience up a notch by throwing on a soundtrack. Listening to music that puts you in a winning state of mind while envisioning yourself accomplishing your goals makes you the star of your very own mini-movie—which you can emulate in the real world.
Recovery is mandatory
When you really want to achieve your goals, it’s easy to overtrain and not give yourself the recovery time you need. You might think taking some time off from training could throw you off track—but the truth is, it’s exactly what you need.
“Recovery is mandatory,” said Afremow. “A lot of times we have the opposite approach, where we over train and under recover, and then we burn out.”
Burning out physically is equally draining mentally, as your body doesn’t perform the way you know it can. Cut your body—and your brain—some slack, and be sure to schedule in some time out of the gym or off the road in the lead-up to a big event.
“Slow and steady really does win the long-term fitness race,” advised Afremow.
It is always better to focus on smaller goals to achieve bigger ones rather than waiting for bigger goals. Satisfaction is a form of success. It’s not necessary how much you work it’s all about how fine your work. Productivity is not only in terms of quantity, but qualitative work is also more appreciated and that can be the way for your growth. Every organization or personnel always be in search of ways to boost up productivity. Have you ever heard of hacking your brain to boost up productivity? Here are some tricks to hack your brain to increase productivity.
Brain, the central processing unit of the body is one that controls your focus on work. If one gets power to control or hack the brain then harder goals will turn into a simpler one. Productivity at workspace matters a lot in organizations and employee’s growth. Following hacks to control your brain is going to help you.
Imagine you woke up early in the morning to experience a fresh breeze and suddenly some thought about pending work hits your brain. A single thought spoiled your morning as well as a day. Firstly not getting enough sleep is the main reason for a distraction from work. To avoid such negative thoughts and create positive vibes, one should always meditate in the morning. Meditation is a way to look into ourselves. Meditation is the best medicine to reduce all of your stress. Enhancing self-awareness is another important profit of meditation. Once you reset your mind by zeroing all of your stress then only you can plan for a day and work accordingly. The brain handles all of your emotions. Meditation helps to promote emotional health. Meditation is the very first step to hack your brain to increase your productivity.
- Ultradian Rhythms
While working on the same thing for long makes it boring. In that case, you feel lazy and you may face a lack of creativity. Ultradian rhythms help to maintain a day working cycle. Ultradian rhythms occur in 24 hours. If you work 90 minutes continuously and then rest for 20 minutes can help to boost up productivity. Planning your day according to Ultradian Rhythms will boost up productivity.
- Make your phone smarter than before to trick your brain.
One always loses focus on his work whenever a phone shows up notification. Whenever you get a notification an amine called Dopamine gets secreted in your brain. Dopamine acts as a neurotransmitter which means it is chemically released by neurons to send signals to other nerve cells. Whenever you get a notification on your phone dopamine distracts you from work and forced to check the phone. It is seen that 50 % of the notifications you get on your phone are useless. To avoid useless notifications you can set priorities on your phone and permit your apps for access notification area in settings accordingly. Getting notifications of useful E-mails and important messages can be set as priorities. Making your phone smarter can help you to boost up creativity.
- Think Good!
In the middle of working if you get a single bad thought that can ruin your focus, you established after a long struggle. Getting bad memories while working can add a break to your work cycle. The assignment you are working on is the first thing that you should think about while working. Ignoring such bad memories can help you to be focused resulting in increased productivity.
- Plan accordingly
If a particular work is meant to be completed in a day, it will take a whole day. But if you try to do the same work in the morning time, it can be done within a few hours. If the submission of crucial work is scheduled in the evening and so that you kept that work in the second half to get completed that work can remain unfinished. Procrastination at your work can become a big barrier to productivity.
- Prioritize work that you enjoy
Work the word itself may sound boring to many of us. If you finish your work that you enjoy most and then move towards work that you don’t enjoy that much can help to reduce your workload. Once you reduce your workload, surprisingly you will enjoy any kind of work whether it may be simple or crucial. Prioritizing work helps to boost up productivity.
The human body is not a computer that runs on commands. If it is so then everyone will be more productive. Many hacks you will get, but hacks only work with the help of will power. Dedication is key to control your mind with the help of these hacks. Once you get your psychology back, you will surprisingly experience a boost in productivity.
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Your brain can be an enemy or an ally in achieving your goals, but because of the way we talk about our goals we often turn our brain against us.
The average human brain is about 2 percent of our total body weight, yet it consumes 20 percent of the energy we burn daily.
Because our brain is such an energy pig, it guards against threats that could reduce the amount of energy available to it.
At the same time our brain is wired like an animal. It lives in the moment and can only draw from past experiences to predict the future. As Mark Twain said, “If a cat sits on a hot stove, that cat won’t sit on a hot stove again. It won’t sit on a cold stove either.”
This creates a “want/will” paradox when we talk about our goals. Ask a group of friends what their goals are and they’ll likely start off with “I want to…” or “I’d like to…”
We come by the want/will paradox naturally. Think back to when you were a child, were you asked, “What will you be when you grow up?” or “what do you want to be when you grow up?”
When your brain hears “want” as in “I want to lose 10 pounds” or “I want to double my client base” it does a quick calculation and decides that a want’ means we don’t have it and it sounds like we’d need to burn a lot of energy to do that; energy that won’t be available to me so we’ll pass on that idea.
What happens next is you may start with good intentions such as following your exercise program for a few weeks, but your brain will eventually override your willpower, convincing you to “take a rest day” (aka task avoidance), which will cause you to fall short of your goal.
By using more powerful words your brain will respond differently. For example, if you tell your brain you will lose 10 pounds or you will double your client base, your brain does the same calculation and decides a path to achieve those goals.
By willing yourself toward a goal you recruit your brain’s energy into task achievement instead of task avoidance.
On the other hand, the most terrifying word for your brain is “need.” By making a statement like,“I NEED to hire a new assistant” or “I NEED to exercise,” your brain is triggered to response in a severe way, like n “I need to move from the path of that oncoming car.” To your brain “need’ means—I have to give up the energy I want to ensure survival.
Because your brain has no history on an assistant being necessary for your survival it shifts you from task completion to task avoidance by creating a shiny object for you to chase that doesn’t require much energy (e.g. have you ever rearranged your desk instead of working towards completing a task?)
The next time you set a goal be sure to trick your brain by writing your goals as “I will” instead of “I want.”
What are some other ways you try to trick your brain when it comes to productivity?
Have you ever set goals that you were so excited to reach, but when it is actually time to take action, your mind comes up with some reason not to follow through?
Maybe you wanted to wake up early to exercise or you had big dreams of starting a business, but every time you get to the “action” phase of your goal, you self sabotage.
I have been there, too. Please rest assured that there is nothing wrong with you. This is a completely normal occurrence. But I have come up with a simple little hack that will help you train your brain for success and to follow through on all of your goals.
If you’re fed up with having big dreams, but never actually achieving them, then this super easy mindset hack will make a big difference in your life.
Before I dive into the hack, we first need to understand that reason you are not taking consistent action on your goals.
Why Don’t I Take Action On My Goals When I Know It’s Something I Want?
The real reason you keep sabotaging yourself when it comes to taking action on your goals, is that you don’t believe in yourself. You don’t believe that you will actually take action consistently to achieve your goals, so why even bother?
How many times have you told yourself you were going to do something, and then either pushed it off until later or didn’t do it at all? We’ve all been there, so there is no judgment here. But, the problem is that you are actually sending yourself the message that you don’t keep your promises and, therefore, training your brain not to trust you.
The more often this happens, the less you are going to trust yourself to do what you say you are going to do, and you will become even less likely to take action on your goals.
So how do we remedy this? How do we start training our brain for success and trusting ourselves so that we can start taking consistent action toward our goals?
How To Train Your Brain For Success
This mindset hack is so simple that literally anyone can start doing it right away.
To over simplify, if you want to start building trust with yourself and training your brain for success, then you need to start following through on the things you say you are going to do.
Let’s dive into this, shall we?
Start With Small Tasks
As with forming any new habit, I recommend starting small. In fact, the best way to start training your brain, is to practice this as you are completing tasks you already started.
To give an example, I started out by anchoring this to when I was making breakfast for my kids.
As I stepped into the kitchen, I would tell myself, “Right now, I am going to cook oatmeal for my kids”. And because I did what I told myself I was going to do, I began to rebuild the foundation of trust and integrity.
Build Up To Bigger Tasks
Eventually, as you continue to practice with small tasks your brain will start to get the message that you say what you are going to do. This will give you the confidence to move onto bigger actions.
Keep taking baby steps up the ladder. Eventually you’ll move up to something like “I’m going to workout every day this month” and actually follow through.
Whatever your goals may be, this little brain hack will help you to start following through on them. Who knows what you can accomplish if you successfully train your brain for success.
What do you think of this simple brain training hack? Have you tried something like this before? I would love to hear your experience.