Your biggest asset and your biggest enemy is your own brain !
Because we are fooling our own mind, we don't even realize it. Which is certainly not the case when we are fooling others. But let me start on a different note - How often do you brush your teeth ? Once a day ? or maybe twice a day if you visited a sponsored dentist. Anyways, compare that with the most important organ of our body - Brain. What do we do to maintain our mental health? Do we even spend 5 mins a day to consciously work towards sharpening our mind ? Our unwillingness to work towards increasing the efficiency of our mind is remarkable. While keeping the body in shape requires you to take a balanced diet with the right mix of proteins, carbs and vitamins along with regular exercise, all we do for our mental health is eat a few almonds once in while under the illusion that somehow we will wake up with a sharper brain.
3 steps to a Better Brain
1. Exercise (The Brain)
Brain requires exercise to stay in top shape, exercise for brain involves learning new things, studying things you always found difficult and overcoming those difficulties. Neither your body nor your mind can remain in shape if you stay without your comfort zone. Fitness (mental or physical) is all about pushing your limits and creating new benchmarks. What amazes me is the immense tolerance that we have for mental limitations. We all push our family members to walk that one extra lap or exercise for 5 extra mins but we accept it without a frown when the smart person says that he is weak in maths or science. We accept such limitations as if they are cast in stone. The underlying cause of any physical or mental limitation is lack of practice and perseverance but while we push our relatives to overcome physical limitations, we hardly push our adult family members to overcome their mental limitations although the underlying cause and the remedy to overcome and absolutely similar in both the cases.
2. Watch your (Brain) diet
Ever wondred why even some teenagers come up with a million dollar ideas while most of us don’t seem to find any ? Ever felt that all the important ideas have already been acted upon and you would have been a genius if you were born 20 years earlier ? If a man smokes often, drinks in large quantity and does other stuff, what is likely to happen to his body ? It would probably be at increased risk of suffering from chronic diseases. Similarly, if all your brain does is watch does stupid reality shows, read celebrity gossip and discuss anything but substance with friends, then all this rot works has a similar effect on your brain to what liqour and tobacco has on your body. Just as your body needs quality diet, your brain needs quality things to ponder over. Brain has a magical power to form new habits, so it is habitual to think about the superficial and non important stuff, then by sheer habit, your brain will not provide you with intelligent ideas, creative nuances, because you have never used the brain to do that stuff. So it is imperative that we habiuate our brain in thinking intelligently be being greatly exposed to quality brain food i.e. good books, publications, podcasts etc.
3. Firewall your thoughts
Just because your brain can think about almost anything doesn’t mean it should ! unrestricted power is always more dangerous than limited but controlled power. Large armies are often defeated by smaller armies who knew how to utilize their limited resources efficently, similarly, although your brain is a powerhouse, it can also turn out to be a double edged sword if we don’t know how to control that unlimited power. We all are trained to resist our temptations to over eat and over sleep, similarly we should train ourselves to think about the right things, and staying away from discourses
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