You can significantly boost your brain power by training your brain to think less. That’s right, thinking less actually helps you come up with better ideas. It’s counter intuitive, but true.
When thinking about a problem you use only 2-4% of your brain power because you only access your conscious mind. When you are able to clear your head, you can access the remaining 96-98% of your brain power–your subconscious mind. That’s why you get your best ideas while exercising, showering, or brushing your teeth. When you stop trying to come up with the solution, it often becomes clear.
The difficult part is clearing your mind. The techniques offered in this newsletter, in my book, and in our programs are all designed to help you to clear your head. They are often referred to as ways to develop mindfulness.
Some of the most influential and successful business people, politicians, and athletes use mindfulness techniques. Here’s an example of how mindfulness helped a young athlete:
A boys 8th grade basketball team was in the playoffs last month. With each game, the pressure mounted. The boys wanted to win. The entire team played well, however the games were close. Either team could win.
In the last minute of the first game, a boy was on the free throw line–throughout the season, his free throw shooting average was probably 60%. He began dribbling as he normally would, but then stopped, closed his eyes, held the ball, and took a deep breath. He then dribbled a few more times and took the shot. The ball swished through the hoop. After that he made all of his free throw attempts. His team won. This shooting helped his team to win the next game and go on to win the championship game.
He learned to stop worrying about missing and instead clear his mind so he could make the shots. When he cleared his mind, he was able to accomplish what he knew was possible.
You have this ability to excel. Taking that deep breath before responding, making a speech, or writing that e-mail message enables you to create room in your mind to find the right words, speak with conviction and inspire others to achieve greatness.