Did you know that 876,000 times a year, someone is typing the exact phrase, “How to get smarter” into the Google search bar?
In addition, there are more than 1000 other variations of that same search being conducted daily.
So what does that tell us?..
Our education system and current social condition doesn’t put an emphasis on teaching “How To Learn”.
Think about it… In school we are taught how to follow directions and how to memorize facts. Most of what we memorize is only short-term for the purpose of spewing it out on a test, then purging it. Once out of the educational system, many people simply stop learning.
You should never be content with what you currently know. You really NEED to continue progressing, getting smarter throughout your life… You need to learn how to keep learning.
7 Simple Tips To Help You Get Smarter
1. Make Learning a Daily Task
If you recognize that you will never know everything, then you should also realize that it’s easy to learn something new every single day. One of the best ways to do that is to read daily. There are so many great books, that there is really no excuse to not be constantly reading something of value. If you don’t know where to start, pick up a copy of “Psycho-Cybernetics” by Maxwell Maltz. If you’ll just spend 15 minutes per day reading, you’ll see a change in yourself quickly.
One of the major things that keeps people stuck in life, is their own view of themselves… their “self-image”. What you believe about yourself will keep you contained to that belief. Our self-image is constructed over time and is influenced by life experiences and what we’ve been told about ourselves by others.. and it affects everything we do and see. It creates our perception of the world.
The really cool thing is… you can change your self-image. Just because you believe something about yourself to be true, that does not make it a true reality. For example, if you’ve been telling yourself your whole life that you’re not very technical, and you believe that… you will continue to struggle with technical things. Understanding that your lack of technical skills is simply a limiting belief about yourself, you can curb the behavior that continues to reinforce that belief, and no longer struggle with “technical”.
This is proven science, and just one of the many things you can learn from digging into the right knowledge consistently. Imagine how far we would all be if this stuff was taught in school.
2. Focus on Knowledge Retention
In our education system, the focus is really on short-term memory of information, so it’s no wonder that most people have a tendency to skip over the most important piece when it comes to really learning… the “DO” …putting learned knowledge into action.
This can be as simple as discussing what you’ve learned with others, or if it’s practical utility… Use it or you might lose it. Amazing things happen when you put knowledge into action… You develop and evolve.
When you apply action to learned knowledge, you develop real skills… and the continued practice allows you to master any skill-set and teach it more effectively.
3. Take up a Hobby or Start a Blog
Pursuing a hobby or starting a blog is a great way to exercise your mind. You will be constantly learning new things, taking action and improving your skills. These are all parts of “working out” your mind… and the more you work out, the smarter you get.
I personally have learned so much about myself, and others through blogging. Developing yourself, helping others and sharing your journey can be incredibly powerful. When you first get started you’ll feel like you don’t know what you’re doing, but like anything else, you just continue to learn, exercise your mind and get better.
Blogging is a powerfully unique activity that not only can allow you to get smarter, but can also completely transform your life (as well as your lifestyle). After all, if you’re going to start a hobby, why not start one that can actually make you money and completely change your life.
4. Eat Healthy
Stay away from “brain killing” foods like artificial sweeteners and large quantities of grains in your diet. Eat organic meats and produce if possible. Don’t be afraid of foods high in natural fats, as they are good for your brain. Incorporate blueberries, salmon, flax seeds, nuts, broccoli and dark chocolate into your diet; they are all proven to enhance brain function.
We’re not talking about crazy extreme diets here, we’re just talking about paying attention and actually caring about what you put in your body.
The phrase that you should always keep in the forefront of your mind is, “Garbage in… garbage out.” After all, we are what we eat, and eating right can provide you with a serious increase in energy and mental clarity… so eating healthy can actually make you smarter.
5. Build Positive Relationships
You may have heard that your income will become the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with, but do you know why?…
It’s because the people you spend the most time with will have a large influence on your mindset, your attitude, your knowledge, your activities and your life. If you want to become smarter, hang around with smarter people who have what you want, or live the way you want.
If you don’t currently have enough of those kind of people in your social circles, don’t worry… You can join groups, clubs or online business networks of positive and influential people. One such network that I’m both a member of and highly recommend is iPAS/Empower Network, a network of like-minded entrepreneurs that help each other succeed online, develop their best self and create their dream lifestyle.
6. Exercise Daily
Consistent exercise will help protect your brain against dementia later in life. It will also produce endorphins which make you feel better, improve mental acuity and overall attitude. If you spend long hours sitting at your day job, be sure to get up many times throughout the day and move around.
I often hear people complaining about their office jobs and how they have to sit in a chair for 8-10 hours per day…. getting “chair butt” as they call it. The thing is, you can get up, walk around, take breaks, etc… and if you feel like you cannot, you can always make a change, do something different, and create a different life for yourself. It’s your life, and you get to choose how you live it.
7. Quit Smoking
The Archives of Internal Medicine published a study where they followed 21,123 Californian smokers between 1978 and 2008. The study found that those who were heavy smokers doubled their risk of memory loss later in life. If you’re trying to get smarter, smoking is a habit that will not serve you well.
Heavy smoking in midlife is associated with a 157 percent increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and a 172 percent increased risk of developing vascular dementia, according to the Kaiser Permanente study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. (See more on this study here)
Some of these tips may seem trivial, but if you put them into practice, you will notice a difference; even in a short period of time. Heck, you probably just got a little smarter from just reading this post.
If I had to narrow it all down to one single tip that was more important than the rest, it would be #5 “Building Positive Relationships”. The reason is simple… If you associate yourself with the right group of people, all focused on self improvement and enriching the lives of people around them… everything else will begin to fall into place. That’s the power of positive influence!
I cannot emphasize enough how powerful it is to be a part of a community of like-minded people, all going in the same direction toward achieving their better self.. and better lifestyle. If you want to really catapult your self-growth… this is a great place to start.
Do you have a favorite tip from above… or some personal tips of you own to share?… leave a comment below and be sure to share this post with your friends. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. 🙂