So becoming smarter sounds crazy doesn’t it? But there are simple and pragmatic ways to becoming smarter. Now becoming smarter might not be a goal in itself -but it becomes a goal because it will enhance your life in an enlightening way due to the major benefits it brings along with it, if applied correctly. Now usually, I really don’t follow social norms, but since we´re constantly surrounded by them, you might as well play along. Society loves knowledge, and to play along and use it to your benefit, so should you. Being smart is a step on your way to becoming successful and successful implies getting the career and that stunning beauty you want. So if you like what you’re reading, keep on going and good luck utilizing your brain to achieve your goals for you!

KEEP YOUR BRAIN UP TO DATE IN SIMPLE AND EXCITING WAYS

How? Challenge yourself! All through life, take on challenges from the smallest scale, to the biggest. But don’t ever underestimate the small scales, its usually the smallest details that make a difference.

The primary purpose, of taking on these challenges in everyday life is not improving your skills in that particular area – that is a secondary benefit. No, the main purpose is to increase your brain activity (just like listening to classical music), and thereby keeping your brain fit and ready by sharpening it through small, self-invented challenges, or games if you’d like.

For example whenever you have to do something, anything, give that simple task a twist, so the brain’s everyday work doesn’t become too monotone. If you are chopping wood, try and find the perfect place to land the axe and then go for that same spot every time, or if you have some trash don’t just put it in the bin, try and aim for the bin and make a good throw (and I know we all do that, without having to mention it) . Every time you have to do something, think about how you can make that seemingly uninteresting task a bit more interesting by implementing some kind of rules to its execution – making it more difficult – but at the same time more rewarding for your mental as well as personal capacity.

Similar cliché-advices are: learn a new language, learn to play an instrument, draw or paint, eat breakfast and take a morning-walk. However, there is a slight difference between the two! These other advices require you to do something entirely new, and chances are you will never even consider buying a flute or a canvas for the sake of “brain training”. Whereas, following this advice – implementing small rules to everyday activities – you´ll achieve the same amount of freshness and challenge that your brain demands to maintain and grow itself.

For example, imagine you have to walk through a crowded path, perhaps in the metro during rush hour. Now this time, instead of just walking through the mass of people as you always do, try to consciously walk in a way you think would look cool seen from the outside. We´ve all seen or played Hitman – put yourself in his shoes and make every step towards your goal more dramatic – passing the people and avoiding stumbling into them. The exercise isn’t about being perceived as weird, which is with no doubt possible, but about being creative and adapting the concept to your own situations and everyday activities in life.

USE SOCIAL NORMS AND ACTIONS TO YOUR BENEFIT

It is very important to self-reflect on your behavior and actions. You need to analyze what reactions you get from applying certain stimuli to different individuals and being conscious about it. What reactions do you get from using a compliment as a stimulus on respectively a male and a female? Then keep in mind; your stimuli, gender and reaction – and use this newfound social knowledge to induce the reaction you want from someone in the future. Make up your own catalogue of registered/experienced patterns of actions caused by your behavior and hereby elaborate these skills, to become a master in social contexts – being able to elicit any emotion from any character.

Now we all know winning a game because you cheated might feel great (and yes we have all cheated at some point), but winning the same game without having cheated feels amazing! Having a wonderful relationship because you are being dishonest, and haven’t told your partner about your shaded past, doesn’t feel near as good as being honest and open with them, having told everything. Bottom line: try to be an honest, ethically-correct, good guy whenever you can, and the universe will hopefully repay you in infinite good karma. Now this might sounds like complete bullshit, but remember there is something about the old quote, “what goes around comes around”. And if that doesn’t do the trick, remember, being ethically devoted will make you stand out, because nobody else is being nowadays.

Having understood why self-reflection is such an important part of developing the skills needed to be successful in your endeavors in life, now let us take a quick sneak peak on how. I believe there are two great ways of reflecting on past and future. You either reflect about your “issue” 100 percent or you don’t. So when you’re committed to reflecting upon what ever is on your mind, day-dream! Fly to “never never land” and echo your questions. Now if you’re afraid of heights, monotone activity is perfect! By doing a monotone activity everyday, you’re allowing your sub consciousness to work in the shadows. This method was largely used by Einstein – the year he wrote and published his four groundbreaking papers, including the theory of relativity and the E = MC2 equation, he was working at the patent office in Zürich – only after that did he start work at various educational institutions. Other examples of monotone/not-brain-exhausting activities that we can relate to, and use, are: waiting, taking a run or even being bored.

When you ask people about these things, our pattern appears. Most people typically tell me that the moments that they recall having come to a greater understanding of something are usually: at night time before they can fall asleep, finally taking a break, lying in bed after a long day at work taking a break from the hectic everyday life; before they have to do something again, midway through their run, when the body is just moving by itself.

The pattern being that whenever you take a break, you are actually taking a brain-break and allowing your thoughts to wander – to experience what you have on your mind. Now I’m trying to emphasize on the essentiality of boredom. Embrace the fact that you actually have nothing to do and take advantage of it, sometimes we all need some peace and quiet to get ourselves together. Now before I let you go, remember this is a practice, not some bullshit philosophy. If we know and understand that our minds play a decisive role in constructing our reality, then we can choose to live a far more creative and powerful life, by boosting our minds and thereby our realities.