Mind Development

16 Surest Ways To Increase Brainpower

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By Charles Segun Adegbite

Of all the powers that every human being needs to develop and protect jealously, brainpower is number one. Out of it comes spiritual power, financial, political, technological and all other powers you may possess or want to boast of.

Nobody can talk to God outside the use of his or her mind. And the mind is in the brain. Likewise nobody can become wealthy or influential in any society whose brainpower is very weak.
It is the possession and development of this power that makes the difference between a shoe cobbler in your neighborhood and a university professor, a computer typist in your office and the Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg of this world.
For us to be relevant in this world till old age, and not be pushed aside as “old cargos” we have to constantly develop our brainpower and renew our mental strength from time to time. Those who trivialize this truth are the ones who quickly develop chronic brain diseases named dementia, Alzheimer’s and others.
How can we increase our brainpower, raise our intelligent quotient (IQ) and operate at optimum level ? The following steps will help achieve them:

1) MEDITATE: By cultivating the habit of meditating daily; having quiet time on life issues, your goals for the day or any other important matter, one can generate ideas and get answers to a lot of questions or solve a lot of problems.

God, according to the Holy Bible (Joshua 8:1) says, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein:for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” God in the holy book recommends reading and meditation as being very necessary for us to achieve good success.

2) DEVELOP GOOD THINKING HABIT: There are a lot of thinking skills one can develop which, (when they become habit), will increase the brainpower a lot . Among these are: Strategic Thinking, Creative Thinking, Possibility Thinking, Realistic Thinking.
By doing this often, it will become habit and enhance the capacity of the brain to think more and function better.

3) EXERCISE DAILY: Physical exercise makes oxygen to be released to all parts of the body as blood flows freely through the veins and arteries, thereby releasing energy to every part of the body, including the brain.
If you look at octogenarians like former Nigeria President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, and Founder/President of Afe Babalola University (ABUAD), Aare Afe Babalola and some of their contemporaries who still work for hours daily and engage in a lot of activities you will discover that they are both physically strong and mentally alert.
Whereas, their contemporaries who after retirement, confine themselves to sedentary lifestyle soon become tired and develop a lot of diseases like: diabetes, eye disease, Alzheimer’s and eventually suffer stroke.
Brain functions improve when you exercise the body everyday, because it helps to keep our brain sharp.

4) LEARN DAILY: As physical exercise makes the body strong, so learning daily makes the brain stronger. In 2007, 84-year-old American billionaire and investor, Charlie Munger told a crowd of aspiring law students some secrets to success in life and said,

“I constantly see people rise in life who are not the smartest, sometimes not even the most diligent, but they are learning machines. They go to bed every night a little wiser than they were when they got up and boy does that help, particularly when you have a long run ahead of you.”

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Second richest man in the world, Warren Buffet was reported to be reading 600-1000pages per day in his early days when he started his investment career and still devotes 80% of his daily activities to reading now.
World richest man, Bill Gates, a lifelong bookworm, reportedly reads 50 books in a year, apart from visiting new places and meeting interesting people to acquire new knowledge. And this habit make them perform better and develop strong and superior intelligence.

In his book, “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth” Dr John Maxwell points out, “If you keep learning and growing everyday over the course of many years, you will be astounded by how far it will take you.”

5) SLEEP BETTER: Sleeping makes the brain relax after a lot of activities. It helps improve memory, reduce stress and make brain function better after a lot of mental or physical exercises. While excess sleep is not good for the body insufficient sleep is not good for the brain.
Alyssa Sparacino, web editor of Shape and Fitness, in her write-up “11 Surprising Health Benefits of Sleep” published on www.heath.com wrote thus, “A 2009 study in the Journal of Pediatrics found that children ages seven and eight who got less than about eight hours of sleep a night were more likely to be hyperactive, inattentive, and impulsive.
“We diagnose and measure sleep by measuring electrical changes in the brain,” Dr. Rapoport says. “So not surprisingly how we sleep affects the brain.”
Obviously it is not how long we sleep that matters, but how deep. The quality of the sleep is better than just lying down on the bed, rolling and counting hours.

6) EAT BRAIN FOODS: Some foods are specifically good for your brain. Foods like oily fish (Sardine, Mackerel, Tuna, e.t.c.) Soya beans, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, cashew nuts and their oil, which is rich in Omega-3 fat and good for brain. Likewise tomatoes, blueberries, eggs, chicken, blackcurrant, red pepper, leafy green vegetable, citrus fruits, brown rice, whole-grains, and other antioxidant foods, protect the brain from free radicals and let it function better. All these foods, according to www.bbcgoodfood.com and a study published by America Journal of Epidemiology, make brain function better.

7) DEVELOP YOUR INTUITION: By developing your ability to get knowledge from within your mind, through the inner voice, you develop strong intuition. It is an essential part of the brainpower, from the mind. Einstein and others have relied heavily on their intuitive hunches.
When the then Nigeria military President Ibrahim Babangida launched his political transition programme in 1986 and the late sage Chief Obafemi Awolowo was asked to comment on it, he said,

“I do pray and I will fervently continue to pray that I may be proved wrong. But something within me tells me loud and clear that we have embarked on a fruitless search. At the end of the day when we imagine the new order is here, we would be terribly disappointed.”

In 1987 Awolowo died. But Babangida continued his transition programme and wasted a lot of billion Naira on it for 7years. On June 12, 1993 Nigerians voted for the presidential candidate of their choice, Chief M.K.O. Abiola. The election was regarded as the most peaceful, free and fair in Nigeria history. But by the time they thought the new order had come, they were terribly disappointed.
Babangida annulled the election and ended the transition programme in total failure, left the whole country in a prolonged crisis that lasted for about six years before the nation later witnessed democracy. This is a demonstration of Awolowo’s power of intuition. What his inner voice told him in 1986 came into reality. A lot of great men and women became great through development of their intuition by listening to that inner voice.
In Christianity, the Holy Bible states in Job 32: 8-18 , “But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding .Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment”. But in Psychology they talk of unconscious mind which connects one with the Super=conscious Mind

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8) Develop your creativity: Creativity gives power to your thinking. Raw computation can be done by computers now, but humans provide the creative thought that shapes our world.
9) Use techniques for clear thinking: Cluttered rooms and offices can contribute to cluttered thinking. Organize a space for mental work. Sigh, stretch, and take a deep breath before you start on a tough mental job. Plan some distraction-free time for brainstorming.
10) Imaginary friends. Talking to and getting advice from characters in your mind can be a great way to access the information in your subconscious mind. Imagine a conversation with a person who has a lot of knowledge in the area you want advice on.

11) Do something you enjoy: This is a way to both lower stress and rev up your brain. The key is to do something active. Watching TV doesn’t count. Whether it is playing Scrabble or cracking jokes, when you are actively engaged in an activity that you enjoy, you worry less about things and you start to think better.

12) Adjust your beliefs: Believe you are smarter, and you’ll become smarter. Believe you will succeed and your brain will be activated to think better. Believe you can achieve the goals you set for yourself and the inner strength will come.

13) Learn new things: This is another way to exercise the brain. This can be done by making use of all those little time that can easily be wasted when you are travelling, waiting for somebody or other time you can easily be idle or engage in unproductive activities.

14) Walk. Exercise has been shown to benefit the brain, and walking is one of the best exercises for many people. It is less stressful but has good impact. The rhythmic nature of it seems to put you in a state that is very conducive to clear thinking. In fact, you can carry a tape recorder with you to take notes, and a twenty minute walk can be a great way to solve problems.

15) BE INQUISITIVE, ASK QUESTIONS: Desire to know everything you did not know, and asking intelligent questions helps a lot in increasing brainpower. Every great inventor and people who have achieved greatness in life started by asking a lot of questions and finding answers to them.

16)Avoid unnecessary arguments. When you defend a position too vigorously, especially when it is just to “win” the argument, you invest your ego into it. In other words, you put your mind in a rut, and you dig it deeper with each argument. Debate can be a valuable thing, but when the ego takes over, the mind closes a little. This is not a recipe for better thinking. Instead of just arguing unnecessarily, listen and get the other person’s views, to enhance your wisdom.