When something is believed to be impossible, doing it can both stretch the possible and create a pedestal to write ourselves off from. It might even be the case in some groups to completely dismiss the impossible as just that. Even if doing so was required to create the very things that we, as a community, have the privilege to esteem too lightly.
As the cogs of our conscious mind, cognition plays a huge role in helping us create what we want versus what is put in front of us. Without the conscious mind that Einstein considers the servant, according to another, we might not be any better off than a pig or a horse! In cognition we can be the director of our own lives or we can allow ourselves to be directed by something else. If no choice is made, it’s forfeited – adrift at sea – until a choice is made. The sooner you make your own choice, the sooner your choice is yours.
When seeking to learn to do something, such as pole vault an eight foot bar or run up a wall, we could learn by example right? And in learning to do something intellectually, it would require an intellectual demand of us, correct? The ability to do something cognitively, intellectually, can also be conditioned. Have you ever practiced creating more creativity? Something I learned from Tom Bilyeu, after starting the process, is that creativity creates more creativity.
The only way to read this, unless someone printed it out, is on a device. The device you’re reading this on emits a blue light that competes with the sun’s rays. On a biological and neurological level it has an effect on you. If you do nothing, you leave a part of what’s in your control at bay. Since technology’s not going away, ways around this issue are absolutely necessary. Want to read from a credible source? Here you go.
Leaving this to chance without a check on usage of technology leaves addiction, neurochemistry and hormonal balances to what’s essentially a roll of a dice. Get informed and stay on this and you’ll notice the divide if you haven’t already. A blue light filter is a solution to this and can be seen in glasses as well as programs for phones and PCs.
Fun activities and actual sunlight are great for an empowered cognition. Quality time with friends, is great for connection. There are plenty of science backed ways to improve cognition through exercise, rest, nutrition and mindset. There’s work being done in places like Lumosity in service of topics like cognitive ability.
Stuck upstream with no idea where to start? Here are a few places to begin if this is totally new to you.
For any of these topics you can research the health benefits, the effects of certain strategies, practices other people use successfully and experiment for yourself. Like anything else, you can’t do what you decide you’re not willing to do.
Getting started with Jack Kruse. For blue light and far beyond.
Sleep: Tips from the National Sleep Foundation. Remember, 26 minutes or less for naps.
Nutrition: Macronutrients, micronutrients and gut bacteria, oh my! Don’t forget that there are good and bad sugars, carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Protein sources can have different effects based on gender.
No information in this article is intended to diagnose, treat or prevent any illness. Please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet or exercise plan.