6. Exercise and Neurogenesis
“Exercise is Miracle-Gro for the brain.” – Dr. John Ratey
In the best-selling book Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, Dr. John Ratey discusses the correlation between exercise and intellect. He found that aerobic exercise is the optimal vehicle for the production of a magical substance.
This substance is Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which is a nerve growth factor that impacts the development, function, and growth of our brain cells. BDNF is the most powerful and active substance stimulating Neurogenesis. By simply exercising, we can literally grow our brain cells and increase our intellect.
“We become the books we read.” – Matthew Kelly
BDNF is a protein that encourages the growth of new neurons and synapses through axon and dendrite sprouting. Continuing our discussion from exercise and neurogenesis; since running increases BDNF production, which increases neuron growth, we must use our brain in order to keep the wiring strong.
Read at every available opportunity – while exercising and driving (audio-books), to your children, and while waiting in line. Never miss an opportunity to read. Reading allows doors to open in your mind; doors that were always present, but previously closed.
8. Focus and Intensity
“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand
Grant Cardone wrote in his awesome book The 10X Rule that we must take massive action to succeed in life. He commented, “Assume that every project you attempt will take more time, money, energy, effort, and people than you can imagine. Multiply every expectation by 10, and you will probably be safe.”
Cardone’s bottom line is that once you define what you want, but the intensity and hyper-focus into it and define what 10X activity means then you will achieve your goal.
9. Map Your Mind
“A bad system will beat a good person every time.” – W. Edwards Deming
As a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, I understand the significant benefits of simply mapping out a process. I also understand the benefits of using a powerful technique in generating unique and creative ideas for sorting your thoughts.
Mind mapping is an impressive tool that allows you to map connections in your mind, brainstorm new ideas, and uncover new relationships between ideas. Simply start by exploring an idea or concept then create branches and sub-branches around the main idea.
10. Discover Your Purpose
“Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.” – Pema Chodron
In order for us to use each of these powerful hacks to become unstoppable, we must first have a solid foundation. We must discover what drives us, we must discover what our purpose is. In my life, my beautiful wife and daughter provide my purpose, they provide meaning in a world of chaos.
When my daughter was born, she motivated me to create my own life, to become fearless, to be crazy and different, to put a dent in the universe, to visualize success, to keep my mind and body in peak condition, to adopt a hyper-focus mindset and even to map out my life. But the greatest thing my daughter provided me was the ability to love my wife more than I ever have. This provided me a lifetime of motivation and fuel to become unstoppable.
Everyone wants to be a winner. Everyone wants to be great, but how many are really willing to work for it? Wanting to be great, successful, and unstoppable will help you win at life, but for that, you need to work hard. These tips can help you a great deal in achieving this goal for yourself.