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Increasing Thinking Capacity

Deeksha   |  11-Jan-2019

By Deeksha

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Once George Bernard, an Irish playwright and critic said, “Few people think more than two or three times a year; I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week.” From memorising math formulas and the periodic table of the elements to preparing for board and competitive exams, there are multiple situations in which cognitive function and focus are required. It allows you to get work done in a short span of time and come up with solutions that may not be possibleotherwise. However, there are different ways to improve your brain power, if you are willing to do the right things constantly fora longer period of time. Here are a few ways to improve your thinking capacity:

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1. Use your Mental Strength Wisely

Using brain power about things that you cannot command drains all your mental energy quickly. Once you think about the negative problems that you cannot solve, you will have less energy for creative endeavours. For example, constantly worrying about exams may not be helpful. Instead, you can prepare for it. Focus on what is only within your control and save all your mental energy for productive tasks, such as setting goals or solving problems. Sometimes, when your thoughts are not productive, put a conscious effort to shift your mental energy towards more helpful topics. The more you practice and amplify your mental energy wisely, the more it becomes a habit.

2. Replace Negative Thoughts

Most of us are unaware of our own thoughts and hence spend no time pondering over the multiple ideas that cross our mind. However, it is crucial to be aware of one’s thinking habits as it helps build resilience. Negative thoughts, such as, "I am not prepared for the exam," hold you back from achieving your dreams. Identify all the negative thoughts and replace them with thoughts that are more productive. However, productive thoughts may not always be extremely positive but should be realistic. More balanced thoughts like, "I have some weaknesses like many, but I also have plenty of strengths", will be helpful. If you must change your thoughts, you should monitor constantly and be instrumental in becoming the best of yourself.

3. Evaluate Your Beliefs

All of you would have developed core beliefs about yourselves, your lives and the world in general. Beliefs develop over a period and depend on your experiences. Whether you are aware of your beliefs or not, they influence your behaviour, thoughts and emotions. Most of the times, core beliefs are unproductive and inaccurate. For example, if you believe that you will never crack the exam, you may be less likely to start the application. Evaluate and identify your core beliefs. Look for different fixated beliefs and find exceptions to the rule. However, very few things are “always” or “never” true. Brushing core beliefs need hard work and intention but it can change the entire course of your life.

4. Reflect on Your Progress

Today's world may not provide enough time for self-reflection. Therefore, create time to reflect upon your progress towards developing mental strength. Every day, after college, ask yourself what you have learned about your emotions, behaviour and thoughts. Gauge what you must wish to accomplish or improve upon. However, developing mental strength is a work in progress. At times, it could be difficult and there is always room for improvement. Reflecting your progress can reinforce your ability to reach your definition of success while living according to your values.

To develop mental strength, it is vital you keep your thoughts and avoid habits that will cause negativity and unhealthy behaviours. Thinking power includes one's ability to concentrate, focus, reason and remember. If you follow the above-mentioned steps regularly, you are bound to enhance the thinking capacity of the brain.


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