To achieve success in terms of our mind, brain and intelligence, we seek productivity and try to become good decision-makers in our lifetime period. So the question is, what would a gym for the brain look like?
It’s quite reasonable that we need to find analogies to communicate and transfer the important ideas to build connection altogether. This becomes much more important for an entrepreneur to seize opportunities and build motivation in business life. The other question is, why do we include sports in our lives in the first place? To explain this in a neuroscientific way, sport is a required activity also for the brain; a gym for the mind and a gamification method for training. Thing is, – besides health and physical activity – it’s functional. Managing your mental fitness and psychological reserve that you have are very prominent to be successful for the entrepreneurs. To be mentally available and gain the importance of the openness, we need to train our minds to be fit, productive and consequently; it will become more complimentary to be happy and responsive.
Strength training and building endurance are also the types of mental fitness methods. Learning and memories are the foundation of the core identity of the mind and our psychology. Problem solving is a complex yet essential task for an entrepreneur and it is definitely related with cardio. Emotion and perception fits with analogy and balance. Emotions are not our problems, on the contrary it helps build analogy and the ability of empathy that is well needed in starting a venture and building your own business. In perception, we perceive what we see in the world and that becomes our reference. Role of sleep is the third phase in mental fitness, it is well told as a nutrition and a physical sport.
If we had a gym for the mind, we had a sleep, emotion, perception area along with learning and memory areas. We would have strength training, imagination, problem solving and critical thinking areas. If we work on these areas and feed ourselves, our mind will become stronger, when compared to someone who’s in the beginning of his/her entrepreneurial area. The analogy for the endurance training would be around resilience on the uncertainty tolerance and this keeps that motivation alive. Minds have games and there are ways for us to get that exercise, when it comes to mental fitness, being an entrepreneur is like a marathon or a sprint.
Let’s keep it optimistic to reduce stress and anxiety with our behaviors and go to gym for the sake of our minds this time!
What Would a Gym for the Mind Look Like?
We imagine what a gym for the mind would look like and discover some analogies between mental & physical growth. Such as;
- Learning, Memory Emotion, Perception
- Sleep, Problem-solving, Critical Thinking
- Resilience, Uncertainty Tolerance, Motivation
Learning & Memory | Cardio Training
Here we will discover the analogy of cardio training to that of improving learning & memory and talk about core ideas to help you train.
Emotion & Perception | Core & Balance
Here we will discover the analogy of Core & Balance to that of Emotion & Perception and talk about core ideas to help you train.
Sleep | Rest & Recovery
Here we will discover the analogy of Sleep to that of Rest & Recovery and talk about core ideas to help you train.
Problem Solving & Critical Thinking | Strength Training
Here we’ll discover the analogy of strength training to that of improving Problem Solving & Critical Thinking and talk about core ideas to help you train.
Psychological Resilience | Endurance Training
Here we will discover the analogy of endurance training to that of improving Psychological Resilience and talk about core ideas to help you train.
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