Brain Tip of the Week: Decide

Once upon a time, I did a Kwik Learning training at our office and played a game to teach them about paying attention. There were about 50 people in the room, and as we got closer to the winners, I brought the top performers onstage. The numbers slowly dwindled – to 25, to 15, to five and then finally to just one.

At Kwik Learning, we’re always looking for role models. Top performers don’t use magic; there’s always a method behind their success. So I asked the winner for hers.

“When you announced that there was going to be a contest, I decided that I was going to win,” she said.

Fascinated, I asked the room how many other people had decided they were going to win. Just 7 people raised their hand – all of whom had been onstage at some point.

That’s why my Brain Tip of the Week is to decide.

In other words? If you want to be a quicker learner, you have to decide you’re going to learn things quickly.

It might sound crazy at first. But when you think about the etymology of the word ‘decide,’ this effect makes more sense. ‘Cid’ means to cut – so ‘decide’ literally means to cut off from all other possibilities.

It’s like the famous Yoda quote: “Do or do not. There is no try.” Only in this case, your options are “do or do.”

What if you really decided you were going to remember someone’s name before you talked to them? If you knew you didn’t have the option to forget, you wouldn’t.

So this week, begin each learning with a decision to learn. Don’t say, “I hope I’ll remember this,” or “I want to learn this well.” Say, “I decide to learn this.”

It’s simple, but effective. You might be surprised at how much more you remember.

Want to boost your brain even more? Get more brainpower and memory tips HERE!

Written by Jim Kwik

Once upon a time, I did a Kwik Learning training at our office and played a game to teach them about paying attention. There were about 50 people in the room, and as we got closer to the winners, I brought the top performers onstage. The numbers slowly dwindled – to 25, to 15, to five and then finally to just one.

At Kwik Learning, we’re always looking for role models. Top performers don’t use magic; there’s always a method behind their success. So I asked the winner for hers.

“When you announced that there was going to be a contest, I decided that I was going to win,” she said.

Fascinated, I asked the room how many other people had decided they were going to win. Just 7 people raised their hand – all of whom had been onstage at some point.

That’s why my Brain Tip of the Week is to decide.

In other words? If you want to be a quicker learner, you have to decide you’re going to learn things quickly.

It might sound crazy at first. But when you think about the etymology of the word ‘decide,’ this effect makes more sense. ‘Cid’ means to cut – so ‘decide’ literally means to cut off from all other possibilities.

It’s like the famous Yoda quote: “Do or do not. There is no try.” Only in this case, your options are “do or do.”

What if you really decided you were going to remember someone’s name before you talked to them? If you knew you didn’t have the option to forget, you wouldn’t.

So this week, begin each learning with a decision to learn. Don’t say, “I hope I’ll remember this,” or “I want to learn this well.” Say, “I decide to learn this.”

It’s simple, but effective. You might be surprised at how much more you remember.

Want to boost your brain even more? Get more brainpower and memory tips HERE!

Written by Jim Kwik

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