If not you need to give yourself a talking to!
As a society we seem to take for granted that there are smart people and the rest of us..
The problem is that this isn’t totally true.
In the great nurture vs nature battle that has raged for over a century through psychology and sociology advocates of either stance don’t seem to allow for middle ground.
On one hand we have the empiric evidence that we all know from school. Every class had a bright kid, who had exhibited extraordinary intelligence since kindergarten.
On the other hand it’s accepted wisdom that we get smarter if we exercise, eat and sleep properly. Obviously some people would argue that we impair our mental faculties with lack of sleep poor nutritional intake etc.
Life is rarely so accommodating or straightforward, so it is with great interest I read the following article: 3 ways to teach yourself to become smarter.
The article has a great section on how the brain can actually become smarter (as opposed to simply making the most of what intelligence we have) and has some well presented thought with sources to back this up.
As a longtime practitioner of Kaisen it is easy to look back and see the improvement in my mental performance. What isn’t so easy is to see how the way we think about and converse with ourselves plays such a part.
It turns out something that my parents told me repeatedly as a child has stood me in good stead.
They always said:
You will always have to work for what you have so it’s better to work hard at improving than to rest on your laurels.
It would seem that children who are told they are naturally bright don’t try as hard or progress as fast as those who are praised for trying hard. Trying hard becomes a habit and the article explains Dweck’s work showing by experiment how profound the effect is.
My tip for bettering your mental capacity: – accept new challenges.
The only sure-fire way to fail to achieve something is never to try in the first place.
Constantly challenging yourself becomes a habit and your habits form a big part of who you are.
Work at being who you could be, don’t rest on who you currently are.