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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

8 Ways to Supercharge Your Intelligence TODAY

8 Ways to Supercharge Your Intelligence TODAY by Dr. Robert Garcia


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We all dream of it. We wonder what it would be like to think faster, to recall information, to be able to effortlessly comprehend difficult concepts and processes. While I cannot promise you a four digit IQ like Eddie Moura from Limitless, I can share with you some of the techniques I have developed as an intelligence specialist and a six degreed author.


                Read these techniques carefully and more than once. Understand the concepts behind them and you will start to adapt them into your everyday life. They aren't just arbitrary concepts that I thought would make an interesting sounding article. They are the culmination of over 14 books I have read on higher intelligence, my everyday practices, and my analysis of geniuses throughout history.


1. Acceptance of Cognitive Ability

                The very first thing you will have to do is accept your higher intelligence. Tell yourself that you are going to be smarter, think faster, and take advantage of the fastest computer in recorded human history- your brain. Your belief systems will subconsciously cause you to behave in a more analytical way. The very act of telling yourself that you are a smart person will cause you to behave like a smart person.


                Wake up in the morning and say out loud, "I am going to have supercharged intelligence today" or "I am going to think like a genius today."


                Promise to adapt higher intelligence habits. Instead of watching TV, go to the library, or study some math that interests you. Read a Popular Science, or study a high IQ person. These are all great ways to start thinking at that next higher level.


2. Create Recognition and Familiarity

            As human beings, we tend to shy away from the unknown and the unfamiliar. This is a natural survival mechanism but does not always work in our favor. Many high school students become terrified of math as soon as they start to venture into material that they cannot grasp. The symbols, variables, and equations start to run together and the mind shuts down. This leads to a failure spiral that keeps many people from reaching their academic goals.


                The secret to overcoming these fears is repetition. Read hard to understand passages over and over, take notes on key points. Practice writing out problems or concepts until your muscle memory takes over. Once you start to recognize these concepts and problems, they are much less scary and not as intimidating. Doing daily reviews of challenging material can help to relax the brain and avoid negative reactions. I strongly recommend reading your information sources until "intellectual deja vu" appears.


3. Evolve From Surface Thinking

                Surface thinking is a concept that I invented a few years ago. If you have ten random people that are exposed to an event, what is the first impression that at least 8 of them have? That's surface thinking. The first reaction to something, the first thought process or statement. A truly intelligent person will learn to probe above just the surface and draw conclusions that are much more detailed and thought out.


                Here is an example. A high school student, a high school teacher, and a college professor with a PhD. all get a copy of Lord of the Flies and read it. The student, being a surface thinker, will describe it as a book with a weird kid on the cover with leaves on his face. It's about a bunch of kids on an island.


                The high school teacher will be able to describe it by chapters and be able to talk about main events and their place in the literary timeline of the book. They will be able to describe the tone and the characters.


                The college professor will understand the value of the book as a literary classic and be able to compare it to other literary classics that contain similar themes. They will be able to describe the significance of each character to the plotline of the story and even why they exist in the story. The professor can point out underlying messages to the reader and even to society as a whole. They will describe the author's intent and message with certain events and will be able to recognize major plot points and evolutions in the story.


                Can you see the difference in the three thought processes? The professor is functioning at the highest level because they have had an education that requires significant research, widening of intellectual thought, and expansion of spatial knowledge. They have long since surpassed surface thinking.


4. Gather High Tier Sources

                In the book Limitless, by Alan Glynne, the main character takes a pill that gives him superhuman intelligence. He quickly becomes an expert in many subjects which leads to his rapid ascension to success. We can emulate his actions and habits for our own purposes. When he wants to learn about the stock market, he gets high end books on options trading. He reads Bloomberg and follows several financial newspapers and magazines. He listens to high yield investors in the field and creates his own sphere of intelligence.


                When he is asked to take part in a multi-billion dollar corporate merger, he reads graduate level textbooks on corporate finance, learns about complex pricing models like the Black-Scholes Model, and studies past financial mergers that were similar in nature.


                Remember, you are only as good as the material you absorb. Your brain will naturally synthesize these materials and create fresh concepts for you. It's up to you to gather high tier sources to supercharge it into action.


5. Learn the Language

                When trying to learn new concepts, one of the fastest ways to quickly comprehend it is to "learn the language." All complicated processes or subjects have acronyms, commonly used terms, buzzwords, and vocabulary that is specific to that field.


                The quickest way to memorize their meanings and usage is by using flash cards and quizzing yourself. Practice using these terms in sentences and understanding their meaning.        Repeat acronyms to yourself until you can recall them effortlessly. Once you understand these terms, your comprehension of the subject matter will increase rapidly.


6. Create a Related Product

                In my book, The Next Level, I used Creation as a method of gaining mastery of a skill. By making a tangible product that is usable to others, you are demonstrating your aptitude and level of comprehension. Studying graphic design? Make an online portfolio. Learning to code? Create a flash animation. Studying electronics? Build a simple calculator or a voice changer.


                By creating a product, you are demonstrating that you understand and can apply the principles you have learned. You are increasing your aptitude and you are showing others that you can perform in this particular field.


7. Find the Pros

                When trying to gain a supercharged intellectual goal. it is always a good idea to seek out mentors. Who are the innovators in that particular field? Who is widely regarded as the best? Who stands out as a respected member of that community? That is the person you should be studying.


                Mentors show us what we can be, how to do things better, and can be great guides in our goals. Plus they are usually willing to share their processes, habits, and learned skills. In many occasions, a mentor can "see" if you are making a mistake and correct you. Learning from the best is a great way to advance mentally.


8. Develop Spatial Knowledge

                Your mind is a virtual universe of understanding and advanced neural networks just begging to be tested. Your spatial knowledge is your mental ability to draw diagrams of processes, to imagine scenarios, and complicated relationships between working parts, variables, or even people.


                Architects use spatial knowledge to imagine the structure of buildings long before the first beams are put together. Surgeons use spatial knowledge to imagine a medical procedure. Pilots use spatial knowledge to plot out flight routes in their head.


                You can use spatial knowledge to aid in your desire to think faster and understand things better. Use dry erase boards to map out processes. Learn how to tie parts together and their relationships. Use multiple sources of information like books or magazines to "paint" the picture mentally of what you are trying to learn. Think of an object such as a Toyota truck and rotate it in your head. Imagine moving it so its facing you, turned away from you and over you. This is spatial knowledge in it's basic form- the ability to imagine an object or process, to manipulate and tweak it, and to forecast the results mentally.


                Practice expanding your spatial knowledge on your desired topic and ask yourself, can I conceptualize this and could I teach it?


                Once the answer is yes, you know that you have now become smarter and are in a higher intellectual state than you started out at. Congratulations.