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Ascend Life Blog #4: Better Habits And Improving My Memory

1/18/2018


Today I turn 31! Whoohoo! I am very thankful for the 31 years I have had to enjoy God’s creation. I am also so thankful for the loving family and friends in my life and for those of you taking the time to read my posts. Thank you!


Remember the Kwik Brain: Memory podcast from Blog #1? The last two days I have listened to a number of these awesome short talks by Jim Kwik the founder of Kwik Learning. He is regarded as one of the world's leading authorities on mental fitness. The two episodes I have gotten the most out of so far are number 5 and 8.


Episode #5 is primarily about the top 10 foods that Jim recommends to help fuel your brain. Really the best part of this episode is that he teaches a quick strategy to remember what these 10 foods are. They are: avocado, blueberries, broccoli, coconut oil, eggs, green leafy vegetables, salmon, walnuts, and dark chocolate. I just wrote those down by memory. Go listen to that episode if you want to memorize them too… Oh and I guess if you want to hear more about the health qualities for each of these foods and how they help your brain function better. The technique is a bit silly, but honestly I don’t care how silly it is if it will improve my memory.


Episode #8 uses a slightly different technique to teach how to memorize a list of words. In the example I was able to memorize 10 “random” words that just so happened to conveniently lead me to 10 additional words! I am not going to tell you what they are because I want you to go listen to the podcast. Seriously this is great stuff!


The method that Jim is teaching in both cases is to link the words you want to memorize to some kind of mental picture, story, or even parts of your body. I don’t know how this works, but it has worked for me. I still haven’t tried this out with other lists, but I am going to start practicing now. As in all things I totally expect to be bad at it at first. It takes some practice to be able to come up with links that work, but I am really excited to get better at this.


The past 2 posts have been a mini series on practical ways to get started with a healthy activity or habit (if you haven’t read Blog #2 and Blog #3 check them out for the back story). I would like to share some closing thoughts to end this series.


Last weekend I used the worksheet from Blog #3 to help me figure out how to improve two activities I am struggling to start. I was able to come up with some good ideas and I have implemented these with great success. I will attach my worksheets in the “resources” section at the bottom of the page if you would like to use mine as examples.


The hardest exercise for me has been trying to write down a memory. I want to do this because it is a healthy brain exercise and I would like to remember the good times and learn from the bad times in my past. A byproduct is that I will get a lot of memories written down that may be useful for future blog posts. To make this simple I decided to record just one memory, any memory, a day. To integrate this activity was a bit more difficult. A family member gave me the idea to use an audio note on my phone during my commute to work. I have done this two days so far and it is working very well.


The other activity was doing 10 burpees a day. (If you don’t know what a burpee is check out this video.) Doing 10 burpees was already a pretty simple task, so what I changed was setting a fixed time each day to do them. I decided to do them right before breakfast when my son Isaiah has just woken up or will be waking up shortly. This is working out a lot better for me and I am excited to be seeing some results.


Thank you for reading. If you have questions or comments please let me know. If you have ideas for a post or would like help with some specific struggle please email me at dgant@ascenddynamics.com


God Bless,

Dan

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