People often ask me, I always feel like my brain is rusted and can’t turn, how can I turn my brain and improve my thinking ability?
In general, I would give him the simplest advice: try to read some slightly more complex, mind-boggling articles or books. You don’t need to force how much you can read, and you don’t need to pursue how much you can gain from it, just keep reading.
The purpose of this method is not to gain inspiration during the reading process, but to exercise our brain through this method, and let it gradually get used to this “brain required” mode. As a result, when we encounter some troublesome problems later, the brain can quickly operate.
Once you form a habit of using your brain, thinking is no longer something you need to do deliberately, but it will become a very natural and effortless habit, and you will be able to save more energy and focus. As for the problem to think about, you don’t have to force yourself to struggle with inertia. When the process becomes skilled, simple, and the default mode, you can master it, digest it, and even evolve it.
How does the brain understand the external world? By input.
Everything we do in our daily lives trains it. What you feed it, it will become.
You feed it shoddy, mindless information, and the brain becomes lazy and slack, because it finds that it is enough for every day life; you feed it highly complex, repeatedly chewed information, and the brain works hard Change yourself, adjust yourself, and adjust to the difficulty of the information until you feel comfortable.
When your brain gets used to and adapts to these high-intensity information, and then goes back to the no-brainer information, it will subconsciously reject it, just as it once rejected the difficult and complex information.
Throughout its life, the brain has been doing one thing: turning something that requires effort into an automatic mode that doesn’t require effort. And this feature has almost no upper limit. You give it strong enough and long-lasting challenges and stimuli, and the brain will digest these challenges and stimuli by itself, and through self-improvement and construction, change its own internal structure and adaptability.
Trust the brain, which is always trying to adapt to the “new situation” it encounters.
Curing can of course be broken
Let’s take a physiological look at the mechanisms behind this process.
The brain has 86 billion neurons, the vast majority of which are already developed around the age of 3. Throughout our lives, the brain will not grow new neurons. So why are we able to continually learn new knowledge and remember new things?
The reason is: the brain will continuously absorb the information input from the outside world, and use this information to optimize the internal structure and efficiency of the neural network: for those important and frequently used information, the brain will build a separate “path” for them, making them easier to be used. Activation and retrieval; information that is less important and less used, the brain places it in a more remote location.
This mechanism tends to be perfected between the ages of 25 and 30. Before this stage, the main job of the brain is to “model” the external world. Therefore, when we are young, we feel that we are full of passion, our brains turn very fast, and we have a strong thirst for knowledge and curiosity about everything. It is because the brain urgently needs to obtain more information to build this basic Model.
After this stage, the model of the external world in the brain has basically been established, so its main work becomes “fixing”. So, why do we often feel that after a person reaches the age of 30 or 40, when he becomes more mature, he also becomes more stubborn, and it is no longer easy to listen to others, and it is no longer easy to understand and consider others. position. To a large extent, his inner world model has been more or less solidified.
But does this mean that we can no longer improve ourselves through learning after our 30s? of course not.
The plasticity of the brain is very strong. If you keep exercising and stimulating it, it will gradually improve the existing mental world and make it a little closer to the training goal you want to achieve.
It’s just that the sooner you train it, the sooner it will take shape; the later you act, the slower it will be, and it will take shape a little later.
So, if I had to share one simple and effective behavioral habit, I think it would be this one: Do something difficult every day, and don’t let yourself get comfortable all the time.
This is the essence and meaning of “lifelong learning”: I always assume that the world is complex and ever-changing, and every difficulty and challenge I experience will increase my experience value, become the nutrient for perfecting myself, and make me better Resilience makes the gap between my mental world and the real world even smaller.
How to do the hard things
Of course, doing the hard things doesn’t mean you have to put too much pressure on yourself, moderation is very important. How to grasp this degree? My rule of thumb is: 1. Start with a “minimum effort”; 2. Stop when you’re tired.
For example: You want to learn knowledge in a certain field, but you have no experience and can’t understand many basic contents. What should you do? You can first find a “minimum achievement” for yourself, which is to find something that makes you clearly feel that you are a small step closer to the field. It can be mastering a term, it can be understanding an entry-level concept, or It can be trying to answer the simplest academic problem…
Around this smallest achievement, focus on overcoming it, by consulting materials, asking others, and learning the subject until you can explain it clearly in your own words. Don’t rush to the next step with the information you haven’t understood yet. In this way, you will only carry more and more questions, become more and more confused and tired, until you completely lose interest.
During this process, you should maintain an intensity that makes you feel more comfortable and does not need to be deliberately maintained. What you have to do is to keep yourself in action every day and keep the “feel”. You don’t have to pursue a certain completion in a short time, but you must not give up halfway.
And what is the key to persevering? By doing something a little more difficult every day, let yourself gradually adapt to and get used to this way of thinking and lifestyle. Maybe after a period of time, you may suddenly find that many problems that originally seemed difficult to think clearly, It’s not so difficult to think and understand now; I actually did things that I thought I would never be able to solve in my life.
At this moment, you have polished your once rusted self to a shiny finish.