How Can You Enhance Your Mental Capabilities In 2014?

Have you defined the actions you will take during 2014 to enhance your mental capabilities?

\nIn this and future newsletters, I will provide insights and tips on how you can improve in several elements of your life. If you haven’t done so, read my previous three newsletters, in which I provided insights to strengthen your family relationships, accelerate your career progress, and improve your physical health this year.\n\nThis month, I will continue with your mental capabilities. Here are a few suggestions for you to consider in 2014:\n

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  1. Assign a high priority to making your brain healthier. Beyond what little bit I learned about brain anatomy way back in high school, I hadn’t really allocated much time and effort to educating myself on what makes a brain healthier, until my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Some of us may have a higher genetic disposition for getting this terrible disease. As with most things in life, we have two choices: Let genetics dictate our future, or do something to overcome a potentially negative genetic setup. So I found and read The Anti-Alzheimer’s Prescription book, by Vincent Fortanasce, MD. My key take-away was that, independent of genetics, we can proactively work to enhance our brain’s health. In his book, he outlines a four-step plan:\n
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    1. Diet: I have applied most of his suggestions into my diet, which was part of the previous newsletter.
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    3. Daily aerobics and an-aerobics for the body and mind: I have been more consistent with the former.
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    5. Increase your brain reserve with daily mental exercises (neurobics): This is one of my goals for 2014.
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    7. Reduce your stress levels and improve your sleep quality: I’m constantly working on the former (exercising helps) and continue to pay attention to the quality of my sleep.
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  1. Define your learning priorities for 2014. I suggest you go back to your overall life priorities and goals for 2014. Is there a new professional skill that you need to learn? Should you assign more time to keeping up with your industry trends? Is there a specific non-work role where you have identified the need to improve? Is there a new language you’ve been longing to learn but haven’t started yet?
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  1. Commit to a plan. What is the one thing you will do differently during 2014 to enhance your mental capabilities? Here are some potential actions:
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    • Set a target number of books to read in 2014 (say, 1 per month).
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    • Consider using your travel time (driving, walking, on a bus/train) to listen to an audiobook, motivational thoughts, or soothing music. I try to always have an audiobook available in my car. My latest one is an Italian for travelers CD: “Defiendete en Italiano.” I’m having a great time learning the language!
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    • Block an hour a day for reading, which could come from watching less TV.
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    • Pick one of the four areas outlined in the first section and work on it for the next month.
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\nIn the next newsletter, I will share suggestions to grow your spirituality in 2014. Stay tuned!\n\nI want to close this newsletter with a quote from Albert Einstein: “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” As you embark on this journey, count on me to help you succeed.\n\nPercy M. Cannon\nAuthor, Business Consultant and Professional Coach\nwww.cannonbalance.com\n\nPS1: Use this link to ask questions, post comments, and request topics you would like to see in future issues\nPS2: Use this link to subscribe to future newsletter issues or review previous ones.\nPS3: Use this link if you want to buy my book, The Business Apostolate, Insights to Define and Achieve your Mission in Life with a special discount for newsletter readers. Just enter code UN2WS547.

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