I hope, by now, you’re comfortable with the idea your brain can grow. Science has swept the older models of the mind away.
The ones that said you’re either born smart or you’re not.
Or your brain cements into place by the age of 20.
We now know that even in your 80s and beyond, the brain can rewrite itself. Not just in small ways – this is how people can recover from strokes, for example. The brain adapts to work with what it has.
That’s a dramatic example of learning.
“Simpler” examples of learning happen every day. When you try a new sport, read a challenging book or plan a new way to cook dinner, you’re learning.
Sometimes it happens better than others.
Not everyone learns to cook, even after a lot of practice.
And, tragically, not everyone fully recovers from strokes.
I’m not going to pretend to know all the answers here, but I do know some of what influences your ability to learn.
There are obvious things like how rested you are and what your diet’s like.
Then there are subtler factors, like how – on an unconscious level – you think about the topic.
Things like your attitudes towards it, your beliefs about it and yourself, and how you process information.
The brain wants to learn… but not always. There are off-switches in your mind that reject new information and keep you the same.
Want to learn how to switch on your learning?
You can only get so far with conscious thought.
The real success comes when you engage your unconscious, using resources like what’s on the other side of the link: