How Your Mind is Like a Muscle

Excerpt from my next book Mind Traps: Escape the Chains That Hold Your Future Hostage

Science used to think that after a person matured and became an adult the mind was basically “stuck” (don’t you love the official term). You had what you had at that point, and there was no amount of effort that could change the brain.

In the book Rewire Your Brain, John B. Arden, Ph.D. says:

“There is a revolution occurring in brain science. Not long ago it was thought that the brain you were born with was the brain you would die with and that the brain cells you had at birth were the maximum number you would ever possess. The brain was thought to be hardwired to function in predetermined ways. It turns out that this is not true. The brain is not hardwired; it’s “soft-wired” by experience.”

Although genetics plays a role in our potential, our desires and attitude are powerful scripts for our future performances. The mind can be molded and cultivated, shaped and trained.

This ground-breaking science further explores neuroplasticity, which are how the neurons in the brain connect to each other as we experience life.

In my opinion, the most important concept that comes from the research is that the mind is like a muscle. Through workouts muscles can become stronger, quicker, and resilient. Muscles need good nutrition and consistent opportunity to be stretched, nurtured, and pushed.

Your mind is similar. Through training, your mind can become stronger and more resilient. Memory can be improved, habits can be reshaped, willpower can be strengthened. Your thoughts can become a powerful and purposeful tool at your disposal. New patterns of thinking can be implemented that support you values, vision, and actions; all of which leads to more sustainable and higher levels of performance.