Whilst that might sound like it is something out of a movie like The Little Shop of Horrors, but it is vital that we do this.
Let me ask you a question, “What do you do every day to ensure you stay on top of your game, or ahead of the competition? What do you do to make sure you are innovating and thinking about the future of your business?” One more question, “Are you totally happy with where you are in your life?” Both in business and your personal life.
We already know that the onset of Alzheimer’s can partly be staved off by ensuring we keep our brain active and learning new things. That alone should be reason enough to ensure we stay in the always learning mode. Apart from the medical reasons, let’s look at what this can also mean to your business.
School is never out
The true leader knows that school is never out. We are and should be in perpetual education. A leader is always learning and investing in their bank of knowledge. To say, “We have always done it this way and that means we should keep on doing it,” is a recipe for your business to fail at some point. It may have worked up to now, but we know that our markets are changing much quicker than they have in the past.
How do you feed your mind?
Take time to listen to leaders in their fields or even in your own field. Read books from authors that are going to inspire you or that you can learn from. With this I don’t mean the latest Wilbur Smith book. Although he is a great writer. If you are in the property market, read books by people like Donald Trump or Dave Lindahl or that calibre of person. If you are in the public speaking space, read books or listen to audios by people like JT Foxx. Whatever your market, find out who the leaders are and who you can learn from.
Focus on one topic. Another way to feed your mind is to take the first 30-60 minutes in your day, totally free from distractions, and focus on one topic of your business. One aspect that you want to improve on in your business. Get really deep and analyse how you can improve just that one part of your organisation. Now imagine if you can do that every day.
Soon your business will standing head and shoulders above the competition and you become a leader in your field. By doing this, you are exercising your brain in ways that it is not normally used.
This takes lateral thinking and makes you not only laterally think, but also deep down and combines your creative and analytical thinking. This will lead to you employing this type of thinking in other parts of your life as well and you will start doing it without thinking about doing it.
The best time to feed your brain is the first thing in the morning. This is when you are rested and fresh. Investing this time in yourself around 5am each morning, will allow you to do the greatest and most productive brain feeding as you are not tired from the long day you had as if you did it in the afternoon or evening. You mind can fire on all cylinders. Another reason of course is that there are less distractions. Make sure you switch off your phone and spend the time in quiet.
One more reason if you really need it. If you do it first thing in the morning, then there are no excuses for not doing it later, because life got in the way and if you don’t achieve everything you wanted from the day, then you would still have spent good quality time in feeding your brain.
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