From Ed Mylett’s interview with Jim Kwik, we get to discover valuable tools for becoming mentally stronger. Ed Mylett is an inspirational teacher, learning essential life lessons from Jim Kwik. Jim Kwik is the founder of Kwik Learning, a world expert in memory improvement and brain performance.
Changing habits, genius thinking, programming your thoughts, and understanding your internal dialogue are discussed with Ed Mylett. If you’d like to gain insight into Jim’s thinking methods, follow on for Jim Kwik: 5 Proven Mental Hacks to END Your Negative Self Talk! (Image credit: ©2020 Nick Onken)
1. Fall in Love with Your Genius
Jim Kwik discusses how many geniuses exist, and Ed Mylett recognizes that we need to fall in love with our genius. While we may not have the desire to do math or literature, thousands of types of geniuses exist, and we should try to find our genius.
Those geniuses occur as our skills and ‘how’ smart we think we are should become more important than ‘if’ we believe we’re smart. Ed Mylett admits that sometimes ‘genius’ thinking can stem from tragic moments in our lives, increasing our range of thought.
Knowing our capabilities allows us to keep developing those strengths; I believe this can turn those strengths into a virtuous cycle of powerful thinking and on and on…ad infinitum.
2. Learn to Program Your Thoughts
As Jim Kwik mentions, fighting to set limitations for ourselves allows us to ‘own’ the decision to create those limitations. He says our brain is “like a supercomputer”. If we start believing in our limitations, we begin to think those limitations exist as the ceiling on our capabilities.
Jim Kwik believes the most powerful words are “I am…”, and we can use them to decide what is our destiny. You can always address behaviours by changing how you see your identity; this is a form of programming your thoughts.
I had set limitations for myself in the past and often wondered if I were ‘broken’—these harmful limits form misconceptions in our minds.
3. Understand Your Internal Dialogue
Our identity helps us decide the outcome of situations. For example, if you believe “you’re a smoker”, you start encouraging yourself to smoke.
What exists as an external dialogue for us (how we identify with ourselves) starts becoming the way we think about who we are, as Jim Kwik discusses. As we have natural geniuses inside ourselves, often, we are more intelligent than we think.
Our internal dialogue can ruin or create the ideal person we want to be. I learned that making a mistake does not define my identity.
4. Engage in Stimulating the Brain
If you don’t give your brain the stimulus it needs, it will seek distractions from elsewhere, Jim Kwik admits in the interview.
Reading is an excellent type of stimulation for the mind while reading quicker is better for absorbing materials.
While Jim Kwik mentions “leaders are readers”, he encourages people to read to reach a fuller potential. Jim Kwik recognizes that faster readers often have better focus, and it is possible to learn these skills. He says much of accelerated learning is unlearning previous habits, which can be slower reading practices.
5. Learn to Love Yourself
Jim Kwik recognizes that self-love is not selfish and says “falling in love with yourself” helps you appreciate who you are. It is the start of a process of learning to know yourself better and having the courage to be yourself.
Avoiding other people’s expectations helps individuals discover themselves, leading to greater happiness. Jim Kwik believes the biggest fear people have is thinking “they are not enough”. Building an intimate relationship with ourselves helps to create a far deeper self-awareness.
Resilience is more challenging when you aren’t taking care of yourself. I started struggling with my mental health as I stopped caring for myself; sometimes, people must change their perspective and realize that self-care is important too.
As Jim Kwik says, we should dedicate time to self-care daily. While we live in a world dominated by other people’s influences, self-love and understanding ourselves may appear distant. But as we regulate learning about ourselves, we can start fulfilling our potential rather than setting limitations. Create rather than compete.
Distractions and boundaries often surround us, and we must ‘set’ new, healthy boundaries to grow mentally stronger. As we permit ourselves to set those boundaries, we can become a more resilient version of ourselves in our own minds. Have you tried these approaches before?
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