Have you ever sat down to learn faster with some new accelerated learning technique and thrown your hands up in the air?
No, not to catch a balloon or give a salute.
But because you were furious and frustrated?
And have you felt that a learning process was so hard that you just wanted to give up?
I hear you!
After all, I’ve put some of the toughest learning challenges in front of myself all the time.
Languages like Biblical Hebrew, German, Chinese, over 100 verses of Sanskrit.
Then there are the musical instruments I’ve learned like trombone, sitar and bass.
Plus I’ve used my ability to learn something at laser-fast speeds to help me run the memory website you’re reading now:
Hands-on mechanical tasks like figuring out how to spread the good news about memory techniques with videos, blogs and podcasts.
And in all cases, it takes grit and mental strength.
It takes tenacity.
Above all, success with learning quickly takes these…
4 Secret Ways To Make It So Easy
You Can Run Circles Around Everyone Else!
If you’re interested, I’d like to share these 4 secrets with you, plus another 4 in this video:
All I ask is that you read everything carefully and give at least ONE of these insights from my experience a serious try.
But let’s be clear:
Trying just one would be good. But …
50% would be great.
Why that would be downright Magnetic!
1. The Most Powerful Question Any Learner Can Ask
One of the reasons some people find the learning process so painful is that they don’t ask a simple question.
It’s a question that, when applied often, can unlock the nuclear power needed to drive you through some of the hardest missions in life.
It’s a question almost no learner asks.
Probably because it’s a bit tough for most people to wrap their heads around.
It sounds kind of selfish, after all.
The question is:
“What’s in it for me?”
But even if it has a selfish angle to it, this question is so important.
Because So Many Learners Are Trying To
Accomplish Outcomes For Everyone But Themselves!
Think about it:
You go to school and learn things to please the machine …
You get a medical degree to appease your family …
You study a language because it’s part of a degree …
Nothing wrong with any of that, unless …
None Of It Has To Do With What
You Authentically Want In Life!
And so it’s little wonder learning feels hard. If you’re the last person who gets a kick-back for all that effort, it’s always going to feel like you’re trying to chew through a brick wall.
Make it easier on yourself by learning something that has a definite payoff for the number one person that matters: You.
Because here’s the plain truth:
You’re a good person.
You want to serve others.
And you can change the world.
But it will never happen if you secretly hate the learning process because it just doesn’t serve your needs first.
Want a fast and easy way live authentically? Practice gratitude:
2. Why Comatose Zombies Can
Outlearn The Flash Any Day
Okay, that sub-headline might be a bit misleading.
What I mean to say is that you need to relax to learn.
Because here’s a fundamental truth:
Information flees from tension. But it’s Magnetically attracted to relaxation.
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And the more you know how to relax your brain, the more information will want to stick around. You’ll be able to slosh it around the mouth of your mind like fine wine and actually enjoy it for a change.
And what you enjoy… ?
Pleasure Is Instantly Easier To Remember!
The trick you need to understand when it comes to relaxing your mind is this:
Your mind is produced by your brain.
Your brain is a physical entity.
And that’s what makes the Memory Palace technique so powerful:
It’s something physical out in the world being used physically inside your material brain.
Don’t know how to make a Memory Palace? No problem…
And to get the most of the training, relax your mind each time before you use your memory.
That said, never try to relax your mind without relaxing your body first.
In fact, it’s very likely that the only way to truly relax your mind is by relaxing the body first.
So the next time you sit down to study, stretch a little first.
One way I like to do that is by mind mapping. My friend Joseph Rodrigues is a great source for learning how to use the technique to get into a state of flow.
Focus on your breathing. Just 5 minutes a day, 4 times a week is scientifically proven to create better memory.
Attention paid to breathing will lower most of your resistances to learning and make everything easier.
You can also use your meditation time to walk through the Memory Palace Networks you create. As memory expert Boris Konrad has explained, active recall is essential for memory formation. What better way to practice it than when you’re already using meditation to stack the chips in your favor?
3. Understand That The Map Is Never The Territory –
But Maps Sure Do Help!
When I created this Infographic and Podcast episode teaching you how to realistically memorize a textbook, I had no idea people would find it so practical and useful.
After all, everybody asks me for “tips and tricks” that will let them memorize entire books.
But the truth is that this feat is rarely necessary. In fact, it’s probably never necessary.
But if you use the techniques I teach in that podcast to get a global overview of the book you need to read, you’ll have a map. This map will set the stage for your experience of the territory.
And that will give you laser-targeted tools for remembering the parts that matter. Proof:
When you can do that, you do better than just learn and remember. You also create knowledge.
And when you create knowledge, the speed at which you can learn grows exponentially. It feels good, creates energy and encouragement and keeps you on the path of continual growth.
Nothing difficult or painful about that.
4. The Magnetic Magnifying Glass Method
Have you ever heard the phrase, “you don’t know what you don’t know”? Tony Buzan mentioned it during our conversation some time ago on the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast.
If you want to make learning faster and easier, make sure to get yourself in orbit with that concept.
Because when you hold a magnifying glass to your own ignorance, you get real clear on what it is you need to learn. Without that clarity, it’s nearly impossible to make progress as a self-directed learner.
In other words, learning truly is hard and slow when you’re stumbling around blind in a cloud of unknowing.
But when you ask questions about what you know and don’t know about a topic, suddenly a lot of that fog is whisked away.
Want a simple exercise you can use for each and every learning project you ever undertake? I promise:
It’s easy, fun and speeds up everything.
Every time you take a class, attend a lecture, read a chapter, watch a video or even use an app, take a quick second to jot down everything you can remember.
Then beneath that, start asking questions about what it is you think was covered … but mysteriously can’t remember. This will help train your selective attention abilities.
Then make two plans:
One plan for how you’re going to continue to remember what you remembered.
Another plan for what you’re going to do to fill in the gaps so that you can remember the information you think flew over your head.
Simple. Elegant. Easy and effective.
Why Most People Prefer A Life Based On Excuses
A lot of people will go through a post like this, nod yes to each and every point and then carry on with their lives of learning desperation.
The reason why this happens, beyond just a bad way of drawing from their episodic memory, is simple:
It’s all contained in point number one.
If you missed it and care about the life of your memory and your mind, go over it again.
And if you feel like you’re resistant to any of the wisdom contained in this post, review the second point I’ve made.
If anything on the planet raises your hackles, a few simple brain exercises that take just a few minutes of your time could be a game changer for you.
And if you’d like a realistic way to remember everything of importance in any book or posts like these you encounter in the world, here are 7 more powerful tips that show you how to improve memory for studying.
For the true Magnetic Knight, point four will be the most precious of all. There’s a little comment section below where you can complete this part of the exercise. I’ll be around to help you fill in any gaps I may have missed.
I look forward to hearing from you, and until next time, keep learning and keep yourself Magnetic! 🙂