Trust Your Memory Skills

memory palace trainingDear Memorizers,

I had a meeting recently with one of my Magnetic Memory coaching clients and I realized that one issue many people have with memorization is trust.

This comes in many forms.

First of all, many of us don’t trust the strength of our memory in the first place. This is a shame because trust is hard to build. Or better put, it doesn’t happen all at once. Like a Memory Palace, trust has to be built location by location and station by station.

How do we build trust with our memory? Start small. I am constantly calling us back to Joshua Smith’s recommendation last month that we “lower the hurdle” and start with just one letter in one Palace using one station. Although I still teach Memory Palace Maximalism in order to get the maximal results, I fully endorse this idea. In fact, it is probably the single most effective way to build trust every time.

It can also be used to rebuild trust if you’ve used Memory Palaces before and have only recently come back to them. Start small. It’s good to make friends with the power of your mind before asking it to conquer the world.

Also, Joshua has suggested that we can get started using Memory Palaces by using words we already know to ease our way into the methodology. This makes perfect sense, and I’ve since started using it with my Magnetic Memory clients.

Without a Memory Palace?

Another way to build trust is to memorize without the use of a Memory Palace. Here’s a great exercise you can do:

Next time you leave your keys somewhere (or go out of your way to leave them somewhere you will easily forget them for the sake of this exercise), hear a huge explosion in your mind, or the sound of crashing glass, or whatever comes to you as the best sound that will help you recall the location. I guarantee that you’ll have no problem remembering where you’ve put them. You can use this principle with your wallet, your favorite pair of socks, what have you … No matter what you use, you’ll find yourself building an amazing level of trust with the power of your mind.

Another area where trust comes into play is when it comes to visualization. Many people don’t trust their minds to come up with the perfect images. I can understand this because I used to suffer from Imagination Deficit Disorder myself. I overcame it by looking at a lot of art and taking up drawing. Since then, I’ve been able to visualize with much greater intensity, clarity and memorability (which was the goal).

But I had to trust myself and my mind. I also had to turn off the negative voice in my head that was telling me I couldn’t learn to draw, that I would never be good at it. I don’t know why the human mind says such blatantly negative stuff to some of us, but there is an on-off/volume switch. One way to access that off-switch is to imagine a radio dial in your mind and either switch it off completely (the maximalist approach) or simply turn the volume down (the “lower hurdle” approach). I’ve found that this approach works wonders – and it is in and of itself a visualization/auditory exercise.

Give it a try sometime.

Whether a person has trust issues around building Memory Palaces or creating imagery, a major step you can take is to practice relaxation before engaging in memory work. Until you’ve tried it, you may not realize just how fundamental this step really is to your success. You’ve got a Magnetic Memory series book. All the instructions are there. Work in a relaxed state and you’ll find that you have all the trust you need to excel at building Memory Palaces and populating them with words from your target language or terminology from you professional field.

By the way, if f you’d like to get the Kindle version of the Magnetic Memory newsletter (it’s over 90 pages of supplementary material that will help skyrocket your memory work), you can grab it here:

Until next time, make sure to teach someone what you have learned about memorization. It’s the best way to deepen your own understanding and to help make the world a better – and more memorable – place. The more we remember, the more we can remember, and the more we learn, the more we can learn.

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