Do you think you have an "average," or perhaps an "above average" mental capacity? Actually, you have far more brainpower than you can begin to imagine. You have close to, or perhaps even beyond, GENIUS potential.
You say you don't believe me?
The past ten years could well be called "the decade of the brain." Neuroscience now has the means of observing a healthy living brain in action.
Physicists have discovered parallels between the human brain and Einstein's quantum universe.
Biological scientists are demystifying the brain's chemical and electrical mysteries. But still, trying to define our brain's ultimate capacity is like trying to place your finger on a globule of mercury.
The human mind is infinitely complex and subtle. And your mind is no exception.
Capacity of your Brain
But this figure is even more astounding when you consider that each neuron can interact with at least as many as 100,000 other neurons.
If we were to tabulate the potential capacity of your brain cells to make interconnections, the resulting number would be at least 10.5 million kilometers long.
No known person has even approached using their full mental capacity. The human brain is virtually limitless.
It was once estimated we use about 10% of our mental potential. Today neuroscience has dropped that estimate to less than 1%. And even that figure seems overly optimistic.
Your Two Brains
Your cerebral cortex is actually split into two separate sides connected by a fantastically dense and complex highway of nerve fibers called the "corpus collusum."
In most people, the left side of the cerebral cortex deals with logical matters—words, numbers, reasoning, and analysis. It spends a lot of time in the "beta" brain-wave range.
The right side of your cerebral cortex, on the other hand, deals with imagination, images, color, day-dreaming, visualization and pattern recognition. It tends to focus quite a bit in the "alpha" brainwave range so highly developed in mediators.
Right-Brained OR Left-Brained?
If that is true, then we must assume that the scientific genius Albert Einstein was left-brained—and the great creative master of photography Ansel Adams would then have been right-brained.
But is this necessarily true?
An examination of the notebooks of Albert Einstein and Ansel Adams pokes huge holes in this common theory. In fact, Einstein credited his greatest scientific insights not to left-brain logic but rather to his right-brain highly creative daydreaming.
And Ansel Adams credited his greatest art photographs not to his right-brain artistic "eye" but rather to his left-brain detailed analytical note-taking.
Actually, our most powerful and expansive mental activities are those using BOTH of our cortices.
When you describe yourself as primarily creative or intuitive (right-brained), or analytical and logical (left-brained) you are just describing the side of the cortex you've most successfully developed.
The other side of your cortex can, with the right nurturing, also flourish and develop.
This has the potential to DOUBLE your mindpower!
Great athletes do it. So do top executives, famous artists and people from all walks of life who seek to excel in their lives.
On first reading, the following solution may seem too simple to be effective. Just give it a try, and youll be amazed at the expanded depth of your mental capacity.
The solution . . If you're analytical, encourage yourself to daydream. And if you're creative—encourage yourself to begin to logically analyze your creative efforts.
Notice as many details of your life, or a problem, as possible. Activate your mind and ask yourself "what if." And this is the key—FOCUS. Truly pay attention to your mental wanderings.
Focus and pay attention!
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