New Year, New You is all the rage in 2019. Information is being thrown at us across all channels - each platform offering their own definition (and solution!) to become a better, improved, polished, “you.” While I agree that these steps to professional growth are necessary, I was somewhat reluctant to jump in head first to the latest and greatest trend to make me a better version of myself. I wanted something different – a concept that could be learned and understood quickly, but with measurable results. I was looking for simple steps to help me live healthier and happier while allowing for milestones that could be met throughout the year.
Taking a look at the preview of Smarter Next Year, I saw eye-opening information that helped me decide to work on my mind first. If 50% of the population start to show a decline in metal ability by the age of 40, I knew I needed to do something and I needed to do it quickly. Learning further that some of the top causes of of this decline are lack of sleep, poor diet, and physical inactivity, I had a solid plan for what I needed to do right away.
By taking an hour for myself this weekend, I dove into Smarter Next Year. Author David Bardsley helped me change the way I think about my brain by showing me how I could improve my ability to understand, store, and retrieve information with a very simple idea. I learned that there are ways to having a younger, sharper mind… and they are built on uncomplicated concepts – almost easily attainable once I put my mind to it.
I was impressed by the information I read in this book and how relatable it was on both a personal and professional level. After seeing the downloadable training preview, I knew this was something that would go further than a conversation with friends or discussion with my book club. Seeing the slides that offered such relatable data in a simple way was helpful for me to make my 2019 goals and to determine what my New Year, New Me would entail.
Kavita Wright, Sourcebooks Employee
Computers work because information is gathered, transmitted and stored via electrical signals.
The human brain works because information is gathered, transmitted and stored via electrical signals.
Computers work because they are directed to do so by special programs referred to as software. Humans create the software for computers. Perhaps in the future computers will be able to create their own software. (artificial intelligence)
The human brain works (thinks, calculates, remembers, deduces etc.) because it possesses the most complex software (human intelligence) known to mankind. Moreover, the human brain can change and create new software (thoughts, ideas, memories etc.) throughout its life. No current computer is capable of doing that.
The hardware of a computer consists of a series of wires, electrical micro circuits, chips, processors, screen etc., all of which are made by man. There is no computer on the face of the earth that is capable of repairing or replacing even the simplest part of its own hardware.
The human brain, on a daily basis, changes its hardware, better known as neural circuits. The basic unit of the human neural circuit is the neuron. Thousands of neurons die on a daily basis and are replaced by new ones. Branches of existing neurons wither while new ones reach out to connect with adjacent neurons. This is our neural network, our hardware, and it changes daily. No computer on the face of the earth can do this.
There are many things we can do to harm the growth of our neural circuitry. The good news is that there are many things we can do to stimulate the growth of our neural circuits, at any stage of life.
This involves making better lifestyle choices. What are they?