Build Your Intellectual Capacity
Intellectual capacity is about how you improve your ability to think, learn, plan, and execute with discipline. It is closely correlated with the area of your brain called the frontal lobe, which acts as the control panel for many of your executive functions. Think of intellectual capacity as your personal processor/operating system that can be continuously upgraded to perform the same tasks smarter, faster, or more efficiently than before. The greater your intellectual capacity, the greater your level of achievement with the same or less expenditure of energy.
- Get up fifteen minutes earlier. Do not look at email, news, or television for the first thirty minutes of your day. Read, write, think, or exercise during that time instead.
- Put down a deposit for something you have been wanting to do. This could be a payment for an event, an airline ticket, or an educational course. What’s most important is that it puts a stake in the ground.
- Pick the three most important things to accomplish today and do them before noon.
- Start keeping a journal. If you have never kept a journal before and want structure, check out the Five Minute Journal, the best starter journal I have found.
- Set ten- , five- , three- , and one- year goals across the following dimensions: personal, professional, community, and family. Remember to make all your goals SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. (Note: Be very clear about whether you’ve reached your goal. For example, “running long distance” is not a SMART goal; “completing a half- marathon by January 2020” is.)
- If you have children, set annual family goals together so they learn how to set goals and hold themselves accountable. My children’s goals have ranged from “Complete the high ropes course at camp” to “Stop sucking thumb.” We use pictures of our goals to create vision boards that we hang in our bedrooms to remind us throughout the year of what we want to accomplish. Check out an example here.
Quotes from Elevate
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”-Henry Ford
“You can't get a fresh perspective on something you never step away from.”
“The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it’s the same problem you had last year.”-John Foster Dulles
“It has long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” -Elinor Smith
“If you don’t know where you’re going, you might not get there.” -Yogi Berra
“Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” -Jim Rohn
What are your limits? Care to break them?
In Elevate, entrepreneur and author Robert Glazer reveals four life-changing principles – or capacities – that will allow you to overcome self-limiting beliefs, establish positive habits, and find your “why.” The key is elevating yourself beyond the edge of your current abilities. Challenge yourself, and the result will inspire others to rise along with you. Take it a step further and join the 100,000 leaders from around the world who read his weekly Friday Forward inspirational e-mail.