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How Neuroplasticity can Increase Your Intelligence | Simple Life Strategy

Brain Power

Jill Bolte Taylor is a neuro scientist. She experienced a stroke when a blood vessel exploded in her left brain. Because she had studied neuroscience (at Harvard no less), she was acutely aware of what was happening to her as she experienced the symptoms of the stroke. Imagine for a moment experiencing a stroke – but knowing specifically what is going on inside your brain as it unfolds? Pretty frightening stuff…

Once hospitalized, Dr Jill could no longer walk, talk, understand language, read or write, however, accessing her right brain she was able to feel immense feelings of satisfaction & wellbeing. She experienced people as ‘concentrated packages of energy’. Although she could not cognitively understand the doctors & visitors as they came in and out she could ‘sense’ what others felt. By closely studying their body language she would notice how some people would ‘bring her energy’ and others would ‘take it away’.

Jill decided that she wanted to recover and so she started by working on movement. She would rock in her bed repeatedly until she could sit up straight. The cells in her left-brain had been permanently destroyed so it was as if she had an infant brain again and had to learn virtually everything from scratch. How to walk. How to talk. How to read & write.

She discovered the key to this was:

To go through each stage, master that level of ability and then the next step would unfold naturally.

She had to focus on the baby steps, little by little. She could not see colour until she was told that colour was a tool that she could use. Over 8 years, Jill’s brain was able to repair its-self so that she was considered normal again. The fact that cells had been permanently destroyed yet she had re-learnt to talk and walk can only mean that her brain was able to fix its-self.

This is the phenomenom that we call neuroplasticity.

The theory of neuroplasticity has shown that our brains have the ability to change themselves, their structures, their neuropathways and even to grow entire new cells.

Why is this important?

Think about it for a minute. Your brain can change. You have the ability to increase your intelligence, learn new skills and become whoever you want to be. Where science used to limit us with notions that once an adult, we were unable to change our intelligence – neuroscience has proven this theory is complete nonsense.

And if Jill Bolte Taylor can re-learn how to talk, walk and speak again from scratch as an adult, just think what you can achieve if you put your mind to it?

Simple Life Strategy: how neuroplasticity can increase your intelligence!

  1. Your brain is malleable like plastic – take advantage of it!
  2. Think you’re no good at something? WRONG. Your brain can literally change its-self based on mental exercises and practice – so quit making excuses and discipline yourself to learn something new!
  3. Next time you beat yourself up about something – remember Jill’s story and know that you have the ability to learn whatever you want to – it just takes discipline
  4. Don’t focus on trying to reach the end result too quickly – focus on the small steps that will get you there bit by bit
  5. Know that your brain is a powerful machine – and it can power you to wherever you want to be – it’s simply a matter of taking the steps

Now that you know your brain is capable of increasing your intelligence at any age – what new skill will you learn?!

You can watch Jill’s inspiring talk on TED below. And I’d highly recommend her book: My stroke of insight.

If you’d like to understand how to maximize the potential of your mind, contact me to find out about my coaching programs.

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28 Comments. Leave new

This technique was used on me when I had my stroke in 1972. Yes, it’s been a while. My stroke wasn’t quite as bad as Jill’s but the only way I can feel comfortable learning is to take those little steps one at a time. I feel that because I do this, I more fully understand what I am doing better than most people. I take the time to fully learn where others are whisking through at lightening speed.

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Wow – that’s amazing Glynis – sounds like you have an inspirational story of your own 😉 While the rest of the world is in a rush – it’s great that you have the foresight to take things slowly and to focus.

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