9 Cool Mind Hacks That Will Help You Stay Ahead of the Curve

I love reading about the ways to enhance our mind abilities in big and small ways to get better at what we do and these mind hacks that I am about share with you are what I have used successfully in various situations.

It is amazing how we can have more control over our lives by learning the methods that make our powerful mind to work in our favor.

Some of these techniques will make perfect sense to you, but there are others that cannot be understood using rational thinking since it works by altering the subconscious mind’s behavior.

Our mind is so powerful that it can make all our goals achievable, only if know how to tap into the power of subconscious mind.

A few these methods that I am going to share will work on a deeper level than what is discernible and that’s why I want you to try it for yourself before you make any conclusion about it.

Here are the awesome mind hacks that you can use to stay a step ahead in life always: –

1 Chewing Gum for Relaxation

This is a very interesting one folks; you can use a chewing gum to alleviate your nervousness to a great extent.

Okay, back in my college days I was very obsessed by snooker and there was one player who used to dominate in all the clubs I knew. I noticed something about him that whenever he reaches to a crucial point in the game, he will pull out a chewing gum from his pocket and start chewing it before making his next move.

Now I know how it helped him, it was enabling him to stay relaxed!

Studies have shown that it can reduce anxiety and increase memory recall, but I have seen it working well for dealing with nervousness until now.

2 Smile to Be Happy

We smile when we are happy, a natural reaction that is hard to hide when we are feeling a lot of positive emotions right?

Well, what’s astonishing is that we can reverse this process. Yes, you can become happy by smiling.

Our mind is wired to release “happy” chemicals when we smile since it has associated “smiling” with “happiness”.

Next time you feel sad, try to put a long smile on your face and see what happens.

3 Let Others to Be in Control When You Need a Favor

Accept it or not, we all want to be in control whenever we want something from others, but in most cases, people either give away their power or come up as a total jerk by trying to manipulate the other person in such situations.

The secret to making others do what you want is to make them believe that they are in control of the situation. This is very helpful for parents while dealing with their kids.

So what you should do is to formulate your words by giving them options that are constrained by what you want them to do.

For example, if you want a busy friend to go to a movie with you on the weekend you will first ask something like “which movie do you think would be better to watch on the big screen, Suicide Squad or Mechanic? Now, after they have answered, you will next ask “Alright then let’s watch it together this weekend!”

I am not saying that this will always work, but it is better than asking directly. What happens is that the other person will have to go against his own opinion in order to deny your request, which is often a very difficult task for us humans.

4 Kill Procrastination with Rewards

As kids, our authority figures used to make us do the boring tasks by luring us using great rewards.

It could be cookies for doing the homework or permission to play video games for cleaning the room; we were programmed to beat procrastination by the desire to get something we love in return.

We all may have grown up enough that no one can fool us like that anymore, but our subconscious is still and always be a kid.

If you will closely observe, when we procrastinate, we are saying to ourselves something like this “today I will watch a movie, and I will finish this task tomorrow at any cost” and guess what? Tomorrow never comes.

This way our thoughts are working against us and though we want to do something useful, we end up wasting our time.

All you have to do is to reverse this thought – “Pleasure before work” to “Work before pleasure” using what our authority figures used to do.

Make something you love as a reward for doing the task and be very strict about not allowing yourself to get it before you finish the work.

Right now, I will be watching a movie after completing this post!

This way brain associates something pleasurable at the end point of your immediate work and it will start working in your favor.

5 Learn by Teaching

Some of you might have already realized this; we get better at anything by teaching it to others once we have learned it. This one is especially for students and learners.

I had a scholar friend who used to love teaching others before exams and that made him an expert at whatever subject he choose.

Teaching is a task that our mind finds a lot more interesting than learning, but it has to be good at learning in order to teach.

See, if you will learn something for some future purpose of yours, your mind won’t be that much interested in it. But if you will do it for helping others you will find yourself more focused.

The reason behind this is an ego need, we love to be seen as a “good helpful person” and we can use this need consciously as an advantage.

6 Fake It Till You Make It

I know many people don’t like to hear such words, they believe we should be “who we are” and not pretend to be someone else, I agree with that, we should be “who we are”.

But, who are we?

There is no proper way to define one’s identity; I have shown this to many people practically who are actually willing to know their truth that there is no truth “we are who we believe we are” and nothing else.

That being said, call it a new age mantra or psychological trick, we can alter everything about ourselves by acting as our “ideal self”, that’s a tough process when we aim too high but small changes can be made right away.

So, if you want to be more confident “act as a confident person” or if you want to be more attractive “believe and act as if you are attractive”.. This really works, gradually your behavior will change according to your new beliefs and you will soon realize that you have become what you wanted to be.

7 Increase Your Memory Recall by Writing on Paper

With the technological advancement, most of us have forgotten that there used to be something called the paper, but our subconscious mind has not.

Studies have shown that those who write things down on a paper in order to remember it do have a very high chance of recalling it afterward in comparison to people who use the other ways.

8 Foot in the Door Method

This is another psychological hack that you can use to get things done from others, I absolutely love how it works, but please use it only when you have any serious need rather than for exploiting others.

What this method is all about is that you can make others to like you and do you a big favor if you can make them fulfill your small requests first.

Our brain wiring makes us to like people for whom we have done any kind of favor because we justify our own actions by convincing ourselves that the person is good and deserves that favor.

On contrary to what people believe “if I do them a favor they will return it”, they will instead be doing more work for the same people over and over again.

Sharing and helping is the key to joy. I am not asking you to be unkind, but I also want you to be aware of this fact.

9 Short Afternoon Naps

Here’s the final one, and I love it. I got to know about this when I was reading a book for reviewing purpose named “the instant switch“.

I have been using it ever since, although many times I don’t get time or feel sleepy, however, I know it works!

Just try to take a short 10-20 minute nap in the afternoons before 4 pm and you will gain the energy to stay active for the rest of your day.

This is a perfect solution for people who get tired after the half day mark, make it a habit and your body will automatically feel sleepy at that time, it will also wake you up after 10-15 minutes once you get used to it.

It is far more effective than a cup of coffee, but you need a bit patience to make yourself accustomed to such naps.

 

I hope you enjoyed the article. I would repeat what I said in the point number 6 again, our inner beliefs make us who we are and I use energy block clearing methods for altering my limiting subconscious beliefs which I believe can work for you as well.

Thanks for reading, I would love to hear from you, so please do share your comments below.

You can also mail me with your queries at hari@zerotoinfinitude.com, I will be very happy to help you.

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11 thoughts on “9 Cool Mind Hacks That Will Help You Stay Ahead of the Curve

  1. Tony

    These are great tips. Many of them I have stumbled upon and realized the benefits. Surprisingly I use many of the others you have posted and did not realize why. Thanks for the help 😉

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  2. Dario

    I really love your post. It describes things which are very usual but they can be used for good things.
    Very simple written, and I really enjoyed reading it. A lot of useful information, let’s call them life hacks, to make our life even easier.

    Keep writing good stuff!

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    1. HARI S NAIR Post author

      Life hacks, wow, actually I am learning more about them and every time something better comes up, so I think it would be too soon to rank them higher.

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  3. Julie

    Some of these tips are things I wouldn’t have thought of. I have chewed gum in situations of anxiety, but I didn’t realize why. It is a way to release energy. If you get too into relieving stress with it, people may notice you are smacking your gum. Lol, my mother hated that. The other things you mentioned make you want to at least experiment. It has been proved that taking short naps during the day refreshes you. I can never seem to fall asleep during the day. Unless I am really tired that is.
    Thanks for the article. I enjoyed reading it.

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    1. HARI S NAIR Post author

      Yeah, I have also used chewing gums especially during times when I was nervous without actually knowing why I was doing that. I know it is a bit hard for some people to take a nap during the daytime, you can also try to just relax for 15 minutes and maybe eventually you will start to doze off.

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  4. Paulina

    When I read the “smile to be happy” I immediately smiled and it definitely made me happy 😉
    And all of these tips are so true! I totally agree with faking it until it becomes a reality.
    These are all so easy to do but yet sometimes people find it hard to simply ‘smile’ or think of something positive.
    Do you recommend a daily routine or a habit for staying motivated?
    Paulina

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    1. HARI S NAIR Post author

      A daily routine or habit for staying motivated, yes I do have recommendations for that. Staying motivated is something where we need to get reminded about our abilities when we are not in a good state of mind so the best thing to do would be to find someone who has a good energy for mentoring, being in a company of motivated individuals works like a fuel to our energy. If you could not find a mentor then my way of doing this is to keep a lot of self-help based materials, I repeatedly watch motivational videos or read books that fill my mind with great ideas, that has always worked well for me.

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  5. Kevin Bulmer

    Nicely done, Hari! I especially like the idea of smiling. You could tie that together with “fake it til you make it.” Every now and then, I think to just force myself to start laughing for no reason. It’s AMAZING how your energy changes when you do that!
    Keep up your great work.
    KB

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