Warren Buffett’s business partner and billionaire Charlie Munger talks a lot about cognitive biases or tendencies.
These submodalities are the reasons behind making bad decisions. One of the cognitive biases is commonly referred to as “use it or lose it”.
A simple example of this tendency is working out. If a person stops using his arm for a long period of time, those muscles will lose some of their strength and become smaller. The same principle also applies to social skills – people who never practice persuasion or even randomly talking to strangers, become more introverted over time.
Our brains also need to be regularly used in order to stay young and sharp! By doing and learning new things, the brain has to make new brain cells and neurological connections which become stronger over time if we repeat the same activities or continue to learn about the same topic.
The first tip is to use both hands. A lot of people are very used to eating, brushing their teeth, and writing with their “strong hand”. They cannot do the same activities with the other hand. From now on, learn to do everyday tasks with both hands.
Write for twenty minutes every single day in order to keep your nervous system healthy. Remember to use your non-dominant hand to do that!
Another tip is to learn a new language at least every ten years. One of the differences between humans and animals is that we are not hard-wired with a specific language. We have to learn it.
We are very limited by our self-image. The second somebody suggests to us that we should do something different than we are used to, we say to them “that is just not me”. Well, that is the whole point! Different actions will get you different results!
If somebody is not good at math, he probably hates it as well! A simple but unpleasant solution for that person would be to learn math because we like doing things that we are good at and learning math will also keep our brain young.
Self-control is like a muscle. It gets tired but you can strengthen it by practice. “The self-control muscle” gets used every time that you override an impulse which means that you will have to do that as much as possible – when you want to eat a cake – don’t! When you feel too lazy to exercise – do it anyway!
People tend to buy things that they do not need or even want when they have lack of self-control. Marketers and business owners know that self-control is very low at night which is why they run all sorts of TV commercials, clubs offer overpriced drinks, and supermarkets offer late night shopping discounts. People lack delayed gratification anyway but the situation is especially bad when they are tired and should be sleeping. Make sure you do not make any big decisions when you are mentally exhausted!