I listened to a great podcast this week interviewing a guy by the name of Jim Kwik. Jim suffered a brain injury as a kid and has overcome his injury to the point where he now coaches, writes and speaks about how to get the most out of your brain. Brilliant guy with fascinating insights.
I'm all for a good hack and maximising my thinking (beyond my double shot FW in the morning), so this poddy piqued my interest.
One of the KEY takeaways for me was around the notion of turning NOUNS into VERBS. In other words we don't innately HAVE certain qualities, but rather we have to CREATE them.
You don't HAVE a great memory, you DO a great memory - by constantly working to improve it.
You don't HAVE energy, you DO energy - by fuelling your body and moving it in ways that help to create more energy.
You don't HAVE motivation, you DO motivation - by breaking down tasks and creating rituals and routines that help to spur you on and achieve.
You don't HAVE love, you DO love - by showing it to yourself with kindness and then giving it away without expectation.
It's not a MAGICAL PILL that you take and one day wake up with boundless skills, but rather a MAGICAL PROCESS. A series of habits and rituals that you set in place to create outcomes.
Thing is, it's not sexy. It's not by definition a "hack". And truthfully it's not that fast. If it were, we'd all be peak performers. But, it's simple. It's just about showing up and chipping away.
This is what I love about fitness. It's the perfect physical representation of every aspect of life. Consistency is what gets you permanent results. Building habits that set you up for life. About small gains. Constant effort.
There are no magic pills - but that's what makes it accessible to EVERYONE. You just have to be willing to put in the effort.