Train your brain to be more successful

20 January 2016
20 January 2016, Comments: 0


Do you want to be more productive at work this year? I listened to Shawn Anchor’s TED talk, The happy secret to better work. He says you can train your brain to be more successful.

Anchor is not a hippy, but lectures at Harvard on psychology.

His research shows that if you train your brain to be more positive you will be 31% more productive than your brain at negative, neutral or stressed. You’ll be 37% better at sales. Doctors are 19 percent faster, more accurate at coming up with the correct diagnosis when positive instead of negative, neutral or stressed.

We train our bodies, why not train our brain? For the next 3 weeks, follow Shawn’s advice to rewire your brain: Each day for the next 21 days:

  1. Write 3 – Write three new things that you are grateful for. Three new things each day. It only takes a few minutes, but after 21 days it will help your brain scan for positive things, not the negative.
  2. Journal positive – Journal about one positive experience you’ve had over the past 24 hours allows your brain to relive it.
  3. Exercise – It teaches your brain that your behavior matters.
  4. Meditate – This allows your brain to get over the “cultural ADHD” that we’ve been creating by trying to do multiple tasks at once and allows our brains to focus on the task at hand.
  5. Random acts of kindness – Random acts of kindness are conscious acts of kindness. Write one positive email praising or thanking somebody in your support network.


If we all train our brains to be more positive, we will be more productive at work. We’ll also be more productive and happy outside of work. We can start a positive revolution throughout the world – and wouldn’t that be a magnificent idea?

Listen to Shawn’s TED talk at: The happy secret to better work.

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