Move Intelligence Up a Notch Today

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If you believe IQ is fixed, then it could well be so for you, because of the way belief fuels or limits mental plasticity and brainpower. Want more intelligence by the end of today though? Then simply act on one or more of your multiple intelligences, and expect your dendrite brain cells to reconfigure for more intelligence in that domain. How are you smart? You’ll likely agree with researchers – that’s a far more accurate question, than the traditional – How smart are you? It also makes room to develop higher IQ in several areas. How so?

1. Looking for more linguistic intelligence? Want words to come easier, poetry to mean more, speeches to ring truer, or books to yield more wealth? Then play with words, do crosswords, compete in scrabble, debate, or offer to speak to a local club. Search for new ideas on the internet, write a blog, or tell your best idea in 140 letters or less, and that too will boost your linguistic brainpower. What could you do today, to gain even more mastery over language?

2. Interested in more musical intelligence? Want music to move and shake your creative projects? Pop on Gregorian Chant to pop you out of stress. Play Bach or Handel to plan your next creative project. Toss tunes from Shumann, Chopin or Liszt into your romance and watch it grow. Or gain inspiration from Soul, Blues or Calypso. Don Campbell shows how to gain musical intelligence to jack up productivity, or to improve your moods on a bad day?

3. Want more intrapersonal intelligence? Need intuition for better decisions, common sense for keen insights, contentment in your own company, simple ability to laugh more on a busy day? Thanks to neurogenesis, we now know this intelligence too will grow with use. Panic a bit too fast? Feel sidelined a bit too much? Run from risks or new adventures? Grow sad when others celebrate family ties? If so, you’d enjoy a heaping dose of intrapersonal smarts to add contentment and turn those tougher days around. Plan a lunch alone at your favorite digs, practice smiling to improve a mood, ask a question to your day, or plan a risk today that would ratchet up contentment.  Simply put, whenever you do tasks related to introspection or personal intelligence, your brain begins to rewire brainpower for a more clever you.

4. Need more bodily kinesthetic intelligence? Would you like to dance, better? Then step and move beside a person who dances well. Want to move with coordinated grace? Then shuffle and stretch in ways you hope to grow more memory within body muscles themselves. It’s much the same for skills intelligence to smack a tennis ball with greater ease, or put together furniture with finer flare. Do it to grow it. Then watch for wonder as the brain kicks into kinesthetic mode or shifts into movement gears that zap alive with use, regardless of age or limitations that hold too many folks back.

5. Dream of more mathematical or logical intelligence? Why not start a schedule to plan your next week, since sequencing and patterning is at math smart’s core. So’s organization at the heart of math IQ as is seeing the bigger picture. Like other intelligences mathematical genius grows more through math ideas that take you feet first, and then on new flights – with use. Mistakes add growth in math, yet schools use errors as arrows to kill a brain’s best. Even Einstein said that Education’s what remains after one’s forgotten everything learned in school. Have you found ways to use and grow logical mathematical, in spite of limitations learned at school?

6. After more visual or spatial intelligence? Grab a paper along with anything that writes and sketch your funniest memory in the last few weeks? Attend an art class, and learn to paint. Visit galleries, surround yourself with images that teach you more about life, or create an avatar to show your thoughts to an online community. Graph ideas, select visuals to explain life, or take photographs to record the week of people you value to use your spatial intelligence and to develop more through use.

7. Into higher interpersonal intelligence? Interview a person you know to discover what makes that person smart? Ask, “How are you smart?” rather than the more traditional question “How smart are you? Narrow that person’s narrative about personal intelligence into one or two words, and you have already grown intelligence interpersonally. Would you agree that people high in interpersonal intelligence will come away with amazing insights here? Or can you see how the exchange itself offers opportunity to expand one’s interpersonal acumen?

8. Long for more naturalistic intelligence? If you spend excessive time breathing in refreshing scents of spring, surrounded by sounds of brooks running, or captivated by natures’ change for different seasons, you likely possess good amounts of naturalistic intelligence. You’ll gain more though, by using patterns and designs found outside to solve problem faced in any situation. Soil types, animal or tree patterns, or rock formations – all amount to nature’s wisdom.

It may be far too simple to say use it or lose it, when you consider that you possess more than one or two intelligences. For better balance why not take brainpower to new levels.  First, survey your multiple intelligences to see what’s stronger and what acumen you’d like to expand. Then, plan one activity today that involves a strength you most enjoy, and another that dips into a weaker area you hope to strengthen, for a smoother ride in one of the areas listed above. What shifts would an additional intelligence add to top your IQ image? Why not add that intelligence today and expect the best?

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53 thoughts on “Move Intelligence Up a Notch Today

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  25. Ryan

    How tall would yellow be if the world were shaped like a heart?
    if you want to use more of your brain, ask every possible question, be wonderful. i wonder what i would be doing if i was leaving my beach house in bahamas?
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  48. eweber Post author

    What a wonderful depiction of how additional intelligences work Chris and thanks for sharing! It’s also a clear picture of reflection that can move the brain in new directions, creating neuron pathways for change. Not an easy place to go – as your post shows, and one can see here why change is difficult to achieve where people do similar routines day after day.

    Your compelling example inspires change in all of us — since we see clearly that is reconfigures the brain for unexpected adventures – and it does:-)

    Have you converted that exercise into any other situations since?

  49. Chris Manion

    One of the most interesting exercises I was given was to imagine I was in either hemisphere of the brain and had to find my way to the other hemisphere. If I picked the right side, I had to visualize somehow getting to the left side. No instructions were given how to do so. After I sat for a few moments dumbfounded as to how to proceed, my mind started working on the exercise and neuro connections began to form!

  50. eweber Post author

    Oh Wally – what an excellent idea to help activate more passive domains of the brain, and to grow an awareness of the brainpower we operate.

    My daughter learned to shut down parts of her brain when training to serve elderly residents as a “Candy Striper.” It helped her to serve people better – whose faculties had weakened in certain specific areas. Your comment brought that wonderful training back to mind:-)

  51. Wally Bock

    Another wonderful and helpful post, Ellen. Let me add a couple of suggestions from my experience.

    Try a normal experience with one of your senses shut down. Try eating or listening to music in the dark, or taking a walk with a good pair of earplugs stuffing your ears.

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