Add life-changing brainpower through replacing mental myths with brain facts that reboot your brain.
1. MYTH:Other people or work bore you and that’s why you’re not getting ahead as you’d like.
Reality: Boredom is more a habit formed in brains, and shaped by your choices, than a reality.
2. MYTH:Disorganized or unpleasant settings have little to do with people’s mental performance.
Reality: Environment counts, and a healthy setting helps people transform problems into solutions.
3. MYTH:When things in life change and improve, then people can feel better about their future.
Reality: Well being comes partially from and is fueled and extended by serotonin chemical hormones.
4. MYTH:Sometimes people or situations make others angry, fearful or frustrated and they react as expected.
Reality: Anger, fear, and frustration are fueled and extended by cortisol chemical hormones.
5. MYTH:It’s best to get things off your chest by venting and speaking out about key problems.
Reality: Venting is bad for the brain and creates new neuron pathways to much more of the same.
6. MYTH:Only once a situation improves at times, can people achieve success in response.
Reality: Dendrite brain cells use the outside world and take shape, or grow based on what you do.
7. MYTH: Music is the last thing that can help in stressful situations or aid concentration,
Reality: Music changes brain wave speeds in ways that impact moods and alter productivity.
8. MYTH: Lectures offer an especially valuable way to learn – especially when the speaker interests.
Reality: Lectures and talks work against listeners’ brains and benefit speakers’ intelligence mostly.
9. MYTH:Following similar routines and keeping traditions is usually a healthy practice.
Reality: Hebbian workers rewire their brains to kill incentives, limit focus or even shrink their brains.
10. MYTH:In order to include others it’s usually good to attend diversity training programs.
Reality: Diversity training commonly works mentally against benefits because of its deficit model.
11. MYTH: When people feel sleepy it’s impossible to concentrate or to get motivated.
Reality: Brain waves can bring either sleep or peak performance, based on how you activate them.
12. MYTH: Some things are impossible for some people to learn or perform well, in reasonable time limits.
Reality: Hook even difficult facts onto one thing you know already and learning or doing new skills increases in less time.
13. MYTH:Following a predictable schedule and holding strong traditions is preferable practice.
Reality: Basal ganglias store facts and create ruts, working memory holds few facts and leads change.
14. MYTH:Intelligence is established in early years and IQ is pretty much fixed before adulthood.
Reality: Multiple intelligences are common to all, used by few, and can be more developed daily.
15. MYTH:Cynicism is just part of people’s nature and can be an intelligent approach to life.
Reality: Cynical mindsets literally block creativity, impact talent, and stomp out innovation.
16. MYTH: When we get older we tend to forget keys more, and forget people’s names more.
Reality: Memory can be outsourced to help people remember, and to free the mind for focus.
17. MYTH:Once a person reaches older age, learning decreases and with it, intelligence fails.
Reality: Plasticity enables people to rewire the human brain in ways that keep it younger and smarter.
18. MYTH:When discouragement hits, not much can change moods until life improves.
Reality: Encouragement can change the chemistry of a brain through raised serotonin.
19. MYTH:It’s fine to respond to people in softer ways to avoid hurting their feelings.
Reality: Meta messages destroy relationships through implications different from what is said.
20. MYTH:Some careers call for hard skills and some call for soft skills, yet hard skills trump soft.
Reality: It often takes an integration of hard and soft skills to solve problems with the brain in mind.
21. MYTH:There’s good and bad stress, and some situations people work better with stress.
Reality: Stress literally shrinks the brain, and tone in communication acts as a silent killer.
22. MYTH:With so many people gathered at times, use of names is simply not expedient.
Reality: Greet people by name, for a spike in the brain area responsible for personal awareness.
23. MYTH: After people master a skill, only then are they ready to teach that skill to others.
Reality: Inspire creativity and invention through teaching others at the same time you also learn.
24. MYTH:There are many problems that leaders need to solve before improvements are seen.
Reality: Create new neuron pathways each time you add a solution to any problem you encounter.
25. MYTH: What’s good for men is good for women and both can master similar approaches.
Reality: Women’s and men’s brain differ biologically and intellectually in ways that few optimize.
What myths limit your brainpower? Could these realities help to improve your situation?
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Created by Ellen Weber, Brain Based Tasks for Growth Mindset