In this post i’m going to talk about how to trick your brain to like hard things and mind hacks for success.There are many days during your life where you do not feel like doing anything. It’s more appealing to chill in front of the television eating your favourite snacks and watching movies.
It’s normal to feel this way now and again and even some of the most successful people in the world such as Bill Gates and Steve Jobs will go through this. The way to get through this is by tricking your brain into doing things when you have no motivation and don’t feel like doing it.
If you want to be successful in life with the desire to accomplish big things, you can’t make excuses. You have to be the one in control of your brain and not let your brain control you. If your the kind of person that regularly feels like this then this article on how to trick your brain to like hard things will drastically change your life.
What To Do and What Not To Do When Your Brain Won’t Listen
The big difference between a successful person and an average person is that the successful person has the ability to get things done even on days they do not feel like it. They are fully in control of their brain and emotions but your average person allows these their emotions to control them.
The problem is, when you try and control your mind and force commands upon it, it simply will not respond. Your brain is very stubborn and trying to force it to do things it doesn’t want to do will make it even more stubborn. So how do you get your brain to listen and get it to do what you want it to do?
The answer is to use influence which is a way more effective method instead of trying to force your brain into doing things. A great example of this is with food. If somebody told you to eat a certain food you do not like or do not like the look of, you wouldn’t eat it. If instead that same food was described in a certain way such as how mouth watering and delicious it was, your brain would react in a very different way.
How Does Your Brain Looks Out For You
A small section of your brain called the amygdala helps you to survive. So if for example you were in a dangerous situation, the signal in your brain would tell you to run away as fast as possible. For life-threatening situations this works great. But when it comes to life in general and your own personal development, it holds you back and doesn’t work very well.
Here’s how it works:
Procrastinate means delaying or postponing a task. This is a great function because it can help you relieve stress and temporarily making you feel better. The problem is if you keep delaying tasks then you will never get anything done.
Fear is probably the biggest reason by people not achieving their dreams. Most people won’t even get going with anything because of the fear of failure and stepping out of the comfort zone. Your brain uses fear to protect your from getting hurt, but at the same time it will hold you back when it comes to your own personal development.
#3 Survival Mode
You get put into survival mode when your amygdala is activated. This is known as a fight-or-flight state which a lot of people reading this will of heard of. This is where your mind and body get put into a state of survival. It’s not just life-threatening situations which can put you into this state, it can also be activated by stress.
Although it is your brains way of trying to protect you, the problem is when you are in this state, you are not in thinking mode. Crucial skills such as decision making and critical thinking are operated by a part of the brain called the pre-frontal cortex. When survival mode kicks in and you are in a fight-or-flight state, this part of the brain is temporarily shut down.
How To Trick Your Brain Into Doing What You Want
#1 Start your day right (Making your bed)
Making your bed every morning may seem like such a small task and you may feel like it’s not very important but it is more crucial than you think. Making you bed as soon as you get up on a morning creates a chain reaction of productivity which will enable you to complete many tasks during the day.
Although the task may be very small, it is still a task that you have completed that builds momentum and tricks your mind into doing more because you feel a sense of achievement. It’s what’s called a keystone habit and can be used for many things such as drinking a large glass of water every morning, meditation, yoga and many other things.
A positive morning routine is essential fora successful life.
If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. – Naval Admiral William McRaven
#2 Being indecisive is making a decision
You may not realise this but if you are indecisive or struggling to make a decision then you are actually unconsciously saying no. Doing this can cause you to miss out on a lot of opportunities and is generally caused by fear. As I talked about previously, the fear comes from being afraid to step out of your comfort zone or being afraid of failure.
People see failure as a consequence but what they do not realize is that not making a decision at all will also result in consequences. The consequence could be missing out on an opportunity that could change your life forever. if you look at it in this manner then you haven’t got anything to lose by just giving it a go.
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take – Wayne Gretzky
#3 Taking no action has costs
It’s sometimes hard when you have tasks an you do not feel like doing them, but instead of focusing on what needs to be done, ask yourself “What is the cost if I do not do complete these tasks?”. Focusing on what you may be losing out on can be more motivating than the things you have to gain.
Thinking in this way will influence your brain and trick it into completing the task.
#4 Life is very short
Without this sounding morbid, we are all going to die anyway so there’s nothing to be afraid of and you may as well take risks. People are afraid to lose but the way you have to see it is, we came into this world with nothing and we will leave with nothing. We have nothing to actually lose in the first place.
We only have a limited amount of time on this planet. Everything that we feel such as happiness or success is based upon the things we did do in life and not on the things we didn’t do. Life is about taking action, being decisive and making good things happen.
Being consciously aware and changing your mindset to think like this will allow you to get more things done even if you do not feel like it. Mindset is the key to making it all happen. The reason most people develop a poor mindset is because they listen to on-successful people and the media.
To learn more about mindset, you can download a free copy of my eBook called Master Your Mind. Click here to get your free copy.
#5 Get things done instead of procrastinating
This was mentioned towards the start of this article which means delaying or postponing a task. Procrastination can have a big impact which can lead to reduced productivity. You can eliminate procrastination in a few simple steps.
Step 1: Recognize That You’re Procrastinating
Step 2: Work Out WHY You’re Procrastinating
Step 3: Adopt Anti-Procrastination Strategies
This is a big subject with a lot of information so I will go into more-depth with this in a separate article.
#6 Become a happier person
This is easier said than done but when learning how to trick your brain to like hard things, feeling happy will make the process of doing hard things a lot easier. Here’s a quick list of some of the things that can make you a happier person:
- Get a great nights sleep every night.
- Think of yourself less.
- Treat yourself.
- Plan fun, and spend money on experiences.
- Show appreciation and gratitude.
- Change your perspective.
#7 Focus positive things instead of negativity
The problem most people have is they can experience a ton of good things, but just one tiny negative thing can ruin your whole day. The human brain likes to focus on negativity. Here’s a short list of things you can do to become a more positive person:
- Practice gratitude.
- Positive posture.
- Do something kind.
- Go Outdoors.
- Regular Exercise
As you will see, a lot of the things from this list look familiar to the ones you will of saw in the last section on how to be happier. Taking action and practicing these things on a daily basis can have a big impact on your life. To lean more about this, check out an article I wrote called How To Become A More Positive Person | 14 Hacks. Click here to view the article.
#8 Saving money
Most people really struggle when it comes to saving money. When they receive the monthly paycheck from there job, a big percentage is blown on pointless stuff. The way to resolve this is to trick your brain into better money habits. Here’s how you can save money:
- Record your expenses.
- Budget for savings.
- Find ways you can cut spending.
- Set savings goals.
- Make priorities.
When you have a plan and clear goals, the whole process will be a lot easier and keep you on track than just thinking to yourself “I need to save more money”.
How to Help Your Brain
All of the tips on how to trick you brain to like hard things have now been covered, but here are some extra things you can do to help your brain and improve your life.
Meditation can drastically help to improve your brain and it has a ton of scientific evidence to back this up. Research shows two very important factors in people who meditate on a regular basis.
- The amygdala (which helps you survive) shrinks.
- The prefrontal cortex
- (responsible for decision making and critical thinking) thickens.
To find out more information on meditation, here are some of the best resources:
- Meditation Mastery Secrets: Click here for more info
- FREE 60 Minutes Deep Relaxation Audio: Click here for more info
- FREE Meditation Miracle eBook: Click here for more info
#2 Develop good habits
Each and every day, around 40% of the things we do are driven by habits. This means that less brain energy is used and repeatable tasks can be put onto autopilot so we can do them without thinking. The problem is, most people operate their daily lives on bad habits that they have developed over time.
The best way to develop good habits is to replace the bad habit with something else. There are a number of really good techniques you can use to achieve this. You can take a look at these techniques in an article I wrote called How to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones. Click here to view the full article.
#3 Take massive imperfect action
You learn all of the amazing things in the world and be a smart person, but taking big action is the only way you will ever achieve amazing results in your life. The main reason for people not taking action is because they simply don’t feel like it. It’s easy to think of a list of excuses and reasons to not complete things every day.
But taking action is the only way to achieve everything you desire. The mistake most people make is thinking everything has to be perfect. But taking imperfect action is way better than taking no action at all.
Imperfect action is better than perfect inaction
– Harry Truman
Hope you enjoyed this post on how to trick your brain to like hard things. If you have successfully used any of the tips or even have your own that have not been covered in this post, let me know your stories in the comments section below.