June 8, 2020
Medical school is perhaps the most difficult career path of all professions. A bachelor of science is required – four years of undergraduate studies. Medical school is another four years of rigorous study. The residency lasts anywhere from three to seven years depending on specialty. Thus 15 years of education and work experience is required for someone to place those professional “MD” initials after their name. Becoming a professional of thought is no different.
Episode Three of the Cocksure Soul Podcast spoke of author Malcolm Gladwell and his New York Times best-selling book Outliers: The Story of Success. Gladwell’s 10,000-hour rule has been dissected and analyzed by journalists and researchers alike. Despite the claim being disputed, many professionals live by Gladwell’s theories and strive to achieve those hours in the desired field.
The massive open online course (MOOC) movement makes it possible for anyone to learn new skills and trades for free. But becoming a professional of thought requires exercises at both the conscious and subconscious levels. A professional of thought should not be confused with a thought leader. The latter is a person or organization recognized for expertise in their respective fields. A professional of thought is a man with conscious command and the ability to connect to his alpha brain wavelengths at will.
These three tips will help you become a professional of thought.
Meditation and yoga
Stress reduction, anxiety control and even addiction treatment are cited as some of the primary benefits of meditation. The practice, however, doesn’t get the credit it deserves for improving concentration and conscious clarity.
A 2010 study published in the journal Psychological Science set out to identify specific brain functions that meditation effects in a positive manner. A group of 60 people attended a retreat in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. Half of them did five hours of meditation per day. Researchers concluded that the meditation group performed better on cognitive skills tests. They were able to stay focused and complete the tasks despite the boring, mundane nature of the tests.
It’s difficult for regular people with jobs and children to meditate five hours per day. Start with one hour and work your way up. Supplement meditation with yoga to help balance the body and mind.
Some people fast intermittently to speed up weight loss. Others do so for religious reasons. Aspiring thought professionals can use fasting to improve brain functions.
A 2019 study published in the journal Nature Communications monitored the behavior and development of fruit flies on rich diets and those on dietary restrictions. Researchers concluded that withholding food from the insects directly effected neuronal circuitry in their brains. Fasting caused synaptic activity in their brains to slow down. Overactive synapses are linked to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
Researchers at the National Institute of Aging found in a 2017 study that fasting boosts brain functionality and prevents neurodegenerative disorders. Incorporate fasting into your life, starting with one day a week. Try two days once you see how your body responds.
There are true brain foods that have measurable effects on brain functionality. Omega-3 fatty acids are perhaps the best brain food in existence. A 2017 study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that omega-3s increase blood flow to the brain. Oily fish like tuna, salmon and mackerel are high in omega 3s.
Certain berries are rich in antioxidants. These compounds facilitate brain cell communication, helps brain cells form new connections and reduce cognitive decline. Blueberries are best, followed by blackberries and strawberries. Hazelnuts, almonds and sunflower seeds are rich in vitamin E, which is known to reduce oxidative stress in brain cells.
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