A common misconception is that intelligence is fixed. It’s not so much at all.
In fact I dislike to use the word intelligence at all, because it is so emotionally loaded.
I’ve contemplated the topic of intelligence a lot especially from personal development / intelligence improvement point of view, from which I wrote a popular reply to Quora on 2013.
The more I’ve learned the less I’ve liked the word intelligence. If we are thinking along the lines of Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences there are so many kinds of intelligences that it’s absurd to claim any kind of intelligence.
Therefore I am more in line with ability to think and learn. When it comes to thinking and learning it’s all about cognition. When we are talking about cognition we are also talking about great health, because these two are strongly interconnected.
Here are some cognitive advantages:
- Basic acknowledgement when it comes to cognition is that our brains do consume a lot of calories, one fifth of all our intake. Quality of calories for sure matters in the long run as well. Pay attention to your diet from your minds perspective.
- Unrested mind is literally the same as drunk. Have good quality and quantity sleep.
- Fear literally shuts down our cognition at worst, or any kind of fear inhibits our higher cognitive function. Learn to recognize fear.
- Stress, especially the stress about safety (i.e. income, relationship, home…) reduces our cognitive capabilities.
- Build income buffers to reduce this.
- Work to create more opportunities for income (=diversifying)
- Learn to invest and manage money.
- Learn what is in your control and focus to that.
- Be happy first. Success follows happiness, not the other way around.
- Start a journal and find three good things about each day.
- Start giving to others, that way the happiness lasts longer.
- Learn to control your breath: meditate
- Exercise, even walking is better than nothing!
- Work proactively with the numbers on your side
- This reduces both stress and fear plus it gives you good night sleep knowing you’ve worked from the probabilities.
- Emotional first aid: learn to forgive yourself.