The notion that we use only a small portion—typically 10 percent—of our brain power has been around for nearly two centuries. The media and advertisers have propagated this notion as fact for nearly as long, usually with the promise that learning how to access the “unused” part of the brain could unleash untapped cerebral power, heighten our intelligence, or make us more productive humans. In other words, we could accomplish remarkable feats, if only we could access the entire brain.
But is it true that we only use 10% of the brain?
Neurologist Barry Gordon at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore says, “We use virtually every part of the brain, and [most of] the brain is active almost all the time.”
John Henley, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota says that, “although it’s true that at any given moment, all the brain’s regions are not concurrently firing, imaging technology shows that, like the body’s muscles, most are continually active over a 24-hour period. Evidence would show over a day you use 100 percent of the brain.”
Why, then, the myth’s durability?
Likely, it stems from the general misconception about our own brains: that our shortcomings are evidence of the existence of untapped gray matter.
But perhaps it’s not so much a matter of how much the brain is being used, but rather how effectively we’re using it?
These scientists are looking at the brain like a computer or a piece of hardware. From that perspective, they are correct—we use 100% of our brain’s capability every day. But, we all know that a computer’s performance is directly linked the software being used—the better the software, the better the performance of the computer. The hardware may be working to its fullest, but when the software has bugs or is outdated, we get a lesser outcome.
In the case of human beings, our software is our thoughts, which are driven by our beliefs and values; it’s our perception of the world. Therefore, we don’t need more brain power.
What we need is more thought power!
Unfortunately, most people don’t realize how much changing their thoughts can transform their lives. Or perhaps they think changing their thoughts will be extremely time-consuming. But, it doesn’t have to be that way.
Since your brain doesn’t know the different between real and imagined, by engaging the power of visualization, you can learn to think like a peak performer. You can unlearn old habits and create positive new ones, install new memories, form a lifelong learning habit, and learn anything faster. With each new thought, new brain cells are formed and new neural connections are made. The technical term for this is neurogenesis, but we call it braintapping, and it happens in an instant. This means changing your life doesn’t have to be time-consuming. Rather, it can be fast, easy, and fun.
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