Imagine experiencing a brain injury at the age of five. At an age where learning can be difficult, Jim Kwik endured such an injury, causing him to lose confidence, struggle to concentrate, and made it nearly impossible to remember things.
Through his struggles, he was able to overcome the limitations that others placed on him by finding new ways of learning.
Jim Kwik began by figuring out how to learn, beyond studying and “concentrating harder.” Too often, students are taught what to learn but not the methods on how to learn.
The three keys to becoming limitless are Mindset, Motivation, and Methods.
To start, take inventory of your mindset. What beliefs do you hold about yourself and your capabilities? Do you believe that you deserve to learn more and do more?
Our beliefs help determine what is possible. Many of our limiting beliefs come from other well-meaning individuals, very early in life. But we must take responsibility now and decide who we want to become moving forward.
Second, check your motivation. How much energy is present to take action? What’s the purpose?
Your purpose should be clear and definite. For me, I love to educate others and help them on their journey. This purpose helps to propel me forward.
There is a formula in the book for sustaining motivation by combining your purpose with small simple steps. This has helped me tremendously.
Third, what methods are being used to create the results you want? Are these methods effective?
One of the great methods discussed in “Limitless“ is the Pomodoro technique. This is where we focus on a task, such as reading, for 25 minutes and then follow it with a five-minute break. This tool is great for helping with memory.
There is also a great chapter at the end of the book about speed reading. I first picked up these tools about a year ago and at the time I was reading about 2-3 books per month. Now, I read about 2-3 books per week, depending on the length. So, it seems his message is working for me.
As Jim Kwik puts it, being limitless is about progressing beyond what we currently believe is possible. I have progressed so much since reading this book but I’m excited about going even further.
I would love to hear what others think about the idea of being limitless, and as always, thank you for reading!
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