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How to trick your brain into doing hard things?

How to trick your brain into doing hard things?

Here are 7 simple things you can do to overcome the resistance you feel when you try to learn something hard:

  1. Divide your task into ridiculously small-sized pieces
  2. In the beginning, Allocate only 10 to 15 minutes
  3. Don’t be too hard on yourself
  4. Be consistent
  5. Use visuals like YouTube videos and tutorials to learn
  6. Invite some play into your learning
  7. Acknowledge your brain is lying to you


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1. Divide your task into ridiculously small-sized pieces so that your brain doesn’t find it hard.

1. Divide your task into ridiculously small-sized pieces so that your brain doesn’t find it hard.

Say you’re trying to learn a new programming language then just write one program each day in the beginning.

Say you’re trying to improve your English Grammar then try learning only four grammar rules every day.

Say you're trying to learn a massive software then try learning only four features every day.

This trick worked for me so well that I learned not only how to use Photoshop but also Final Cut Pro in a few months without having much stress. The same way I worked on my English grammar and vocabulary. I realised a long time ago that just by showing up every day you can learn almost anything.


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2. In the beginning, Allocate only 10 to 15 minutes.

2. In the beginning, Allocate only 10 to 15 minutes.

Most people try to learn everything on their first day and when they don’t get it, they doubt their intelligence. The reality is brain needs time to process things so intensity won’t get you much farther in life.

Just focus for only 10 to 15 minutes on the task for the first few days and gradually increase your focus time to 20 to 30 minutes


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3. Don’t be too hard on yourself.

3. Don’t be too hard on yourself.

Everyone feels resistance in the beginning. Everyone goes through this, so don’t worry, you’re doing great. always be compassionate towards yourself.

Don't be like "You're so stupid, you can't do anything."

Instead, Affirm yourself by saying "I enjoy my current position while I develop skills for the next phase of my life."

Say this Mantra in your head if you ever feel discouraged “ I can, I will, watch me.”


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4. Be consistent

4. Be consistent

Don’t skip any day, make sure you show up consistently. You can make your brain learn anything, It doesn’t matter how hard it is if you do it every day.

Consistency is one of the biggest discipline there is.


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5. Use visuals like YouTube videos and tutorials to learn

5. Use visuals like YouTube videos and tutorials to learn

Understand that our brains are more visually inclined. We never forget pictures but what we do forget is text.

So watching videos online and learning from the experts might make it feel less difficult.


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6. Invite some play into your learning.

6. Invite some play into your learning.

When you study you’re serious, but when you learn you’re sincere, not serious, you invite some play into the process. Most people take learning so seriously they forget that it's supposed to be fun. 

Ask a simple question to yourself

"How can I make it more fun?"

Like if you are trying to memorize something then try making a song out of it.

If you're trying to memorize English vocabulary then using mnemonics is great way to make it fun.


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7. Acknowledge Your Brain is lying to you

7. Acknowledge Your Brain is lying to you

Acknowledge that your brain exaggerates a lot of the time but when you start you realise it was not as hard as you were making it in your head. If we would listen to our brain all the time we would be paralysed with fear. 


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A Romanticist who is trying to understand this world by reading books. You can also follow me on YouTube, I post there quite often.


Lately, I have been trying to learn some hard things and they were exhausting me a little so I thought why not share some of the tips that worked for me, maybe someone else is trying to do the same.


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