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Five Ways to Prime Your Brain for Optimal Performance Each Day

Movement

You don't have to do something too intense, just get moving to energize your brain and body.

A regular 20 - 45-minute high-intensity exercise will trigger positive endorphins, spark your metabolism, and build your resilience.

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Five Ways to Prime Your Brain for Optimal Performance Each Day

Five Ways to Prime Your Brain for Optimal Performance Each Day

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Motivation

Start your day by thinking who you want to be and what impact you want to have on the world.

To help you reach that state of motivation, read or listen to something inspiring.

Meditation

Meditation is a way to focus your attention to your internal dialogue and moving it into the direction you desire.

The more you are able to focus your attention where you choose to, the stronger your mental muscle will become.

Music

Music can be a simple form of meditation. It can direct your attention to a state of your choice if it is calm or exciting.

Schedule music sessions throughout the day to recharge and reset.

Mirth

The experience of cheerfulness is known to reduce stress, improve immune function and increase brainpower.

Find someone to share a funny image or video. Take note when something funny happens during the day and write it down to imprint it into your mind.

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Being aware of the priming effect presents us with huge benefits for personal growth. By actively guiding your priming influences, you can create a permanent and lasting improvement in your life.

For instance, writing words on a board like flow, focus, success, complete will prime you to ensure that your work meets that criteria.

Think Improvement, Not Perfection

With the knowledge of how priming is influencing you, don't nitpick every detail of your environment. Pace yourself and tackle the most frequent influences first. 

For instance, prime the place where you spend most of your time. Clear out clutter or put up pictures you enjoy to ensure your office is relaxing and pleasurable.

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