That may not sound like a promising statistic… but here’s what most people don’t understand.You DO NOT have to be BORN with a photographic memory in order to have incredible memory skills!In fact, some of the most incredible “memory masters” in the world are SELF TAUGHT.
I know people who use to forget where they put their keys every day who can now memorize the order of 32 decks of randomly shuffled cards in an hour!
Imagine having THAT kind of skill under your belt. Can you think of any areas in your life where insane memory skills could be useful? You’d be the one in the office who remembered anything and everything important… you’d be the go-to! Or you’d be the mom that never forgot to pick up her kids from soccer or who never forgot doctor’s and dentist appointments.
I think ANYONE could benefit from a better memory.
Today, I’m going to teach you the skills you need to have the mind of an elephant.
Photographic Memory Exercise
First, I have a little exercise I’d like you to do with me… it’s better if you do this while watching the video at the top of this post, because then you can close your eyes and really visualize the exercise. But if not, don’t worry! Just read the following script and do the best you can.
Close your eyes and imagine you are pulling up to the front of your house. Visualize your front yard, the porch, the stairs leading up to the door… whatever your house looks like.
Suddenly you hear a loud rumbling sound. The ground begins to shake. Then something bursts out of your front lawn in a cloud of dirt and grass… it’s Santa Claus and Rudolph, covered in dirt!
You jump out of your car and run past them into your house. You open the front door and walk into your entryway only to find that there is a large rhino standing right in front of you! He is so big that he’s made a hole in your wall just so he can fit.
You crawl underneath the rhino and walk into your living room. Sitting there on top of your coffee table is a sight you can hardly believe… it’s a big Buddha… meditating right there on your coffee table! His eyes are closed and his hands are on his knees.
You shake your head in wonder and continue into your kitchen. All seems quiet there… until you open the fridge. You are surprised to find that an entire army of garden gnomes have overtaken your fridge! They are eating through all your food, throwing tupperware on the floor, spilling your green juice all over the tile… you slam the fridge door quickly.
Memory Through Images
Okay, now come back to reality.
I bet I know what you’re thinking. “What the heck, Drew?!”
You’ll be surprised to know that the visualization I just put you through is a set of ancient techniques invented 2500 years ago in Greece to help with photographic memory.
You see… most people are MUCH better at remembering things through PICTURES and ASSOCIATIONS… not repetition. And yet normally when people try to remember things like names, lines in a play or speeches, they say them over and over and over again. Not only does this take a lot of time, but using something called mnemonics have been proven to be much more effective.
Mnemonics are memory devices that help you recall large pieces of information.
A study by Gerald R. Miller in 1967 found that students who regularly used mnemonics increased their test scores by up to 77%!
Here’s another example of how mnemonics work.
If you tell one person to remember that there was a man named “Mr. Baker” and you tell another person to remember a “Baker” like a cook, who do you think will be able to remember the best?
The person who you told to remember a baker. Because when you think of a baker, you think of someone in a kitchen with a tall white hat and flour on their hands. But telling someone to just remember someone that is named Baker leaves them without an image to associate with the name and they are much more likely to forget it.
Practical Applications For Mnemonics In Your Daily Life
Remembering names –When you’re trying to remember someone’s name, come up with a image of this person along with something that reminds you of their name. For example… Bill Shepherd. Imagine your utility bill being waved around by a shepherd surrounded by sheep. Or maybe a shepherd trying to stop a sheep from eating your utility bill. You get the idea.
Remember order of words – To remember things that are in a specific order, use phrases. For example, the order of the planets: My Very Excited Mother Just Served Us Nine Pies (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto).
Remember symptoms of heart attack – To remember symptoms of something like a heart attack, use one word that uses the first letter of each symptom. For example: PULSE. Persistent chest pain, Upset stomach, Lightheadedness, Shortness of breath, Excessive sweating.
Proof That This Works!
Here’s more proof…
Do you remember the name of the man I talked about who did a study about mnemonics? Or the year in which he did that study? Probably not.
But do you remember who burst out of your front lawn in the visualization exercise? Of course you do!
Here’s to super awesome memory abilities for all of us.
Remember, we’re in this together!
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Drew Canole is a rockstar in the world of fitness, nutrition and mindset, with a huge heart for others and doing his part to transform the world, one person at a time.
As the founder and CEO of Fitlife.TV, he is committed to sharing educational, inspirational and entertaining videos and articles about health, fitness, healing and longevity. He is also a best selling author and the founder of Organifi, an organic, incredibly delicious greens powder, chock-full of superfoods to make juicing easy no matter your busy schedule.
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