Beyond Training – Ben Greenfield Book Summary

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Beyond Training – Ben Greenfield

Training your mind for success.

Train your Brain

Your thoughts determine what you do and how you react to life’s situations. As a result, how you think has a massive impact on your level of success and happiness. And thankfully, it’s possible to train your mind to be stronger in almost any way you like.

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However, changing the way we think isn’t exactly a walk in the park. In fact, years of bad habits and unconscious automatic thought patterns can make training your brain very challenging. So, how can you get started?

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Research has shown that regular physical exercise is one way to improve cognitive functions like memory recall, problem-solving, concentration, and attention to detail. However, it is not clear if the physical aspect alone boosts your brain or if a combination of other factors—llike the mental challenge of the activity, the frequency you do it, and the desire to improve—are involved.

How to Train Your Mind to Be Stronger

1) Do Something Challenging: Whatever you do to train your brain, it should be challenging and take you beyond your comfort zone.

2) Choose Complex Activities: Good brain training exercises should require you to practice complex thought processes, such as creative thinking and problem-solving.

Practice Consistently: You know the saying, “Practice makes perfect!” Dr. Morris says, “You can’t improve memory if you don’t work at it.”

How to Train Your Brain for Success: 7 Mind Training Techniques

1. Single-Task

These days, many people rarely do just one thing at a time. Have you ever watched TV while browsing social media, emailed someone while getting your morning coffee, or read a book while listening to music?

Here’s the thing: multi-tasking, skimming, and hopping from task to task may seem effective, but in reality, they’re the opposite.

“We keep loading ourselves down, so we’re mentally exhausted all the time.” Our batteries are too worn down to really engage in deeper-level thinking.


Science has shown that mindfulness meditation helps engage new neural pathways in the brain. These pathways can improve self-observational skills and mental flexibility – two attributes that are crucial for success. 

Another study found that “brief, daily meditation enhances attention, memory, mood, and emotional regulation in non-experienced meditators.”

3.Reframe Negative Thoughts

Most people think negative thoughts from time to time, but these thoughts can prevent us from achieving our goals. The Roman philosopher-emperor Marcus Aurelius knew the power of our minds and wrote in Meditations, “Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

Thankfully, you can train your brain to be positive by reframing negative thoughts whenever you notice them.

4. Use Your Memory More

It might sound obvious, but one of the best ways to train your brain is to rely on your memory more often.

For example, if you have a to-do list or shopping list, try to remember the next item before checking the list. You could also memorize your debit card numbers, friends’ phone numbers, license plates, and addresses.

Get into the habit of committing things to memory.

5. Read

Another way to train your brain is to read often, preferably every day.

Science has proven that reading can enhance your cognitive function, develop your language skills, and increase your attention span.

Plus, not only does the act of reading train your brain for success, but you’ll also learn new things!

6. Learn Something New

What better way is there to practice learning than simply learning something new?

If you want to train your brain for success, here’s what to do: Determine what you want to achieve, then reverse engineer the steps you need to take to achieve it – and learn about each step as you go.

7. Use Brain Training Apps

If you like to play games, why not play ones that also train your brain? 

There are many different brain training apps on the market, many of which are free. Check the games section on your app store or play store.

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