How To Use Pathways To Get Quick Results
by Mark Cammack March 19, 2018
Study And Exercise: To improve performance of the brain and body requires using pathways properly.
When a person exercises their mind or body the tendency is to think of building the brain or muscle. I would like to suggest that we are also training pathways. This is a radically different conceptual shift from what is traditionally done.
When we need to learn quickly, such as to pass an exam, it is common to use rote memorization or repetition. For better results, we might rapidly repeat the information we need to learn. Then we are speeding up the process. This approach is still not nearly as fast as a holistic system that encompasses every factor that can lead to success. We must understand how we take in information, the pathways involved, and do what is necessary to reach our goals.
We want to get as much ability as possible from our systems. In a sports car, a warmed-up engine has more efficiency and power than a cold one. We would not expect maximum performance from an untuned or frosty motor. To learn rapidly also requires a state change. This involves many pathways. The rate of neuronal firing needs to be increased which can be done with warm-up exercises. This in turn is based on focus in an environment without distraction, nutrition and brain enhancing supplements, motivated goal-oriented thinking, full spectrum light, and much more.
In sports training or the gym, often a skill or muscle development is seen as the main focus. This is the desired end result. The first focus should be upon pathways that lead to that result. This means taking an affector inventory of the entire person and environment.
Here is an example: John and Jane are two dedicated athletes training hard. They go to the same health club and passed check-ups with their physicians. They pay attention to nutrition, get adequate sleep, and do everything that they can to succeed. Yet, each is having a challenge reaching their full potential. John has fatigue at the gym. The staff blamed it on genetics. Jane experiences brain fogginess and low-level headaches at the same facility. The staff told her to eat more carbohydrates. The effects do not occur when John and Jane are at their own homes.
This is where an affector analysis could save them. We must know what is actually affecting their systems. When we look at the environment, we find a commonality that impacts both athletes. The health club put in artificial fragrance air scent emitters. The chemicals used do not freshen the air: rather they contaminate it and cover up odors. This can be a burden to John and Jane's bodies while detoxifying the stuff. The pollutants may bind with glutathione, a natural substance in us which is crucial for immune functioning and health. They may also create inflammation. If it binds with glutathione you do not want it! If you would not eat it do not breathe it!
Upon removal of the artificial fragrances, and replacement with natural carbon air filters for odor absorption, John and Jane return to normal and make progress again. This is just one example of many of how understanding complete pathways is important.
Brain and body performance and health require using pathways. We want to maximize the abilities of those as much as we can. Sometimes a few little changes can make a lot of difference.
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