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You must stay motivated!

When it comes to changing any aspect of your life, motivation can be a problem. Whether you are trying to hit the gym, change your diet, quit smoking, or improve your mental health, you must be motivated. If you truly believe and stay motivated, there is no limit to what you can accomplish. If you think you are not intelligent enough to get the job you want, a high grade point average (GPA), or that next promotion at work, you are wrong. If you believe you do not have what it takes to accomplish the things you dream about because your intelligence is fixed and determined at birth, you are wrong. No matter what your age, you can improve your cognitive abilities and mental health more than you thought possible.

The remainder of this introduction is designed to motivate. I want you to believe that these changes will be life-changing, because they will be.

For students:

If you are a student, your primary goal is to learn and excel academically. Will a grade on one test or in one course dramatically change the rest of your life? Probably not, but the cumulative effect of the marks you receive in all your courses certainly can. The job market is especially difficult right now. Enrollment in universities has increased 38% between the years 1999 to 2009. This is a nominal increase of 5.6 million students.

Unfortunately, the job market for college graduates is not growing nearly as fast. An article published in the New York Times May, 2011 titled, "Many With New College Degree Find the Job Market Humbling" sheds some light on the situation. Below is a list of some trends mentioned in the article:

  • Median starting salary for college graduates dropped 10% from 2009-2010 alone.
  • In 2007, 90% of graduates held a job by the spring after graduation, in 2010, that number had dropped to 56%.
  • The number of college graduates aged 25 -34, employed in food service, restaurants, and bars has increased by 17% from 2008 to 2009 alone.
  • The median loan debt for students who attended college from 2006-2010 is $20,000

The data is bleak; it is becoming increasingly difficult for a college student to find a job after graduation. So what is the best way to ensure you do not end up $20,000 in debt, waiting tables in your home town? You need to distinguish yourself from other college graduates and the simplest way to do so is to excel academically. You will have an easier time obtaining a job if your GPA is a 3.8 instead of a 2.8. It does make a difference. Academic excellence compels a prospective employer to seriously consider you for an open position. They will assume you are intelligent, motivated, and that you will excel at the position they are trying to fill.

But of course, earning good grades is not easy. It takes motivation, intensive study, and time. That is where this cognitive enhancement regimen comes in. If you commit yourself to this regimen you will improve your intelligence, focus, and memory, and achieve overall higher levels of mental clarity. When you have a greater number of neurons, with more synaptic connections, that communicate more efficiently your cognitive abilities will be greatly enhanced. Tasks which were difficult before will become easier. Your ability to memorize new information and retain existing knowledge will increase. As a consequence of your enhanced cognitive efficiency you will become more motivated.

As an example, let's pretend that someone says "I will give you $1,000 to solve 100 complex math problems". Sounds like a good deal, ten bucks a problem! I'd say, "Hand that sheet over!" Then you get to the first problem. It was difficult, and took nearly an hour for you to complete. How motivated do you now feel to solve the remaining 99 problems? Probably not very. What if the first problem was easy, took only 10 minutes to complete, and was not the least bit challenging. That's only 16 hours of work. Feel motivated to do the math problems now?

Increased motivation is but one benefit of following this regimen and improving your cognitive abilities. As you become more intelligent, and struggle less with assigned tasks, you become more motivated. The smarter you are, the greater the rewards and outcomes you will enjoy from the same amount of work and effort.

If you follow the advice offered in this regimen, study and homework will become easier and be less tedious. You will retain more information from class, and complete exams more quickly and with greater confidence. As your grades improve, you will become more motivated and work even harder. This motivation, combined with your improved cognitive abilities, will allow you to get the grades you want. Getting the grades you want will help you get the job you want. Getting the job you want will help you live the life you want.

For the employed:

The foremost objective of most college graduates is establishing a career. I mentioned earlier that the average starting salary for college graduates has been falling for years. This is why it is important to produce quality work. You must be able to advance your career and compensation. When most people start a career, they are afraid they will be unable to advance. Few would be content with no prospects of promotion.

"What does one have to do to get promoted?" Of course this can vary greatly depending on your occupation, but usually two factors are in play.

  • The quality of your work
  • Your relationship with your boss(es)

Let's assume two candidates are being considered for a promotion. Candidate 1 produces the best work, and works the hardest, but only marginally. Even though Candidate 1's work is the best, Candidate 2 thinks his work is just as good, if not better. Neither candidate stands out to anyone in the office. Now let's make things interesting. Candidate 2 has become friends with the boss. Even though Candidate 1 and the boss get along, saying they are friends is a stretch. They usually only talk business. Even if the boss recognizes Candidate 1's work to be better, who do you think will get the promotion? As long as the boss can justify promoting Candidate 2, he will.

So how can you solve this problem? How can you make sure that no matter what your relationship with your boss is like, you get the promotion? Simple. You must work hard enough and produce quality work so everyone takes notice. In order to do this, you have to be smarter and more motivated than the other candidates.

This course and the accompanying neuro-regimen can help you achieve that. You will become smarter and your memory and focus will improve. You will work more efficiently, become more productive, and motivated. You will not find yourself staring blankly at a computer screen day-dreaming, or browsing the internet. Instead, you will find yourself thinking, working, approaching problems from new angles, and producing better work in less time. You will get the promotion you have been looking for.

Motivation where you might not expect it:

You most likely have not considered the best reason to follow this neuro-regimen. It is the reason I originally became interested in the subject of cognitive health and improvement. I read the following two statistics:

  • One in ten people over the age of 65 suffer from Alzheimer's disease.
  • Fifty percent of people over the age of 85 suffer from Alzheimer's disease.

If you live to be 85 years old, your chance of getting Alzheimer's disease is a flip of the coin. Take a moment to reflect on these startling statistics and what they could mean to you years down the road.

In case you are unaware what Alzheimer's disease entails, let me paint a disturbingly realistic picture of what may happen to you:

Alzheimer's is a disease of gradual mental deterioration. At first you might forget where you placed your car keys, that you have a meal cooking in the oven, or what you were about to say. All of these things happen to healthy people from time to time, but when you suffer from Alzheimer's disease they occur with increasing frequency and predictability.

Initially you will be dismissive. You will tell yourself that you are just getting old, despite the fact that you ruined two meals and almost burnt down the house because you left the stove on last week. In fact you are not just getting old; your mind is beginning to deteriorate.

As you become increasingly forgetful, suspicions will arise. You will forget something important. Maybe you will forget you were meeting your son for dinner a particular night. Maybe you will be on your way home from the grocery store, only to forget where you are going, and where you are coming from. When this happens to you, and if you have Alzheimer's disease it will, you will panic.

Alzheimer's disease involves more than just memory loss. Changes in mood and personality also occur. You will eventually experience rapid mood swings, often for no apparent reason. Suppose you spot the groceries in your car and regain your bearing on the world. You make it home, sit down, and watch TV. There is a commercial break and you cannot even remember the program you were watching. You break down in tears. You know you should be concerned about what is happening, but not this upset. Something is wrong.

After an hour of intense fear, you finally recompose yourself. You reflect on your life. You have lived long and accomplished much. Maybe you are getting old. Maybe more is going on. Either way, you tell yourself everything is going to be ok. Everyone dies eventually. Maybe you find peace in that. You decide to schedule an appointment with your doctor. If there is something wrong, you want treatment, and treatment is all you can get as there is no cure for Alzheimer's.

You see your doctor and he runs a variety of tests. He tells you he will call you with the results. After a week of obsession and reflection you get a call from your doctor. Deep down you know what he is going to say, but you are still hopeful. As his words echo in your ear, your remaining hope dissolves. At this point you are not even listening to what he is saying. You are completely frozen. You have just been told that you are well into Stage 3 of Alzheimer's disease.

There is little that can be done. The FDA has currently approved only four drugs for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease, but all these drugs can do is temporarily relieve some of the symptoms. They provide little relief to the progressive deterioration taking place in your mind. Your emotions are spiraling out of control. You feel angry, depressed, afraid, and confused all at the same time. You ask yourself, "What is going to happen?" "How will I take care of myself?" "What will the financial burden be?" "How will my family react?" "Am I going to have to go to a nursing home?”

After talking to your doctor you tell your wife. You are sobbing as you explain it to her. She is just as devastated as you are. Eventually you tell your children. Over the next several months things worsen, despite treatment. At first you cherished the time spent with your wife and family as it kept you going. But now you have reached the point you cannot form new memories. You cannot remember what you did during the day, and more of your past memories quickly slip away. You are at the end of a road that is burning behind you. You do not have the motivation or ability to do anything for yourself. Your emotions are nothing but a constant mix of confusion, anger, and sorrow. You are no longer living but merely existing.

You have now progressed to stage 6 Alzheimer’s and must be taken to a nursing home. You recognize your wife's face, but the memory of your life with her is a blur. You do not know when you met, how long you were married, or even that you have children. You cannot put your shirt on or go to the bathroom without help. Sometimes you are not even sure what your name is. You cannot even comprehend the idea of Alzheimer's disease, much less being diagnosed with it. Your identity has almost completely vanished.

Your wife comes to visit you and you only feel fear and confusion. You do not know who this woman is. You ask yourself why she is claiming to know so many things about your life. You do not know where you are, or why you are there. You are constantly afraid and confused. You lash out at your wife and the nurses taking care of you. They are completely alien to you and you are afraid of them. The concept of what a "nurse" is doesn't even exist in your mind. When you speak, you are incoherent. Your brain has deteriorated to the point where you cannot even sit up straight or swallow correctly.

You are now literally living in the moment. You cannot remember what occurred just moments ago. When you look into a mirror, a stranger stares back at you. The world you once knew has been ripped from your mind piece by piece like pages being torn from a book, and now, there are no pages left, merely the binding that once held them. Your actions are no longer based on experience and knowledge but stem from the most basic of human instincts.

That is how it will end for you, death without dignity. You will not die reflecting upon your life and cherishing fond memories. You are barely human. You will die in a painful state of loneliness and confusion. Many consider death at this point a blessing, a relief from the suffering. Death, however, does not come quickly. Your sense of reality and being has been slipping away as if it were sand in an hour-glass. Even though you just physically died, "you" have been dead for quite some time. Your memory, your personality, the essence of your identity was destroyed little by little by Alzheimer's disease. It is hard to imagine many fates that are worse.

Let's go over the Alzheimer's statistics one more time:

  • One in ten people over the age of 65 suffer from Alzheimer's disease.
  • Fifty percent of people over the age of 85 suffer from Alzheimer's disease.

Wouldn't you want to do everything possible to prevent this from happening? The last thing you want is for your personality and identity to be slowly eaten away by an invisible assailant. By following this Building Brain Power Regimen you will not just increase your cognitive abilities. You will also keep your brain healthy, slow its aging process, and reduce your chances of experiencing symptoms related to Alzheimer's disease.

Curiosity didn't kill the cat, it made the cat smarter.

In addition to reducing your risk for Alzheimer's disease and improving your academic and work performance, why else should you commit to this regimen? The primary reason I designed this regimen was intellectual curiosity. I wanted to know how my brain functions and how I could enhance it. But more importantly, I wanted to discover how I could achieve my full potential.

That is what this regimen is about, achieving your full potential. I have spent years studying ways to improve the mind's health and cognitive abilities. It is true that genetics dictate your starting point for intelligence, but you do not have to settle for that starting point if you don't want to! You can improve your intelligence more than you thought possible.

See what you can accomplish when your mind is operating at its full potential. Maybe you will be a CEO someday or start your own business. Maybe you will just live a happier, more productive life. The only way to find out is to seriously commit to what is offered in this regimen. It was a life changing experience for me and I believe it will be for you as well.