In 2011, the thriller Limitless was released, in which the writer Eddie Morra achieves incredible cognitive and physical abilities thanks to a mysterious pill and it catapults him to the pinnacle of wealth and success.
In this blog article, we want to show you how you can increase your cognitive and physical performance without using banned substances.
We have step-by-step instructions for you, good luck with the implementation!
How does the Limitless Effect work?
In order to unleash the full potential of the Limitless Effect, it is essential that you understand the principle behind the process so that your subconscious can believe in it.
It is well known that people can act more effectively and quickly in stressful situations, as one can report both from one's friends and from one's own experience.
This phenomenon is known as positive stress or eustress . Eustress can produce different physiological and mental responses that help us overcome difficulties and increase our productivity.
When we are exposed to positive stress , our brain directs the stress hormone adrenaline pour out . This increases our heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure, making us more alert and alert so we can respond to problems more quickly and effectively . Furthermore, eustress can also release the happiness hormone endorphin, which helps us stay motivated and focused.
You see, our brain allows us to improve our body and mental abilities by initiating a biochemical reaction.
Now we will show you how you can consciously apply what you have learned in your daily life.
Step-by-step guide to increasing performance
Step 1: Identify your strengths and weaknesses
Identify an area in life that you would like to work on to develop your skills. It does not matter whether this is an area in school, at work or in sports. Think carefully about where your strengths lie in this area and what weaknesses you have.
Example: You are an ambitious tennis player and your backhand technique is excellent. However , too many mistakes with your forehand cause you problems at decisive moments .
Step 2: Find your sweet spot
In her book "Neurohack", the author Friederike Fabritius describes the "sweet spot" as the ideal area where people find themselves when faced with a challenge. This sweet spot lies between over-challenging and under-challenging , which allows us to increase our self-confidence and motivation and to develop naturally.
Finding the sweet spot requires self-reflection and gut feeling. Next time you find yourself in that sweet spot, try to remember the following:
Example tennis player
What event brought you to the sweet spot?
I got to the sweet spot when I was having a long exchange with my tennis partner.
What was going through your mind?
I didn't care about the current score, I just wanted to win that point.
What were you feeling at that moment?
I wasn't afraid of mistakes, I just wanted to enjoy the moment.
How did you feel physically during this time?
I felt energetic. I was flying on the tennis court and I was mentally focused.
Try to remember this moment as best as you can, because it will help you with the next step.
Step 3: Visualization! visualization! visualization!
Did you mark the sweet spot? Then let's internalize it.
1. Relax your mind and body by meditating or doing breathing exercises .
2. When you are deeply relaxed, put yourself visually and emotionally in the moment of your sweet spot . Try to put yourself in it 1:1 and feel how your physiology changes, such as heartbeat, body temperature and muscle tension.
3. Visualize yourself fearlessly and unyielding in your challenge . The more detailed you do it, the greater the effect . Start with your strengths, the things you are good at, to create a sense of confidence and security. Then imagine your initial weaknesses gradually fading and turning into strengths with every execution you do.
Example tennis player:
I'm in the middle of a rally against an excellent opponent and I'm returning dangerous balls with my backhand. He distributes the balls excellently and keeps pushing my forehand. But I feel confident and hit the balls perfectly with my forehand. Today my forehand is my strongest weapon and I'm winning point after point. Ultimately, I win the game with a perfect long-line winner.
Step 4: Create your personal "Limitless tablet"
After you have visualized your strengths and you are bursting with self-confidence and energy, you need to strengthen this positive feeling by using an enabler.
Here are a few examples of possible enablers:
- smell / perfume
- Specific music (professional boxers use their music when entering the arena)
- Your personal mantra
- Drink with a specific taste
As you can see, you don't need a magic pill à la Hollywood because we have all the skills we need to improve ourselves inside of us. Most importantly, believe in the power of imagination and take it deep within yourself.
Don't forget: Your thoughts shape your world.