High achievements are related with: Memory, cognition, practice, persistence, muscle response, mentoring, innovation, attitude, response to failure and mistake, among others.
The process of teaching a child is the combination of early consistent exposure, exceptional instruction, constant practice and nurturing so that the child will learn intensively.
Like a brilliant soufflé, all ingredients must be present in the right quantity,at the right time, nothing should be wrong.
With the proper mnemonic system and structure of reminding, it seems that there are no limits to memory improvement with practice.
To recall surprising amounts of new information, simply requires a proper strategy and a proper time of intensive practice along with potential theoretical tools for human functioning.
These techniques may affect areas such as geometry, chess, brainteasers, music (playing cello), playing basketball, painting, art and many more.
Beethoven made changes and withdrew changes; he tried again andagain until he was satisfied, and then began to give the final touches ofamplitude, length, height and depth.
Intelligence has been declared extensively to represent a set of competencies in development.
Intelligence is not a constant; intelligence is not something general or regular.
“Intelligence is not a static thing; it is dynamic, vague and an ongoing process”.
“People who reach outstanding academic goals are not that smart just because they were born with superior talents or attributes, but because they have worked hard and have developed a methodology of self- discipline”. Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi.
Memory techniques such as associations or mnemonic, have influencedmind development lately, not just about numbers, but also in relation to the areas of language, words, music, games like chess and in symbolism. The trick is to assign any new information or image to an association system that is already in your head. It is to encode associations in the already existing long- term memory to release a reminder in the short-term memory.
A positive environment generates responses to influence the genes andtherefore our lives. Our parents can do many things to accomplish this growth:
A.- Talk to children often and constantly.
B.- Read to them often and at an early age.
C.- Nurture them and give them courage.
D.- Set them goals and high expectations.
E.- Teach them to accept failures in order to improve on them. F.- Give them worth for mental growth.
Coaches, mentors, consultants, advisors, CEO, professors, parents and psychologists should recognize the importance of pushing and pressure changes up to limits and beyond.
It is important to believe that since birth, individual skills are flexible and are not fixed. On the other hand, the more people think that those skills can bedeveloped, the more success people can enjoy.
Those who want (and are on the path) to reach high goals must:
a.- Develop skills in specific areas
b.- Increase awareness of tasks
c.- Have a self-monitoring mechanism
d.- Have a unique style of doing things
It is crucial to understand that changes take place over long periods. It Takes time and lots of practice to force the mind and body to make the necessary changes to improve.
People who have achieved admirable goals not only spend a lot of time alone, studying and improving, but exhibit a consistent and persistent style of preparation, that many call “deliberate practice.” They devise a method of continuous improvement of skills.
The Procedure: Deliberate practice
Deliberate practice is a unique, which differs from mere experience andsharpening and refining skills without thinking.
Deliberate practice is no very pleasant. It is not repetition or execution of the skills already acquired, but repetition designed, strategic, to reach beyond the current level, which is necessarily associated with frequent failures.
People, who desire something, should concentrate on improving specific aspects through practicing activities designed to change and refine mechanisms for solving problems and future refinement of feedback. It is apractice that perseveres.
Deliberate practice requires a mental concentration of never beingsatisfied with the current skills. It requires constant sacrifice, a pathologicalwork without rest and a passion for reaching steadily and persistently goals, just beyond our means and capabilities. Disappointment and failure are desired along with a constant resolve to improve and try again, again and again and again.
This requires a huge change in life, the use of time and a daily commitment to be better. It is like being stuck to the process to be always better. It requires concentration and focus on improving performance.
When an individual pushes himself deliberately pushed beyond his comfort zone and is encouraged to sustain exhausting physical activities, it induces a state of abnormal cells in the physiological system. The brain also physically adapts to intellectual stress as needed.
Becoming someone important requires the right combination of mental resources, strategy, persistence and time. These tools are all part of the normal functioning of the human being.
The physiology of this process demands extraordinary amounts of dedication and time; not just hours and hours of dedication, but thousands of hours over the course of our lives. The best gift we have today is this new dynamic.
We must know our limits, and we must push beyond. Finding our true limit in one area, will take years and thousands of hours of chasing vehemently.
Mozart once said, “People are mistaken to think that my art has been very easy for me. Nobody has given so much time and thought to a composition as me”.
At an early age, Mozart’s work was not truly amazing, just imitations of othercomposers. His first seven piano concerts, written between 11 and 16 years of age,contain nothing original. It was not until 10 later that Mozart incorporated many styles and motifs and developed his own style. Critics consider the Symphony No. 29,written a decade after the first, as his first work of real stature.
The piano concert No. 9 “Jeunehomme” is widely considered as his first greatpiano concert, written when he was 21, and it was his composition number 271. Hewrote his first opera “Idomenero”, three years later.
The Most notable fact about his adolescence is not the quality of his work, but his consistency, obsessive, persistence and arduous work, to perform many compositions. Looking at Mozart ́s chronological work, there is a clear path oforiginality and importance, culminating in his final three symphonies, written at theage of 32, and considered his greatest works.
We must know our own limits and learn to push ourselves. Finding our true natural limit in an area takes many years and many thousands of hours of hard work. Avoid areas of comfort and expertise because they break creativity and divert motivation.
Reality tells us that people who reach high goals develop different skills at different ages; in fact, researchers have found that prodigy children and adults who achieve high impact goals are often not the same person. A long list suggests that many adults, who accomplished great things, did not show profound abilities when they were children (e.g. Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Bach, Newton, Da Vinci, and Einstein).
All individuals have different biology, but none has a predestined fate. Each individual builds himself according to his abilities. Many tell us that to discover ourown potential; it is necessary to add: sweat, tears, love, sacrifice, perseverance and a lot of time.
Some studies have shown that it is necessary to include thinking,nutrition, mentoring, culture, time, focus and motivation to influence and developskills. All these processes are imperceptible and slow, impossible to see from the outside, for they happen inside human beings.
In many cases, when a brain damage occurs, this damage does not create askill, but a development opportunity. It is as if the brain were flexible – plastic – andhad the ability to recruit other areas to use. Even an ordinary brain is capable of powerful things, when provoked and pushed beyond its limits.
According to Neuroscience and Music Psychologists, music activates neurons in many brain regions simultaneously and each listener with pragmatic sense inspires the formation of multiple memory channels, which in turn, informs future coding melodic memories.
In general, people who have achieved outstanding goals have an original guidance, high appetite for accomplishment and an incredible desire for success.
Why does a genius have that obsessive need?. Intense ambition involves a complex dynamic in people of different ages and circumstances. Sometimes extreme adversity, sometimes for revenge or just a way to prove himself to be loved or fear of his father or family. For example, in the case of Michael Jordan, he hated losing and his constant work on his weaknesses allowed him to have the desire to be the best.
A common characteristic of successful adults is that at some point in their lives, they realize that the process of improving is within their own control. A successful one realizes that he controls his skills.
People who believe in the incremental theory of intelligence, believe that intelligence is malleable and can be enhanced with some effort. These people are much more successful and intellectually ambitious.
Potential exists when a person develops a high desire to achieve goals and believes talent is a function of acquiring skills rather than just having innate abilities. Achieving goals depends entirely on long-term attitude, resources and a good process.
Usually someone successful in sports has a set of contributions in several aspects and variables: climate, media, demographics, training, spirituality, education, economy and folklore.
In short, athletic success is systemic and not generic. Training attitudes anddelayed gratification are two vital components in people who achieveoutstanding goals in sports. In addition, individuals who achieve high impact objectives, have particular patterns of cultural strengths, a high achievement orientation, inclination to seek new challenges, to be competitive and with a strong desire to win and high elaboration of need as a virtue.
Over time, they build a strong culture of success, bringing more and more success, with benchmarking and Goals-Objectives and an increasingly higher level of expectations.
The simplest way to inspire a better and the best performance is being surrounded by the most ferocious possible competitors and an extreme culture of excellence. The best way of helping people to achieve their goals is pushing them to extreme limits, far beyond their competitors do.
New equation of success
Today success is seen as a function of many variables.
Success = Genes A + Genes B (Variable) +Training (X) + Y (Attitude)+Z (desire to win) + C (Coaching) +D (Desire) + Cult (Culture) +A (Food)+L (Language) + Custom + S (Spirituality) + E (Climate) + H (Environment) + disease rate (Health)+ Hab (Habits) + Time + Tech (Application of Technology) + Knowledge (External and Internal) + Belief in yourself + Emotional Intelligence + Reason (intrinsic and extrinsic motivations).
Science has shown inequivocally that a person’s mind has the power toinfluence and impressively affect long-term the dynamics of performanceand achievement. Many psychologists emphasize that not only biology setsthe ultimate limits of performance, but definitely, the mind determines how farone reaches. It is vital, according to this understanding, to work in a dynamic environment, with good motivational psychological development to achieve high goals.
In the last centuries, a progressive improvement in athletic performance has been showed. This is due to advances made in technology, aerodynamics, strength training, and new methods of training, competitiveness and desire.
New people who have accomplished outstanding goals are not super humans, with gifted genes, or super-weird. They are part of a culture of extremes, ambitious to get more and risk more, of a profound desire of doing things better. Nevertheless, most of us do not want anything from that culture of extremes and we prefer to stay in the middle of something, almost mediocre.
In a world obsessed with discovering internal skills, the evidence provide sa completely different approach: far from a fixed notion that human beings have assets, skills, talents and fixed contributions, there is a new concept ofdevelopment of these assets, skills and human talents.
The new science helps us to understand how a common and normal human being can grow and do good things, great and extraordinary. This exposes a fallacy of the old idea that only those endowed with unique gifts can be geniuses and achieve high goals.
To think that talent is innate only makes the world more manageable, more comfortable and releases people from expectations, and free them of comparisons. If someone is innately talented in a particular area or subject,
why I am going to strive to improve in that area?. Thus I should be jealous of your genetic luck while I avoid feeling frustrated if I try. This idea leads to apathy, mental comfort, and procrastination, releasing people from effort and depriving them of rewards.
A new development of paradigm requires not only a new intellectual adjustment, but also moral psychological and spiritual. This begins by expanding how we consider our real assets, responsibilities and boundaries, which are not only biological, but also economic, cultural, nutritional, environmental and family education.
Considering what we inherit as opposed to what we decide requires a radical revision. Although genes do not change by themselves from generation to generation, the instructions given to them may change. This means that I may impact the genetic legacy.
Even in free nations, people are determined by habits, media messages, patterns, agendas, expectations, social and natural infrastructure, involving us in things that are not ours. Many of these elements have passed fromgeneration to generation with little change and difficult to change.
None of the foregoing suggests that we have or must have an absolute control of our lives and abilities. Now, our task is to replace the simplistic notion of those talents given and the misconception that only talents are responsiblefor large and vast new ways of influence, many of which are out of our control, but with some hope of being able to influence and increase our understanding.
The simplest lesson learned from the ultra-achievers of goals, is not how things have been easy for them, but how hard and how resilient they have been. It is a matter of wishing things, wanting to do so many things and never giving up.It is necessary to be ready to sacrifice time, money, sleep and sometimes evenfriends and reputation.
You have to adopt a lifestyle for such an ambition, not for weeks or months but for years. You look forward to something to be willing to fail and make mistakes, so that these faults and errors give you new ways of doing things and learn from them.
People who achieve extraordinary goals require an uncommon level of personal motivation and great faith.
The sources of motivation are often mysterious. Emotions and psychology mold this deep motivation which comes from many possible parts. A person can be happily inspired, spiritually devout or deeply resentful. Motivation maybe selfish or vengeful, or need to prove something, good or bad, and all ofthis can be conscious or unconscious. Inspiration may come in many ways, through family rivalry, a desire to impress some family member, an insatiable hunger to be loved or hatred of failure.
All great thinkers and inventors are nonconformist. They always want something; they wish they could have had more education, have worked harder, and all of these people have a high level of self-criticism.
Nietzsche: “All great artists and thinkers are great workers, tireless in invention and transforming, order, eliminators and trouble makers”.
Those with high ambitions must tirelessly turn failures into opportunities, like judo, where the practitioner turns the opponent’s attack and energy in favor of the attacked
Unless there is a focused motivation, there may be feelings of guilt and regret that dangerously distract from the real assignment; this must necessarily focus on improvement.
The most common type of fault is the biological one, which is highly decisive. Perhaps, the biggest obstacle to our success is to believe that there are inferior genes.
Sometimes possible targets or goals are far, many years away from certainand often-difficult to envision. The practical distance between current skills and desired skills are so huge, that goals seem unattainable. Many people give in to this feeling of discouragement instead of taking distance as an inspiration and encouragement.
Greatness is not just going beyond mediocrity, it is transcending it. Greatness begins with one-step further, and another step, and hundreds of small and large steps until the distance cannot be measured. The only way to reach greatness is to go far, hard, persistently pushing everything, from the points of logic and reason. That is why people, who achieve high goals, at any age, are dreamers. Their heads are tied to clouds imagining the unimaginable.
They ignore the small turnouts and everything that seem obstacles.
Hundreds of extraordinary successful people recognize that there is no agefor impossible. Being in the game is difficult and for those who keep on, that is a process of improvement, especially over time which has no substitute, thus time is crucial for excellence.
In our culture, we are constantly conditioned to gratify our impulses immediately: shop, eat, drink, watch, and click now.
Successful people who achieve high goals, overcome those impulses.
The small accomplishments along the way provide much more satisfaction to keep on.
A lesson to learn is that things come out of nowhere and evolve from nothing. The smallest seed in the right situation turns into the most beautiful forest and the most promising seed in a bad situation may turn into anything.
The true way to success remains not in the molecular composition of a person, but in the development of a more productive and outstandingidentification of external resources. Find a mentor, a great teacher whowill inspire, advise, criticize and have extreme faith in you, who tells you the different person you must be– and different skills – that you must have in life.