Posted on Dec 20, 2023, 11 a.m.
This article comes to us from the weblog of Dr. Robert M. Goldman MD, Ph.D., DO, FAASP.
I have always been fascinated with how powerful the mind can make us feel and how far the inner self can be pushed. The mind is so closely linked to the body that you really can think yourself fat, thin, sick, healthy, poor, rich, a loser, or a winner.
Having competed for many years on the world level as a strength athlete, and having studied the martial arts since my teens, I have long experienced the Super Powers of the Mind. When I set world records, I did not accomplish that goal with body or muscle power but with the power of my mind. When I performed karate board or brick breaks, it was my mind and inner chi that allowed my hand to pass so easily through those barriers.
The more I challenged my body and mind, the more respect I gained for this intricately tuned synergy the Greeks spoke of centuries ago. The mind-body link is a reality, and I wanted to learn every technique of how to meld the two, and so increase my brainpower, memory, concentration, focus, imagination, and creativity.
That was the impetus for writing this book, putting together a "user's manual" for building Super Mind Power.
As a young child, I marveled at my grandmother Rose. She came to this country at age twelve not knowing the language and with no money or family support, but she had the mental power and fortitude to raise and protect eight children.
It was the force of her mind and personality that forged the bond among scores of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and even great-great-grandchildren. At the end of her life, at ninety-five, she still possessed wit, concentration, and humor. Her selective hearing could filter out useless gossip and pick out important conversations twenty-five yards away. She was my first exposure to someone who had a natural Super Mind Power.
When I was a teenager, I marveled at the astounding concentration of martial arts masters. Though slight of build, they could exert enormous power and literally propel much larger, heavier opponents across the room with a single stroke. It was not their physical strength but Super Mind Power that enabled them to complete these feats.
One of my early teachers was a Chinese gung fu master who, though he weighed only 130 pounds soaking wet, could move like lightning, with such force and concentration that he was almost a blur. When I was training for the Olympic wrestling team, his concentration and mind-body kinesthetic sense were so developed that he was able, in a matter of hours, to learn all the freestyle Olympic wrestling maneuvers I knew.
When I was competing in the 1970s, I and every athlete I knew looked up to Olympic gold medal winner Dan Gable as the ultimate mind power athlete. His drive was so intense, and his concentration and skills were so developed, that he was virtually unbeatable. And he used these same skills for years as he became the winningest collegiate wrestling coach in American history. It was Dan's super brainpower that allowed him to mold himself into the ultimate physical machine and to teach those skills to others.
Since age four, I have studied art. I began with gifted children's classes at the Pratt Institute in New York, and as an adult, went on to establish my own museum of fine art, the Institute Museum of Chicago.
Art is the true mirror into the hearts and minds of people in the past, and what makes art so fascinating is that it provides a window into the soul of the creator. As I have learned about art, I have realized that there are many different types of intelligence and mental skills. For instance, there is the ability of a Leonardo or a Michelangelo to visualize complex three-dimensional images. I recall as a child forcing myself to create three-dimensional characters to train my imagination and creative skills. I did this almost daily for entertainment. In hindsight, I know that this childhood game helped me to enhance my powers of visualization and concentration.
But how do we unlock the creative instincts that are within each of us? Here again, Super Mind Power is the tool, and its secrets have been used by masters for centuries. Now you, too, can develop your own Super Mind Power program.
The most important organ we possess is the brain. It is our conscious mind and all the memories, power, and sensations that make us human. Our remarkable brainpower elevates us from other species and makes each of us very special. And, like our muscles, which can be made stronger with focused, consistent effort, our brains, too, have this plastic quality and can be molded.
Beginning with our earliest life experiences, our brains begin to process and store amazing quantities of data, which allow us to perform tasks that, while very human, exceed anything that can be done on the most powerful computer. But how do we tap into this enormous data bank of potential? Thomas Edison said it best: "Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration." Our ability to focus with determined effort can raise each of us above the crowd.
Exceptional Super Mind Power
In the late 1980s, I founded the National Academy of Sports Medicine, which today is the premier personal fitness trainer certification organization. As I have watched the organization grow, I have been fascinated by what trainers of the stars do for clients in terms of mental training and exercises. I have taken my experiences with these trainers and detailed their lessons in "Super Mind Power : Brain Fitness" so that you, too, can learn about these special mind programs.
Read about what trainer to the stars Jake Steinfeld did to get Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Priscilla Presley, and Bette Midler ready for career challenges, and techniques employed by Michael Jordan's trainer gave him for an injury-free body and mind find history-making career.
What mental powers make people rich, successful, or powerful? It is their drive, ambition, concentration, and determination that bring them to the pinnacle of their careers. Consider basketball phenom Michael Jordan. What separates him from other players? He is not taller, stronger, younger, or even faster. No. But he does have the Super Mind Power that enables him to fly above his opponents. He has the unbending will to win and focus, and that makes him the best. Is techno whiz Bill Gates the smartest nerd in town? Not necessarily. But his Super Mind Power has made him so focused that he has crushed all competition and all obstacles in his way. In the coming chapters, you will read about how these people and others have developed their Super Mind Powers.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was just another block of muscle when he came onto the movie scene. But with his Super Mind Power — his staggering drive and determination — he was able to turn himself from the greatest bodybuilder of all time into one of the most powerful individuals in the movie industry. I have seen his mind power at work. Having served with him on the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, I witnessed his remarkable memory for names and faces. He could work a room like no other person, not only greeting every individual by name but also recounting minute details of past encounters and personal habits. You will read about some of his other super mind skills.
The goal of this book is to help you learn the Super Mind Power techniques of the superstars, the supersuccessful, the superpowerful. It will give you ideas for ways to change your life by turbocharging your mind and brain to increase your memory, concentration, focus, determination, discipline, imagination, creativity, and energy, while decreasing your fatigue, stress, and need to sleep.
Learn which supernutrients can power up your mind and which new super-brain medications are out there to pump up your thinking power. Learn how a supernap can quick-charge your mind and how special antistress techniques can rejuvenate your cerebral core. And learn about the latest advances in preventing Alzheimer's and other mental diseases.
It is predicted by the U.S. Census Bureau that by the year 2025, the country will have two sixty-five-year-olds for every teenager.
The percentage of Americans over age sixty-five has risen 300 percent in the last century; those aged sixty-five to seventy-four up 800 percent; those seventy-five to eighty-four up 1,300 percent; and the number of those over eighty-five has increased by 2,500 percent!
We are all definitely living longer, but how do we keep our minds young? How do we preserve and protect our experiences and wisdom? What are we going to do with the growing number of years in our lives? You want to have the mental mind power to participate in all that's ahead.
With the mind-boggling advances in gene therapy, nanotechnology, genetic engineering, organ regeneration, and drug development, we are going to live longer and healthier, and we need a Super Mind to help us take advantage of these added years.
The greatest tragedy for anyone is the loss of memories, for these are our most valuable possessions. They are the core of our personal identity, and there is a lot you can do to protect yourself from "mind robbers," and losing these irreplaceable valuables.
In this book, there are self-tests, brain booster information charts, and numerous quizzes to help you gauge where your mind power is now and what you might do to enhance your performance. There is also information about the new and exciting brain medications now under development, which may soon be available so that everyone can boost their brainpower.
The programs and techniques in Brain Fitness are your protective barrier against the greatest team of thieves of all time — age and deterioration — which are out to steal your greatest possession, your mind. Learn the secrets of "Super Mind Power"!
As medicine continues to increase longevity, and it becomes more vital for us all to keep the mind healthy and vigorous, Brain Fitness is destined to become our bible for the new millennium.
Among his many accomplishments such as being a World Champion athlete with over 20 world strength records and being promoted to the level of Knight Commander under the Royal House of Ghassan, Dr. Goldman holds two Physician and Surgeon Medical Degress as well as two Medical Doctorates. Dr. Goldman holds a Ph.D. in steroid biochemistry, he is a visionary, philanthropist, innovator, humanitarian, best-selling author, and he is the Co-founder and Chairman of the American Academy of Anti-Aging (A4M), Co-founder and Chairman of the World Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, World Chairman of the International Medical Commission, Founder and Chairman of the International Sports Hall of Fame, Chairman of the U.S Sports Academy’s Board of Visitors, and President Emeritus of the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), as well as being a captivating cover story for several magazines.
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