Intelligence skills are developed through long-term practice. Through repetition, you may have developed certain core intelligence skills such as problem-solving, decision-making, planning, and hypothetical thinking.
You are here because you are intelligent, you want to know how to boost your intelligence, and you are seeking more knowledge and wisdom in life.
Seeking is the first step to boost your intelligence. An ignorant one might always think that he knows everything, that overconfidence makes them fool.
➡ Chapter 1: 4 Steps to Be Your Own Life Coach
➡ Chapter 2: How to Understand Your Mind
👉 Part 1: What is Consciousness?
👉 Part 2: What is the Subconscious Mind?
👉 Part 3: How to Control Your Mind
👉 Part 5: How to Master Your Mind
➡ Chapter 3: Why Do You Need to Be Attentive?
➡ Chapter 4: How to Improve Attention
➡ Chapter 5: You Are Here
➡ Chapter 6: What is Self-Awareness?
👉 Part 1: How To Stop Unwanted Thoughts
👉 Part 2: How to Be Happy
👉 Part 3: How to Deal With Anxiety & Depression
In this article, I shall discuss only the basic four steps to boost your intelligence. But, before beginning, let’s understand what intelligence is in brief.
What is Intelligence?
Intelligence is like a knife; the sharper it is, the better it is. If the knife is at the hand of a noble one, it may rejuvenate a planet but, if the knife is at the hand of an evil one, it may cut a planet into pieces.
History knows how many times human intelligence had fueled renaissance, how many times the same intelligence destroyed the world. The planner of the world wars or the Holocaust was an intelligent one. Don’t you think so? It is not possible for a normal human being to plan such a big crime drama.
Essentially, the owner of the knife determines how one can use it. Similarly, the owner of the intelligence determines how better one can use the intelligence.
But, who is the owner of the intelligence?
It is the identity we everybody carry along with intelligence.
The “master race” identity was the primary ideology of the Nazis; you know well how much havoc that identity created in this world.
If an intelligent one identifies himself with terrorism, he can become an intelligent terrorist. If an intelligent one identifies himself with the society, he can become an intelligent social worker.
Most of the people somehow identified oneself with some kind of thing, at least with a political identity called as a nation.
Your intelligence works in parallel with the identity you carry along with it. The narrow your identity, the narrow is your intelligence.
It is easier to go down from a hill, but it is hard to climb a hill.
If you identify yourself with the universe, it is easier to identify with a political nation or a social community depending upon the circumstances, because you have programmed your mind to identify with everything on this universe. But, if you identify strongly with a nation or a religion, it becomes hard for you to accept others opinions and you might become judgmental too often.
I hope, you have understood how identity is important for your intelligence.
Now, it’s time to know the four steps to boost your intelligence, starting with revamping your identity.
So, Let’s begin.
4 Ways to Boost Your Intelligence
Here are the 4 ways to Boost your intelligence:
Revamping Your Identity
When you identify with the universe; every nation, religion or identity becomes part of it. Identifying with the universe is basically about self-awareness, we all are living because of the natural conditions we have, the Sun is giving us light & energy, the trees are giving oxygen, and the big or small creatures are giving us food directly or indirectly.
Know The Thought Behind Every Action
Your thoughts are byproducts of the memories you have gathered in the journey of life. Certain permutations and combinations of memories become thoughts and we experience those as wanted or unwanted thoughts.
Behind every action, there is a thought; knowingly or unknowingly it happens. If you have clarity in thoughts, you can plan better, communicate effectively, decide well, and much more you can do by having clarity in thoughts.
Basically, thoughts and actions are in a loop; whatever we do is a byproduct of our thoughts, and the action also becomes thoughts as it got memorized in the subconscious mind.
Knowing the thought behind each action means you have to be conscious of what you think and what you do, otherwise unwanted thoughts are always ready to hijack your intelligence by passing the gateway of consciousness.
Asking Questions To Yourself
Deductive thinking or hypothetical thinking is basically a product of asking questions to oneself. You are doing it knowingly or unknowingly.
Suppose, you are planning to spend your next vacation in South Africa, you might intuitively ask yourself:
- What is the resource requirement to visit South Africa?
- How many days I will be available for the visit?
- What are the locations I am supposed to visit?
People who have reached the formal operational stage of cognitive development always ask questions to himself and becomes an effective decision-maker, planner or a problem-solver.
You are asking questions to yourself knowingly or unknowingly. But, when you make the subconscious conscious, you not only boost your intelligence but, you also have clarity in thoughts.
Attention is the primary cognitive skills for your intelligence. To do something great, you need to focus your all energies on that particular task. When attention wanders away from the task, bring it back to the task again, that’s how you can improve your attention skill through repetition.
If you are not attentive enough to solve a problem, can you solve it properly? You can’t be an effective decision maker if your mind fluctuates from here and there.
It is said that “Rome was not built in a day.” The surrounding is full of distraction, starting from your smartphone and ending with your social media account; all are fueling you to practice distraction.
You know that you become good at what you practice. If you are practicing distraction knowingly or unknowingly; you gradually start to live a distracted life. So, you must have to be attentive to boost your intelligence.
Apart from these four steps, you have to practice intelligence skills through repetition. There are many ways to practice intelligence. Regularly, you can practice speaking consciously, i.e. having clarity in thoughts while you speak. There are also many video games available at the market to boost your intelligence, you may try any of them as per your choice, and don’t forget to ask questions to yourself.
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Ashim, the Founder of MindWiper, loves to learn, share, and educate various dimensions of life skills development. After graduating with an engineering degree, he worked with major ICT industries in India and finally he followed his dream to integrate technology for Cognitive Skills & Life Skills Development.