“Our lives are the sum of our memories.”
Seriously though, without memory what would our lives even be.
They would just consist of random moments in time as if nothing ever existed before that second. Our personalities would never have developed from experiences we never remembered.
In a way, the more memories you have in life, the more life you have lived.
Imagine if you could learn how to develop a photographic memory. And remember everything and anything in complete detail.
Whether it was to recall great moments in your life or to advance yourself in the present state. The benefits are endless.
The good news is that you can develop a photographic memory.
It is a skill that can be learned.
So if you’re interested in “living more life,” advancing your career, or simply just bettering yourself, then this is the article for you.
Method 1: Improving General Memory
Without having to read a word of method 1, check out the TED Talk below.
The talk is by Joshua Foer and tells the story about how he went from being a journalist at memory contests to winning them in only a few short months.
This method is not exactly remembering things “like a photograph”, but it is extremely effective for remembering anything in general.
So if you want to:
– Never have to use cue cards during a speech again
– Be able to memorize the order of 32 decks of cards in 1 hour
– Or just simply want to have a better memory than 99% of people out there
Then check out the video below, it explains it better than I ever could.
Essentially what Josh is saying is that the brain remembers in pictures.
The best thing he says to describe it is
If you told someone to remember somebody with the name Baker and told someone else to remember that somebody was a baker, sometime later the first person who you told to remember someone named Baker will likely forget. While the person who was told to remember “a baker” will likely remember.
Well because the brain thinks and remembers in pictures.
When you are told to remember a baker, your brain instantly imagines a baker, in a puffy white hat or w.e it may be.
This is what sticks in your mind.
This is what you remember.
So if you carry this into every aspect of your life, and associate things that you are trying to remember with pictures in your mind (the more vivid and ridiculous the better), you will have an incredible memory.
This is how normal men go from forgetting where they put their keys to being able to remember the order of 32 decks of randomly shuffled cards in an hour.
Just watch the video for a much better understanding.
Imagine having this skill set under your belt.
The only guy in the office or at your firm that can remember everything and anything.
Do you think your career is going to advance?
I’m guessing it will.
Method 2: The Military Method
**Note: I read an article ages ago on how the military trained their high-up operatives to have a photographic memory. This method has been floating around the internet on many sites. Link 1, Link 2. I have not been able to find any actual proof that the military do this to train their operatives to have a photographic memory, or if it does in fact work. So try at your own risk.
But it seems like the military is always doing the latest and greatest crazy experiments:
– Psychic spies
– Objective viewing
– Photographic memories
It makes sense for remembering orders, pictures of the location, or coordinates.
So I think it is worth a shot!
This method promises to actually teach you how to develop a photographic memory and not just a great memory.
How to do it:
Before I give you the steps it is important to say that this system will take you at least 1 month to develop, and must be practiced every day, as a missed day of practice can apparently set you back a week.
For this process, you need a dark room.
You need to be free from distraction.
And you must have a bright lamp or ceiling lamp in the room.
A windowless bathroom is perfect.
Sit in a position where you have easy access to turn your light on and off without having to get up.
Get a piece of paper and cut a rectangular hole out of it about the size of a standard book paragraph.
Get your book, or w.e it is you are trying to memorize from and cover it with the piece of paper, exposing only 1 paragraph.
Adjust your distance from the book so that when you open and close your eyes they focus on the words instantly.
Turn off the light and let your eyes adjust to the dark.
Then flip the light on for a split second and then off again.
You will have a visual imprint in your eyes of the material that was in front of you.
When this imprint fades, flip the light on again for a split second, while again staring at the material.
Repeat this process until you can recall every word in the paragraph incorrect order.
If you are doing it right you will actually be able to see the paragraph and read from the imprint in your mind. (eventually)
Remember, you may not have had success at this for up to a month or more.
But if you can commit to practicing this every day, for at least 15 minutes a day, then in a month or so you will literally have a photographic memory.
As your skills develop and you get better and better, you should be able to take this practice into every day of your life.
Imagine quickly looking through at a piece of text and being able to see the imprint in your mind.
All you would have to do is glance at your cheat sheet before a big test and you would be golden.
It’s very powerful stuff.
Having a photographic memory is a very unique skill that if you’re interested in, will give you an edge over all the people around you.
Yes, it takes time a practice. But 15 minutes a day is not too much to ask to develop an incredible life skill.
Most people spend over 3 hours a day just watching TV, developing no life skills.
So if you think it’s for you try it out. And let us know how it goes.
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Hey guys, I’m Sean a self improvement enthusiast with over 10 years experience in the health and wellness industry. My mission is to help you become the best version of yourself.
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