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How Brewing Coffee Can Up Cognitive Dexterity

January 21, 2013

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Think about how you live now, then think back on your life looking for contrasting anomalies. While some may be major life events over the course of years, some may be little things that lasted only months or weeks. Recognizing patters of change in your life reveals that what once was irresistible or requisite has now lost its appeal and become a pastime; what you once loved is no longer of concern.

We change our preferences and our habits change. We should embrace what we do, but maintain an open perspective ready to adopt new techniques or a new routine all together. We too often get caught in a groove as habit forms and continue simply because it has become ‘the way it is.’ And this ‘way it is’ thinking doesn’t only restrict individuals from dynamic living and trying new things–look at society.

Static routine negates cognitive dexterity. If you acknowledge that what is will likely become what was, and that what once was has been replaced with what is because it is more preferable for whatever reason, then you are more readily able to see your own actions objectively, perceive new ways of doing things and follow with action. If something doesn’t work, you’ll learn and try something new.

The minimal risk of not having something work out as we expect it to holds us back. So we don’t try anything new because of the risk it may not work out, when we know what we’ve done in the past will produce an acceptable, consistent result.

Throw aside consistency and comfort and open yourself to diversity. An important prerequisite is actually wanting to experience new things in life. You have to openly accept that what you are used to isn’t the only way to do something.

If you are one to taste something you don’t like and spit it right away because you decided you didn’t like it before tasting, then this exercise may not be for you. If you’re going to benefit from trying something new, you have to part with expectation. You have to be a curious person with ambition for novel experience and learning.

There’s more than one way to brew a cup of coffee, yet despite diversity, people have a way that works for them and stick to it day in and day out. Even for those who, say, use a French Press, it’s likely everyone’s order of operations varies slightly. Some people grind fine, some course or let steep 10 minutes or 3. There’s more than one way to do everything.

Start seeing your actions from an outside perspective and questioning why you do what you do. In many cases, there is no reason to the rhyme, and that realization is the beginning of greater thought-leaps to achievement and diversity in life and work.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. January 21, 2013 2:28 pm

    Reblogged this on Suddenly Brilliance.

  2. Alex Jones permalink
    January 22, 2013 7:52 am

    Important lessons in this blog post. The human brain is designed to be used, so by trying new things new ways stimulates the brain, keeps it sharp. The choice is growth or decay. The human body is an energy system that decays through lack of use.

    • January 22, 2013 10:29 am

      Thanks, Alex. You emphasize a strong point underlying it all. This for of conscious practice to stimulate the brain creates growth by enhancing our aptitude for learning, connecting dots and gaining enough momentum for action.

  3. January 22, 2013 11:26 am

    Great blog! Reblogged this on Teacher View Today

    • January 22, 2013 11:43 am

      Hey, Nancy. I fully support your efforts to forward the proper objective of education on Teacher View Today and am happy you found this post helpful and made it available to all on your blog. Thanks!

      • January 22, 2013 12:44 pm

        Thanks so much for checking Teacher View Today out! Much of what you post here will really benefit teachers everywhere! Keep up the good work! 🙂

      • January 22, 2013 12:51 pm

        Fostering the growth of the new generation is essential! Great to hear my content is helpful and I hope it does serve to benefit teachers and all. Thanks for the kind words. Best.

  4. February 4, 2013 1:21 pm

    Reblogged this on James Patrick Jensen and commented:
    Reminds me of Harry Wong’s recommendations on procedures and using them to automate certain aspects of your daily classroom activity.

    I wonder what other ways we can improve students cognition just by drawing their attention to the things they do every day of the school year and make conscious adjustment to our classroom routines with student input?

  5. August 27, 2013 4:10 am

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    • October 8, 2013 5:39 pm

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