How Brewing Coffee Can Up Cognitive Dexterity
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.