What’s it about?
Unlimited Memory (2014) teaches memory techniques that will help you remember and retain any information you want. This summary will show you how to organize and store information in your mind so that you’ll never forget it.
About the author:
Kevin Horsley is an expert when it comes to how the mind works. As one of the very few people to receive the title of International Grand Master of Memory, he currently works as a consultant for organizations worldwide on how to address learning, motivation, and creativity.
Our memory is the main base of our existence:
Imagine what it would be like to be born without a memory. Kevin Horsely, the author, states that without memory, we would be nothing. We wouldn’t be able to learn, speak, think, or even tie a shoe!
Think of it like that: all the moments in your life need glue to bind them together; memory is that glue. It is what makes you and controls how your life will turn out.
Memory is the starting point of all kinds of knowledge. Although memory is built within us, it needs constant improvement. The stronger your memory, the healthier you are.
Have healthier life goals by having fewer excuses:
Many are those who lose track of their paths because of their constant lack of concentration.
The first step into attaining your desired goal is concentration. While we all are so good at making excuses, they are a significant setback to your concentration and, consequently, your goals. These excuses you always make are the primary reason as to why you haven’t reached your success.
Excuses prevent you from seeking knowledge and impend you from achieving any goal. Hence, it is essential to break free from your excuses.
Grandmaster Kevin Horsely mentioned some excuses people always use, like feeling helpless, blaming anyone but yourself, and the overthinking of stress. When you believe that you have limits, you will be forever restricted by those limits. We often excuse ourselves from responsibilities and the possibilities of living a mediocre life, when all we really should do to live the lives of our dreams is to stop giving power to these excuses.
What you believe in is what you accomplish:
Another factor that affects your concentration is your belief. Your limited vision of the truth is your belief in what your memory and concentration can do. Many never reach their most real potential because they have a limited view of what they can do. This is nothing but a lie because the mind is the only limit you’ve got – as long as you believe in yourself, you can do it.
There are many ways to banish those beliefs preventing you from fulfilling your dream life. Kevin suggests five beliefs that build you a better level of concentration:
- I was born with exceptional concentration and memory
- Improving my memory is important
- My memory has no limits
- There is no failure, only feedback
- I don’t know everything
Live up to the moment and maintain your concentration:
Many people say that having super concentration can’t be maintained, but it is more of a rare gift some are born with. The author disagrees with this view, and to prove his point, he said: “Do you agree with this statement; Big muscular biceps are something you are born with? No, it takes many hours of training in a gym.”
Similarly, concentration, like everything in life, requires practice and persistence.
Once you focus your mind, you can improve any area in your life. Therefore, concentration, too, should be built upon daily with focus. Maintaining your concentration isn’t a hard task. You should only learn to live in the moment and give it your undivided attention; when you are at work, be at work, when you are at home, be at home. Withdraw your mind from overpowering conflicting thoughts and build a state of peace to strengthen your concentration.
Take control of your inner voice, avoid multitasking, know your goals, and stop worrying. Practice peace.
Create more often to learn faster and be more productive:
People dream of having a photographic memory. But, memory is a creative process, not a photographic one. You have to create the memories you want to remember.
The books you enjoy activate your imagination and bring your knowledge to life. Reading and writing are a huge part of the creative imagination process. We excel in reading when we don’t feel confused. The more we transform information into images in our heads, the more we remember, retain, and comprehend. As a result, we can make learning more comprehensible with our unlimited imagination.
Learn how to amplify your imagination and memory systems by using the SEE principles:
- Use your senses – it helps you to experience more life and better your memory.
- Exaggerate your humor – it creates positive learning memories.
For example, to memorize the capital of Greece, which is Athens, you can imagine eight hens (sounds like Athens). A powerful memory requires you to bring knowledge to life through your imagination.
The author also suggests enhancing your memory by relating whatever you want to remember to your journey, like your body, car, the places you visited…
All these creative methods of remembering have one principle in common – the journey method. All the memory methods abide by the formula:
LTM (long term memory) + STM (short term memory) = MTM (middle term memory)
The LTM is a place where you can store the information you will remember forever (like your name). STM stores incoming information (like your friend’s birthday).
Linking your thoughts and remembering numbers and names help build a creative memory:
Learning requires connecting old and new information and creating a link between the known and the unknown.
The more you understand an idea, the more you will be able to create that link. To create a powerful connection between your thoughts, and get a better memory, list all the things you need to remember. Transform everything in this file into relatable keywords that are easy to remember and have a meaningful story to link all the ideas together.
For instance, if you want to remember names like a memory master, follow the four Cs:
- Concentrate an interest in the other person’s name.
- Create a picture of the name in your imagination.
- Connect the name with the face or the location.
- Continuously use the name.
Similar to names, numbers are a crucial part of our lives, but no one gave us an easy way to remember them. Yet, there is a way by turning them into shapes that form letters and then turn into words. The process might seem a little intimidating, but once you understand the code clearly, you will get the hang of it.
The code states that both the vowels (A, E, I, O, and U) and the letters W and H have no number value. 0 is for S, Z, or C,1 is for T or D, 2 is for N, 3 is for M, 4 for R, 5 is for the letter L, 6 for J, 7 for K; 8 for F or V, and 9 stands for P or B.
You just learned how to crack a code!
Use memory methods by converting information into art:
Art is another effective way to remember information since it supports creative remembering and boosts your association with the info. Try to turn important information into a creative portrait that can be easily viewed in your memory.
An easy way to do this is by Google Images, where you get an illustrator to make your drawings, by cutting some magazines, or by using doodles. Mind mapping is also an example of creative remembering.
The importance of regular practice should never be doubted:
“Habits begin as off-handed remarks, ideas, and images. And then, layer upon layer, through practice, they grow from cobwebs into cables that shackle or strengthen our minds.”-Denis Waitley
Using these methods to build long-term memory infuses them in your mind forever. To do this, discipline yourself to use them regularly.
Many consider the special events that occur in their life as magical but fail to see the role of self-discipline in this magical occurrence.
Our goals can be achieved only when we have the will to fight for them with a disciplined self. The steps to a more disciplined life:
- Create a vision
- Decide to change
- Stop following your feelings blindly
- Make a daily effort on your success path.
After following this process, regularly review your learning achievement to keep in touch with valuable information and strengthen your memory along the way.
Reviewing doesn’t need to take a lot of time. Just think about the details of the information that need a bit of clearance.