Isn't it just fascinating? We all, or almost all try to get somewhere. A place that we dream of. A place that we deserve. A place in which we will feel happy and content. These are the mental places - oftentimes worlds apart from actual geographical locations. Equally often, they are the reason we wake up in the morning. They fuel us, they feed us, they provide us with sufficient energy.
Our intellect is what holds it all together. But before we get there, let's take a step back. Let's revisit certain term that might help us here. One might argue that it is our brain that holds it all together, or our mind. Then we have mental ability and mental capacity. All denote that thinking takes place. According to the official definitions, the intellect is our ability to think and understand in an intelligent way or think and understand ideas at a high level- note the word intelligent.
The brain is the organ that controls thought, memory, feelings and activity. But the word brain is also used to refer to intelligence or a very intelligent person especially one that has spent a lot of time studying. When it comes to the mind, even though the Cambridge dictionary defines it as "the part of the person that makes it possible for him or her to think, feel emotions, and understand things", there are numerous fora that seek to find a response to the question of brain vs mind. I tend to enjoy the distinction that allows us to see the mind as an element of the person that may be the outcome of brain activity that enables us to be aware the world and our experiences , but is also distinct from consciousness.
Mental ability is our power to learn and retain knowledge and use the mental qualities (abilities) to improve our knowledge and understanding to solve problems and modify our behaviour: spatial visualisation, perceptual speed, number facility, verbal comprehension, word fluency, associative memory, inductive reasoning.
Mental capacity is being able to make our decisions pretty much because we can do all four activities that define our capacity: we can understand and use information given to us to make decisions, retain any such information long enough to make decisions, weigh up the available information and finally be able to communicate this decision. For smaller daily decisions, things seem easy. For more serious and complex decisions, we tend to seek information, advice or support.
The question is: how do we ensure the value of our decisions? That is, to guarantee that these will lead to a better quality of life? Because decisions are choices - they happen consciously and subconsciously. And their quality is defined by the sum of our mental abilities and our mental capacity when they are in the positive. We all have the right to make decisions for ourselves. Let's make sure these decisions reflect our intellect and the quality of life we aim for - if we aim for one.
Intellectual Performance Enhancement coaching is based on the premise that, at times, we need the nudge to utilise what nature has given us. And also to enhance it. Whatever is there, it can be taken to the next level having an incredible impact on our lives. Simply because our choices practically define us and how we live.