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Krishan Chahal – “Memory King”
Well, friends, we all know that our memory is the most important faculty of our mind. If you have a sharp memory you’ll have knowledge. And if you have knowledge, then there is no dearth of success in life. A powerful memory can change the entire course of our life.
But most of us are facing the problem of forgetting things. If I’ll ask you, how many of you feel that your memory is weak? Yes, yes, most of us. Most of us think so. I was of the same opinion friends, but when I came to know about the mechanism of memory, I have improved it dramatically — from my day-to-day life activity to the record-breaking level.
From memorizing a deck of playing cards, of 52 playing cards in less than a minute to memorizing the pi value. Most of us think pi is a 22 by 7 or it’s 3.14 and it does repeat after every 6 decimal places, but it’s a long-tail friends. It’s a 3.1415 and you’ll keep on counting itself, 9265358979323846264333832795028, and it’s 841971693993.. and so on up to infinity…thank you. Thank you very much.
I tried it — I memorized it up to 43,000 decimal places and then recalled it with 100% accuracy in 5 hours 21 minutes only. And believe me friends, if I can do it, all of you can do it. And not even pi you can memorize anything whatever you want to memorize and you can retain it for a long time as far as you want.
And it’s a matter of only like say how well you have mastered the art of memorizing, friends. I have trained — in my workshop I have trained people from different fields whether they’re students, scientists, professionals or Air Force pilots. What I found in common is that people have good memory but they don’t know actually how to use it and the situation becomes worse in case of students, because they spend most of their time in studies and still not able to achieve their desired results. I really have soft corner for them.
Now what to do friends? If they know the art of memorizing really they can solve most of their learning related issues and in this competitive time, friends, this is a must-acquired skill.
I want to brief here about what is the art of memorizing, high walks – art of memorizing, we can divide basically in two parts, friends.
One is about designing the information or modifying the information in such a way so that it can catch your attention. So that you can learn it on its own. You have to modify the information, friends, according to the taste of human mind.
Let me take few example of it. Let’s take expelling mistakes. Most of the students do spelling mistakes in their preschools or like, say, first four five years of the school and it’s very common among students. If I’ll take a word, like the conscious, especially words which are confusing, so students do a mistake like say here they can easily do this mistake of letter s.
Now the teacher will do — teacher will correct it and will ask the student to write it five times. And if they will do the mistake again, then write it down ten times. If again, then write down it 20 times. No alternate solution is offered.
It’s the most boring job for a student; it doesn’t require any active participation. They can write it at 100 times even while watching their favorite movies. So there is no use of keep on writing, keep on writing without any involvement of your attention.
Instead of doing it in that way, if you modify the information according to the taste of human mind, what your mind prefers to learn, you can modify it like this. You can exaggerate the missing letter s.
Now it’s catching your attention and you will remember it very easily. In the future if you’ll do any mistake in any word, so simply exaggerate the missing letter, do some creativity on it, make it outstanding and you will never forget it again, friends. No need to write it 5 times, 10 times, 20 times.
But for different type of information we have the different methods, like it’s useful for spellings only but you can’t memorize a long theory by using this method. For memorizing a theory you need to use a self-meaning system.
To memorize a Pi value you need to use grid method of memorizing. To memorize chemical equations you need to use journey system, or mind palace technique.
There are more than 20 methods of mnemonics, friends. I have authored so many books on this topic. It’s really very interesting subject.
But today I want to draw your attention on another part of the art of memorizing. One I told it’s about modifying the information; another is about modifying or reprogramming your mind to put your attention on the desired information, or in the desired stuff.
Every day you are observing so many things but you cannot retain it for a long time. Every moment we are receiving thousands of signals on the retinas of our eyes, on our hearing sense. We can’t observe all those signals, we’ll observe only those signals for which we are programmed, friends.
So you need to reprogram your mind in such a way so that you can put your attention automatically on the important things, on the information which matters to you the most. Like it happens with students, like in exam they will read the question, yes, yes, I know. Yes I know, answer of this question was on the bottom of the right side pages of the book but what was the answer, that I don’t know. It means what — and memorizing of the location is more difficult in comparison of memorizing the answer itself.