The “Inventor” (2% of the population)
You happen to be lucky enough to possess one of the top three brain types for optimal weight maintenance. You most likely already have your weight under control or are within 20-30 pounds of your ideal healthy weight. If you do have some weight to lose, you will find that easier than most brain types, especially by following the customized brain training techniques suggested for your type below.
You will also find it easier than most brain types to focus on optimal health as a goal (whether or not you are already at your ideal weight) because you can appreciate the value of the improved productivity, creativity and the quality of life that optimal health will bring.
As a thinker, like Nikola Tesla and author Ayn Rand, you give extra thought to everything you do, including what you eat. You hold fast to your standards and choose to follow your own priorities first, feeling little guilt when you reject a lunch invitation or politely decline a certain food offered by a host as a guest in their house.
The steps in this program will appeal to you since they are strategic and planned, each with their own purpose, moving you toward the goal of optimal health. You tend to take things in steps anyway, mainly because you enjoy mastering skills and moving on to a new skill. The Trigger technique (see below for all techniques recommended for your type) will help you whenever you find yourself stuck or find a new habit particularly difficult to form.
Like Nikola Tesla, you typically have the mindset that, “great ideas must work,” so if you believe in an idea and you are convinced by it, you will enthusiastically pursue it. You are most likely already inclined toward this program’s concepts since your to have gotten this far, so by now, you are looking to get “on board” with these principles and are optimistic they will help you achieve optimal health.
You have a tendency to bottle up your frustrations and sometimes even take them out on others, which you always regret and could potentially trigger emotional eating. Exercise (especially high-intensity exercise) will reduce these frustrations appreciably. You will find the Square Breathing technique to be particularly helpful, especially in those times when you feel like you are on the verge of an emotional outburst or some emotional eating.
You are one of the most private brain types, so you feel it quite difficult to talk about your frustrations and challenges with others. You need to make it a priority to work on this as much as possible because adding that skill to your brain wiring will make you even more productive and creative. Once you learn how to get stuff out, you will find that you are free. The more you do it, the better you will get at it and eventually, your brain will be rewired to do it automatically. It will learn to crave that release, and your stress levels and mood funks will decline drastically.
For your goals, write your story on a piece of paper: where you have come from up to this point, where you are now and where you want to go from here. Write why you want to go there. Write what you will be like when you reach your goals. Next, re-write this last part in the present tense, as if you are already there and have completely achieved those goals. Next, sign and date it at the bottom. Now post it somewhere you will see it daily.
You are the most independent brain type. You are extremely autonomous and confident in your chances of success and you don’t see much of a need for help from others in order to bring your ideas to fruition. This can make you appear cold, arrogant or aloof unless you purposely develop a conscious, warm method of relating to others. If you haven’t developed this ability by now, fake it until you make it! Observe how some of your extroverted friends relate to people and learn from them.
Those extroverted brain types are masters of relating to people and can teach you these skills. You are gifted at learning through observation, so watching and imitating them will change and improve your personality in ways you have never imagined, helping you to enjoy life to its fullest. They can learn from you too and will be amazed and inspired by your creative ideas.
You are perfectly happy on your own, by yourself, creating things and working on projects, so it’s extremely important for you to get out and socialize with friends and meet new people. That might be a challenge for you, so building this skill will train your brain to be more balanced and will improve your ability to rewire your brain for other reasons in the future when you so desire.
You prefer to have few close friends (besides those close to you in your family) so be sure to nurture those relationships consistently and draw from their support. You may tend to lose contact with friends, especially when you start out with a new and exciting project, but that is a critical mistake for your brain type. You need those close friends, whether you think you do or not, in order to attain your optimal physical, spiritual and mental health, so make it a top priority to stay in touch with them and foster those relationships.
Your insights are deep and technical, and you specialize in challenges, even the “impossible,” but you disdain routine. If you worked at Boeing, for instance, your dream job would be leading the team responsible for inventing a new warp speed, inter-dimensional form of flight. Your nightmare job, on the other hand, would be as a riveter on the airplane wings.
Since you despise routine, journaling or keeping food logs may seem tedious to you, so don’t bother. Instead, you will find techniques like Ho’oponopono more useful for your brain type. Another technique to learn and get better at with practice is catching yourself saying “negations,” and turn those around by saying the opposite phrase. The Word Swap technique will be helpful for this.
Like Isaac Newton, you can be very single-minded, which is an asset when a deadline needs to be met. This is why it is important to set clear goals for milestone achievements along the way. Post those milestones where you can see them every day to keep you focused on them.
You find it easy to exert the required effort, day after day. Your brain type would even be able to handle two full-time jobs, as long as you were creating and innovating things and concepts that interested you. This positions you toward being a work-a-holic though, so achieving balance in life should be another priority for you.
You need to force yourself to take breaks and relax. Stepping away from your project for a few minutes and stretching or going for a brisk walk can be quite effective in recharging and refreshing your energy stores on those long, inspirational days when you are “in the zone” and don’t want to stop. Short, high-intensity workouts can similarly refresh your creative juices when you start to feel run down (as counter-intuitive as that might sound).
It’s easy for you to think of the grand possibilities with your gifted imagination. This probably got you in trouble in elementary school as you were most likely a frequent day-dreamer. It is important to logically look at the feasibility of your goals because it’s quite easy for your brain type – due it’s ability to imagine the impossible – to set goals that are unrealistic.
You tend to get frustrated and impatient when ideas or concepts don’t work out exactly as you had envisioned or expected. When this happens, you typically have your temper tantrum and then after you have blown off the necessary steam, you diligently go right back to the drawing board to try again. This will help you during your journey to optimal health, because if you miss one of your milestone goals or stray from the program temporarily, you have the ability to get back on track quickly and resume the journey where you left off, with little to no backsliding.
Your critical mind tends to question everything, so even though you are intrigued by this program, you are also skeptical. Your natural tendency towards learning lends itself very well to programs like this, even in spite of your natural skeptical attitude.
Like Martin Luther, you want to improve, innovate, and correct everything that comes along. You are continuously redesigning programs and concepts. You may find yourself attempting to redesign this program as well, experimenting with different ingredients for the recipes and exploring other people’s brain types and even the brain training exercises suggested for them. This is all fantastic and can help contribute to your motivation and success, so go with it.
Your gift of innovation could also help contribute to my goal of helping people as you will no doubt have numerous suggestions on how to improve this program and suggestions for the website. Comments from any brain type for improvements are, of course, welcome, but I will most likely get the most feedback (both constructive and critical) from your brain type.
You prefer to exercise by yourself or with someone who shares your goals and fitness level. You don’t have much patience for people who waste time or fail to put the same intensity into their workouts as you do. You would rather get it done with little waste and conversation than take your time and shoot the breeze with others during your exercise session.
You prefer the quicker, more efficient brain training techniques like Tapping, the Trigger technique, Word Swaps and Ho’oponopono because they take little time, but are very effective.
It helps you to keep records and stats of your workout data. This will help you keep track of progress and will motivate you to improve your metrics. You will find it quite rewarding to look back on past workouts and see how far you’ve come.
You might also find it motivating to create your own customized “streak sheet,” which is a simple spreadsheet where you can track the frequency of your new habits and set goals to achieve them and ingrain them into your brain. Click here for a Google sheet sample that you can use as a template. Just be sure to click “file” then “make a copy” to create a usable and editable version.
Summary and Recap
Goal setting: Short-term goals with clear milestones to celebrate.
Best Workout: By yourself, with a trainer, or workout partner. Quick, intense, no-nonsense workouts are preferable over long, group exercise.
Motivated by: Mastering steps works well for you, thinking about one step at a time. Keep metrics and stats on your progress.
Supported by: Someone who can appreciate your improved health and physique as you progress.
Areas to strengthen: Relax more. Take more vacations and breaks throughout the day, even if they are for only five minutes, to stretch, meditate or exercise.
Strengths to use: You get back on track quickly if you are good at forgiving yourself for falling off track.