Memory improvement is one aspect of getting wisdom, which is the golden key that you need to create wealth. Do you have a photographic memory? As a kid, I use to be envious of those around me that did. They could get straight A’s in school without hardly any effort. Did it make you mad too?

But memory improvement and increased capacity to store information is only a small portion of wisdom. What do you do with that information? How do you use it to make your future better?

My instinct is to eat you.

Let’s look at how we learn. If we look to the animal kingdom, we see that animals have a lot of instincts from birth that allow them to survive and thrive as adults. I remember when our cat was still a kitten. Even though there was no adult cat around to train it, you could see the hunter instinct in it. It would pounce on anything small that moved.

Today, that cat is a super-smart killing machine. When I came home today, there were two fat moles on my back porch that he left there. Since he usually eats his kills, I know he must have gotten something else earlier in the day to satisfy his appetite.

As humans, we have very limited instincts that we are born with. Physiologists who study this thing, tell us that we only desire food and touch, and we have a fear of loud noises, and a fear of falling.

As children we must learn and our first teachers are our parents. The bible tells us to mind what mom and dad tell us:

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” Ephesians 6:1-3 (NIV)

I’m sure that you also see so many children that haven’t learned this lesson. They talk back to their parents, rebel and throw a temper tantrum when they don’t get their way.

You know the consequences as well as I do. When they reach adulthood, they don’t rise high in the workplace because employers really don’t want rebels around them. In other words, it will not “go well with them,” and if they have a long life, I’m sure it isn’t going to be enjoyable.

One advantage of improving your memory is the ability to recognize situations that could lead to a loss. How did you do in the last stock market correction? All the signs pointed to a steep downturn, right? Did you recognize it?

A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge,
but the simple keep going and suffer for it.
Proverbs 22:3 (NIV)

Unfortunately, we are creatures of habits. If we didn’t learn the correct habits when we were young, we’re going to always revert back to our old ways. We have this false notion that if we are alive and surviving today, that whatever we did to get us to this point must be good enough.

But if we want to prosper, we have to break out of those habits. We need to follow a new pattern. That is what the Lifestorms course is all about. In it you learn the 12 life patterns of self sabotage and destruction and are given blueprints for how to erase the old patterns and plug in new ones.

Your life may need Lifestorms. Isn’t it worth finding out now while there is still some time to take corrective action?

Question for today: What lesson do you wish you would have listen to more carefully from your parents?

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

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  • http://www.stevechambers.com Steve Chambers

    We have more instincts then we give ourselves credit for, but we still need to learn from our parents our peers and from our own efforts.

    You are right on target concerning habits. We need to know our habits and reinforce the good one’s while ridding ourselves of the bad ones.

    Nice Capcha!

    Steve Chambers
    Body Language Expert

  • http://www.simplesurvivalguide.com Rob Northrup

    Your comment about the ability to recognize situations that could lead to loss struck a chord.

    I think this is one of the areas where our gut gets calibrated through life– we are better able to assess risk and envision a range of outcomes.

    No regrets from me on advice received from parents.

    Seize the Day,
    Rob

    Simple Family Survival Tips For Disasters and Emergencies

  • http://www.childrenswealth.com Dale Bell

    Even when we know or recognize that the things we do might cause trouble we/I will see how close I can walk the line.
    It always amazes me that the older my kids just like the older I get the smarter the parents are.

  • http://www.yourchanceforromance.com Sonya Lenzo

    My father was a minister and spoke frequently on the book of Revealations. He always said, “I’m not gonna die, i’m gonna fly” as he thought we were living in the End Times. He turns 90 this week and as I see all the disasters around us, I wonder…so I am making plans to make sure nothing is left undone. I made up with an old friend recently. I feel good about that. Craig and I are going to Machu Picchu, something that was on his “Bucket List”.
    Sonya Lenzo
    http://www.yourchanceforromance.com

  • http://TheSuccessSecrets.net Michael D Walker

    I thought this was a nice take on instincts & learning so the title about memory improvement as it relates to creating wealth really threw me off becasue I kept waiting for you to teach us about creating wealth by improving our memory.

    Hope this isn’t being too critical but I think a title of Instinctive Learning & Creating Wealth would be a better fit.

    Still good content on learning & instincts!

    Michael
    The Success Secrets

  • http://www.directsellingadvice.com Mark

    I grew up respecting my parents and are they heroes of mine. So didn’t really ‘rebel’ as much as challenged rationale in order to gain a better understanding of their expectations for my and my sister. Do you feel human instincts driven by God’s design or sin’s influence or a mix?

    Mark
    Direct Selling Advice, Leveraging Relationships for Long-term Profit

  • http://www.stopthesun.com/blog Trisha Chambers

    Oh we have instincts! Especially women! Your posts are always enlightening!

  • http://www.bayarearoofingca.com David

    My parents told me to work hard and get the job done right. That is what I’m doing my best to follow.

    David
    Marin County Roofing

  • http://www.aprilbraswell.com Vegas Boomer Dating Expert

    Hi Tim,

    excellent reminder to work on our memory, and your inclusion of the kitty cat image is certainly amusing!

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell
    Single Boomer Dating Expert

  • http://successfulsalestools.com/ Bryan

    I wish I would have listened to a lot of things..about working harder when I was younger..BTW thats a scary cat you have tehre.

  • http://www.theharwoodgroupny.com Jennifer Battaglino

    I think I wish I would have spent more time with grandparents that passed by the time I was in my teens. You don’t want to go and sit with them but there were some valuable lessons that were missed I’m sure. I was taught to respect my elders but, as a kid, you lose interest quickly.

    Jennifer Battaglino
    The Harwood Group – Tinnitus, Chronic Illness, Fears, and Anxiety

  • http://www.ThingsToDoForFreeIn.com Michelle Mason

    As I read your blog about memory and wisdom, I thought about all of those super smart people who may be wise in their field, but in normal everyday situations are lost. You can be the smartest person in the world, but if you can’t apply it to the real world, it won’t do you any good.

    The passage from Ephesians is a tough one for me.

    Michelle
    Fun and Free Activities

  • http://www.shanekester.com Shane Kester

    I like the scripture you quoted about honouring your parents but I have to admit I have seen a lot of people with parents that are not very honorable; in fact they are down right bad. I figure the way they can keep the commandment to honor their parents is to live better lives than their parents. It honors them and their whole family line if they improve the family tree.

    Shane
    Change Your Thoughts and Improve Your Life

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  • http://www.babysittingworld.com Lisa McLellan

    I was like that as a child. It served me well then, however, in the long run it hurt me. I could ace any test but I forgot it all a few weeks later. I went on to excel in college and in jobs I had afterward because of my memory. And then one day it happened – I lost my memory. It seemed like it happened over night. I have to laugh about it or I would cry about it. It’s gone and I fear it will never come back!

    Lisa McLellan
    Babysitting Services, Nanny Services, and Nanny agencies

  • http://www.EslLessonUsingSocialMedia.com Eileen O’Neill

    Interesting post: wisdom, wealth, instincts, parents, correcting habits that don’t work. Interesting way to link them all together.

    Eileen
    Can you teach ESL/EFL using social media?