Posted by: Shanie Matthews | March 9, 2011

How to be Smarter by Carl Massy

Creator of World’s Biggest Gym, Carl Massy, shares how we can activate intelligence in our lives…

Now this is just a short article on how to make yourself smarter. It is really quite simple, but not many people actually ‘practice’ the simple steps necessary. In fact a lot of people practice exactly the opposite and as a result make themselves dumber.

I have a simple system in life where I say that every choice we make in life can put us closer to the CRAP end of a continuum or closer to the GREAT end. And obviously (I hope ;-)), the aim is to spend over 80% of your time up the GREAT end.

So now back to being smarter. There is obviously a number of things that you can do along the way, but I believe that when it comes time to make that GREAT decision; the aim is to be as relaxed as possible. Ever notice how the most relaxed person is able to handle any crisis in life the easiest. I know that if there is a crisis happening around me, I want the most calm person in charge, rather than the person that is completely blowing their top.

And here are some reasons why ‘calm’ makes you smarter:

1. Your stomach is not contracted – making you breath easier
2. Because of the above you draw in more oxygen
3. Muscles are not contracted, allowing for better blood flow (which is more oxygenated because of more oxygen)
4. More oxygenated blood to the brain
5. Blood is not flowing to your muscles, so you have more blood for your major organs (including your brain)
6. You remain more conscious of the whole picture (the more tense you get the narrower your focus becomes)
7. The higher your heart rate and blood pressure the more quickly you tire

I could keep going, but I am sure you get the message now. My other saying is that by getting angry (or agitated / annoyed / etc) you actually make yourself dumber.

So here’s to being calm. Here’s to being smarter. And here’s to spending a lot more time at the GREAT end of life.

What ways do you like to inspire calmness in your life?



  1. i really could have used this advise two nights ago….got so mad and acted horribly to my boyfriend in front of our friends. at the time i thought i was making a point, but i can see now i just made everyones night miserable. next time i feel that way i will breathe and be calm. thank you!

    • Hi Amy,

      Thank you for commenting. I can completely relate. I have been in a similar situation with my boyfriend (now husband). There are times when I still look back on my response to the situation as a reminder to breath, stay calm and to speak from the heart.


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