Mind Hacking – Sir John Hargrave

Who should read this book?

The 25-year-old person who feels stuck in their head and wants to find ways to get out of it and live a better life, the 35-year-old who keeps getting trapped in self-sabotaging behaviors and wants to take charge of their life, or the 40-year-old life coach who wants to learn more ways to improve their clientele’s life by giving better advice.

In Mind Hacking, the author explains how to train your brain to excel. The book will show you how to stay alert to new opportunities and live life more meaningfully. To do so, you’ll have to fix the negative patterns and the flaws in your cognitive processes first. How? Let’s find out!

Here are my three favorite lessons from the book:

  1.   Log into your mind like a superuser and go beyond the user mode.
  2.   Train your mind to focus by eliminating distractions. 
  3.   Imagination can project you further in life and contribute to your daily happiness.


Our mind is like a computer, which is why we can log in and log off at any time.

Our mind is similar to a computer. And once you understand what that means, hacking it will become easier than ever. One of the best examples we can use to describe the process of metathinking. In a nutshell, it means thinking about thinking. But what is that? Well, this concept implies that we, as humans, can log into our minds at any given point, and stay there as super users. 

Concentration is a skill that has to be learned and trained to be fully mastered.

Picture this scenario: you’re finally working on that task you had to get done. All of a sudden, a phone notification pops up on your phone. Before you know it, your one-minute check-up turns into a one-hour procrastination session on social media, and now you’re too tired to go back to the task. Sound familiar?

There are two kinds of attention: Voluntary and reflexive. One is when your brain directs focus to a particular task, like reading, the other is reacting to an outside stimulus.

Your aim is to diminish the latter and work on improving voluntary attention. How? By eliminating digital distractions. At least for one hour a day, turn off your phone, radio, or TV, and simply meditate or work on something productive. Why? It all comes to how the brain is wired. Not checking your pop-up notification makes your mind feel like it has something to finish up doing, which in turn stresses it and creates anxiety.

There are five imagination exercises that you can try right away to plan your dream reality.

Studies show that simple imagination exercises and day-dreaming sessions can make people happier and more fulfilled in their life. By practicing intentional thinking and detailing the life you want to live, you are picturing the end goal which makes it easier for you to pursue it with everyday actions.

You know what they say: “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” Imagination can help solve this dilemma with five exercises:

  1.   Imagine that you’re inserting a mood chip into your brain, which can amplify one emotion. What emotion would that be? That’s your desired mood!
  2.   Imagine you have all the money in the world. What would you buy with it? That’s something worth working for! 
  3.   Picture a genie that can make any wish come true. What would that wish be? Whatever you asked for is something you want out of life right now.
  4.   Imagine you can enrich the world by bringing forth something new, useful, or valuable. It could be a brand discovery, charity work, or anything you want. What would that be?
  5.   Think about how you’d like your friends and family to remember you at your funeral – that’s how you should aim to behave with those around you!

It’s easier to accomplish an objective when you know what you want the outcome to be. Use these five exercises to set your next big target!

Mind Hacking is a remarkable book that explains how to overcome the loopholes in your thinking and reverse the negative patterns in your cognitive processes. You’ll learn to make your brain work in your favor instead of dragging you down. With the right combination of imagination, mind techniques, and a positive attitude, you too can tap into your mental super powers!