(Read the first chapter of my book for free here)
I show up every week in these videos, and I’m here to tell you that it is possible to stabilize your cognitive decline or even improve.
But more than that, I’m here to tell you how.
I have seen so many people halt or reverse their cognitive decline. My goal is to show you what worked for them, so you can put it to work for you.
Hi, I’m Tony Dearing of GoCogno.com, the website for people with mild cognitive impairment.
Go Cogno isn’t just a catchphrase. It’s an approach. It’s a way to defend your cognition that gives you the best possible chance of slowing, halting or perhaps even reversing your MCI.
It’s the basis of my book, “I Want My Mind Back,” and toward the end of the book, I break it down into seven basic concepts that I call the Go Cogno Credo.
Welcome to the Go Cogno Credo
And I want to break those down for you, so I’m doing a series of videos to explain each concept. And I begin today with the first G in Go Cogno, which stands for “Grind It Out.”
Here’s what I mean by that.
When I think of people who I have seen halt or reverse their cognitive decline, each of them did it in their own quiet way.
I’m talking about regular people here. They didn’t wear a cape. The didn’t leap buildings at a single bound.
But if they had one superpower, it was their sheer relentlessness.
Because here’s the reality of it. Getting to a place of better brain health can be a real grind. It takes effort, and that effort to be sustained over a period of many months, probably years.
You know, you didn’t go to bed one night with perfectly normal cognition and wake up the next morning with MCI. It was a long time coming. And undoing it can be every bit as arduous.
It’s not that it can’t be done. Because it definitely can be. And in some cases, it can even happen quickly. But not often.
The power of patience and persistence
Usually, it’s a long, slow road. From my experience, those who understand that going in, and approach the journey with patience and perseverance, are the ones who seem to prevail.
So that’s the first step in going Cogno. Grind it out. Understand what you signed up for. Commit to your cognition, be willing to put in the effort, and then stick with it long enough to let that work for you.
Of course, I go much deeper into all of this in my book, and if you want to learn more about that, I invite you to read the first chapter for free, and it’s available here.
Thanks for joining me today. I’ll see you next week, when we’ll talk about the difference between what you can “take” for MCI and what you can “do” and why you want define yourself by what you do. Until then, as always, be kind to your mind.