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Friday, November 20, 2009

How To Remember What You Forgot: Your Internal Google Comes To Rescue

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How to remember what you forgot? Is there a way to instruct your brain to remember those things that are buried under hundreds of layers of memories? Yes there is, and you have it since you were born.

Photo credit: ktsdesign edited by Daniele Bazzano

How many times did you find yourself in the situation of wanting to remember something, but the more you tried, the less results you achieved? It is like you focus hard to remember a place, a name, but the answer never comes to your head.

It is mainly our fault, as generally after a couple of minutes we give up and say: "This is useless, I am not going to remember this". We wrongly think that the answer we need will come to our head immediately, because we do not know how to command our brain.

We often hear how much our intelligence potential is underutilized. The main obstacle here is that we often don't know how to operate our own bio-computer. Our brain. It's like we had a powerful switchboard available to us but we were to operate it with our eyes covered. Not easy.

But once you learn how you can trigger one of those invisible switches, it becomes a child's play to do things that earlier may have appeared impossible to achieve.

One of these invisible switches is Google. Not the one you use to search for stuff on your computer though, but an Internal Google, as Robin Good baptized it. This Internal Google can help you get the right information no matter how old it is or how difficult it might be to find what you want to remember.

Curious? Want to know how to leverage the power of your brain beyond its limits? Then read how Robin Good explains his idea of the Internal Google and how you can turn this magical tool to your advantage.

At the end of this article you can also find a short video (with full text transcription) of a speech Robin gave at Girl Geek Dinner 6 earlier in 2009, explaining how the Internal Google helped him choose "Robin Good" as his pen name.


Internal Search Engine Now Available



While search engines are really one of the great inventions of our times, helping you find just about any information you need in a matter of seconds, there is a fascinating and powerful search technology that is much closer and accessible to you.

Even though you may have not heard about it yet, once you get to know this alternative search tool, you may find it even more useful than your favorite search engine, as this search tool can bring you back results you could not get anywhere else.

We often hear how much our intelligence potential is underutilized. The main obstacle here is that we often don't know how to operate our own bio-computer. Our brain. It's like we had a powerful switchboard available to us but we were to operate it with our eyes covered. Not easy.

But once you learn how you can trigger one of those invisible switches, it becomes a child's play to do things that earlier may have appeared impossible to achieve.

Today I would like to lit up one of these invisible switches for you.

Your brain "search" switch.


The Internal Google


I am sure you have been in a situation where while talking with a friend you have tried to remember the name of a person you had recently met but couldn't easily recall it right away. As you tried to recall that person's name, you felt like you were close to remembering her name, while simultaneously realizing that your inability to control and act on this desire in a predictable way.

In these situations, we often mumble things like: "Gosh, I can't remember it!" or "...ah, I had it just here on the tip of my tongue!" while hoping to recover somehow that memorable friend's name.

But the forgotten name, doesn't always pop back up.

What we do not realize is how important are the words we inadvertently say while realizing that we are not able to recall a specific name or word to our own conscious memory.

When, caught in this memory-fail situations, we can make a world of difference by realizing how effective it can be to voice some kind of positive input-request to your own brain memory department, rather than just a lament, a compliant or a full declaration of defeat.

Rather than saying the often spontaneous "Oh, I can't remember..." muttering some more positive statements can indeed make a difference, at least in my own experience. Try saying something like: "Oh, I'm going to remember it now..." or "It will come to me shortly..." only to see your self-invitation to your own memory banks turn into reality soon after.

I must say, that I was quite skeptical myself at first, but after having tried this technique for a few years now, I must say that for me, this approach really works wonders. In fact, it is not only useful to help me remember more easily things I thought I had forgotten, but it is an instrument of creative research and brainstorming that has given me some really memorable results.

Try your internal search engine at your next opportunity.

N.B.: Just to make sure I steer clear of any misunderstandings: I am not a doctor nor a neuroscientist and what I am sharing here with you is the fruit of my personal experience and discoveries and not something I have read on a science text. This doesn't make it less real but you should check and verify your own experience before telling someone else.


How The Internal Google Worked For Me - Robin Good

Duration: 4' 19''

Full English Text Transcription

The second question people generally ask me before I give them the microphone is: "Why did you choose to call yourself Robin Good?" Robin Good! Robin Hood is my uncle. He lived in... did you know where Robin Hood comes from?

Sherwood. S-H-E-R-WOOD. The wood of Sher. I'm Robin Hood nephew, and I come from a nearby village that's called Sharewood. But is spelled S-H-A-R-E, the forest where you share stuff. "Robin Good from Sharewood, you're really out of your mind Robin, how did you get all these stuff in your head?"

You have to know that each one of us has a little Google engine inside his / her head. Most people don't know, they think that they have bad memory, because they don't know how to use their internal Google.

One day I said:

"I want to use my internal Google, and I want to find out how can I make myself some kind of a brand, something that people are going to remember. One because the name is easy, and secondly because my name is going to tell them something."
Because my name, beside "Giggi", is really a lot difficult, kind of aristocratic name that nobody can say correctly, when I travel to other countries, they all reverse it all around. It's really displeasing. By the way, it's Luigi Canali De Rossi. So I get to be, Mr. Du Rossi, Mr. Luigi, Canali Di Rossi. They never get it right!

I said to my internal Google:

"Listen, Google, I have to find a name that I can use over and over that it's easy to pronounce wherever I go and that is going to represent me. That when I say it, I feel I'm that one. It didn't choose my mother or my father, it's my choice."

Do you know how this Google works? You know when you say: "Shit, I don't remember that stuff, I have it here... it's not coming to me..." When you say "shit", you're telling Google: "Don't search for it. Forget it, I don't know it", so he just doesn't find it.

Pay attention to this. Some of the time you say: "Oh, it's just there, hold it, it's going to come then you're going to say something else, and bang! It comes!" Because you said to the internal Google it's coming, so he's working there! he listens to your commands. "So, Google, I know you can work with my commands. I know it's going to take you some time, just go and do your job." And so he went and did his job, he completely forgot about it. Three months went by.

Then one day, I was there on my motorbike, doing my own thing, looking at the red light... bang! "Robin Good from Sharewood." It just came, all done, in the package ready to use. How can you say no to such a great name? It represented me fully!

I'm the person who likes to share with a lot of people, that is what gives me satisfaction. I didn't get into the web publishing business to make money, but because I enjoyed the sharing with other people. And Robin Good.. that's fantastic, he's the guy who's stealing from the big guys and giving to the poor, so "What's the correspondence in my world - I said - Maybe who do I still from? Microsoft?"

At the time I would give to Google, but now... you don't know anymore who to steal from... but the idea is to get these fantastic ideas that are all over the place, and give them out to people, because to be successful online doesn't really take a lot of money, and a lot of investment, but a lot of good thinking and asking lots of questions, and looking around, and talking to people. That's what it takes.

Originally written by for BingTweets, and first published on September 1st, 2009 as "Internal Search Engine Now Available"

Photo credits:
Internal Search Engine Now Available - BingTweets
The Internal Google - ktsdesign

Robin Good -
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