Aug 11, 2017

Facilitated Neuroplasticity

Tomorrow requires a different way of thinking.

When you think back to Napoleon Hill, William James, Dale Carnegie and, in more recent times, Zig Ziglar, Wes Brown, Jim Rohn, and Tony Robbins; What were (and are) they trying to do? Robbins consistently speaks of changing your “State”, the way you are thinking and feeling. Viktor Frankl said, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” In fact, when you read any Self-Development/Self-Improvement books, attend seminars, watch videos, or engage any other materials, your hope is to change the way you think to a more positive, successful way, right? If that’s the case, then, it may interest you that…

What we know about the brain and the human mind is changing at an extraordinary pace. Many concepts we once knew as facts are turning out to be untrue. Or, at the very least, there’s additional information now available. For instance, we used to think that after a certain point in childhood the brain didn’t and couldn’t change. It was all it was ever going to be. Of course, we were absolutely sure that when a person was older, their brain would only deteriorate from that point forward. Neither can be farther than the truth. (https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/iage/201304/brain-plasticity-in-older-adults)

Another misconception about the brain is that you only use pieces and parts of it at any given time and that it’s silent when you’r doing nothing. Not true. Even when you’re at a rest and thinking of nothing, your brain is highly active. It has the role of keeping your heart pumping at the correct rate, your kidneys functioning, and all your other internal organs working properly. It keeps your body the right temperature. Another misconception is that we use only 10% of our brain. Science has shown that we use all of our brain. Yet, still to this day you see someone publish an article about how to use more of your brain.

The advances in technology, such as the Functional MRI (fMRI), are allowing neuroscience to make many important discoveries. However, the most exciting, most interesting, and most transformative discovery is that, every time you learn a new fact or skill, you change your brain. This is called “Neuroplasticity”. Changing people’s minds (Neuroplasticity) has long been the goal of the Self-Development/Self-Improvement industries, along with psychologists, counselors, coaches, and therapists. Tactics and methods have been used that run from caring, empathetic, and loving to intervention-type tough-love tactics, some employing cursing and swearing at an individual. Some Self-Improvement gurus use foul language to shock their audiences in an effort to change their thinking. Finally, one of the most often quoted and used methods to change a person is the “Change a behavior for 21 days and you’ll learn a new habit.”

However, here are important items to note about Neuroplasticity that previous generations of people, books, videos and seminars were unaware of:

During Neuroplasticity, your brain changes in three critical ways:
#1) Chemical. The brain functions by transferring chemical signals between the neurons, causing actions and reactions. When you change your thinking, the brain increases the amount of these chemical signaling between neurons. Because this kind of change happens rapidly, this supports short term memory or the short term improvement in motor skill performance.

#2) Altering its structure. During learning the brain can change the connections between neurons. Interestingly, the physical structure of the brain changes and this takes more time. These changes are related to the long-term memory and long term motor skill improvement.

#3) Altering its functions. As you use a brain region it becomes easier and easier for the neuropathway to be fired. Think about the last time you got a new phone number. At first, you repeated it over and over, making a few mistakes. After a while, it just rolled off your tongue, as if it required no thinking at all. As your brain has these areas increase their excitability, the brain shifts how and when they are activated. With learning and changing the way you think, we see that whole networks of brain activity shift and change.

As you’ve experienced in life, there are areas of changing the way you think and things that you learn which you describe as occurring “naturally”, as if little, or no, effort is required. Then, there are those areas where you struggle. It’s as if those neuropathways have become sealed, cemented, and permanent. Would that be fair to say? For instance, in my research, I found that the top searched areas under the umbrella of Self-Improvement/Self-Development are:
#1 – Weight Loss
#2 – A Healthy, Fit Lifestyle
#3 – Financial Security
#4 – Relationships
#5 – Professional Development
#6 – Volunteering

I’d like for you to choose just one of those areas that you would like to change. Just suppose you could change that area right now. What would that be like? Imagine how that would feel. Imagine how you would be different. Amazingly, what you’ve just experienced is the beginning stage of changing the chemicals, the structure, and the function of your brain, Neuroplasticity!

People use a number of methods to achieve this change that go far beyond the books, seminars, videos, etc. from the Self-Development/Self-Improvement Industry. Methods, such as, Meditation, Mindfulness, and Visualization. Each one is good on it’s own and each one takes practice to empower a person to make significant change.

What if you could have all three combined together? How much more powerful would that be? And, what if the process of Neuroplasticity could be facilitated for a strategic, targeted effect, such as sales, leadership, or Emotional Intelligence?

What would we call such a powerful tool? Neuropathological Remodeling? Dynamic Visualization? Facilitated Neuroplasticity?

I really wonder…and you might too…now…

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+++++++++++++++About Dr. Edward Lewellen++++++++++++++++

Dr. Edward Lewellen is an expert in creating methodologies for people to learn to use their mind; their beliefs, thoughts, and behaviors, and put them back in control of their lives and become top-producers. He is a Master Executive Coach, leadership and sales expert, and keynote speaker for some of the largest global organizations.

Author of The 90-Second Mind Manager