10 Steps to Reprogram Your Brain
10 Steps to Reprogram Your Brain
Let’s talk about your brain today. Your brain is actually one of your assets. It’s probably the number one tool you have in your arsenal to create your life. How many times have we actually really studied the brain and how it works. I’m fascinated by this topic of neuroplasticity. I’m definitely no scientist, but I’m going to do my best and give you some of the things that I picked up.
Neuroplasticity is a term referring to the ability of your brain to reprogram itself both physically, functionally, and throughout your life based on:
- your environment,
- your behavior,
- you’re thinking,
- your emotions.
It used to be thought that your brain was pretty much wired by the time you are an adult.
We all thought our brain really went through all the development as a child. That’s just not true. Your brain is much more plastic or moldable in the early years because you just don’t have as much baggage in your pathways. Habits are not already established. But it does not mean you can’t rewire your brain now. Many of you have thoughts, anxiety, and depression. These things often go along with the dominant A-type personalities of entrepreneurs. You absolutely can reprogram and rewire your brain and your habits. Our good ones and bad ones, your activities and your baseline, everything needed for the foundation for Success. It all starts with your thoughts created by your brain. It’s like a path. Neuroplasticity is like a path that the more you travel it, the more you’re on it, the more it gets worn away and turns into something that’s more ingrained in your mind.
You’re going to have these pathways formed whether you’re consciously or subconsciously doing it. You have habits and routines you go through. We are constantly in a routine. Sometimes we don’t even realize we are in this routine. Neuroplasticity also helps to enable people to recover or reprogram themselves if they’re suffering from ADD, depression, anxiety, or even when you’ve had massive physical illnesses like stroke. This is the concept of neuroplasticity.
The great benefits of neuroplasticity can also harm you. It makes you vulnerable to outside influence and bad routines. These routines are consistent but you may not be intentionally driving them. Many people for example are stuck in patterns of depression, anxiety, or super bad habits because those pathways have been worn down.
Three facts to remember are important in this study…
*First of all you must program your brain because it affects your thoughts. Your thoughts create your life. Neuroplasticity is your tool to create your thoughts therefore you really must be consciously programming your brain.
*You need to understand that you are not your mind. You are not your brain. You are the programmer. You have to understand that role and you have to be an active positive programmer. If you’re not programming your brain, someone else is, or something else is, or your environment is.
You have to ask yourself
Are you on autopilot right now?
Are you are you just a self-generated program?
Are you actively feeding your brain and programming it?
If you’re not actively doing it, consciously or subconsciously, your brain is getting programmed throughout your life.
*The most important thing to understand is that it is not too late
no matter what your age
no matter what your environment
no matter what your level of success is
It’s not too late to make some changes.
I’ve been reading a lot of different things on this subject.
I read a book entitled “Change Your Brain Change Your Life” by Dr. Ayman.
I’ve been reading a book called “Soft Wired… How the new science of brain plasticity can change your life.” This book, in particular, has a lot of research on principles and situations that are needed for the re-programming or remodeling of your brain.
I wanted to go through 10 of these principles with you today. There is a lot of information I can give you about how to set yourself up nutritionally, health-wise, activity wise, and energy-wise using these 10 principles that are needed in order to effectively rewire your brain. Let’s face it, you’re only as good as the tools in your tool belt and your brain is known to be the number one tool you have. Let’s go through a few of these and I’ll try to explain it the best I can.
#1 Change is mostly limited to the situations in which the brain is in a mood for it. If your alert, you’re on the ball, your engaged, motivated, and ready for action, that is when you’re going to get the best changes. When your disengaged or inattentive, that’s not when those neuroplastic switches are on. They are really off. You have to set the right environment in order to do this and get good change. You learn in a good learning environment
#2 The harder you try, the more you’re motivated, the more alert you are, and the better or worse the potential outcome, then the bigger the change.
If you have a bigger upside,
you’re more alert…
you’re more focused…
you’re more motivated…
You’re going to have a bigger better brain change. If you’re intensely focused on a task and your really trying to Master something that is an important thing, then that change will be greater.
#3 What actually changes in the brain are the strengths of the connections of the neurons that are engaged together moment by moment in time. The more something is practiced, the more connections are changed. This basically includes the elements of experience. The more you do it, the more you’re going to have your sensory input, your movement, your cognition all engaged. The more you have all these things going, the stronger the changes are going to be. You can think of it like a master controller being formed for a particular behavior that you’re trying to instill. It is easier and quicker to apply a behavior, the more it is ingrained. That is why your brain can automatically do things. You’ll find yourself just driving down the road headed to work, you will look up and realize you hadn’t even been thinking about where you were going. You were on autopilot.
#4 Focused learning driven changes in connections increase the cell to cell cooperation which is critical for increasing the reliability. This book explains this concept by asking you to imagine for example a football stadium of fans all clapping randomly versus all clapping in unison. The more powerfully coordinated your nerves are, the more powerful and reliable they’re going to be. Having focused learning will drive changes to be stronger and your cells work together a lot more efficiently.
#5 Activities that happened back-to-back and in order, over time strengthen their connections. This allows your brain to predict what happens next and have a sort of a continuum of activities. Without that you would just have these established patterns of habits. They would all be separate. If you’re trying to build habits that go together, then practice those habits together. Don’t randomly practice them at different times. This is one of the reasons you have morning rituals and evening rituals. Initially, if you meditate in the mornings and then you do it in the afternoon or in the evening, your day kind of takes on a different flavor. But if you practice that consistently it will become a strong habit. For example I get up every morning, work out, and then do a slight meditation, some affirmations, and goal-setting. Then I continue with my day.
#6 Initial changes are temporary. Your brain will record a change or some pattern that you’ve done but then it determines whether to make that a permanent change. That is why you can do something and if you don’t keep practicing, you just forget. It doesn’t have room to keep every pattern or constantly be recalling all these experiences. It only becomes permanent if your brain judges that experience to be fascinating or needed or repetitive. That’s why repetition is so important to create changes. If you don’t stay consistent it doesn’t maintain those changes.
#7 The brain is changed by internal mental rehearsal in the same way it is achieved through the interaction with the external world. This is the one I love absolutely the most. Your brain experiences things the same in your physical world as it does in your mental world. This is why visualization, meditation, and those kind of things are the secret weapon to change. If you are constantly rehearsing in your mind that future event, that “I am event” that “what you are is what you will be”., Your brain doesn’t really distinguish a memory of when you rehearse versus when it actually happened. This brain change happens whether it’s internal or external.
#8 Memory guides and controls most learning. As you learn a new skill, your brain takes note of it and it remembers your good attempts on your bad attempts. Then, when it recalls this skill, it sort of puts aside your bad attempts and it just remembers the good ones. This is why it makes an incremental adjustment as you do repetition. As you practice, you get better and better. Your memory is a key controller in your learning and your establishment of this neuroplasticity. Repetition is the key. You realize this factor if you have practiced sports or learned a musical instrument.
#9 Every movement of learning provides a moment of opportunity for the brain to stabilize and reduce the disruptive power of potentially interfering background noise. Each time your brain strengthens a connection to advance your skill, it weakens the other connections of things that weren’t used. The less you focus on the negative things and the more you practice the positive, the more the use of this negative neuroplasticity effect to eliminate negative. It’s as easy for you to learn things and ingrain new things as it is to forget things and let things go. The more you strengthen the positive connections, the more the negative ones will go away.
#10 Our brain plasticity is a two-way street. It is just as easy to generate negative changes as it is positive ones. It is a “you use it or lose it” type of thing. It’s almost as easy to drive changes that impair memory, physical, and mental abilities as it is to improve them. As you get older and you stop doing things, you can lose things a lot faster than you’re gaining them. It helps to stay engaged.
So here is the bottom line.
- In order for you to set yourself up for success and effect change in your life you have to be consciously programming your brain.
- You have to train and utilize your brain in the best possible way.
- If you’re committed to learning, you have to be committed to learning about the tools you have to affect your life as much as the actual outcomes.
- Set goals, do affirmations, do all those types of things, but you need to learn how to maximize the tools that you have.
Create focused, energetic, and repetitive ongoing habits and stay consistent for long periods of time and your learning will be morning rain.
Neuroplasticity will help you establish more positive thoughts, positive habits, and get rid of the negative ones. As soon as you can interrupt the pattern, you can have a conscious awareness of the bad habits, such as work things that you’re dealing with, depression, anxiety, bad ways of communicating. This awareness through this blog, as well as things that you’re learning, will give you the opportunity to stop, interrupt that pattern, and start to establish a new pattern through repetition and consistent effort. That’s the key. Your awareness and then interrupting that pattern and changing the path. Every time you change the path and go down another one, you’re going to be wearing down a more positive path. Ultimately you know your efforts can be a little bit more automatic when you’ve ingrained these patterns. Ultimately it’s going to be easier for you. Some people say successful people just have it easier. Their habits and their rituals become so easy that you may think that they’re busy all the time, but they’re just doing them out of habit. However, there’s no such thing as coasting through life. If you want to create your life, you need to be a positive proactive person. I would encourage you to study more about this topic. I believe it’s an excellent key. People don’t always look at the idea of neuroplasticity or the particular activating system your brain uses in order to help you sort through and find what you need to do and attract into your life. It’s really the secret to helping you achieve the life that you were meant to live.
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