Neuroplasticity: This Is How to Train Your Brain for Success
Author:Denise Angelle Kinsley |April 4, 2017
In the past decade, ground-breaking research has revolutionalized our understanding of the human brain. And with all of this new information we can, for the first time, learn to harness our brainpower to work for us.
Knowledge is power, and your ability to understand the way your brain operates can give you a definite edge in your efforts to live a healthy, happy life. The real trick to making any change is simply to get your brain to cooperate with you. And you can do this by rewiring your brain for personal success.
Remember, your mind is in charge of helping you to accomplish your goals and dreams.
Ready to learn how to train your mind to behave? First, let’s explore the wonders of the human brain. This way you'll know what you're up against when learning how to train your brain for success.
Your adaptable brain is open to change.
By default, your brain is in constant flux . . . racing after the moment that has just past, trying to understand it, control it, and attach meaning to it. Our minds are forever grasping at what just fluttered by . . .
Neuropsychologist and meditation teacher, Rick Hanson says: "The mind and the brain are a unified system." As the brain changes, the mind changes. As the mind changes, the brain changes. Makes sense. And this plasticity means you can use your conscious mind to make lasting changes in your brain for well-being and happiness in your life.
So what is neuroplasticity exactly?
Neuroscience confirms that your brain changes throughout your lifetime, which is a concept known as neuroplasticity. It's is the term used to describe a sequence of processes that take place in your brain in response to incoming stimuli. In other words, your emotions, behaviors, experiences, and thoughts physically change the way your brain functions.
The capacity for the brain to change its physical form and function via our emotions, thoughts, and actions, is a relatively new topic being discussed by neuroscientists and neuropsychologists.
We are in the early stages of a Brain Plasticity Revolution. That revolution begins with a clearer understanding that the brain’s machinery is being continually rewired and functionally revised , substantially under your control, throughout the course of your natural life. You have a remarkable built-in ability to strengthen and grow the person that you are, at any age.
In the previous decade, most scientists believed that the adult brain was hard-wired and set in its ways. But, as it turns out, this is not true. Neuroplasticity is a super power you possess and can use to shape your reality. Pretty radical, right?
Neuroplasticity is an ongoing phenomenon; it's happening every moment of the day whether you understand it or not. However, you can tap into the genius part of your brain and consciously choose to use neuroplasticity to your advantage.
Here's the deal. When you're feeling motivated and mindful . . . ready to take action, your brain releases the chemicals and hormones that are required for transformation to take place in your mind. But when you're feeling distracted, disinterested, or doing something trivial that doesn't need attention, your switches for change turn off.
Our habits, patterns, addictions (i.e., having a couple of glasses of wine to unwind after work, smoking a stogie, checking your smartphone when your hands are idle) get ingrained into our brains, which strengthen the neuropathways for this type of behavior.
And our common reactions to ourselves and others, stress and worry about stuff that happened in the past or that we assume will occur in the future are all part of our neuroplastic make-up as well.
It's not a mystery anymore; the things you repeatedly do are the things your brain and mind will continue to support and encourage. The more something is rehearsed or practiced, the stronger the neural connections become. So ask yourself: What behaviors do I want to reinforce? What do I want to do in this lifetime?
Once you have the answers written down, the next step is to train your brain to follow suit . . . and make your goals and dreams a reality by taking direct action.
As we develop new skills and emphasize desired behavior, changes occur both functionally and structurally within our brains. It's that simple. And all it takes to rewire your brain for success is a strong commitment and a lot of practice. But it’s worth it, don't you think?
When you change your brain, your mind changes, and when you change your mind, you can change your life. ~ CLICK TO TWEET ~
Your brain is capable of positive change and growth. No matter how old you are, you can learn, you can improve, you can sharpen your skills and live a healthier, wealthier, and happier life.
It's possible to do small things inside your mind that will lead to significant changes in your brain and your overall life experience. You can train your brain to move in the direction of your goals and dreams.
For more information, check out this infographic created by Dr. Ruth Buckzynski.
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