What I’m really offering you is how to break the habit of being you.
Today I’m going to share with you the science behind how to ‘rewire your brain’, which is also known as neuroplasticity.
So, if you are the type of person who subscribes to the wants of being able to change aspects of your habits, actions and thoughts then this is for you.
What I’m going to share with you is very powerful and I have been using it my life ever since i learned of it, and like all powerful things, it requires patience and consistency – and the payout is massive!
With that caveat being made aware, let’s begin with neuroplasticity.
Your Plastic Brain
Modern Science has come full circle recently in it’s revision of the human brain and how it develops overtime.
It was previously thought that the brain had a finite cut-off point and stopped growing around your mid-twenties; that you could learn new things but fundamentally you would remain the same person.
This is not true.
Peer-reviewed research in the field on neuroplasticity is finding that your brain never looses its ability to grow and exists as a physical reflection of your environment.
Your brain is ‘plastic’ hence the terminology and can be moulded and rewired depending on perception.
Findings indicate that the brain can redirect the flow of neural pathways and change its physical structure with as little effort as a passing thought.
Simply, science has proven you can change who you physically are by thinking.
Brain Map Analogy
Let me say that it is common for many people to identify with their minds. So trouble you might run into here is thinking that you will always be the same person, I will always be Joseph.
So allow me to address this in a more visual way.
If you imagine your brain is a map or SATNAV and your thoughts exist as routes to certain destinations. A thought about a particular person might lead to the destination feeling of happiness or sadness.
The most frequent thoughts consist of our habits, so for example the more frequently you think a thought, feel an emotion or carry out an action, you are creating deeper and stronger routes to help reach the destination of said behaviour.
What you can call your personality or character is largely recurrent thoughts that have carved out a map in your brain.
The reason why there is a general consensus that older people are amongst the most stubborn of individuals, is because over 40, 50 years of thinking the same way it is almost impossible not to follow the same pattern of thought.
It’s like trying to replace a map someones been using for the past 70 years, they get very agitated with the idea that their have been some updates.
Thoughts Become Things
What we can ascertain from the science of neuroplasticity, is that rewiring you brain starts with becoming aware of the thoughts we allow to direct our actions everyday.
If we can cultivate an awareness of the inception of thoughts before they poison our actions, then anything is truly possible.
One of my favourite quotes by the father of Taoism Lao Tzu summarised the idea of rewiring your brain back in the 6th century:
“Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny”
And without muddying the poetic beauty of that truth, I’ll close with this.
Regardless of what is driving you to bring about a change in your life, fundamentally you need to understand change is like a snow ball rolling down the mountain.
Small at first, but overtime your thoughts, words, actions and habits compound and can result in tremendous change in the long-term.
Watch your thoughts, change your destiny.
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