The Neuroscience of Positive Change
New Skills for New Times
Achieve Challenging Goals and Execute Strategy Efficiently
Without our conscious awareness, the brain weighs the risks to rewards of our intended actions in an area of the prefrontal cortex sometimes referred to as the brain's "accountant." We may be well intended and even make a decision to act, but the brain may actually decide something else on its own. Learning to work with these dynamics of the brain's "accountant" increases success in goal achievement and strategy execution.
2. Access and Maintain Higher Levels of Self-Awareness
Our brain states directly influence how we see ourselves, how we see the world, and what we do next. We can choose to stay stuck in habitual patterns that drive limited perceptions and negative reactions in ourselves and others, or we can shift to the higher brain and engage in behaviors that positively impact others and focus on shared interests and higher level outcomes.
3. Diligently Respect and Appreciate Others' Differences
The brain forms neuropathways that create physical patterns, categories and maps, and these become unconscious, habitual attitudes and behaviors. Thes can also be changed by creating new neuropathways. Through awareness and deliberate, positive attention, new habits are formed. When it comes to diversity and inclusion, it is essential to create new habits that increase our ability and our consistency to listen openly, engage empathy, seek understanding, and create a shared sense of purpose with others who are very different from ourselves.
4. Connect, Build Trust, and Have Fun
The brain's reward center sends chemicals and neurtransmitters into our brain's and bodies that generate good feelings, enthusiasm and optimism, and move the brain forward towards acheiving our goals. When the brain's reward center is online, the brain also releases oxytocin - the trust hormone. Fear and anxiety take the brain's reward center off line, and with it, oxytocin and the brain's ability to build trust. Creating connections and consciously enjoying the process through all its ups and downs is paramount to building trust, sustaining high levels of motivation and creating synergistic collaboration.
5. Strengthen the Heart & Brain Connection
The brain has a limited amount of energy to use every day, and conscious positive attention is the new currency. Positive attention is a set of skills that specifically foster appreciation, compassion, kindness, and supports individuals staying connected to their higher purpose. Connecting the heart and the brain also sparks innovation, creativity and transformational thinking. Learning to strengthen the "meta-thinker" and positive attention are key strategies for connecting the heart and the brain.
Brain science is a new frontier that offers fundmentally new strategies for success. Neuroscience findings provide essential new information for advancing our capacites and skills in five key competency areas underlying every aspect of business success.