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This article talks about how to leverage neuroplasticity to change your habits. Like, really change the person you are and how you behave. Deep stuff.
ONE WORD – NEUROPLASTICITY
Neuroplasticity basically refers to your brain’s ability to change and restructure its neural networks.
The most commonly used phrase to describe it is the Hebb’s Rule named after Donald Hebb:
Neurons that fire together, wire together. Neurons that fail to link, fire out of sync.
What it will tell you is that you can re-structure your brain and change its faculties any way you like.
FOCUS, procrastination, working hard, laziness, love, positive thinking, discipline and every other mental activity is a pattern – a neural pattern of thinking and acting in response to that.
You lack concentration, willpower, compassion or commitment because you’ve wired your brain to walk certain pathways.
You Are Your Neural Patterns
Neuroplasticity is a dynamic process that happens constantly with each decision, meaning:
Every time you check your Facebook messages while trying to study, you’re re-enforcing the habit to keep doing it.
Every time you give in to temptation and eat the marshmallow, you’re teaching yourself that it’s okay to break.
Every time you push yourself hard in the gym, you’re developing stronger willpower and tolerance for discomfort.
Every time you focus your entire attention on one single activity at a time, you’re making your honing your concentration and dedication.
How to Replace Your Neural Networks
Let’s take an example – overcoming laziness and building work ethic.
You have to rewire your brain.
Start replacing the habit of laziness and procrastination by mindfully, consciously, attempting to improve it. It feels uncomfortable because you’re literally ripping apart your neural patterns.
Another issue is that habits are hard to break.
You have your monkey mind constantly distracting you, your own inner feeling of resistance and lack of discipline.
Change Your Habits With Neuroplasticity
The KEY is becoming more mindful and aware in general – to actually notice yourself during the day and not being on autopilot all the time. This is another great neuroplasticity exercise.
It starts with making a decision – forng full responsibility over your actions and deciding to commit to change. I mean, if you want it bad enough then you would do it anyway.
Then you implement change – You start doing the activities that allow you to become the person you want to be. If you want to be lazy, then be lazy. If you want to be a hard worker, then work hard.
Consistency is crucial – The more often you do something, the more it gets engraved into your brain. Repeated actions will lead to the same repeated outcomes.
Be mindful of change – A great tip is to actually notice yourself making improvements and breaking bad habits. Every time you manage to work without getting distracted, without grabbing for junk food or when you have a breakthrough – congratulate yourself and keep going.
Realize that it’s a matter of choices all around – what activities you choose to do on a daily basis, how you choose to structure your neural networks, who are the people you choose to surround yourself with and who you choose to become as a result of that.
Neuroplasticity is a crucial aspect of healthy brain and personhood development. It makes you smarter, enriches your experiences and increases longevity.
It’s really that simple…
But we all have to deal with the biggest obstacle of them all – ourselves.
If you need any help in overcoming some of your bad habits and beginning your path to glory as a self-empowered being, then you want to have an incentive and more accountability assistance.
I’ve created a free 5-day video course that teaches you some foundational principles and best practices of what I call Body Mind Empowerment.
Every day, I explain you a topic and give you some action steps.
Before you can progress onto the next day’s video, you have to complete the action steps.
The idea is to develop good habits of self-care and growth.
You have nothing to lose but so much to gain. Take the first step and begin your journey.