The 5 Greatest Personal Development Strategies That Actually Work

By | June 11, 2013

 

I’m basing my conclusions on science that I have also tested successfully in my life. I’ve found the studies I mention here to be accurate and I believe these methods will work for almost everyone. With a few exceptions, our brains work mostly the same way. Neural PathwaysYour brain has an amazing network of neural pathways. These pathways are communication channels in the brain, or how the brain’s different areas communicate with each other. From a scientific standpoint, habits are simply thick neural pathways (i.e. strong neural connections). If every morning for the last 18 years, you have woken up at 6 AM, grabbed the newspaper, and fixed coffee, you will have a thick and strong neural pathway to tell you to do that exact routine on year 18, day two. Neural pathways operate like muscles. They get stronger with use and weaker when neglected. Changing a habit is nothing more than simultaneously weakening one pathway and strengthening another (perhaps new) pathway. It helps to visualize your habits in this way because it gives you an accurate mental image of what’s really happening in your brain while you’re trying to change. Some people believe they can change overnight or in a short amount of time. Generally, it won’t work, and it’s clear why not. If it’s a bad habit you’ve strengthened over many years, you can’t just drop it. Your brain has been well-trained to execute that habit when triggered by the environment or an internal thought. Or if it’s a good habit you’re trying to start, you’ll have to strengthen it methodically over time just like your biceps, baby. Then there is the prefrontal cortex, which I’d say is the “manager” of your brain. It manages your short term memory and current thoughts. Why are these important? Together, they form the entire potential of your ability to change. When you want to change something about your life or grow in an area, you either need to change the basic framework of how you operate (habits) or change your decisions (prefrontal cortex), or both. Example: You want to become a better guitar player Habit Solution: Make guitar practice a daily habit Prefrontal Cortex Solution: Think of playing guitar as a bigger life priority and decide to focus on it. You can see how the two are related. If you think of guitar as a priority, it will be easier to do it daily and make it habit. Unfortunately, habits are automated processes, so you can’t directly change them (that would be like hacking directly into the brain and rewiring it…cool!). What you have to do is use your Prefrontal “manager” Cortex to make the right decisions that will gradually change your automated behaviors and preferences. As they change, it will become easier to behave the way you want to. The more times you do something, the less resistance you’ll have to do it again. But this information isn’t enough. You need strategies that will allow you to conquer the mental blocks and habitual urges that keep people locked out of positive change paradise. So here they are – the best five strategies you can implement to change your brain, and your life, forever….

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