In the relatively new science of brain elasticity, it has been shown that we have the power to change our brains, even physically! Our neurons are constantly being renewed and pathways of habits and opinions are constantly being formed, reformed and re-enforced.
Backing up new ways of thinking with actions that support the ideas helps solidify the mindset.
This re-writes former ways of thinking that have proven to be ruts of negativity in producing unwanted outcomes.
I am finding this arena fascinating and am already finding great benefits in the knowledge that things can be different and I am no longer being satisfied with the lie that ‘people never change’. You can learn what you never thought you could learn and understand things you never did before!
The real problem with re-occurring negative situations we experience is that we are the common denominator or factor in every one of those scenarios. Maybe if we changed, the outcome of the equation might change also?
‘You’ve got what you‘ve got because you keep doing what you’re doing. If you do not like what you’ve got, stop doing what you’re doing, because if you keep doing what you’re doing, you will just get more of what you’ve already got!’ – Phil Pringle
The most obvious statements like this are profound because we see the logic, the trick is to actually follow through and apply them. Like a dog chasing its tail, we can get caught in a spin of continuing to do the same things believing that somehow, someone or something will change the outcome.
We have significant power to change but sometimes it takes a push to force us to make the effort. Often we need outsiders to tell us what they see and recommend what they would do in our situation. I believe that with good research and sound, educated, advice we can take steps towards the future.
It also takes humility to admit we need to change.
One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result – Albert Einstein
Examining and understanding the early signs of our own need to adopt a new action or attitude is key. If we leave it too long, a situation can occur that humbles us publicly which causes a lot of grief and leaves us wondering why we ignored the signs. I have seen many people make changes and beat obstacles that they thought were impenetrable fortresses and now they have lives which they never thought they could have.
Engaging a coach, like me, encourages and guides you through to higher levels where the road is unknown to you but familiar to me. Remember that being different is your biggest asset and you don’t have to be like everyone else.
About the Author:
Dave is an Adult Educator, Speaker and Youth leader living in Western Sydney, Australia where he teaches the Electrical Trades at the Western Sydney Institute. He has Diplomas in Business and Training, a Bachelors Degree in Adult Education, Vocational and Workplace Training and a Masters of Education with a major in Career Development. He has lived with Tourette’s Syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Anxiety Disorders since an early age. He is married with 6 children. He is a passionate coach and mentor to young people especially in the vocational guidance and career development areas. Dave is a professional member of the Career Development Association of Australia and has authored a course on Living with Tourette’s which you can study and purchase online through his website – www.davebrebner.com.