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Your brain is like a muscle, and like every other muscle in your body, your brain requires regular training and coaching in order to change. To make the shift you can create a new mind map or simply reconfigure your existing map to remove conflict of competing values and beliefs that no longer serve you or any purpose.
Have you heard that you only use 5% of your brain; which is your conscious brain, your prefrontal cortex, what about the remaining 95%? This is your old brain, your unconscious brain; this is where all your habits (good or bad), beliefs (empowering or limiting) and values reside.
The unconscious part of your brain, which is that 95% that operates outside of your awareness. This is the part of your brain that makes all the decisions, so 95% of your decisions are made by your unconscious mind, and you are not aware of it, interesting huh? Your brain can change… brain plasticity refers to change in neural pathways and synapses that can change your behaviour, depending on your environment. Neuroplasticity is a concept that the brain can be changed and modified through selective external interventions. The brain begins as a very simple receptor that is influenced by your environment. Would you like to know how to reprogram your brain?
Everything that exists has an energy frequency and a wavelength…
Every thought that you think produces a different brainwave frequency. The practice of paying attention to what you think and how you feel – without judgment – will heighten your awareness. That is why it is important to learn how to concentrate so that you become aware when you have lost focus and learn to maintain your awareness for longer period of times.
This activity helps with creating new neural pathways, creating growth and change.
You can neutralise a destructive frequency into a positive frequency, anyone who understands frequencies knows that the way to cancel a frequency is to hit it with the equal and opposite frequency. Like turning on a light in a dark room, the light always overcomes the darkness. The positive energy will overcome the negative energy.
Did you know you have three brains in one?
- Your reptilian brain manages your automatic responses such as breathing and body temperature. This is where your decisions are made and where you store your memories.
- Your emotional, or limbic brain is responsible for generating feelings, encoding some memories, drives behaviours and turning on or off your stress responses.
- Your neo-cortex (conscious part) brain is where your critical and creative thinking occurs. It is data driven, logic, facts and reasons.
Another important part of your brain is your Reticular Activating System; RAS for short… which is the automatic mechanism inside your brain that brings relevant information to your attention. Most commonly, your RAS is associated with the concept of selective attention, which means that we naturally gravitate towards the information or ideas that we are interested in.
Your RAS is like a filter between your conscious mind and your unconscious mind; it takes instructions from your conscious mind and sends them to your unconscious mind. That’s why goal setting is a big part of reprograming your brain.
Your conscious mind which is your prefrontal cortex located right behind your forehead. It is like a wise old owl that analyses, observes, and remembers information. It is in charge of what is known as the executive functions of thinking, planning, reasoning, problem solving, decision-making and impulse control. The prefrontal cortex is the seat of intelligence, this is that 5% that you use…
Why is it important to be aware of your feelings?
Your feelings are your indicator of where you are at on your emotional scale; the seat of all emotions sits in the centre of your heart. Your heart is constantly feeding your brain through its emotional signals and the brain in turn feeds your heart the vibrations created from its perceptions. So, whatever state you are in, whatever emotion you vibrate, this is the state or vibration that you feed your brain.
If you are in doubt or fear… you are feeding doubt or fear neuropeptides to your brain, which in turn transmit that vibration to your entire body, including your heart. As you can see it can become a viscous cycle and this all takes place unconsciously, replaying and repeating certain experiences, which can be disempowering over and over on a daily basis. Which will then create unhappy events or more doubt and fear into your life. This is that 95% of your unconscious part of your brain that operates outside of your awareness… scary isn’t it?
Mind maps are the meta language of the human race…
Okay, now to create your mind map from scratch to improve your productivity. This is the fun part where you get to be creative!! Grab some coloured pencils or textas and then on a piece of paper, find a central point which represents the topic you are going to explore, for this example we are using productivity.
Your central idea should be in the centre of your page and it should include an image that represents your topic, as we know our unconscious part of our mind speaks the language of pictures and if we want to draw attention to that greater part of our mind it is done through association – the mind associates pictures with feelings.
For example, you could put a picture of a to-do-list in the centre of your mind map, then add branches to your mind map, these are the different themes associated to your topic. You may want to add a branch called ‘delegate’ and then another branch called ‘focus’ and then another one called ‘do now’ and finally another one called ‘waste of time’.
Then you write a to-do-list and all the things that you don’t have to physically do, put it in your ‘delegate’ branch and write all the different ad-hoc things that need to be completed. This is a great exercise to see how much you can actually delegate. Check the rest of your list, the urgent things that need to be done pronto!! Put them in the ‘do now’ branch and as you add the list, you are adding extra little branches.
The things that need more time and preparation, you can put it in the ‘focus’ branch where you may need more creative thinking time, you can map out what needs to be developed and when. The rest of the list may be things you dump in the ‘waste of time’ branch which are habitual non-productive things that you find yourself doing that is quite frankly … a waste of your time and energy.
Focus on being productive instead of being busy!