I have been browsing LinkedIn Today and bumped into a very curious article which I felt like I had to share with everyone. In order to avoid breaching copyright rules I am going to say again and again – it is NOT my article but was found on LinkedIn and written by Andreas von der Heydt.
In order to be unique, as far as I know, you must have 50% of your content unique. You are probably stealing, otherwise. I do not want to steal or copy; however I do not want to re-write either. Therefore I am going to copy 50% of this article.
The article is called “Re-invent Yourself with Neurosciences” written by Andreas von der Heydt. It is nothing new to me. I have been reading about neuroscience for some time now. Although I have not studied it for the last year of my life I absolutely adore the field and find it one of the most exciting sciences.
Andreas von der Heydt is talking about the how our thinking can literally change our brain and how such process can in fact change our lives. We all can become happy, rich or healthy by just thinking about it. And here how it happens:
Step 1 – Understand the Notion that “Thoughts are real“
Acknowledge that your own thinking process directly impacts your health, your life, your management style, and your state of being. It is your own thinking process that defines you and that – if it happened – has gotten you into trouble. Nothing and no one else is responsible for it, bar you and your thoughts which eventually have become your reality. To get out of it, you need to systematically examine your life. You need to convince yourself of the necessity to become inspired and diligent about wanting to change and/ or to better your life.
Step 2 – Fight against the notion that your thoughts are uncontrollable
This is the next, crucial insight you should arrive at. Choose to be free and to take control of your thinking. You need to consciously – as such activating your neocortex – interrupt habitual negative thought processes before they could produce negative chemical reactions. You need to be determined to control and manage your thoughts and eliminate ways of thinking that do not serve you.
Step 3 – Start questioning old Beliefs
To begin changing attitudes start to observe your habitual thoughts – especially the harmful ones – without responding to them, so that they no longer initiate the automatic chemical responses that produce habitual behaviour. Within all of us, we possess a level of self-awareness, which can observe our thinking. To your surprise, you most likely will find out that most of your persistent, negative inner statements might not be true. In other words, just because you have thought does not necessarily mean that you have to believe it is true.
Step 4 – Step out of Routines
It takes awareness, attention, and effort to break the cycle of a thinking process that has become unconscious. First, you need to step out of routines so you can look at your life. Through contemplation and self-reflection, you can become aware of your unconscious script. Und you will need to modify unhealthy patterns – i.e. destroying old, negative neural networks – in your subconsciousness in order to achieve new, aspired behaviours in your consciousness.
Step 5 – Speculate and explore
In this step it is all about examining and speculating about what kind of people you would like to become. Typically you would ask questions that challenge your most deeply held assumptions about who you are. “What if” questions are vital to this process: What if stop being a self-centered, egotistic, and superficial manager? What if I no longer worry so much about only achieving quantitative targets? What if I no longer feel personally guilty of having missed certain objectives? What if I begin to tell the truth to myself and to others? Other helpful contemplation and imagination-stimulating techniques are e.g. meditation and hypnosis.
Step 6 – Gather information
Gathering information is another important step on the path to reinvention. Take what you know about yourself and then reformat your thinking to develop new ideas of whom you want to become. Start with ideas from your own life experiences. Dive into books and movies about people you respect and you admire. Piece together some of the merits and viewpoints of these figures, along with other qualities you are contemplating, and use all of this as raw material to start building a new representation of how you want to express yourself.
Step 7 – Rehearse every day
As you are exploring possibilities for a better way of being and leading, you have also learned new modes of thinking. You interrupted the flow of repetitive thoughts that had occupied most of your waking moments. Letting go of these familiar, comfortable habits of thought, you asembled a more evolved concept of whom you could become, replacing an old idea of yourself with a new, greater ideal. To strengthen and enrich the resulting neural networks in your brain, and as such to follow the Hebbian learning concept, you need to constantly rehearse and practice what this new person would like to be. As discussed before, mental – and afterwards real-life practicing – will stimulate the brain to put these new neural circuits in place and to make them a integral part of your evolved personality and character.