Surprisingly, human brains tend to outperform themselves in reverse, rather than in forward motion. Comfortable traditions or routines can cause your brain to default to ruts, that only reverse brainpower can surpass. How so?
Let’s say you wake up out of sorts – discouraged about a hectic schedule or a disorganized workplace. Take an active step in the direction of meeting one target and your brain takes you further. Or organize one area of your work space, and your brain often responds with serotonin – the chemical for well-being. Seeing how to move opposite your problem?
People who make the mistake of lingering in discouraged thoughts – spin their mental wheels. Since dark thoughts tend to come dosed in the perilous chemical – cortisol, can keep you down.
Haven’t run your brain in reverse for awhile?
Then try the following:
– Reverse your tone when the next conflict hits and watch your brain race to new results.
– Repeal a former fear into one risk you’ll take today and expect a mental thrill to follow.
– Reconsider an opposing view in exchange for a lifetime belief, and enjoy novelty on the other side.
– Revert to driving to work along back trails and rewire your brain‘s spatial intelligence for dynamic new perspectives.
Plasticity – or the brain’s practice of regenerating and rewiring itself with each change reverse in your day, also stagnates and atrophies when you slog along in rigid routines. If interested in how brain reconfiguration improves your opportunities, you’d enjoy Dr. Norman Doidge’s book, The Brain that Changes Itself.
Believe it our not, even healthy routines, after time, tend to work against human brainpower. Can you think of additional reverse routes that could yield new brainpower?
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