The Brain At The Top Of Your Game

By Don Joseph Goewey

1. Take a moment and recall the last time you were at “the top of your game.” A time when you were in the flow, in the zone, running on all cylinders, making it happen.

2. Then on a piece of paper, or the worksheet you can download here, write down one or two words or short phrases that describe your internal experience when you were at the top of your game.

3. Make a list of five to ten qualities or more if you discover more.  But five will be sufficient. At the beginning of each day or before starting an important task (especially one that stretches you) read your list over.

4. As you look at the list, listen to the guided process that downloaded with the worksheet.

The more you perform this simple exercise, the more you will be rewiring your brain to generate the higher brain function that can make you a genius for a couple of hours.  It is called neuroplasticity. Science has found application after application for neuroplasticity; it now appears this feature allows the mind and brain to work together to provide what we want from life, which for most of us is wealth, health and love.  Neuroplasticity will soon be the new competitive edge. It can rewire you, your team and your company from a brain that is stressed and frustrated and generating limited success to a brain that flows with the intelligence and positive emotion, turning effort into the joy of excelling.  Businesses that tap the power of neuroplasticity will eventually overwhelm their competitors.

Generating this change is simpler than you might think.  It only took eight weeks for researchers at the University of Wisconsin to rewire the beleaguered brains of a project team that was stressed and failing.  A simple mindfulness-based approach practiced for those eight-weeks produced brain scans indicating the level of higher brain function that can sustain peak performance (Davidson, Kabat-Zinn, 2003).

Ten weeks of mindfulness practice can rewire the brain to free people from obsessive compulsive disorder (Schwartz, 1995).  Eight weeks of a cognitive behavior program can rewire depression away (Segal, Mayberg, 2002).

A neuroscientist at Harvard found neuroplasticity can even teach you to play the piano without using a piano.  He had people simply think about practicing a five-finger piano exercise. They played the simple piece over and over in their minds, keeping their fingers still, simply imagining how their fingers would move if actually playing the piano. The subjects practiced two hours every day for five days. At the end of five days he measured the motor cortex of these people. The results were astonishing. The area of motor cortex had expanded in the imaginary players in the same way it had in subjects who had actually played the piano.

The mind can change the brain and that very fact can change your life, at all the levels that matter to you.

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