Start Experimenting On You

I have been in dozens of different rooms this fall, filled with people who are working hard to make change. Yet no matter how hard they try to push things through, get that process, those programs, that strategy, those people whipped into shape, they still feel like they are slowly sinking in quicksand.

Why not start experimenting with new ways to trick yourself and your brain to get what you want more quickly? Change won’t ever happen soon enough for those who are ready now

What we know is that the world is filled with resistance to change. Status quo is comfy. no doubt about it, and in some cases resistance is a good thing. Resistance slows us down to consider whether what we are about to do is really going to create expansive change.  Think of some of the ridiculous ideas you have tried or items you have purchased with your hard earned denaro that you wish someone had talked you out of. But there are some cases in which resistance prevents us from making scientific discoveries that can alter the life experience of others who need it.

This week a Rhode Island-based research team won a $1 million prize at the BrainTech Israel Conference in Tel Aviv on Tuesday morning for breakthrough research and innovation in neurotechnology. Out of 10 finalists, the prize went to the Brain-Gate research team, headed by Dr. John Donoghue. BrainGate, which is based at Brown University, helps disabled people around the globe by creating robotic and prosthetic arms controlled by implanted neural sensors.

When this idea first came out, people didn’t think it possible, given that each of our brains react so differently to stimuli. These doctors are currently recruiting people to advance science through placing an implant in the part of the brain which controls movement. They are linking thinking to actual movement of prosthetics. In their acceptance speech for the award, one of the doctors said, “We are strangers to ourselves,” when referring to our lack of knowledge about how the brain truly works. Uh, yep.

So, Why not run your own scientific experiments on yourself?

Change agent and SPHR coach, Andrea Ballard ran an ad hoc experiment in one of my Vision to Reality sessions last week.  She was wearing a biofeedback dot on her hand during the session. Later, she shared the results from her experiment:

“During your presentation, if I was talking in a small group or with a partner or listening to you speaking, I ranged orange/brown on the color scale – which was nervous/unsettled. I think it’s because my brain was processing so much info. When I was drawing (and typically I think of drawing as something that makes me anxious – i.e., “I’m not good at this”) my dot turned dark green or blue indicating calm/tranquil every single time.”

Research shows that drawing increases our levels of serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters that play a role in increasing happiness and relaxation.

Ever lose track of time working on a creative project? This is because our concept of time exists in the left hemisphere of our brain. The creative process exists mainly in our right hemisphere. If we focus our attention to the right hemisphere, we give our analytical left side some much needed time to rest. AND we drop our resistance to and relax into new ideas.

Try this experiment:  Next time you or your team are feeling stressed or resistant to change, try drawing a picture of what you are currently experiencing and then doodle how you’d like this whole situation to be going. Shift your perspective and shift your reality.

#BrainGate #Experiment #AndreaBallard #Change #neuroscience


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