Turns out, you can teach an old dog new tricks
Once upon a time some scientists theorized that the human brain stopped developing at a certain age. Yup that’s right, hit that milestone and your done. No more cognitive growth for you. But it turns out, you can teach an old dog new tricks Afterall. Once upon another time, another group of scientists found out that wasn’t true and we now know for a fact that the human brain has the capacity to to change and develop throughout the ENTIRE course of a persons lifetime. That’s right, we never stop learning and growing. This is great news! You can go back to college, you can start your business, you can figure out how to break that bad habit, or finally learn how to flip houses for passive income. So, start thinking about what is that you want to learn, I’m gonna make you use it later.
What the hell is Neuroplasticity?
The definition of Neuroplasticity is something along the lines of (clear throat and tighten neck tie): The ability of the brain to form and reorganize synaptic connections.
Audience: “Uhhhhhh, what?” Yeah, I know that’s a mouthful and a brain-ful. It basically means, YOU CAN REWIRE YOUR BRAIN DUDE! Like, isn’t that GREAT!!?? And in all actuality you just have to understand the natural process of the brain called synaptic pruning.
If you don’t use it you lose it
Synaptic pruning is a process that takes place in the brain. Basically if you don’t use it, you lose it. The brain will natural destroy synapsis in the brain that you haven’t been using. A synapse is a connection in the brain between one thing and another thing The brain notices which of these connections you haven’t been using and deems them unimportant and gets rid of them so that more attention and energy can be spent on the ones that you are using.
Neurons that fire together wire together
Another important factor is the understanding that anything you do in repetition will strengthen the synapsis (the connections) between the neurons (the things that the connections are well, connected to). This means you can create the type of connections you want just by doing the same things over and over again.
Why should I care about Neuroplasticity?
Neuroplasticity means that normal everyday people like you and I have the personal power to create the lives we desire and become the type of people we want to be. It’s all about habits and repetition. Simple practices like saying gratitude affirmations every night before bed will lead to more restful sleep and increase health and happiness. The other important thing to remember is to avoid the things you would like your brain to eliminate in its next synaptic pruning process. If you hate the way you self judge then actively and consciously work to cut those thoughts off when they pop in your head and you will prune those annoying synaptic thoughts right outta that brain of yours. Okay, I may make it seem a lot easier than it is. It is a difficult process to process to change habits but it is pretty simple.
So I preached a lot of Neuroplasticity and it’s because I’ve really used this knowledge to change my own life. I have broken many bad habits. Like many, many, many, many MANY MAAAANNNNNNYYYY ( ok you get the point) really bad habits using this technique. Everything from smoking cigarettes to gossiping from negative self talk to staying up too late. You name it I’ve probably done it and also changed it thanks to understanding my brain and it’s ability to naturally rid itself of old connections. It has helped me become the person I want to be and the life coach I want to be. I’ve also implemented a lot of new positive behavior into my life with this information as well, like a daily meditation practice, exercise routines, and a boss like work ethic. I’m proud to say that Neuroplasticity has helped me create a life I love.
Okay time to break out that thing you thought you couldn’t learn, start Googling and get to setting some new habits for yourself. You now have the knowledge and the power to create the new you thanks to Neuroplasticity.