Self Improvement – How to make Change Permanent

Do you want to be your best?

Oh yea!

In a recent poll most people agreed being your best is a top priority. The real question appeared to be, “How do I make the necessary changes to achieve my very best?”

It may be easier for you to make changes in your behavior, if you understand how your brain changes when you perform a new task.   

Your Brain is Alive

“ The changes that occur in the brain when learning or performing something new can be explained by neuroplasticity or brain plasticity.”

Study Your Mind

“In the late 1960s and early 1970s, neuroscientists started making unexpected discoveries about the previously considered unchanging brain. They found that the brain can change its function and structure when it performed different activities — it “perfected” its neurological circuits until it was better able to handle the task at hand. Neuroscientists started calling this fundamental brain property, “brain plasticity” or “neuroplasticity.”   

Break Bad Habits

Now you can have hope to break bad habits permanently and with the success you desire to live the happy life you deserve!   

Repeated actions of the new behavior, and subsequently the good feelings associated with them, will become rooted in the fabric of who you are with each action you implement.  Learning and practicing will actually “change” your brain function, transforming bad habits into good.

Rewiring Your Brain for Change

Focusing on setting yourself up for success is imperative.  You must “successfully sabotage” yourself to guarantee you will do the actions required to rewire your brain.    

Norman Doidge, MD, a psychiatrist and researcher, has investigated neuroplasticity in detail.  His case histories detailastonishing progress of people whose conditions had long been dismissed as hopeless. We see a woman born with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole, a woman labeled retarded who cured her deficits with brain exercises, learning disorders cured, IQs raised, aging brains rejuvenated, and entrenched depression and anxiety disappearing.”   

Premeditated Success

The key to unlock the door into your new best life rests in your dedication to repeat the new behavior with enthusiastic tenacity.  Setting yourself up with a premeditated plan to execute the new behavior, even when you don’t feel like doing it, is a powerful tool you can use.   

Start Now!

Here are 3 Do’s for You

D efine 
What is it you want to achieve?  What bad habit do you want to eliminate?  What new feeling do you want to experience?   

D ream
Visualize your new life experiencing your new feelings and behavior.  What does it look like?  Who are you with?  What are you doing?  Where are you doing it?  What is your impact on others?  How do you feel?    

D ecide
Now that you have defined the new behavior and feeling changes you want to enjoy, and the experience you have visualized these new changes will produce, you need to decide to accept them.  You need to embrace your new reality.  You must decide to set yourself up for success with a fail-safe action plan that is result oriented.  Practice “successful sabotage.”  

Don’t let your happiness come from other peoples mind.  Tranform the structure of your brain to function at its very best.  Begin now.  You’re worth the effort!

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Comments

  1. greensky says:

    Thank you James for sharing this!
    What a wonderful testimony and CONGRATULATIONS on finishing your Masters Degree! WOW!
    The world needs more people like YOU!
    Continued blessings,
    deb

  2. James D Morrison says:

    The neuroplasticity is so real. I had a truck wreck when I was sixteen and was in a coma for about a month. I finished my Master’s degree this last March and am a licensed professional. Neuroplasticity is another way to say that God is phenomenal.
    James D Morrison, MSL

  3. Tina Pruitt says:

    Deb…just a quick note: I went to Tweet this using your super cool buttons, but the resulting tweet is not a link to your post….thought you’d want to know so you could get it fixed! xo

  4. Tina Pruitt says:

    Love this – and the timing is perfect! Thanks Deb for a great post!
    xo, Tina Pruitt | The Healthy Lifestylist

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