Awesome Personal Growth Brain Hack
This article will give you an incredibly simple, yet remarkably effective, peak performance brain hack for personal growth, goal achievement and success in any area of professional or personal development.
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We Aren't Engineered for Success and We Must Constantly Fight This
Our brains are engineered by evolution to seek and avoid risks. But to achieve our highest potential in being, achieving and possessing those things we want to be, do and have, we must fight our brain's nature. Otherwise, we live a life far beneath our aspirations and potential.
Pushing into and past our self-defined limitations in our personal and professional growth and achievements - who we are, how we habitually feel, think and act - is, for most of us, most of the time, frightening and uncomfortable.
But we will never become the biggest, best and the most evolved person of our desires and potential, if we don't habitually and purposefully push ourselves into and past our fears, into and past our comfort zone and habits.
A Simple, Effective Mindset and Behavior Tool
One great way to plant the seed of personal habitual, personal development and productivity is to purposefully challenge yourself, each day, on little things. Then, reward yourself with simple mental and physical exercise that creates excitement, a feeling of empowerment and success.
You can tactically create positive mindset and feelings for yourself by using your psychology (mind) and physiology/chemistry (body) to hack your your mind and brain and introduce the neurochemicals associated with energy, personal power/assertion/risk-taking and pleasure (such as norepinepherine, serotonin, testosterone and dopamine).
For example, if you normally finish a daily work activity in one hour, set yourself a small, achievable challenge: maybe challenge yourself to complete the task today, with equal or greater quality, but in 50 minutes. Even if this is relatively simple, choose to accentuate your focus, intention, feelings and behavior so that you feel an acute sense of challenge and personal power during those 50 minutes.
At the end of 50 minutes, task complete, jump up and down, pump your fists in the air, and use your mind to create and accentuate or intensify a feeling of personal power, winning, excitement and pleasure that is much greater than you, or anyone for that matter, would normally feel for accomplishing such a minor challenge.
It's NeuroBiology, Not Silly Mind-Games
The point is not to be a pollie-anna or otherwise engage in childish gimmicks. By doing this on a regular basis, you prime your subconscious brain (and mind) to begin seeking challenges. You prime your brain to, instinctively, seek the pleasurable reward of serotonin, dopamine, adrenaline and testosterone that you have strategically and tactically trained it to seek and experience whenever you take on and accomplish challenges.
Your subconscious brain does not, and cannot, rationalize or dismiss that these highly-desirable neuro-chemicals you have, in effect, "artificially" introduced to it through manipulative use of your mind and body. Your subconscious brain only knows that it experiences the chemicals it most desires when you seek, move into and slay challenges.
Use it in Your Personal Life as Well
Use the same tool in personal situations too. When you want to approach that "hot" person, but fear rejection and embarrassment - step into your fear, approach them and speak to them. Regardless of their reaction, as soon as possible, use your mind and your body to congratulate and celebrate your personal power, risk-taking and creatively positive action.
Create reminders in your smart phone and desktop calendar to remind you to habitually use this tool, then use it with full commitment, and you will soon see incredible changes in your habitual behaviors, feelings, actions, experiences and results.
This is a simple, effective tool for you to use your creative, conscious mind to take advantage of how your physiological brain naturally works, and hack it, making it a more productive tool for your increased risk-taking, growth and success.