Neurons are fascinating, they are the cells in our brain that send messages for things like muscle movement, or they are involved in our senses like taste and smell. We now understand that new neurons can be born in the adult CNS. Therefore our personality and potential are not hardwired for life…So no you don’t get to shout “sure I’ve always been this way” anymore.
If you’re anything like me the first time I heard this I questioned why this is relevant? What does it really mean?
Thoughts, create emotions which lead to behaviour. So when you finally get on top of your Cue’s or you might know this as your triggers, you might ask what next?
Well this is where our cool neurons are coming into their own. When you want to make a new behaviour then you have to send signals from the brain to grow the pathways for action. And each time we do it, the stronger it gets. A new pathway is like a thread. So each time you try it it gets less uncomfortable….just like your crunch reps!
As the rope thread gets stronger and stronger, through being consistent and repetitive to the task the neural pathway becomes a rope…a new habit. And hey presto, that means we can now proudly say “I used to be this way but I am no longer, today I am ….”
And just as I build all this hope, I bring you to realism for a minute as if it was just as easy as black or white none of us would find change difficult.
If you brain is not firing at its best, we can notice things like big feelings, forgetfulness or distraction. And we can notice we keep tell ourselves the same old story that keeps us stuck in the same loop. It’s comfortable here you see.