I’m so excited this week because I get to share the final one of the four webinars I attended on Your Brain at Work with Dr. David Rock. This one was my favourite. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m all about action. How do I implement what I’ve just learned? How do I change myself and help my clients change as well?
One way to achieve change is to focus your attention. Quantum physics tells us that you change the nature of physical reality through attention. If you think about anything regularly you can re-wire your brain circuits. So, I think we had better watch out what we think about and put our attention on, don’t you?
Dr. Rock spent some time in this session focusing on Mindfulness. Just thinking about it is making me more mindful – ha! Anyway, developing the skill of mindfulness (or paying attention) requires us to do 3 things:
- Pay attention to incoming information
- In the present moment
- In an open and accepting way
Now, there’s this nasty tendency our brain has to intefere with our ability to be mindful by turning on the narrative circuity. You know what I’m talking about – that little voice that says, “You are crazy, you can’t do that!” and so on. The key to paying attention is to learn to turn down the narrative and focus on the incoming information right now in this moment. In this way we can become better at switching attention and choosing what to focus on. The idea, the way I understand it anyway, is to use your power to veto the thought you don’t want as soon as you notice it and get back on the right train of thought.
The final key to facilitating change in ourselves and others is to create a feeling of safety. We can do this by focusing on where we are going, not what we are avoiding or where we’ve been. We need to be careful to minimize status threats, we need to create certainty, we need to give people choices and help them connect. In the end, by asking ourselves and others the right questions we can move away from focusing on the problem and move toward the solution and a new reality.
Here’s the reason I’ve been blogging about this for the last 4 weeks – Dr. Rock says that if I focus my attention on what I’ve learned by speaking about it, thinking about it and writing about it, I will create new circuits in my brain. Say what? Just kidding! Hope it’s been as much fun for you as it has for me. I’m off to put some of these concepts into practice with my clients. Wish me luck!