During your career, I’m sure you have realized it’s not easy to answer the question, “What do you want, right now, at this moment?” Perhaps it’s because we don’t often get what we want or we don’t give ourselves permission to get what we want. The reasons for this are so numerous; they would easily fill an unabridged dictionary. So how would you answer the question, “Right now, at this moment, and no place else, what do you want?”
Perhaps there are actions available to you right now. Are they reasonable, at this moment? If the WANT is within your reach, what impact does not attaining your WANT have in your life right now?
A well-respected Neuroscientist, Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz, offers tips on “How to Reset Your Brain” as follows:
Change is Pain. Behaviorism doesn’t work.
Humanism is over rated. FOCUS is power.
Expectation shapes reality.
Start by leaving problems in the past.
Focus on identifying and creating new behaviors.
Self-insight creates change, not advices.
Dr. Schwartz explains that the reasons why goals weren’t met may be valid, i.e. the goals didn’t support or generate change. So give yourself time to think. When you do so, you generate new circuits of thought. And with continued practice, new behaviors of change help you to achieve your WANTS.
Dr. Schwartz also tells us to remind ourselves to think regularly. As you Choose Who You Want to be Known As this Summer weekend in July, consider whether this is an avenue that brings value to you. Enjoy.
“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Career Management Coach and Change Agent
Notes: AMEX OPEN FORUM, Strategy and Business Section, “The Neuroscience of Change, or How to Reset Your Brains.” Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz, University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine. December 8, 2011.