Why Neuroplasticity Is the Key to Success in Life
We have long considered our brains to be robotic machines in our skulls, but the truth is looking very different as science continues to peel back the layers of mystery surrounding this wrinkled organ. Success in every area of life depends upon one important key: the scientific phenomenon of neuroplasticity.
Our understanding of the brain has changed dramatically in the past several decades. Our knowledge has expanded to the point of recognizing that the brain is not a hard-wired machine as previously thought, but rather it is an intricate and intimate wiring system that connects every part of our body with our innate sense of self.
Neuroplasticity is involved in every area of brain function and development. Even the simplest of tasks require vast numbers of interconnected neurons working together in a mass effort. Dr. Joe Dispenza, in his book “Evolve Your Brain”, described the neural network as: “Literally millions of neurons firing together in diverse compartments, modules, sections, and subregions throughout the entire brain. They team up to form communities of nerve cells that act in unison as a group, clustered together in relation to a particular concept, idea, memory, skill, or habit. Whole patterns of neurons throughout the brain become connected through the process of learning, to produce a unique level of mind.”
We must remember that adage the next time we find ourselves struggling to recall a phone number or some other every day occurrence that happens on a regular basis. You can reverse your cognitive decline by requiring your brain to increase in neuroplasticity.
Plasticity = Potential
Plasticity equals potential, but we are ultimately responsible for the end result. Any goal in life requires persistence and dedication, and if we want a young brain well beneath our years then we must strive to make a difference in our lifestyle and daily habits. Cognitive function is not a decline that we have no control over. The old saying of “practice makes perfect” is true with the brain until it no longer becomes something we have to practice. If you can do something without much effort or conscious thought then no new plasticity is developing. If you desire an increase in plasticity then it is time to switch up the routine with something a little more challenging because your brain thrives on a challenge.
When something becomes easy for us then it no longer results in the development of plasticity. When we do not have to pay close attention to an activity or task, our brain activates a host of synaptic networks that can distract from its current project. Distractions result in the loss of memory storage.
It all boils down to whether or not we are persuasive in our efforts to get our brain to produce the plasticity results we want. Our brains can tell when we are faking it, and when we are serious.
If Your Brain Could Talk
If your brain could talk to you right now it would beg you to consider its potential. I believe the potential in our brain is unparalleled if we take the time to work on plasticity.
Is there an instrument you’ve always wanted to learn to play? Is there a language you want to master? Is there a sport you have always wanted to win?
Perhaps we need to make a bucket list specifically for our brain, and then we need to believe in our brain’s ability to thrive on a challenge. Every activity we undertake requires a specific pattern of connected neurons that fire in a unique sequence. Dr. Donald Hebb introduced the adage: “Neurons that fire together, wire together.”
We must remember that adage the next time we find ourselves struggling to recall a phone number or some other every day occurrence that happens on a regular basis. You can reverse your cognitive decline by requiring your brain by encouraging the growth of neuroplasticity.
Neuroplasticity is the key to success in every area of life. By recognizing signs of cognitive decline in the early stages, we have the potential to reverse aging of the brain. A young brain is a brain that thrives on constant challenges to increase neuroplasticity.
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