THE FAST FRONTAL LOBE FIX
FIXING A FAULTY FILTER – How to OPTIMIZE YOUR BRAIN’S FILTER to Overcome Anxieties, Indecision, “STUCKNESS” & Be Laser Focused.
What do Depression, Anxiety, OCD & Procrastination have in common?
What common issue do Autistic individuals and Entrepreneurs who are “STUCK” share?
A FAULTY BRAIN FILTER
In this Article I go into full detail of the key mechanics of how the Brain & Mind work specifically in cases of:
- Indecision, “Stuckness”, Procrastination – A common problem among entrepreneurs, business professionals and students
- Mental & Behavioural Disorders like OCD, Anxiety, Depression, Excessive Worrying, Anorexia/Bulimia
- Neurological Conditions like ADD, AUTISM
I also dive deep into:
- High Performance, FLOW States & How to Architect your Genius and Creativity
For you high performers, in this article I teach you the key mechanics of how to hack your brain for optimal learning, focus, productivity & performance. You high performers can learn many key insights that will take your game to the next level by observing what happens in the brain when it dysfunctions – so pay attention and find the key learnings in all the sections.
I created this article for both true BRAIN-HACKERS, and professionals, teachers, therapists, doctors and coaches to provide you with new insights about how the brain works, and how to develop precise control over your brain. If you want to learn the mechanics of how to optimize your own brain, and the brain function of your kids, clients and patients this comprehensive article is worth the read. A little time upfront developing a deep understanding of your brain, will streamline your success down the road. Lets get to it …
The primary function of your BRAIN is as a an ANTENNA and FILTER.
You can leverage these properties of your brain to learn faster, think clearer, overcome anxiety, procrastination and “stuckness” and take more decisive action. I will show you how. From school to smarts to exquisite success in business this article, I lay out the strategies to program your brain for optimal motivation, decision-making, and success-driven behaviour. There are TWO EXTREMES: your brain’s filter may be under-active resulting in Autism, ADHD, Procrastination, “STUCKNESS” OR over-active resulting in OCD, Depression, Addictions & Self-Sabotaging Behavioural Habits.
However, whether you’re the CEO of Google or you’re a child with a learning disability, the fundamentals of optimizing the mechanics of your brain function are the same. The person with Depression, is not all that different than the Executive or Lawyer who has Anxiety, nor is the child with Autism all that different from the Entrepreneur who’s “STUCK” with indecision and procrastination. Let me explain so you can see where your brain is at …
You can easily leverage the properties of your brain to ARCHITECT YOUR OWN GENIUS just like Einstein and Tesla did. In fact, Tesla was born with his senses so blown wide open, he received so much un-filtered sensory input it almost drove him crazy! Yet, in todays fast-paced information age, we face the opposite problem, our brain “shuts off” and is dulled to hyper-filter out information and sensory input as a protection mechanism in the face of the tsunami of stress and information. This cuts you off from your genius and creativity. But not to worry, you can quickly dis-inhibit your brain and begin opening the doors to perception & creativity with specific brain practices.
How does your brain really work?
Just as an infinite amount of written language can be produced from a finite 26 letters in the English language, your brain has trillions of neuro-cortical connections and can generate an infinite number of things from one idea or thought. The GENERATIVE capacity of your brain allows for an infinite number of possibilities from just one thought, picture, internal voice or feeling. The human brain is designed to imagine, plan and create new realities. This is the power of our consciousness to organize and bring coherent structure to energy and information to create new realities we imagine in our minds. We are designed to see the world the way it’s not and then make it so. The brain is the ultimate LEARNING, CREATIVE, GENERATING MACHINE.
However, the brain not only GENERATES and CREATES, it also DELETES. Do you think “STUCK-NESS” is too much or too little deletion?
The answer is BOTH. Some people constantly run thousands of scenarios all day long, and can never narrow down and focus their thoughts. Others become hyper-focused on one thing, one outcome, one scenario, one problem and can’t see past it. Same label “stuckness”, but two different processes occurring in the brain, and thus the brain training should be unique in each case.
Now in order to prevent sensory & information overload, your brain takes the incoming information, energies & sensory stimuli in the universe and REDUCES and FOCUSES it into specific things. This narrowing of focus enables us to function more efficiently in the specific realm of the world we are aware of, but also closes us off from everything beyond our model of the world, that which our brain has blocked off. The Filter enhances efficiency but can lead to rigidity & block us from creativity. See below.
For instance, the brain takes the combination of thoughts, feelings and physical sensations and REDUCES it to emotions, … “I’m feeling Sad … I’m feeling Mad … I’m feeling Frustrated …I’m feeling Determined”. The FRONTAL LOBES play a key role in deleting the stimuli and sensory input our brain deems unimportant, and cognitively evaluating the combination of thoughts, feelings, sensations happening from moment to moment. What one person labels as anxiety, another may label as excitement. Each brain filter works differently, thats why being a brain specialist and optimizing each individual brain is so much fun.
When the brain doesn’t FILTER and REDUCE information effectively, you end up with schizophrenia (hallucinations, disconnection from reality), impulsivity (inability to regulate thoughts), ADD (inability to focus on task at hand), emotional volatility (difficulty regulating emotions), Indecision & over-thinking (mind races in loops), behavioural inflexibility (hyper-active filter) and neurological conditions like Autism (sensory overload).
If you’re an entrepreneur, and you’re not focused and lack clear business and marketing plans, the problem is your Frontal Lobes aren’t focusing your talents and skills, into clear, images and value for you to communicate to clients. The lack of business clarity is a reflection of the lack of clarity in your brain. In which case, Brain Training to strengthen your frontal lobes for focus, motivation & decision-making is key.
SPEECH: When you speak your brain activates the word you’re thinking of and many other words which sound the same, and others which have similar meanings, simulataneously. The filter, the frontal lobes, then DELETES those other words, and focuses on the specific word you express. For example, the word: CAUGHT. When we think of “CAUGHT” other words are activated, like “Cot”, “Faught”, “Taught”, “Taut”, “Catch”. Your Brain deletes these other words and you express CAUGHT. When the FILTER falters it leads to speech impediments like Autism, in which speech is muddled. The frontal lobes play a key role in regulating the activity and input from the auditory, visual and kinesthetic cortex.
KEY POINT: In the brain everything is happening all the time. The nervous system is THE ANTENNA which receives incoming energy and stimuli, and the cortex, specifically the Frontal Lobes, DELETES most of it and tunes our mind to a specific IDEA, WORD, OR STREAM OF THOUGHTS – just like the radio channel.
If your brain is fuzzy, and you’re indecisive and unclear, and one part of your brain is saying one thing, and another saying something different, and you feel like you’re being pulled in different directions, your Brain isn’t tuning into a SPECIFIC, CLEAR CHANNEL. Implement FAST FILTER FIX BELOW.
As mentioned, your brain perceives an infinite amount of sensory stimuli, and actively blocks most of it to prevent our conscious mind from being over-loaded. This narrowing of focus allows us to more efficiently pattern and act on the information we perceive to be important. Psychoactive drugs like LSD shut down the FILTER, and so heighten the range of sensory input and energy that we consciously access. The input was always there its just in your normal state of consciousness your brain was blocking it out. Our brains have a baseline level of LATENT INHIBITION, which is how inhibited our brain is to prevent neurological overload. The more technology, social media and information overload you’re exposed to, the more your brain increases its Latent Inhibition – this is a major problem for entrepreneurs and students working under high stress, as it dulls creativity. Media, news, television, all these features of the modern world shut off our brains. So not only is fake light, and EMF bad for the brain for the reasons Neurosurgeons such as Jack Kruse document, here is another insight as to why its so harmful for your cognition & creativity.
Optimizing your creativity and genius requires that you doors to perception in your brain, which can be achieve with Neurolinguistic Programming, Meditation, Hypnosis, Brain Qigong, being in nature, martial arts, tonic herbs and natural nootropics, which all decrease the brain’s latent inhibition. Thus dis-inhibits your brain and heightens your awareness by, loosening your neurological FILTER so that you access more information, energies, and expansive states of consciousness. Follow the GENIUS GUIDE below to architect your genius.
YOU ARE AWARE OF ONLY A FRACTION
Your brain is constantly bombarded with smells, sights, sounds and tastes but constantly, but only a tiny fraction actually reaches consciousness. Only 0.0001% of all the visual impressions that reach the retina of the eye are forwarded to the brain’s visual centre and most never reaches consciousness.
As a result of this natural PROTECTION MECHANISM against SENSORY OVERLOAD, the more we are bombarded with EMFs, fake lighting, information, stress, excitatory foods (especially processed foods), the more our brain raises its baseline rate of inhibition, blocking us off from more and more sensory input. This dulls creativity, which is exactly what we see in kids who use technology 24/7. This is a deeper neurological understanding of WHY fake, excitatory foods, like processed foods and processed sugars are kryptonite for your brain – they inhibit your brain in the long-term.
Latent inhibition is your brain’s ability to block information out of consciousness. LSD reduces latent inhibition and expands consciousness. Too much technology raises latent inhibition and so decreases our consciousness. Too much input over-burdens consciousness and therefore causes us to lose focus. Studies show sharp increase in consciousness in students who took a break from technology. And as I’ve seen on QEEG Brain Maps, qigong, meditation, NLP, brainpower nutrition, all markedly reduce latent inhibition and thus heighten focus & creativity. All the above re-calibrate and re-attune your senses.
As mentioned, geniuses like Tesla, have very low levels of inhibition, and so their brain perceives a vaster array of energies, electromagnetic fields and sensory input, and states of consciousness facilitating greater creativity. Its much easier to architect new ideas and innovations without the “breaks being on in your brain”. In todays world, the reason people are only using a small fraction of their brainpower is because their brain has been “blocked and inhibited”, by the stressors, information & our lifestyle.
THE GENIUS GUIDE – An Introduction
How to Unblock & Unlock The Magic in your Brain. (book to come).
1. MEDITATION– decreases the multiplicity of focus of attention, which at first increases Prefrontal Activation, heightening FOCUS & narrowing of thoughts usually on ONE THING, breathing, mantra, relaxation etc, and then“Turns Off” the filtering Frontal Lobes as the neurons habituate, dropping you down into deeper, less inhibited, states of consciousness where you access more of the information in your brain and unconscious mind. Meditation decreases the sheer amount of stimulation your brain is exposed to, thereby reducing your brain’s baseline rate of inhibition. Meditation is the perfect pit stop. All super-quantum computers need to be cooled in a dark room. Your brain is an even more miraculous super-computer which requires the same cooling and rejuvenation.
2. TONIC HERBS – Ginseng, Reishi, Goji, Cacao activate the full neuro-symphony by raising brain energy and neurotransmitter levels like Dopamine, Serotonin and beta-endorphins, balancing your brain, body and immune system. More balanced brain chemistry focuses an under active filter, and relaxes an over-active filter. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a consult for what you need to balance your brain chemistry.
3. HIGH INTENSITY EXERCISE (HIIT) – Highly Focused, Intense periods of Exercise forces your brain to engage your entire body’s resources to perform the task at hand. Over time, this trains your brain to focus at a more intense level, and access more of your neurological and energetic resources, to perform at a higher capacity when you work. Thus training you to operate at your peak brainpower when you work. HIIT raises dopamine, endorphins and serotonin which increase clarity, focus and cognitive flexibility. Did you know that Tesla was prescribed a daily exercise regimen to help stabilize his brain function?
4. MARTIAL ARTS and FINE MOTOR EXERCISE – Learning a Martial Art and Fine Motor Movements like Tai Chi, at first requires tremendous Frontal Lobe Activation and Conscious Focus. Over time, “the movements are automated into your body and procedural memory” into motor programs that run unconsciously and don’t require thinking. Thus Tai Chi becomes a Moving, Qigong, Meditation – when done properly. Thus, exercise over time allows your frontal lobes to decrease in activity, “take a break” allowing your filter to loosen, and the unconscious processes in your brain to take over. The result is you start to synchronize more with the universe, feel more balanced and flow like water and flow with “The WAY”. IN THESE HEIGHTENED FLOW STATES PERFORMANCE BECOMES EFFORTLESS. This makes it easier to access flow states in all areas of your life, such as when working in business. Building the neurological machinery in one area of your life, you can use to perform better in others.
Also repetitive movements like running help to trigger flow states, by repeatedly activating, thus habituating neurons, so that they shut off, giving you access to neuro-cortical pathways not regularly accessed during waking consciousness. Hence, “the Runner’s Trance.”
5. BRAIN TRAINING & NEUROLINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING – With Neurofeedback your brain receives immediate feedback of its own activity, helping you learn to consciously control your brainwaves for heightened Focus, Memory, Creativity and performance. Neurotechologies like QEEG brain training, Neurofield & Neurofeedback are effective for re-wiring the brain. Neurolinguistic Programming and Hypnosis are important for optimizing your thinking processes, unconscious processes & automatic neurological motor programs aka “Your Habits”. The foundation of Neurolinguistic Programming is learning to use your mind in specific ways to be more motivated, more focused, and make better decisions to get the things you want, while eliminating the limiting beliefs, fears and past blockages that were getting in your way. Neurolinguistic Programming is best done by another person to you. As a student of Dr. Richard Bandler, the creator of NLP, I’ve learned the true, genuine Neurolinguistic Programming.
Back to how your brain works …
As mentioned, your brain takes all the ideas and possibilities floating around in consciousness and DELETES the majority of these and focuses on something specific – this is the final task of the frontal lobes. The Frontal Lobes bring this information into conscious awareness. The same is true of your radio. Your Radio’s antenna accesses all the FM and AM channels simultaneously, but the information and music you hear, is from the specific channel you’re dialled into at that moment. What happens when your brain flips all over the place and can’t stick to a clear channel? ANXIETY, INDECISION, BRAIN FOG! Like a radio, your brain filters and deletes the information input of the other stations, in order to play the music clearly from the one station – the station playing at any given moment is akin to your conscious mind. Yet, you should know that your brain is the whole antenna, which is always accessing the entire range of frequencies. YOUR FILTER MAY JUST BE MAL-FUNCTIONING, in which case you may be tuned into a fuzzy frequency or the wrong channel, or you can’t STICK TO A CHANNEL (ADD!). DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, OVER-THINKING, WORRYING ALERT!!!
A second clear picture for you is that your brain works just like a google search. When you think or ask a question, your brain sorts and searches through the trillions of neuro-cortical connections, to activate particular neural networks. These neural networks are connected to many related pathways. Just like a Google Search, your conscious mind ACTIVELY SEARCHES and “PULL UP” specific information as well as related information to what you searched from your unconscious. Your brain hierarchically shows you the closest matches. Once you’ve chosen a specific website or domain, the other options are deleted and you go straight to the website you’ve chosen. Just like surfing the WEB.
Consciously and unconsciously your brain is always running, like a car engine. Networks like your “DEFAULT MODE NETWORK” (DMN), which generate your sense of self, are always running. The DMN includes parietal lobes, which examine your relation to your surroundings, visual centres which process visual input, and your auditory cortex which connects to sounds and memories. The Frontal lobes then FILTER, DELETE, and FOCUS your conscious mind on what you believe is the relevant information. In Autistic kids I observe hyperactivity of default mode network, but poor frontal lobe regulation inhibiting clear distinctions of what is “self vs. other”, for example. This is why Autistic kids, rarely close their eyes as they lose, “their sense of self” when they do so. However, with brain training I’ve gotten autistic kids to the point where I can get them to relax, close their eyes and do all kinds of learning neuro-plasticity work.
Fixing a Faulty Filter
Working with tons of autistic kids, I see the tremendous activity going on in their brains. Their inability to consciously communicate their inner thoughts and ideas, precisely with language, may be caused by poor frontal lobe function, resulting in an inability to FILTER OUT AND FOCUS on specific information. Hence, speech comes out as a jumbled mess.
Its important to note that there is a difference between language reception/comprehension and language production pathways. So even though your child may yet to be speaking clearly, be very careful what you say to them. It all gets in, even though it doesn’t all come out. We understand language before we produce it.
NEUROLOGICAL BACKGROUND: Generally speaking, in Autism, the developing fetus is exposed to a stress response which activates the mother’s immune system. This can be caused by an infinite number of stressors, such as infection, EMF, biologic stressors which hyper-activate the mothers immune system which then attacks fetal brain proteins and leads to premature mass release of BDNF – Brain Derived Nerve Growth Factor. This causes the entire cortex of the developing brain to “glue and glob together”. As a result, the entire brain links and fires at the same time whenever one part is stimulated. This is why autistic kids are SOOOO sensitive to stimuli, because each sensory input activates their entire brain, and results in over-stimulation. Unfortunately under stressful conditions, what fails to happen in the developing brain is the precise specialization of the local brain regions like the prefrontal cortex. A major part of brain development is that each brain region becomes highly specialized to perform the specific tasks its designed for. For example, the frontal lobes play a major role in Language, Speech, Cognition & Decision-Making. In Autism many centres of the brain like the prefrontal language centres do not fully develop their full degree of specialization as in normal kids. So neuroplasticity training is necessary to develop the precise specialized function of specific brain regions, and deeply develop stronger neural networks, across brain regions that control language, speech, motor function, coordination and cognition.
Since the frontal lobes FILTER and DELETE, in the Autistic brain there’s tremendous activity, but the frontal lobes, don’t fully filter that information to enable the child to specifically FOCUS ON and thus EXPRESS one idea, one word, one thought coherently at a time. Autism may be tied to a poor NEURO-CORTICAL SPECIALIZATION and thus require very precise Neuroplasticity training, just like you can read about in Dr. Norman Doidge’s book, “The Brain’s Way of Healing”.
In my work with autistic kids I see clear differences in how they spatially represent and access information, which I notice by the way their eyes move, and body orients. What may be perceived as lack of eye contact, and difficulty communicating, may just be a difference in how autistic kids spatially represent and access information in their brain.
As mentioned above, as it related to language, before we say any word, we think of the word, and in the process our brain generates all potential words that sound similar, and has similar meaning- taught, caught, fought, told, tout. The brain deletes those other words, and focuses on one specifically. This is the job of the Frontal Lobes, to take language which is generated unconsciously and then express specific words, ideas, thoughts.
THE BRAIN’S FILTERING FUNCTION is exemplified by the Classic Case we learn in Neuroscience – that of Phineas Gage.
Phineas Gage, was working on a railroad and had an iron rod go through his frontal lobes. After this incident he experienced extreme personality changes, as he now had NO FILTER to control the emotional shifts. With his frontal lobes destroyed he was left with no filter to delete the waves of emotional activity, and personality fluctuations going on in head. We all get mad, and there are all times, where we want to, “curse, fight and tell people off”, but our frontal lobes regulate that internal activity, and select something more appropriate to say. Thats when the frontal lobes are working well of course. (IMPULSIVITY ALERT!) When the frontal lobes aren’t working right, we don’t filter and speak language optimally. In fact, the frontal lobes don’t fully finish developing until age 25-27 which is why adolescents, teens and young adults are prone to impulsive behaviour – their frontal lobes, they’re FILTERS, are not fully developed. They’ve yet to fully develop their ability to DELETE inappropriate behaviours and so are more apt to act impulsively.
At the same time, for individuals with learning and language disabilities, the filtering abilities of the brain are off which is why they may produce word salad, jumbled speech etc.
The more you or your child is prone to impulsive behaviour, the more brain training for their frontal lobes they need, with Neurofeedback, Neurofield, Neurolinguistic Programming & my own proprietary Neuroplasticity Protocols.
THE BRAIN UNFILTERED – The Extreme.
If you’ve taken psychoactive drugs like LSD, you know that they open the doorways to perception, enabling you to see colours, energies, fields you don’t normally. They do this by shutting down the filtering mechanisms in the brain. Thus giving you access to more of your unconscious activity and a larger spectrum of sensory stimuli. This can be very useful for allowing you to experience more than you normally do and thus expanding your model of the world. However, the most effective way to open the doors to perception is with the doors to perception. This can be done with hypnosis, NLP, meditation, qigong etc.
MEDITATION and TAI CHI are extremely effective in shutting down the normal FILTERING AND DELETION MECHANISMS of the brain, thereby allowing you to access more of your brainpower. In fact, with meditation, and tai chi (moving meditation), the repetitious, rhythmic movements, and rhythmic breathing lead to a “calming & TURNING OFF” of the deletion mechanisms in the brain, expanding your ability to tune into energies and information in the universe. With meditation and tai chi, repeated activation causes the frontal lobes to habituate, “turn off”, thus you access deeper dimensions of emotions, memory and unconscious activity and sensory input from the auditory, visual and kineasthetic cortices. This is why meditation and tai chi, are profound for expanding your energy, consciousness and creativity.
SCHOOL SYSTEM ALERT: unfortunately our school system’s hyper-analytical focus on rote, pure left-brain learning, causes hyper development of THE FILTER and DELETION mechanisms of the frontal lobes. Since learning is all frontal, “it’s there for the test and then its gone”. Worse this approach cuts us off from our CREATIVITY. The result is the creative juices, the passion, the expansion of our children’s minds and the way they think, narrows and becomes rigid, as opposed to rich and fluid. WE NEED TO TEACH KIDS IN A WAY THAT THEIR BRAIN LEARNS BEST. MOST IMPORTANTLY, WE NEED TO TEACH KIDS HOW THEIR BRAIN WORKS, & HOW LEARNING WORKS, SO THAT WAY THEY CAN DISCOVER THE BEST WAYS THAT THEY LEARN.
We should teach kids how to expand their brain’s capabilities to become good at art, math, science, english, all the fundamental fields, so that they really can discover what they’re passionate about. Instead of specializing and narrowing, we should be expanding the range of expertise that students develop.
So what would be the key upgrades to the School System?
BRAIN EDUCATION SCHOOL SYSTEM UPGRADE
- More Physical Activity – increases Neurogenesis, thought coordination & cognition
- Focused Relaxation – In states of relaxation, inhibitions, and hyperactive frontal activity are reduced, and thus fears, anxieties and learning impediments start to dissolve, and creativity is heightened.
- Application & Whole Brain Activity – Art, Music, Engineering – Reward & Application raise Dopamine, as it gives students a purpose and motivation for learning.
- Teach Kids SUPER-LEARNING – teaching kids how their brain works, and how to optimize learning, memory, focus, creativity.
STRENGTHENING YOUR FILTER
- Deliberate Focused Concentration – Uninterrupted Full Focus on the task at hand – be it reading writing learning homework etc. Blocked periods of time, no distractions.
- Brain Training – Neurofeedback & Neurofield – proven to be as or more effective than medication for improving focus and concentration
- Dopamine Boosting Brainpower Nutrition – Ample healthy fats, protein, and Brain Specific Nutrients, Superfoods and Herbs
- Neurolinguistic Programming – increase your control over your mind and thought processes.
- High Intensity Interval Exercise – short intense bursts of exercise, boosts endorphins and dopamine
- Focused Meditation – Taoist meditation focus on one point, drop into Emptiness for deep regeneration.
- Brainwave Entrainment & Music to access Super-Learning States before & during Study’s.
THE BRAIN HYPER-FILTERED–
How to FREE A HYPER-ACTIVE FILTER in cases of Depression, OCD, Over-thinking, Hesitation, Lack of Focus, Inaction
Depression and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, OCD, are cases of EXTREME FILTERING by the brain, whereby the brain filters out much of the sensory stimuli and experiences and hyper-focuses on something specific – often a negative traumatic experience, person or behaviour. When it comes to depression, depressed individuals often have happy, positive feelings and experiences just like regular people, but their brain FILTERS out and DELETES these good experiences and instead focuses on bad memories, bad pictures, bad movies with the bad feelings attached to them. In the case of PTSD, the brain hyper-focuses on one specific memory or a stream of related negative memories. With these experiences blown up so big and intense, and such powerful adrenaline & kinaesthetic response it can cause the rest of their life and regular life to seem, “dull, drab and unmoving”. In extreme depression, the brain hyper-focuses on remembered bad experiences or constantly plays out negative scenarios happening in the future. I work with tons of these types of clients and every little thing, they’re constantly analyzing themselves thinking, “what if this happens …”, “what if that happens …” and run all kinds of scenarios where they see bad outcomes playing out. It’s bad planning. These individuals are so busy in their head that life passes them by.
In these cases, Neurolinguistic Programming is very effective for changing the focus and direction of the brain. Balancing brain neurochemistry simultaneously is critical in order for to facilitate greater mind control, and link these mental changes across the full spectrum of brain states.
Obsessive Compulsives similarly are zeroed in on specific behaviours and things, which constitutes the obsession and the compulsion is the need to act on it. You may obsessively worry about stressors, fears, anxieties, judgments of others, in which case your brain filters out good possibilities, and instead focuses on a few specific possibilities, usually bad ones, which your brain may be making BIG, BRIGHT, and CLOSE in your mind, thus creating bad feelings in your body.
THE KEY: The problem isn’t that you’re obsessing, the problem is that you don’t have the control to turn it ON and OFF and aim your obsessions. You should be able to put the things you want into the obsession machine in your mind, and go after them with absolute compulsion. Bruce Lee and every great athlete and entrepreneur is obsessed with mastering their craft.
HYPOCHONDRIAC ALERT – FINE TUNE YOUR BRAIN – Realize that every obsessive loop, has an ending point at which point the loop re-sets. Obsessives and hypochondriacs who wash their hands tens of times, reach a point in each loop where they turn the water “off”. This is the point at which you as the practitioner need to create a new loop which connects to the end of that loop, as opposed to the end of that loop just triggering it to start over again. These fine mechanics are key.
How do you know when to turn the water off? Do you get a certain feeling? What changes in your mind and body just before you turn the water off? These are the kinds of questions I ask clients to enable them to consciously access and begin controlling these unconscious automated processes, which is just a habit that a person has practiced thousands of times and thus neurologically become very good at.
OCD ALERT! People with OCD are looking for COMFORT. What they need are to be taught more effective ways to feel comfort. With NLP & Brain Training I teach them how to relax and feel comfort. Neurologically OCD is tied to several neurotransmitter imbalances, specifically with GABA and Serotonin. GABA is “the OFF button” for the brain and serotonin increases neuro-flexibility and sense of calm and comfort. See this Brain Map, and red lines of HYPER-COHERENCE that show how the brain of a person with OCD is “locked in”. This is correctable with Brain Training.
Remember, being obsessive isn’t a bad thing, and in fact, is a very good thing WHEN ITS AIMED & CONTROLLED IN A USEFUL DIRECTION. Titanic entrepreneurs are obsessed with learning and innovating in their business. And if you’re a smart man, you’ll be obsessed with loving, caring and making your wife happy!
The problem is that most people don’t know how to:
- PUT THE RIGHT THINGS INTO THE MOTIVATION & OBSESSION NEURO-CORTICAL PATHWAYS IN THEIR BRAIN
- CONTROL & ACTIVATE THESE NEURO-CORTICAL PATHWAYS TO GET MOTIVATED & PROPELLED TOWARDS THE THINGS THEY WANT.
Anorexics and Bulimics do what they do, because they feel they’re eating is the only thing they can control. But yet paradoxically its out of control because they can’t turn hunger ON and OFF. Every ON switch needs an off switch – ESPECIALLY IN YOUR BRAIN.
YOU NEED TO BUILD A CHANNEL CHANGER FOR YOUR BRAIN
“The most important ability for human beings to develop is the AWARENESS and ability to PAY ATTENTION to their brain and senses, and be able to shift their brains state at will. To turn Motivation, ON AND OFF, turn excitement ON and OFF, turn relaxation ON and OFF, turn stress ON and OFF”
INDECISION / PROCRASTINATION / HESITATION
Indecision, hesitation and procrastination, occur when your brain goes in loops and loops, and often your brain is constantly running scenarios without a clear EXIT point to connect thinking to action. Ultimately the product of our thoughts will be some feeling and action.
Like a mathematical model, your thinking processes have an initial TEST (an initial place to start. i.e. you see a business AD and then start to think about your business), then an OPERATION (thinking processes) and then a final TEST (often which idea feels the strongest) and EXIT (point at which you move into action). Your thinking processes need to have a final TEST and EXIT, otherwise the operations and scenarios keep playing out in your mind and nothing ever gets done.
You need to learn how to be more precise with THE OPERATIONS of your brain, make sure you’re using the right neuro-cortical pathways and thus THINKING PROCESSES for the task at hand. Then you need a strong FINAL TEST, which generally will be a strong feeling, that a particular action is most appropriate for the situation.
MANUAL FOR YOUR BRAIN:
1. Keep THE OUTCOME you want in mind, so that way you can TEST which thoughts & ideas will most effectively get your there.
2. Use the appropriate thinking process for the task at hand. Making your business plan for the next year should be a different & more elaborate system, than motivating yourself to get to the gym. The mental processing you use should MATCH the complexity of the task. We are notorious for making things more complicated than they need to be. Like diet, nutrition, exercise etc.
You need to strengthen your brain’s ability to filter our the garbage and focus on the fastest, most efficient routes to success. The neurotransmitter Dopamine is what hones on our brain into solutions to “LOCK IN” and “SAVE THAT ONE” and keeps our mind focused on the target that we want to achieve. When dopamine is low, our brain tends to run wild.
High levels of dopamine are critical when learning, especially science. I read tons of journals, articles and books, and most of the information is garbage, so I don’t assimilate into my brain, but I’ll find the few golden nuggets of wisdom that make it worthwhile. Much of the information on the brain and science, especially on the internet is questionable, so you need a strong filter, that like on a computer puts most of the non-sense into the garbage bin and the gems of wisdom, you save and elaborately file and encode in your memory.
Dopamine increases pattern recognition, planning, executive function, and attention. The Prefrontal Cortex is the thinking part of our brain, which evaluates ideas, scenarios and then make decisions about what to act on. When Dopamine levels are high, we are very action-oriented towards what we want. This is because DOPAMINE, helps to increase the FOCUS of our thoughts on specific targets. When dopamine is low in your brain you become indecisive and your thoughts run in loops with no EXIT. DOPAMINE is a key to DECISIVE ACTION. It strengthens your Brain’s Focusing and Filtering Abilities. DOPAMINE = FOCUS. The genius guide & strategies above all raise DOPAMINE! Do them!
The other key neuro-chemical, to “FREE” a HYPER-ACTIVE FILTER, and increase cognitive flexibility for OCD’s, the Depressive’s, and those who feel “Stuck” and “Blocked” is: SEROTONIN. Meditation, Weight Lifting, Tai Chi, Sunlight and Super-Brain Beverages like the Loving Libido Mocha, all raise Serotonin. Cacao is a fantastic serotonin booster that increases brain flexibility. The Loving Libido mocha helps with OCD, Depression and excessive worrying. I serve all kinds of these brain beverages to my clients.
Taking control of your brain is the essence of Neuroplasticity! We are the one being on this planet, that can actively PROGRAM, the PROGRAMMING of ourselves. By changing the way you think, and how you use your brain, you change how the neuro-cortical pathways wire and fire in your brain. Moreover, with precise brain training you can change the brainwave frequencies your brain regions resonate at when they do fire, and create deep lasting changes in the unconscious process that drive your behaviour. You can WIRE YOUR BRAIN FOR SUCCESS, to be “in the zone” across all areas of your life and across all states of consciousness.
Reset your brain’s automatic. Science shows that your brain fires a fraction of a second before we become conscious of our thoughts. The brain “primes us” for behaviour. It is this magical interval between brain activation and our behaviour where we have the opportunity to re-wire our brains SET-POINT. This is where the POWER OF CONSCIOUSNESS comes into play and how you can use your mind to change how your brain “Automatically” fires and responds to situations. You can re-wire fear to determination, hesitation to wanton “GO FOR IT”, anxiety to relentless tenacity.
In fact, Design Human Engineering (DHE), is a course taught by my mentor Dr. Richard Bandler, which is an evolution of NLP. The foundation of which is teaching you how to develop precise control over your own brain, to expand your thinking. Expanding your brain’s thinking capacities starts with learning how to consciously control the form and modalities in which you think. For example, when we feel certain feelings, those feelings have particular properties or sub-modalities. These components include location, pressure, speed, temperature, direction – you need to learn how to consciously control and manipulate these variables. Feelings are not “just things that happen to you”, they are neurological activity, which our brain evaluates and labels, “fear, anger, happiness”. You can learn to consciously take control of your feelings.
Developing precise control over your brain, starts with learning to control each individual variable, each sub modalities of your thinking while holding the others constant – thereby helping you develop greater precision over the elements of your brain.
The variables of our mental processes boil down to five representational systems, visual, auditory, kinaesthetic, gustatory, olfactory.
The three major representational systems we think in are Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic. For example, we imagine scenarios playing out in our mind (visual), we hear internal dialogue playing in our mind (auditory), and we feel certain feelings, for example, anxiety, butterflies in stomach before big events (kinesthetic). Now its not you are a “visual” or “auditory” person, these are just the representational systems that our brain uses to inform our conscious mind of what we’re thinking. They are the form & structure of our thoughts.
We use all three representational systems all the time, although we each have a tendency to use one particular system more than others, this is your dominant representational system.
Now each representation system will have certain properties. Visual thoughts, will have variables like size, shape, location, distance, brightness, associated (looking through your own eyes) /dissociated (looking at yourself), colour/black & white etc.
For auditory processes, the variables, will be volume, tempo, pitch, rhythm, location, among others. Kinesthetic processes, will have a particular location, speed, size, pressure, temperature. These are the variables of your thinking.
Like a mathematical equation, the sequencing and combination of the variables will lead to a different mental formula, and its PRODUCT -> ACTION. By developing precise control over each variable and then starting to combining different variables together, you will begin to find the best combinations for motivating yourself, making decisions, goal-setting, and creativity. This is where the fun of experimenting and pimping out your brain begins, and optimizing other people’s brain as a brain specialist. Manipulating and developing precise control of these variables in their mind are what geniuses like Tesla and Einstein did naturally, and are in fact highly learnable skills.
Let me give you an example for Practice:
Think of an absolutely wonderful memory with a good feeling associated with it OR think of something your really, really want – like that Brain, that Body, that Life you Desire! Its time for you to step inside that optimized you.
As you think of the memory or what you desire, you’ll get a feeling that you will feel is the strongest in a particular part of your body. This constitutes the location of the feeling. In addition to location this feeling will have many properties to it like, movement, spin, speed, pressure, temperature, soft/hard. How does the feeling move in your body? Does it move up, down, clockwise/counterclockwise through your body? How about pressure, is it a strong, intense feeling or a light feeling?
Now hold all the other variables constant, and move the feeling forward in your body just a little bit, does that feel better or worse? Then bring it back.
Learn to control each component one by one, by changing one component at a time while holding all the other variables constant. For example, as per above, change the location of the feeling, move it up, move it down, move it forwards and backwards, and see which location you like best. As you experiment, certain directions and locations will feel better than others, and in doing so, you’re learning about how your brain works, and what makes it work best. Precise practice will lead to precise control.
Now lets work on the VISUAL. Think of that wonderful memory, pull it up in your mind and see it now. Notice is it a slide (a still picture) or a movie – a series of slides playing out? Can you turn the picture into a movie? Can you hold the movie still at the most wonderful moment?
Next, hold everything else constant and start to control the size of the happy memory. Make it smaller, than make it bigger, and continue until its panoramic and its beaming down on you.
The more you deliberately activate those neurocortical pathways in your brain, the stronger they become and more easily you can access and control them. Practice does make perfect in the brain.
In summary, your BEHAVIOUR, which is the result of what you think and feel, is the product of Brain Mathematics. While the mathematics are complex and we aren’t always aware of all the variables that are working in our mind, the process for developing conscious control over your brain is simple. With highly focused concentration you can both extend the range of each specific variable and expand the range of variables in your mind, in which you think.
Ultimately, the Output of your BRAIN’S MATHEMATICS are YOUR ACTIONS – what you actually do. Thereby the greatest test of the effectiveness of your brain function, is how you’re performing in your personal and professional life.
Are you highly motivated? Are you feeling purposeful, passionate, happy? Are you executing your dreams? Are you getting things done exquisitely and efficiently or are things long and laborious?
To get more motivated, I recommend your paint a new picture on top of that happy memory, a picture of the OPTIMIZED YOU that you want to become. See yourself acting, being and doing all the things you want to be able to do. Be as precise and make it as detailed as possible. Keep adjusting the picture/movie, the size, the location, the focus, until it becomes something you DESIRE and are pulled towards.
As you can see the variables of our consciousness, how we think and the activities of our brain, can be represented with mathematical equations. By identifying these variables and understanding how our brain works, we can extend the range of each of the variables in our mind (adding new dimensions to our thinking – moving from 2D visual to 3D visual to 4D), as well as extending the range of the variables we think in, to generate more possibilities for our life, behaviour and consciousness, while simultaneously building a better, faster, more efficient, more expanded BRAIN – NEURO-PLASTICITY AT ITS FINEST.
Soon with math and science, we will be able to generate equations that represent the brain, consciousness and the universe, which enable us to better understand, predict and act in the universe. The ability to predict and go into the future is what our brains are designed to do.
And now you know that your brain is a powerful filter, by strengthening the filtering capacities of your brain, you can start to program yourself to be happier, more focused, more motivated and more oriented towards success than you’ve ever been before.
Ohhh don’t isn’t the power of neuroplasticity just magical?